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Relocating to Melbourne
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Posted 13 April 2012 - 05:55 PM
We are considering relocating to Melbourne, we would probably look at renting out our house in Perth for 12 months while we rent in Victoria to get a feel for if it really is the right move for us.
We are a family of four, which includes two boys one almost five and one almost 2. We can afford to spend around $800K on a house and would prefer to be within 40km of the CBD. We don't mind whether its public or private school (at the moment our son attends an excellent public school).
what area would you recommend and why????
Posted 13 April 2012 - 06:04 PM
I've never lived in Melbourne but have family friends that we've visited there. I love the areas of Mentone/Mordiallac/Aspendale. I think they are called the bay side suburbs and are withing 30km of the city. For $800k you would get a big modern house.
Posted 13 April 2012 - 06:08 PM
You'd get a decent size house for that! If you want a very family suburb, Blackburn and surrounds are well in your price range for a nice house. If you go out to where I live (the Dandenongs) you'd get a decent size mansion for that ;-P
Posted 13 April 2012 - 06:12 PM
Just had a look at prices in Blackburn. Man I WISH we had kept our house there... it would be worth a fortune by now - in a prominent street, smaller house but nice size block. He bought it like 20 years ago for $140,000 (or less??) and pretty much owned it outright but we sold it to move to the hills, made some bad mistakes and now own nothing :-/ But by geez I wish we'd kept it!
Posted 13 April 2012 - 06:13 PM
It depends on what you are looking for in a suburb. What has attracted you to Melbourne and what kind of area do you want to live in? More info needed, as your budget will allow a broad range of options.
Posted 13 April 2012 - 06:19 PM
Well we went over for a holiday last year and just loved the whole atmosphere, the going out for dinner, the shopping but to be honest the biggest draw for us is the footy!!! Maybe not a good enough reason to relocate but if we don't do it now we never will.
I would like a newer style suburb, probably not too far from the beach but within easy reach of the city (so we can go to the football). A fairly modern house, my husband has no DIY skills so would prefer something that didn't need doing up. More of a family orientated area than a professionals and somewhere that has a good primary school and high school close by.
And close to a train line so hubby can catch the train to the city for work
Edited by 4boys2girls, 13 April 2012 - 06:21 PM.
Posted 13 April 2012 - 06:26 PM
you want to live on the Hurstbridge train line if it's the footy you're after
Check out suburbs like Watsonia, Greensborough, Rosanna and Eltham
Posted 13 April 2012 - 06:49 PM
Did you go to the beach while you were in Melbourne? The beaches on Port Phillip Bay are a bit rubbish compared to Perth beaches, so you might not care about being that close to the beach!
But if you do, I'd recommend looking at the south eastern suburbs along the Sandringham and Frankston train lines. If not, I second the PP's recommendation of Eltham and surrounding suburbs - it's nice around there, family oriented and very leafy. Also relatively close to the city.
Other than that, I'm not much help as I'm more familiar with the inner suburbs.
Posted 13 April 2012 - 06:59 PM
No we didn't look at any beaches. So thanks for the tips!
Been looking on Real Estate.com and have to say I'm loving the look of Eltham.
au*lit i don't think we could afford inner suburbs, looked at Essendon and Carlton but not getting a lot for your money from what i could see.
At the moment we have a 5 x 2 so wouldn't want to go less than 4 bedrooms, but from what i can see 3 bedrooms seems to be the majority - would that be right???
this is why i think renting would be the way to go first!
Posted 13 April 2012 - 07:07 PM
We've just moved down from the Central Coast in NSW to Melbourne and I love it!
Chosing a suburb depends on what your lifestyle is like, so if you like beach side towns then I look at the Bayside area. I have a friends who lives in Aspendale Gardens which I think is a newish suburb.
Or if you like character homes, leafy streets with parks then the Eastern Northern suburbs are a good choice.
I settled on Surrey Hills which is 12km from the CBD (25min drive). The suburb has great public, catholic and private schools. Shopping is also great locally in Camberwell and I'm only 6km from Chadstone.
I have found the whole area to be very family friendly, I have also heard the same of Bayside.
Edited by Stinkermouse, 13 April 2012 - 07:08 PM.
Posted 13 April 2012 - 07:08 PM
Look at domain.com.au too - Domain is used more in Melb than in Perth, but most houses are listed on both.
You're right you won't get a lot for 800K in the inner suburbs. Many older houses only have two or three bedrooms but newer houses tend to have the four bed standard.
Posted 13 April 2012 - 07:11 PM
Our long term plans are to eventually move from QLD to Melbourne or just outside for the lifestyle as well. We are footy fanatics and its hopeless up here.
Posted 13 April 2012 - 07:22 PM
I have lived in:
Dandenongs - Beautiful, serene, but too far from city
Surrey Hills, Mont Albert, Camberwell - Well to do Eastern suburbs. Very family friendly and leafy. Good schools
Richmond, Hawthorn - Eastern more inner city, not as family friendly, but excellent for eating out
Brunswick, Coburg - Inner North, Not family friendly, but great for going out, too expensive for what you get
Moonee Ponds - Love it - parks, shopping, restaurants, childcare options, but finding a decent house for a reasonable amount is a pain
Avondale Heights - Near Essendon and Moonee Ponds, cheaper, but not as nice
My grandmother lived in Mentone and it was a great place for my dad to grow up, but is very expensive now. I know people who live in BonBeach and say it's lovely. I have family in Mornington, which is pricey, but good for being near sea and having good access to stuff.
I have had friends who lived in Eltham and it's beautiful. It is a little further out, but if you don't mind a commute it is worth it.
My pick would be Surrey Hills. Having said that the traffic is murder from East into CBD, but transport is great down that way.
Posted 13 April 2012 - 07:41 PM
Was coming in to suggest Blackburn, Eltham or Rosanna. Not close to the beach but all family friendly areas with nice houses, parks and schools. If you want to be a bit closer in, Ascot Vale or Pascoe Vale might suit but it is an area with older houses, many renovated but still not modern as such.
Are you or your DH going to work in the city? Train lines are good from all these but by car from Elthsm or Rosanna is a bit painful. Bayside suburbs are great if you're planning on working in the industrial business centres like moorabbin, Dandenong or Clayton etc.
Lots of nice suburbs around, have a look on realestate.com and see which ones you like, although I think you maybe need to visit and do some drives to suburbs you like to get a real feel for it.
Posted 13 April 2012 - 07:52 PM
I live in the northern suburbs and it only takes me 20mins to get to flemington rd. For the price range you are looking at, you have heaps of options unless you want right near the beach or city (not that I'd recommend either).
I also agree with PP that Melbourne beaches are sort of pathetic.
Edited by eleishas, 13 April 2012 - 07:56 PM.
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