We have just found out that my husbands job is being relocated from Brisbane to Melbourne, so we are going to move to Melbourne in May (only 6 weeks! eek!).
We will need to move quickly and find a place to rent (preferably a house or town house) to accommodate our family of four with 2 young children (7 mths & 2.5yrs). We are would be looking at family-oriented suburbs with good daycare facilities, primary schools, parks, public transport, community centres etc.
While we don’t want to live 5mins from the CBD, we’d prefer not to travel over 40 mins (by train) to get to the CBD. My husband would be working in Altona and drive to work. I am currently on maternity leave (well, will have to quit when I move!), but also a professional and would probably look for work in the city in the next year or so. I don't have a car and prefer to use public transport and walk where possible, so it would need to be near to public transport/shops/parks etc. We currently live 20 minutes by train from central Brisbane, it is a nice suburb, close to shops etc and where there is always a buzz and busy feel , so I guess while we don’t want to be too close to the city, we also don’t want to be anywhere too secluded! And near to other social mummies and kids too (playgroups etc) -- I like to keep busy with my kids!
We’ve looked on a website called cityhobo.com which profiles Melbourne suburbs and like the sound of Kensington, Yarraville, Williamstow, maybe Altona itself. More broadly we’re thinking North / Northwest, Inner North. Preferably not more than 30 minutes from Altona for the commute for my hubby. The above suburbs/areas is purely based on internet research and speaking to 1 friend (without kids) who lives in Melbourne. I would greatly appreciate any recommendations you may have on suburbs/areas that fit what we’re looking for and any family-friendly facilities and schools you regard highly in these areas.
While there is much information on the internet, personal experience/advice from other mums and dads is worth so much more.
Thank you so much for your help!