I would have to agree with the person who said Sunbury, its a big town, still not connected to the city, though there is a 2 lane Hwy to the city, another good road via the airport and a train station. Its family friendly, has lots of shopping, pool, local show, etc. Its about 45-50 mins to Southern Cross and about the same by road.
I would also strongly recommend Gisborne, its about 10 mins past Sunbury, has everything, is on the same hwy, there is a train station in new gisborne and regular busses. Mt Macedon is up the rd which is a beautiful place to while away many an afternoon, beautiful hill station gardens which are regularly open that your DD would love. And it has THE BEST EVER FAIRY SHOP!!! Its called Myths and Legends... they have a website...
I would never live in Melton, its a hole. Nor would I live between Sunbury and say Essendon.... Dont really know the east side much except around the closer more expensive burbs, which would be awesome but VERY EXXY.
Hope you find somewhere.
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12-01-2012 20:25 #51-
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12-01-2012 20:55 #52
tbh i don't think you'll find it any cheaper living in Melbourne, unless you are willing to sacrifice something. You'll either need to find something smaller, closer in, or buy another car unless your OH is happy to commute a long and unpredictable journey on public transport, or you're happy to be without a car for the day. Which again means relying on long unpredictable PT journeys to get places.
ETA maybe a regional town would be better? I guess it depends on job opportunities too.
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12-01-2012 21:33 #53
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12-01-2012 21:39 #54
I should also add that the reason I gave this thread the title it has is because I have no issue living in a more regional area or further out from the city as some posters have suggested. It really all depends on where the best job comes up at. But I think it's important when looking at jobs and houses to know where not to apply and live. Also happy for info on where TO live. I know everyone will have differing opinions and as we are going to rent we won't be stuck if we don't like where we end up bug I know no matter where you go there ' those' places that you just don't want to live if you can help it.
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12-01-2012 22:05 #55
I would go Berwick like someone else suggested. Its great for families. Plenty of schools and childcare, great public transport
12-01-2012 23:33 #56
I live in Mernda which is outer north (30 kms from the city) and I love it here. Mostly new estates, great kinder and schools and a couple of the estates have their own supermarkets. We are only a five minute drive from a Westfield shopping centre, plus there are major shopping centres at Greensborough, Northland (Preston) and Epping which are all within 15 minutes away. There are also several child care centres around. We do lack a public high school but hopefully that will be resolved in a few years. Mernda is still a developing community but it is really family friendly... love it
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12-01-2012 23:43 #57
If you're going to be a one car family then definitely live near a train line. And if hubby's going to work in the city I'd prioritise proximity to his work over backyard size because Melbourne is very spread out - he could end up with a 2 hour commute if you live far out.
So I'm sure many of the outer burbs are nice places but when we were looking to buy we decided we'd rather have less room but more time with DH. Otherwise he wouldn't get to see DD at night after work as she goes to bed at 7pm.
So my suggestion is avoid the outer burbs.
I just did a quick search on domain.com.au and found 3 bedroom houses for under $400 in various eastern suburbs like Carnegie, Murrumbeena and Malvern East. All nice family places with 20 minute train rides to the city. It's definitely doable.
I also like Ormond, McKinnon, Bentleigh, Ashburton, Chadstone and around there.
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13-01-2012 00:19 #58
I live in the outer eastern suburbs and love it! We are inbetween 2 suburbs both country ish.. But both close enough to train stations with bus stops everywhere that will take you to a station anyway! It's fantastic for the kids, parks everywhere supermarkets everywhere and big shopping centers not too far away near the mount dandenongs which are beautiful! And not a long drive to snowy spots in winter.. I'm in Lilydale/Wandin, my parents live in the next suburb across which is just as charming it's beautiful here with the fresh country air and mostly friendly people everywhere. Prob takes just under an hour to get to the city by train and about the same by car now with east link! I wouldn't move anywhere else id def stay in this area
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13-01-2012 08:18 #59
Wandin IS beautiful
13-01-2012 09:28 #60-
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As others have said, you won't get anything for that price close to the city. I pay $350 for a 2 bdr unit in Thornbury (north). I paid $360 for a 2 bdr house (big garden and studio) in Yarraville (west). I lived in Elwood (south) for 10 years and you could only get a unit for that price. I'd be surprised if you could even get something in Bentleigh, Carnegie, Chadstone, Oakleigh way anymore that wasn't a dump.
In terms of suburbs I would avoid Springvale, Noble Park, broadmeadows, clayton, pakenham, Werribee. Too be honest I didn't love a lot of the suburbs in the West once I got too far out, but it's definitely up and coming.
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