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    Default Ladies please..Advice Needed, Melbourne Suburbs

    Hi mamas,

    Im starting to sow the seeds for our move to Melbourne later in the year.
    Exciting, yet daunting stuff!
    I never thought I'd become fearful of moving or change, but a funny thing inside me changed when I had my girl, just over a year ago.
    A need to plan and prepare!

    Heres our sitcho...
    We are currently living in Perth (although in NZ at the moment caring for my mum who is terminally ill).
    I have a 16 month old girl, my partner is FIFO in the mines in WA and will most likely continue to do so when we move to Vic.
    Im enrolling in a course at NMIT in Fairfield, which starts early next year.

    Im hoping to get some advice on suburbs that are close or commuting distance (less than 15 or 20 minutes) to Fairfield please ladies.

    Childcare will be important for us...Do we even have a chance at getting any?! Some of the posts sound pretty scary...
    What is the best thing I can do to start organising?
    Is there hope

    I lived in North Carlton when I was in my early 20's, loved it! Also its proximity to Fitzroy.
    We love eating out at cheap ethnic restaurants, neighbourhood pubs, and we still like to dream that when we move to Melb's, we will be able to visit these type of establishments from time to time.
    Although, our weekend to do list will probably be more like park visits, sunday farmers markets, design markets, and grabbing good coffee and food.

    Im hoping for suggestions on suburbs that has some green spaces, or close to parks. Young families, with a community feel a bonus.
    Closer to the city, the better, but realise our budget will put firm constraints on this...
    Am I dreaming?

    ...Budget!
    We will be renting to start with.
    Our max budget will likely be around the $450-$550 mark.

    Moonee Ponds?
    Is Eltham too far out?
    What are some other suggestions?

    One last question, sorry about bombarding with all the q's!
    Is it really difficult to secure a rental in Melbourne? IE: huge number of applicants? Property shortages, as is the case in Perth..

    Thanks a million Xx

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    Hi, I'll be back in the morning to say more but just thought I'd post now so I remember to come back

    Moonee Ponds is probably too expensive; Eltham is lovely. A little further out, but very pretty and green. Probably not so much happening in the way of vibrant ethnic communities. Have you thought of Preston/Thornbury? That's where I'd be looking based on your needs. I'm not 100% on the rental prices around there, or really what you think you'd like size wise.

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    Thanks heaps for your reply.
    I checked out your profile last night as you seem to be a mine of all things Melbourne+kids

    Size wise, I'd prefer a standalone house, but I guess we can do smaller terrace 2x beds if we needed to. Would prefer 3, but can definately do a 2 bedroom.
    More importantly we prefer to be in the mix of things.
    Park, cafes, restaurants, pubs close by.
    But am just worried about how hard it is to get a rental sussed and organising daycare.

    I'll check out rentals in Thornbury and Preston. Are there shops etc in these hoods?
    I really appreciate any help you can give

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    Oh gosh I forgot to come back
    Yes, there are a good mix of shops in that area. Preston has a fresh food market and a large shopping precinct. Both areas have a few nice little boutique shops and cafes. They're sort of up and coming areas. There's also Northland shopping centre which is a decent sized centre (has a Myer, Kmart, Big W, Hoyts cinema etc). The Merri Creek runs through these suburbs so that's nice for walks and things, and there's a decent amount of parks around.
    Child care is going to be tricky anywhere inner Melbourne. But if your DD is a little older it may be a little easier. Seems hardest to get younger babies into care, by toddler age some centres have a few more places. But I would be putting your name down at every centre in the area you're looking in. Once you move there you can check them out and take your name off any you don't like.
    I wouldn't be able to tell you what the rental market is like these days, last time we had to find a rental was over 10 years ago, in North Carlton as a matter of fact it was awful back then, really really hard. Not sure if it's the same now.
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    Both my sister live in nth. One in Carlton and one in thornbury.

    Carlton sister rents a modern two bedroom townhouse for $650 per week

    Thornbury sisters own a small one bedroom renovated flat that she could rent for maybe $250 per week.

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