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#1 Beth E

Posted 02 January 2013 - 10:14 PM

Hi there

My DH and I are considering moving to the ACT area (or surrounding areas) in the next year or two.  We have a 2.5 yo DS and would like to send him to a Christian/Anglican school when the time comes.  Can anyone recommend the best schools?  

My DH is a truck and bobcat driver, also experienced in mowing/garden care as well as handyman work.  

Our position is that we would like to have maybe a couple of acres, either with an existing house in decent condition, or build.

We would be prepared to commute both for work and DS's school.

We are been slightly daunted by the cost of properties that we have looked at so far.  Could anyone recommend any areas that may suit our situation?  

Would really appreciate any information or suggestions re schools, employment, areas - many thanks in advance!

#2 FeralRebelWClaws

Posted 03 January 2013 - 09:20 AM

Hi Beth!

It depends on how far you are willing to commute really, but acreages just outside of Canberra are still just as expensive as Canberra because so many people want to live on acreages but need to be close to Canberra for work.

Re schools if you lived outside of the southern side of Canberra (the southern most part is called Tuggeranong) then I can recommend Trinity Christian School. We have friends with children there and they are really happy with the school.

There are some small towns south of Canberra that might be a possibility (check out Burra, Williamsdale, Michelago or even Bredbo (70mks away from Canberra, but I worked with someone who commuted from there into southern Canberra every day for work, it is 100kph highway.)

Your other options are on the way out towards Yass (quite expensive I believe) or out of Queanbeyan or north of Canberra. I know people that commute to Canberra from Goulburn as well as Womboin.

#3 FeralAlpacasFool

Posted 03 January 2013 - 10:55 AM

We are just outside Queanbeyan on acreage. Our property is worth about the same as Canberra properties. If you look south as opposed to north (murrumbateman, Yass), your commute would be much quicker. PM me if you have any questions.

#4 purple_daisy

Posted 03 January 2013 - 11:19 AM

On the northside you school options would include Brindabella Christian College, Radford College or Burgman College (all go ELC or Kinder - 12). The latter two are known for being extremely expensive and usually parents put their child's name on the waiting list close after birth. BCC also has a wait list but nowhere near that bad and is more affordable.

As for property prices, acerages are very expensive as PPs have said, so you need to go quite a way before finding the cheaper properties. Collector (a tiny town half an hour north or Canberra) has some lovely spots though.

#5 Beth E

Posted 03 January 2013 - 07:03 PM

Thank you all very much.  Great information.

Looks like we may have to have a bigger mortgage than we wanted to, but hey, the lifestyle will be worth it I'm sure.

Are you all happy living in the area?  We want to make this our final move for many years and want to ensure that it will be a good area for our DS to grow up in, for us to work, etc.

We were actually looking at Brindabella Christian School, seems pretty good.  Has anyone heard anything negative about it at all?

Really appreciate your insights and experience   original.gif



#6 FeralAlpacasFool

Posted 04 January 2013 - 09:15 AM

I LOVE living in Canberra (well close to it). Kid friendly with just enough nice restaurants and things to do. And if you like doing cultural things, the art galleries, museums etc are great.

#7 Beth E

Posted 04 January 2013 - 07:17 PM

Thank you lovealpacas!

#8 FeralRebelWClaws

Posted 09 January 2013 - 08:17 AM

I agree Canberra is VERY child friendly. It has the convenience of being a city with all the services but without the same level of hustle and bustle as say Sydney or Melbourne.




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