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      What's it like living around gosford?

      Hi all

      we are hoping to move out to NSW next summer, and have been considering our options for buying property. We are retired so won't have to consider a commute, but also will have a fixed budget because there will be no mortgage.

      we originally thought we would like to settle in Kiama, which is an easy two hour train ride from our daughter in Sydney. However, prices in that area seem to be rocketing and if they continue we will no longer be able to afford it.

      We we had originally dismissed the Central Coast as being too quiet, but the property prices round gosford are very appealing. It's no good getting more property for our money if there isn't much of a social hub there, so I'm wondering if anyone can give me a clue about life in and around Gosford/ Woywoy. Ideally we'd like to be on a train line because although we both drive we don't necessarily always want to ...

      main in concern is the demographic - would we be likely to find other recent retirees or would we be out on a limb?


      Thanks for all replies.

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      [QUOTE=Fisher1;1936990395]Hi all

      we are hoping to move out to NSW next summer, and have been considering our options for buying property. We are retired so won't have to consider a commute, but also will have a fixed budget because there will be no mortgage.

      we originally thought we would like to settle in Kiama, which is an easy two hour train ride from our daughter in Sydney. However, prices in that area seem to be rocketing and if they continue we will no longer be able to afford it.

      We we had originally dismissed the Central Coast as being too quiet, but the property prices round gosford are very appealing. It's no good getting more property for our money if there isn't much of a social hub there, so I'm wondering if anyone can give me a clue about life in and around Gosford/ Woywoy. Ideally we'd like to be on a train line because although we both drive we don't necessarily always want to ...

      main in concern is the demographic - would we be likely to find other recent retirees or would we be out on a limb?

      I guess it's a similar train journey from The Central Coast to Sydney, perhaps less than Kiama to Sydney, depending where your daughter is living in Sydney. I wouldn't have thought that Gosford itself or even Woy Woy are quieter than Kiama. Is living in Sydney not an option? Perhaps Blue Mountains, Penrith, Campbelltown areas?

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      [QUOTE=MARYROSE02;1936990406]
      Quote Originally Posted by Fisher1 View Post
      Hi all

      we are hoping to move out to NSW next summer, and have been considering our options for buying property. We are retired so won't have to consider a commute, but also will have a fixed budget because there will be no mortgage.

      we originally thought we would like to settle in Kiama, which is an easy two hour train ride from our daughter in Sydney. However, prices in that area seem to be rocketing and if they continue we will no longer be able to afford it.

      We we had originally dismissed the Central Coast as being too quiet, but the property prices round gosford are very appealing. It's no good getting more property for our money if there isn't much of a social hub there, so I'm wondering if anyone can give me a clue about life in and around Gosford/ Woywoy. Ideally we'd like to be on a train line because although we both drive we don't necessarily always want to ...

      main in concern is the demographic - would we be likely to find other recent retirees or would we be out on a limb?

      I guess it's a similar train journey from The Central Coast to Sydney, perhaps less than Kiama to Sydney, depending where your daughter is living in Sydney. I wouldn't have thought that Gosford itself or even Woy Woy are quieter than Kiama. Is living in Sydney not an option? Perhaps Blue Mountains, Penrith, Campbelltown areas?

      Thanks Mary Rose, we live by the coast at the moment and want to carry on living by the coast if we can ... Even though it's more expensive.

      its not so much about gosford being quiet, as it being potentially full of young commuters... Do people retire there as they do to Kiama I wonder.
      Last edited by Fisher1; 18-09-2016 at 04:28 PM.
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      Gosford is the biggest town on the Central Coast but I wouldn't want to live there, frankly. I believe the English expression is chavvy!

      It's not easy to find lively towns like Kiama at a reasonable price - most little coastal towns are quiet with not much going on, and the ones that aren't are going to be desirable and therefore pricey.

      I don't know the area well, but when I was living in Sydney there was always a lot of advertising for over-55's developments around Lake Macquarie. I don't mean retirement homes - developers get concessions for building houses/villas/townhouses for over-55's only, but they don't have extra fees for support services etc.
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      The area around Umina and Ettalong could suit you. A fair bit of development has gone on and there is quite a reasonable number of things to get involved in. I have a son who has a business in the area and his in-laws moved up there from Sydney. It is only about 10 minutes to the station in WoyWoy. The population in the area covers the whole range of ages - children to retirees.
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      My parents are a bit further up at Toukley, the nearest stop is Wyong and there's a reasonably fast train into Sydney available. It's a place with retirees and young families, and has everything they need like major shopping areas at Tuggerah with local clubs and amenities, the only downside is because it's on a surf beach the main road gets a bit clogged in summer.

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      Thanks guys, it's so difficult to know ... We did go to gosford for the day once and weren't particularly impressed but you know, house prices can put a glow on the most unlikely spot! We'll definitely look at toukley and ettalong when we arrive ... We are almost certainly going to rent for a few months first. It's so difficult to find anywhere affordable around Sydney now, and living in a really beautiful town in North Wales makes at the moment makes it difficult to consider moving away from the coast.

      Hopefully we'll get the house sold and scrape into Kiama by our bootstraps!
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      My favourite place on the Central Coast is Avoca Beach. Don't know how expensive it is now - used to be very reasonable. It's about 25 mins from Gosford.
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      Think it's quite expensive but I'll check. thank you.
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      There are lots of beautiful areas around Gosford and lots of areas for retirees. Woy Woy has some nice parts and Umina and Ettalong are lovely. Point Clair is on the water too and is lovely and has a station.

     

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