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    Default Moving to Melbourne (possibly)

    Hi everyone, My husband has applied for a job in St Kilda so we may be relocating from QLD to Melbourne sometime very soon. I have family in various areas (Mernda, Glen Iris, Malvern, Bayswater) so would like your opinions on affordable ($350 - $450 weekly rent), family friendly suburbs that would be a fairly easy commute to St Kilda but also fairly central to all my family. We're thinking the north, north-east area. Possibly out east, but not too far out. Somewhere with good schools and kindergartens (DD in Prep and DS in Kindergarten), close to shops, parks and easy access to extra-curricular stuff like ballet, etc. I'd prefer not to be driving all over the place for all these things, so a place with these sorts of facilities close by would be fantastic. I know I can't have it all, but am just interested in any areas that you, as young families, enjoy living in Melbourne. I grew up in Melb and love it! But raising a family there is unfamiliar to me so would love your opinions.Thank you!Sarah

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    Hi! Is there a reason you want to go north when St Kilda is south?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kw123 View Post
    Hi! Is there a reason you want to go north when St Kilda is south?
    Mainly just because my parents are North, and as far as family/grandparents stuff is concerned it would be better to be close(ish) to them. Part of the reason we're relocating is to be closer to family, but I wouldn't want hubby to have to drive over and hour every day to get to work. So somewhere in between would be great.I'm open to suggestions near St Kilda area too. I just know that it's really not that affordable in the south/south-east area (love it there though!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by kw123 View Post
    Hi! Is there a reason you want to go north when St Kilda is south?
    I'm open to suggestions near St Kilda area too. I just know that it's really not that affordable in the south/south-east area (love it there though!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by SarEmS View Post
    Mainly just because my parents are North, and as far as family/grandparents stuff is concerned it would be better to be close(ish) to them. Part of the reason we're relocating is to be closer to family, but I wouldn't want hubby to have to drive over and hour every day to get to work. So somewhere in between would be great.
    In peak hour traffic it will take over an hour to get from northern suburbs to St Kilda. I'd seriously rethink your choice of location! Think east or South- East. Up to you though, if being close to family is more important than travel time then go for it.

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    Yeah it's definitely more expensive than the north. We are currently in Prahran and moving north for that reason! I just don't think I would want to subject my DH to going from North to South each day, and vice versa, in rush hour. Hoddle St/ Punt Rd is the main artery and it's pretty awful!

    Best thing to do would be to get a map and circle the areas your family is in and St Kilda and then see what's in the middle? I think you will prob have to look East to keep in budget.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kw123 View Post
    Yeah it's definitely more expensive than the north. We are currently in Prahran and moving north for that reason! I just don't think I would want to subject my DH to going from North to South each day, and vice versa, in rush hour. Hoddle St/ Punt Rd is the main artery and it's pretty awful!

    Best thing to do would be to get a map and circle the areas your family is in and St Kilda and then see what's in the middle? I think you will prob have to look East to keep in budget.
    My family used to live in Prahran! Know the area well
    Yeah, I know North-South is quite a hike. What about Heidelberg and surrounding suburbs. From what I can tell, on the map, it seems fairly central to what we need. Any knowledge about that area?

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    No sorry. But would def be more than an hour to St Kilda.

    I'd look East rather than North?

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    I'm in St Kilda. Avoid punt rd as much as you can, that's my only advice.

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    Sorry yo crash the thread but just want to ask Is punt rd bad in peak hour traffic? I live in the north and am thinking of applying for a job in St. Kilda. Is that a big no-no?


 

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