I live in the foothills of the Dandening Ranges (I.e. Ferntree Gully area) and I love it! However my partner and I don't work in the city
So neither of us have to deal with the traffic!
Box Hill at about 7am will be fine - about half an hour.
Travelling to the city from Ferntree Gully at around 9am would be a nightmare - I'm not going to lie! Having said that though, all traffic in Melbourne going towards the city in peak hour is a nightmare - especially coming from the East as the Monash freeway is always bumper-to-bumper with major delays!
Wherever you choose to move to in the general vicinity of those suburbs, you will have traffic issues - there is always so much standstill traffic at that time of the morning in Melbourne. Because Ferntree Gully is a little further out from the city, it will add time to your commute, but in terms of standstill traffic you won't have THAT much luck in any other eastern suburb I'm afraid! Gotta love Melbourne's traffic :S
This post has been edited by Kalota: 02/01/2013, 08:13 AM