My hub and I are seriously contemplating a move to the central coast after finally conceding that our beloved northern beaches does not match our borrowing capacity! We are pre approved, ready to buy and looking at properties to purchase up to $520K. So far we like the look of Ettalong, Kariong, Empire Bay, Saratoga. Not much time spent actually up there yet, (we've just done our first round of open houses) so we just don't know what we are doing really! It's all internet research at this point and google is no help at all...searches for 'good suburbs on the central coast' yields a confusion of outdated info and crazy anecdotes eg. 'Domestic violence capital of NSW' 'bored drunk teenagers', 'ghetto' and my favourite 'Mt Druitt by the sea'. Hardly enticing! I also read good stuff too but it's hard when just about every suburb cops a bad rap.
Are there any Mums on here who have made the jump from the beaches up to the coast, and if so, where should I look?
Ideally we would like to be close to water, parks, shops but I guess our main thing is good local schools and daycare as well as nice neighbourhoods and low crime. We have a 5 yo and 3 yo. Can anyone help?
Thanks in advance!