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  1. HI all, Has anyone here ever released some equity in their UK property to buy a property in the UK? I just want to gauge everyone's opinion/experience on this whether it is an option worth considering or not for me. I recently was granted the PR (100), and intend to keep my property in the UK whilst gearing up to buy a property in Australia in the near future (once my wife & I are settled there with job/life etc, in the interim will be staying with the "outlaws" ). I'm keen to keep my property in UK for quite some time and have a fairly low LTV (Loan-to-value), and can scrape just about enough UK savings for say a 20% deposit in Melbourne. I just want to lay out all the options in case I have missed any, and pros and cons of each one: Option A: Rent out UK property; no equity release; use UK cash savings for a 20% deposit in Australia Option B: Rent out UK property; release some equity; use UK cash savings and cash from equity release for a bigger deposit in Australia Option C: Sell UK property; use cash from UK home sale for a outright purchase or large deposit in Australia The factors I've been thinking out loud are FX risk, tax implications, hassle (time and effort), interest rates UK vs Aus, Brexit ... etc. Thanks in advance for your valuable feedback!
  2. Hi there, Been a member for a while but I think this is my first post. My wife and I are moving out to Melbourne at the beginning of May. It's our intention to rent out or property in the UK and in turn rent out a property in Melbourne for the first year. I have a couple of questions and wondered if anybody could offer some advice. I'd read / heard that most people tend to sort out some sort of temp accomodation (say 4 weeks) which they give themselves to find a rental property. In peoples experience does it really take that long to sort something out. I'm not planning on starting work for 1 - 2 months after heading out so I'm going to have plenty of time to look. I'd thought that perhaps giving ourselves 2 weeks (we don't have kids so we can be pretty flexible and adaptive if need be). Also with the work situation. Like I say I don't intend to start working straight away. I was wondering how estate agents / landlords may view that. I have statements from my mortgage company to say that my payments are up to date and I can show bank statements that prove I will be able to pay the rent. I simply want to have a bit of a break when I get out there and try to sort things out with a little less stress than having a full time job would add. We headed out for a visit in November and had a look round all the suburbs so we're pretty clued in on where we want to stay and the type of property we are after. I guess I just don't want to get lumped with a bill for temp accomodation that after hindsight we may not have needed. Serviced Apartment charges seem astronomical in Melbourne.
  3. Hi all I was wondering if anyone here has shipped household goods from Malta to Australia and whether they used a company in Malta they'd recommend. More generally, anybody have any recommendations for shipping companies in Australia, as I may opt to hire an Ozzie company to manage the move instead. Thanks for any help
  4. theonetruechris

    house moving firm in melbourne

    Hi we are due to move at the end of the month. more packing and moving while trying to work is going to be a nightmare since the new place is over an hours drive away from where we are. anyone ever used a removal firm to do a local move? If so, whos recommended?
  5. The best schools are located in predominately the east and south-east of Melbourne. There area also a couple of other great performing schools on the Mornington Peninsula and Werribee.
  6. Can anyone recommend a good hairdressing salon? I have been here since 1st March and the time has come to experience my first aussie haircut :unsure:. I had the same hairdresser back in Scotland for years so would appreciate any recommendations for good salons in the Melbourne. I live in Berwick but don't mind travelling into the city. Thanks Fiona
  7. The Pom Queen

    Mount Eliza - Melbourne Suburb

    Mount Eliza Mt Eliza is 48km from Melbourne CBD or 7km to Frankston which is the largest town close by and has the train station taking you to the City. The population of Mt Eliza is around 18,000. 77% of which are Australians born and bred, 12% are from the UK. Mount Eliza is both a seaside town and an outer suburb of Melbourne, situated between Frankston and Mornington. The area offers its residents spectacular views and a friendly communal atmosphere. Its coastline is generally comprised of rugged cliffs, although there are some sandy beaches that offer fantastic swimming spots. The suburb is popular with retirees, as it is not far from the city, and it is also close to the spectacular Mornington Country Golf Club. Property Rentals Whilst there are some stunning properties in Mt Eliza rentals are hard to find. A 3 bed will set you back around $480pw and a 4 bed around $620pw http://www.realestate.com.au/rent/in-mount+eliza,+vic+3930/list-1 For Sale Mt Eliza properties are always in high demand, you won't find many new builds here, only older established homes. A 3 bed house to buy will be around $730,000 and a 4 bed will just be under the million mark. This is current in Feb 2016. http://www.realestate.com.au/buy/in-Mount%20Eliza,%20VIC%203930/list-1 Shopping The commercial centre of town surrounds the intersection of Mount Eliza Way and Canadian Bay Road. Here there are boutique shops and cafes, including the ever-popular cafe on the Mount. There is also a large IGA supermarket and a Woolworths. The main shops can be found 7km in Frankston Mt Eliza Farmers Market The market is held once a month within the Village Green, right in the heart of Mount Eliza. Depending on the season, shoppers will find both organic and conventionally grown vegetables, stone fruit, berries, free-range eggs, meat, smallgoods, bread, boutique beers and wine. There are hot food stalls and free entertainment. Schools Families will find there are also plenty of schools, including a campus of the Melbourne Business School, the highly reputable Peninsula School, four primary schools and the Mount Eliza Secondary College. Melbourne Business School Secondary schools The Peninsula School Toorak College Mount Eliza Secondary College Primary schools Kunyung Primary School Mount Eliza Primary School Mount Eliza North Primary School St. Thomas More Catholic Primary School Transport Mount Eliza is served by two major roadways, the Nepean Highway and Moorooduc Highway. The Melbourne bus routes 772, 773, 781, 784, 785 & 788 also serve the area. Recreational Parks The Mount Eliza Regional Park, accessed via Two Bays Road, incorporates the former Moorooduc Quarry and offers views across the surrounding plains. At the southern end of the park is a lake with picnic areas and a playground. The Mornington Tourist Railway, which offers steam train rides, has its Moorooduc station located adjacent to the park.
  8. Gary90

    Suggestions on where to move

    Hi there, Myself and my partner are looking at potential places to live in between Ballarat and Melbourne CBD, nothing is certain I’ve just had a potential job come up in Ballarat, but my partner would be working in Melbourne CBD, I was wondering if any one has and suggestions or experienced living in the suburbs between both, we ideally would like an equal distance and have been looking around Melton and Eynesbury. any information would be great thanks Gary
  9. The Pom Queen

    Mornington - Melbourne

    Mornington Mornington is a wonderful spot to live and it’s well renowned for being “a great village” to live in. Not only for its beautiful beaches and parks but for its shops, cafes, schools and recreational activities. Mornington’smain street is an iconic location with vibrant shops that allow you to stroll around. There is so much to do in Mornington making it a very attractive spot to live, for example you can play bare foot lawn bowls with beach views, golf, visit day spas, sail, play tennis or walk along the clifftop walking tracks. It doesn’t end there, it’s known for its spectacular parks, beaches and boutique shops. Both Mills beach and Fisherman’s beach are located at the end of Main Street Mornington where you will also find the Mornington Yacht Club. Mornington has a vibrant nightlife with pubs, bars and resturants which is warmly welcomed by locals for a night out. Belura Hill Estate is close to Main Street and the beaches making it more expensive than the other side of Nepean Highway or Mt Martha side of Mornington. Good news is that even in the estate off Benton’s road you have access to the large variety of shops at BentonsRoad. I have lived here for over 8 years and love it. There are plenty of schools/kinders/childcare centres and facilities so it’s well worth a drive to take a look around. You will love the lifestyle of Mornington Peninsula because you an walk to shops, browse around and feel the nostalgic vibes. There is always something happening in Main Street, markets occur on Wednesdays and there is also another crafty market at Mornington Racecourse,which are absolutely fantastic. How could I forget Mornington also have a racecourse which is home to the Mornington Cup. Mornington is a rural suburb , which has areas that are very ‘horsey’, you will see stud farms and trainers based in close proximity to the Racecourse. Mornington is no longer a secret, people identify it as one of the top places to live. Neighbourhoods close by to Mornington include Mt Eliza and Mt Martha these house many neighbourhoods and high numbers of permanent residents. Transport in and around Mornington is excellent, serviced by buses, freeways and trains that link to the city which is just 50kms to the North. Many workers commute to the city daily and say they won’t move closer because Mornington provides them with an opportunity to de-stress, unwind and live the lifestyle they choose. The area is a fantastic spot to bring up a family. It has outstanding state schools positioned near by and private schools such as Toorak Colledge and the Peninsula school located in Mt Eliza. Families like the fact they have the opportunity to give their children an opportunity to grow and reside in an area with outstanding amenities and services normally only seen in inner urban suburbs. You will have your choice of house type finding beach shacks, mansions, town houses and residential houses in and around the coast. Several new estates have also been established in the suburbs around Mornington such as Mt Martha which are more affordable to young families and couples.
  10. Hello everyone, I am writing because I would like to know if those who already worked at fantastic framing can give me a testimony of what they did. Also maybe you can give me more details about the accommodation they give? Am I taking risks in this company ? This company seems to have the "dream job" but I am not sure. Thanks for your answers
  11. Hi There, we're young family with 2 kids (3 yo and 1 yo). we're from Indonesia and recently received our Australia citizenship. we're planing to move from Jakarta, Indonesia to Melbourne or Perth. still don't know which area to decide. we're looking to a safe place to raise kids, a friendly people, good education for the kids, good jobs opportunity in warehousing/barista/communication industry. we have visited melbourne last year and stay there for quite some time. we love the city, but the real estate price is quite something. $400-$500k house is about 1-2 hour train from melbourne CBD. so we really need some informations about this 2 cities to decide which one is better to live. thanks before ?
  12. Hey Friends, I am planning to start a business of mug printing and for that, I need to build some contacts, do you guys have any reference from where I can get some good quality custom mugs and with same day mug printing facility. I search on the google with this phrase and some of the websites were there: check them out and recommend if you know any of them: https://www.bigwphotos.com.au/products/standard-mug https://www.photobox.com.au/shop/home-gifts/photo-mug https://www.printyo.net.au/personalised-mugs Please suggest me a good company from any of these or else
  13. Hoping someone is able to help me out and offer advice! Little bit of a different topic. So I've been over to Australia a couple of times and fell in love with it. And in typical British fashion, would love to up sticks and move there. I've got quite a lot of close family friends and school friends who live out there so luckily I wouldn't be completely alone over there. I'm currently studying a Masters in Professional Acting in London and for the last year, I have been contemplating moving after I have graduated. It's now or never right? But my main concern is my career choice. I'm well aware that the acting industry is tough and very competitive no matter where you are - however I was wondering if anybody on here knows a thing or two about the Acting Industry over in Australia - specifically Sydney, or even Melbourne? If so, I have a couple of questions. What is the industry like? Is it a good place to be for a career in Acting? How tough is getting an agent? And are the agencies good out there in terms of getting you auditions? Do you get many opportunities in terms of Film & TV? Is it possible to get representation if only on a Working Holiday Visa? Do they offer opportunities to audition for US TV shows & Films? Any advice would be amazing!! Would massively appreciate it as it is hard to find advice on this through google. Thank you, Zoe
  14. elderberry

    Freezing in Melbourne

    This is my second winter in Australia and although Melbourne is generally a great place to live, the winter is hard going! Is it me or is this year colder than last year? I'm not sure I could cope being in the UK over winter now
  15. Hi. Our business is in need of UK trained carpenters/joiners who want to work on heritage wooden windows. Our business is a leader and booming. We know UK has the skilled trades, as we already have them on our team now in Oz. If your serious about a job and settling in Australia see http://www.seek.com.au/Job/36406079/?cid=ios-share We are not offering sponsorship but we are offering a job in a business that’s spread nationally in a short period
  16. Hi All, We are moving to Melbourne in October - arranged by my employer - and I'm trying to get organised well in advance for rental accommodation. We are looking at living in the Eastern outer suburbs but wont settle on an area straight away until we have been to them in person. We have 2 children so we want to be settled in a home as soon as possible so that schools can be arranged. My questions are: 1. What paperwork/references will we need to provide to the letting agents? 2. What do you normally have to put down upfront before renting (fees? deposit? - what are the deposit rules? (in UK its normally 1.5 x monthly rent in deposit)) 3. Is the rental market aggressively competitive? Will we struggle finding a home? I have looked online and there seem to be lots of properties for rent so I am hoping its not too bad! 4. How secure is renting? We have had such a nightmare in the UK renting where we've had to move every 2 years with little notice due to the landlords change in circumstances (selling the house, giving it to their own children, wanting to massively increase the rent or do renovation while we are living there)? We want to feel we can settle in a home without the constant threat of having to move. Many thanks in advance. ?
  17. Hi, after some advice please. We are moving out to Melbourne in September for husbands work, with our two young children. We tried (and failed) to live in Melbourne before the kids and my lasting memory was how competitive the rental market was. At that time we didn’t have jobs and also had two dogs but endless applications with bank statements, offers of 2/3 months rent upfront were rejected. Husbands work has offered to financially support the move for 2 months but not to find somewhere to live. Does anyone know if it’s possible to secure rental accommodation without actually being in the country, and if not, any suggestions as a short term solution?
  18. Morning all, We've just received quotes in for a 40ft container shipment of household goods from Melb to UK (southampton). Eye-watering... If you've done the move back to the UK from Melbourne, I'd really appreciate if you could let me know some ballpark figures of what it cost you. Many thanks in advance, R
  19. Good day all. I have been offered a job in Bacchus Marsh but would like to live as close to Melbourne as possible and commute to work daily. I would therefor like to know what suburbs, I suppose western, would be good options for me? Obviously looking at proximity to a train station with a direct line to Bacchus. Safe suburbs are key as I hear there are youth gangs out in the west making an appearance. I was looking at Footscray. Can anybody offer any information surroundthing this suburb? Or others that might be appealing? Thank you in advance.
  20. Johnnyboy

    Cost of living in Melbourne

    Hello, The more we think about it, the more we're wondering if it's worth it. Waiting for visa at the moment but we're still unsure about the move as Mebourne seems to be much more expensive than UK. Our mortgage is £770 for a 3 bed detached, I doubt we can find something similar for same money... My salary in UK is £50k, in Melbourne I'll get $85k (plus super). Would that be enough for the same living standard? Utilities around £300/month, food £5-600/month (family of 4). Still enough left from our income to afford what we wish for: going out, clothes, holidays... and save for rainy days. My wife is very reluctant about the move, I would still like to have a go and try a different lifestyle. Thanks a lot
  21. Hi, I'm a 22 year old male looking for like-minded people to meet up with to go for lunch, explore Melbourne and see live music I moved over from England in 2011 and looking to make new friends and see all that Melbourne has to offer, not having seen a lot of it in the 4 1/2 years I've lived here. If anyone's got any suggestions for meet up groups, clubs or is interested in meeting up, let me know!
  22. The Pom Queen

    Mitcham - Melbourne Suburbs

    Mitcham Intro Mitcham is a suburb of Melbourne’s and is located about 21 km east of Melbourne’s CBD. The City of Whitehorse is Mitcham’s local municipality. Post code is 3132. This suburb is a very beautiful and green suburb which is situated in a great location. It is a nice and quietfamily suburb with parks, schools, cafes, banks, etc. There are many large shopping centres nearby and is neighboured by top rated suburbs like Donvale, Blackburn, Nunawading and Vermont. The suburb Mitcham was named after a farm property known as Mitcham Grove. Mitcham Grove was owned by a man William Slater. He used to grow roses and herbs used to produce fragrances and different remedies. Demographics According to the 2016 census, the population of Mitcham was at 16,148. Median age of people in Mitcham is 38. Common ancestries in Mitcham include 23.2% English, 20.7 %Australian, 11.3% Chinese, 8.1% Irish and 7.1%.Scottish. Top languages spoken other than English are Mandarin, Cantonese, Italian, Vietnamese and Persian. Common professions in Mitcham include Professionals, Clerical and Administrative Workers, Managers, Technicians, Tradies, Community Service Workers, etc. Median weekly rent showed for individuals was$363. Median mortgage repayments were at $2000. Schools Following is a list of kindergarten, primary, secondary and high schools located in Mitcham: • Mitcham Primary School • Mitcham Girls High School • Mullauna Secondary College • Mitcham Village Kindergarten • Antonio Park Primary School • Rangeview Primary School Transport Mitcham is just 20 km away from the city. Public transport is convenient. It is very easy to get to the city via train in just 30 minutes when you take the express. .The suburb is situated between major freeways which includes Eastern freeway and Eastlink. Real Estate If you are looking to buy a house or just want general information of the median of buying a house or unit in Mitcham following are the 2018 figures: ➢ 2 bedroom house- $718k ➢ 3 bedroom house - $965k ➢ 4 bedroom house $1.129 million The medians for units in Mitcham are: ➢ 1 bedroom unit- $295k ➢ 2 bedroom unit- $542k ➢ 3 bedroom unit- $775k Median Rent would be $435 per week. The market in Mitcham is considered to be a high demand market as there are many people seeking to rent houses. The median house sales price in this suburb has increased by 77.1%. Health You can visit your local GP and nurse at medical clinics situated within Mitcham at: • North Mitcham Clinic • Whitehorse Medical Centre • Holloway Mitcham Podiatry • Mitcham Health Centre • Ringwood Clinic There are also some dental clinics in Mitcham which include Mitcham Dental Clinic and Brighter Smiles Family Dental Care. Shopping Mitcham is the hub of the eastern suburbs. There is a large selection of big shopping centres around which includes Mitcham Square Shopping Centre, Doncaster Shopping Centre, Eastland Shopping centre, Knox Shopping Centre, The Glen Shopping Centre, Forest Hill Shopping Centre and Chadstone Shopping Centre. Parks/Reserves There are many parks and reserves in Mitcham where you can enjoy beautiful green scenery, go on walks/trails, cycle, take kids out to play etc. • Antonio Park • Halliday Park • Heatherdale Reserve • Yarran Dheran Nature Reserve • Eastlink Trail • Dalmor Avenue Reserve • Box Hill to Ringwood shared use path Restaurants In Mitcham there are a number of restaurants and takeaways where you enjoy a variety of cuisines. Here are the names of a few places: • Bucatini Restaurant & Bar – A wide variety which includes grain fed beef, seafood, pasta, veal, chicken, etc. • Natalie's Restaurant- Modern Australian cuisine • Elate Kitchen Chinese Restaurant- Chinese Cuisine • Horapa- Thai Cuisine • Sapporo Restaurant- Japanese Cuisine • Khusboo Indian Restaurant & Takeaway- Indian Cuisine What locals have to say ➢ Very safe and sound ➢ Not known for night-life ➢ Dog friendly ➢ Love the express trains to the city ➢ Close to large shopping centres ➢ Convenient location ➢ Access to freeways ➢ Green and leafy
  23. The Pom Queen

    Lalor - Melbourne Suburb

    Intro Lalor is a suburb of Melbourne’s outer metropolitan region and is located about 18 km north of Melbourne’s CBD. The City of Whittlesea is Lalor’s local municipality. Post code is 3075.The suburb Lalor was named in honour of a man, Peter Lalor, whom was a member of the Victorian Parliament. Many streets and shops are named after Lalor. According to local residents, Lalor is considered a family-friendly, safe and multicultural suburb. Shops, schools, parks and recreation centres are very nearby. Demographics According to the 2016 census, the population of Lalor was at 22,594. Median age of people in Lalor is 37. Common ancestries in Lalor include 11.4% Italian, 9.1% Australian, 8.3% English, 8.1% Macedonian and 7.5%.from Greek. Common professions in Lalor are technicians, tradies, labour workers, admin workers, professionals, Machinery Operators and Drivers, sale workers, managers, etc. 5. Median weekly rent is $316. Recent stats show that 17.9% are established couples and families, 16.9% of people are older couples and families and 14% independent youth. Schools There are about quite a number of schools in Lalor, giving you heaps of options to choose from. Following is a list of schools, colleges and special schools in the suburb of Lalor; • Lalor Primary School • Lalor North Primary School • St Catherine's Primary School • Lalor Secondary College • St Luke’s Primary School • Lalor Gardens Primary School • Merriang Special Developmental School • Northern School Of Autism • Peter Lalor Vocational College Transport Lalor is close to public transport which is an advantage. You can access public trains and buses easily. Railway station in Lalor is located on the South Morang line. The city is not too far away from the suburb. Lalor is close to Ring Road and there’s good accessibility to freeways. Health You can visit your local GP and nurse at clinics situated within Lalor at: • Lalor Clinic- located 1 Messmate St • Lalor Family Practice- located 290 Station St • Lalor Plaza Medical Centre- located 20 Mckimmies Rd • Doctors of Lalor Plus- located 1 May Rd There are also some dental clinics in Lalor which include Lalor Family Dental Clinic and Stella Dental. Real Estate If you are looking to buy a house or just want general information of the median of buying a house or unit in Lalor, following are the 2018 figures: ➢ 2 bedroom house- $583k ➢ 3 bedroom house - $590k ➢ 4 bedroom house $740k For a 2 bedroom unit, the median $390k Median Rent would be $360 per week. The market in Lalor is considered to be a high demand market, many professionals are shifting to this suburbs to buy units or townhouses. Shopping One of the best things about Lalor is that there is a nice big shopping mall just 8 minutes away which is the Pacific Epping Plaza. It has about 100+ stores you can shop from and enjoy. Lalor also has a plaza called Lalor Shopping plaza. Lalor has a fantastic strip of shops and speciality shops. You can also find Coles and Woolworth’s supermarkets here. Things to do Lalor has a great vibrant market, shopping plaza, tasty food, excellent library and close to essentials you would need on a day to day basis. Here a list of places to go and things to do in Lalor and nearby: • Lalor Library • Lalor Recreation Reserve • Lalor shopping plaza • Pacific Epping Plaza • Woodlands Place Park • Casey Drive Park • Rosemary Park Restaurants Here are some names of restaurants where you can enjoy a variety of cuisines like Chinese, seafood, Vietnamese, Indian, Italian, etc. • Golden Dragon BBQ & Seafood House • Vinh Long Restaurant (Vietnamese Restaurant) • Chu Quy Restaurant (Vietnamese Restaurant) • Marhaba Restaurant • Kaayal Indian Cuisine • Aghan Kebab House • Café Ayaan • Gino’s Pizza
  24. The Pom Queen

    Doreen - Melbourne Suburb

    Intro Doreen is a suburb which is located in Melbourne’s Outer Metropolitan region. It is approximately 26 km North-East from Melbourne’s CBD. The City of Whittlesea and Shire of Nillumbik are Doreen’s local municipalities. Post code is 3754. Doreen is a nice suburb that has a great country feel and is a good mixture of old and young people. Demographics According to the 2016 census, the population of Doreen was at 21,298 people. Median household income for Doreen residents is $1813 per week and median age of people is 31.The major origins of people were 26.6% from Australia, 26.6% from England, 8.3%, from Ireland, 6.8% from Italy and 6.7% from Scotland. Recent statistics show about 37.3% are maturing couples and families, 19.6% are established couples and families, 12.6% of people are older couples and families and 10.2% are young families in this area. Schools There are a number of pre-schools, schools and colleges you can find in Doreen. Here is a list of them: • Hazel Glen College • Doreen Primary School • Laurimar Primary School • St Paul the Apostle Catholic Primary School • Plenty Valley Christian College • Ivanhoe Grammar School - Plenty Campus • Laurimar Kindergarten • South Morang Preschool • The Connie Wright School of Music Art, Singing and Sound Healing Transport Usually everyone has their own vehicles to get to and from places. Trafific is heavy in this area which most residents complain about. Public transport isn’t very convenient. There are no train stations and limited buses in this suburb. Real Estate Doreen has some reasonably priced homes present. Following the year 2018, if you are looking to buy a house, the median of buying a house in Doreen would be as follows: ➢ 3 bedroom house- $500k ➢ 4 bedroom house - $600k ➢ 5 bedroom house- $782 Median Rent would be $380 per week. Health You can find your local GP or nurse at clinics located within Doreen. Here are the names and services these clinics provide: Doreen Total Health Care Clinic-Skin Cancer Screening, Skin Cancer Surgery, Family Medicine, Women’s Health, Child Health including immunisation and health check, Mental Health, Health Checks, Travel Medicine and Flu Vaccination Doreen Family Medical Practice- On-site pathology service, resident psychologist, practice podiatrist, Exercise Physiologist, Physiotherapist and additional services such as Women’s & Men’s Health Checks, Paediatrics, Travel Immunisations, Childhood Immunisations, Diabetes Management, Respiratory Management, Asthma and COPD Management, Chronic Disease Management, Health Assessments, Skin Checks, Wound Management, Workcover & TAC, Smoking Cessation, Pre-employment medicals, Medication Reviews, Minor Procedures, Cosmetic Medicine and Emergency Medicine. Laurimar Medical- Health Checks, Immunisations, On-site Pathology, Psychology, Women's Health, Chronic Disease, Dietitian, Speech Pathology, Men’s Health, Travel Health, Laurimar Specialist Centre, Cosmetic Procedures, Children’s Health, Mental Health and Radiology services. For pathology there is an on-site pathologist, “Dorevitch Pathology” available. There are also dental practices in Doreen which include- SmileWorks Dental and Care Dental Group. Shopping You can find your local Woolworths at Woolworths Laurimar located at 95 Hazel Glen Dr.There is als0 a chemist at Chemist Discount Centre Laurimar. Hazel Glen Drive has a nice shopping strip with shops and some nice cafes and restaurants. You can find Italian food, Thai, Indian food, fish n chips, roast chicken takeaway shops and enjoy coffee at locals cafes. Names of few restaurants/cafes are: • Aksorn Thai Restaurant • Laurimar Pizza • O'Sole Mio Pizza • Hazel Glen Fish & Chips • Lilydale Free Range Roast Chicken Doreen • Uday • Appret Cafe Parks There are quite a number of well facilitated parks. Great to enjoy with kids, go on walks, jogs, cycling, trails, tracks, take dogs out for walks and enjoy the lakeside. Here’s a list of the parks in Doreen: o Hilltop Park o Fortress Park o Merredin Park o Chadwick Park o Jorgensen Park o Laurimar Wetlands o Blackwood Park o Rothacker Park o Graffs Cottage Park o Doreen dog park
  25. The Pom Queen

    Donvale - Melbourne Suburb Guide

    The suburb of Donvale in Melbourne is located approximately 19 kilometres East of Melbourne’s central district. The City of Manningham is Donvale’s local municipality. According to the local residents, Donvale is a very beautiful and serene suburb surrounded by rich greenery. Donvale is regarded as a homely area. This suburb is mostly occupied by families, kids, retirees, country lovers, hipsters, and singles- therefore, it is considered to be a safe and sound suburb. As it is very peaceful and quiet area, it’s not known for an active night life. So if you are looking to enjoy any night life in this suburb, it’s probably not the best area for consideration. There are many shops, cafes, parks, schools, walking and cycling trails that are available. Donvale is direct to the city on Eastlink and is considered to be ‘gem of the East’. The positive outlook of this suburb creates demand for more people to reside here. Demographics Let’s have a look at some demographics in Donvale area. According to 2011 census, Donvale has a population of about 11,795 people. The average age of persons recorded in 2011 were 42 years of age. Majority of the people in Donvale were born in Australia with English ancestors. In 2011, individual income was recorded at $630 a week and median family income $1927 a week. In 2010, the median house price recorded at $620,000 and median unit price at $433,000. Surrounding Suburbs The suburbs surrounding Donvale are Rangeview, Nunawading, Doncaster Heights, Mitcham North, The Pines, Blackburn North, Ringwood, Doncaster East, Park Orchards, Ringwood North, Warrandyte, and Mitcham. Real Estate So following from year 2018, if you are looking to buy a property, the median of buying a house/unit in Donvale ranges as follows: ➢ 3 Bedroom house $952,000 ➢ 4 Bedroom House $1.303 million ➢ 5 Bedroom House $1.82 million ➢ Unit $599,000 Transport People in this suburb usually have their own cars and find parking space easily as it is less crowded. Using the bus is the common mode of public transportation used in Donvale and can be accessed via Springvale Rd. Bus stop terminal is Donvale Terminus/Mitcham Road. Here is a look at a general timetable: • 271 - Box Hill - Ringwood via Park Orchards • 273 - The Pines - Nunawading • 907 - City - Mitcham via Doncaster Rd (SMARTBUS service) Schools There are few number of schools and colleges in Donvale which are listed as below: • Donvale Primary School • Donvale Christian College • Whitefriars College • Heather wood school • Our lady of the Pines Primary School • Carey Grammar Donvale • Donvale Preschool Association • Donvale Early Learning Centre Parks Donvale alone, has about 3 parks/reserves which includes: • Donvale Reserve • Mullum Mullum Park • Mullum Mullum Reserve There are many other parks located in surrounding suburbs which is not very distant from Donvale area. Shopping centres Donvale has a very nice line of local shops and supermarkets. Just 10 min away from Donvale is Doncaster. Doncaster has a few great shopping malls. Here is a list of shopping centres you can find near Donvale and surrounding areas: • Tunstall Square Shopping Square- Doncaster (approx. 3 min away from Donvale) • Westfield Shopping Mall- Doncaster (approx. 10 min away from Donvale) • Stockland the Pines Mall- Doncaster (approx. 11 min away from Donvale) • Forest Hill Chase Shopping Centre-Forest Hill (approx. 10 min away from Donvale) • Coles Supermarket is located inside the Tunstall Square Shopping Square • Woolworths Supermarket is located on Doncaster Rd Health When it comes to your health, Donvale has you covered. There are local clinics available at the shortest distances. North Mitcham Clinic, Donvale Medical Centre and Tunstall Family Medical Centre are centres which you can find local GPs and nurses. There is also Donvale Rehabilitation Hospital which provides inpatient, day patient and outpatient rehabilitation services. Residents thoughts: ‘It is very green, plenty of parks and open spaces for families and kids. On a summer's day, its absolutely wonderful, with lots of people out for walks and enjoying the weather. One of the other big pluses is the multicultural diversity, with plenty of different races living in the area and most importantly living in harmony. Tunstall Square is a short walk away, with Donvale Primary School and a kindergarten located nearby. The suburb has everything you would want other than pubs etc. But that is a good thing in my opinion, less drunkards wandering around at night :)” Ann W “Donvale is part 'leafy suburban' part 'bush retreat' depending on which section you looking at. Bordering Doncaster East, Mitcham, Warrandyte and Ringwood you get the picture. Public transport is accessed via Springvale Rd - one of Melbourne's most valuable arterials - the ambling Park Rd - a central road for this suburb - and Glenvale Rd - the road that leads directly to Ringwood. The blocks vary from your typical suburban blocks to large acres bordered by untouched bushland. Best of all is the proximity to shopping and services at Tunstall Square and Eastland as well as the existence of a quality school, Whitefriars Catholic College, right in the middle! So, you see, it is possible to have a leafy landscape AND all the modern services just minutes from all that you need. The landscape is beautiful and the position perfect” Philip W “Has lots of amenities: lots of shops, lots of restaurants & bistros, plenty of schools, parks, pleasant views, lots bus stops, walking and cycling trails, close to the Eastern Freeway, good Feng Shui, Westfield Shopping Centre. Family friendly location: Daycare, childcare, aged care, primary & high schools” H Sweet
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