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    Default Moving to Newcastle: what suburbs to live in?

    DH job is moving to williamtown so we need to make the move to Newcastle in June. Can anyone recommend the best suburbs to live? We don't mind if it's in the bay or closer into Newcastle. Needs to have good schools as we have 3 at school with another starting next year.

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    I've got a girlfriend in corlette. The local school is very good according to her. Close to beaches and very pretty.

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    I have lived in Port Stephens and currently live in Newcastle. My preference is Newcastle simply because I think it has a great balance of everything.

    If facilities are important to you, Newcastle is better. If you prefer somewhere slower paced with more of a small town feel, Port Stephens might suit you more.

    Corlette, Soldiers Point & Salamander Bay are my preferred areas in Port Stephens. Nelson Bay is fine too, depending on the street. Do your homework and try to find a house that's not close to holiday rentals - the place is loaded with them. I say this because the guests can be quite rowdy at times. It becomes a hectic tourist hub in the school holidays - the summer holidays busy solidly for the 6 weeks.

    My pick of the suburbs in Newcastle would be New Lambton/New Lambton Heights, Adamstown Heights, Adamstown, Merewether, Bar Beach, Cooks Hill, The Hill, The Junction, Garden Suburb & Kotara.

    I feel like Newcastle is almost like a well kept secret - it's a really great place to live, and truly doesn't get the credit it deserves.

    Happy to answer any questions

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rose&Aurelia&Hannah View Post
    I've got a girlfriend in corlette. The local school is very good according to her. Close to beaches and very pretty.
    We were originally looking up that way and DH wants to live there (there's actually a house available there but only 3 bedder). Great to know the school is recommended which is a biggie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mod-Degrassi View Post
    I have lived in Port Stephens and currently live in Newcastle. My preference is Newcastle simply because I think it has a great balance of everything.

    If facilities are important to you, Newcastle is better. If you prefer somewhere slower paced with more of a small town feel, Port Stephens might suit you more.

    Corlette, Soldiers Point & Salamander Bay are my preferred areas in Port Stephens. Nelson Bay is fine too, depending on the street. Do your homework and try to find a house that's not close to holiday rentals - the place is loaded with them. I say this because the guests can be quite rowdy at times. It becomes a hectic tourist hub in the school holidays - the summer holidays busy solidly for the 6 weeks.

    My pick of the suburbs in Newcastle would be New Lambton/New Lambton Heights, Adamstown Heights, Adamstown, Merewether, Bar Beach, Cooks Hill, The Hill, The Junction, Garden Suburb & Kotara.

    I feel like Newcastle is almost like a well kept secret - it's a really great place to live, and truly doesn't get the credit it deserves.

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    You're the second person to recommend Adamstown and from what I have researched, most people think it is a nice area. I take it it's quite expensive? But worth it?
    Could you recommend the better schools in the areas? I'm happy to choose location based on schools.

    Do you know much about Thornton? A friend has moved from SA to there and likes it. From google maps, it seems further away from things though?

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    We lived in Adamstown and Hamilton and preferred Hamilton - we were just off Beaumont street - which was great for cafes.

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    Sorry bubs hit reply.
    This was pre kids though, so can't recommend schools. I loved Newcastle. Most of the military families lived up in Medowie and liked it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BabyG4 View Post
    You're the second person to recommend Adamstown and from what I have researched, most people think it is a nice area. I take it it's quite expensive? But worth it?
    Could you recommend the better schools in the areas? I'm happy to choose location based on schools.

    Do you know much about Thornton? A friend has moved from SA to there and likes it. From google maps, it seems further away from things though?
    Unfortunately I'm not the best person to recommend schools as I just don't have the knowledge (I have only been in the Newcastle area for about 2.5 years). My little guy starts school next year, but we're not sure where he's going yet (he has additional needs).

    Adamstown/Adamstown Heights are on the pricier side, but yes I do think it's worth it to live in a good area. Will you be renting to begin with?

    As for Thornton, I used to work with a lady who lived there and she really liked it. It's supposed to have some nice newer style housing estates and has a large shopping centre nearby. It's nowhere near the ocean though, so it gets a bit hot/dry in summer and it would be colder in winter than your inner city suburbs. Your DH might find the traffic a little congested too, depending on what time of day he travels to/from Williamtown.

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    @BabyG4, I was a teacher in the Newcastle area, and lived in Maitland (near Thornton). If you want some more in depth considerations, feel free to PM me.


    Eta: I grew up in that area, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shebes View Post
    Sorry bubs hit reply.
    This was pre kids though, so can't recommend schools. I loved Newcastle. Most of the military families lived up in Medowie and liked it.
    I knew a lot of defence families lived in Medowie, it's nice and close to the base. When we were visiting last year I had a look and wasn't a fan.

    I'll look more into the other 2 suburbs.


 

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