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  1. The Pom Queen

    Pakenham- Melbourne Suburbs

    Pakenham Pakenham is a satellite suburb of Melbourne on the edge of the West Gippsland region and is 56km south-east of the Melbourne CBD. It is in the Shire of Cardinia local government area and had a population of 46,421 in the 2016 Australian Census. Pakenham has become the epicentre Melbourne’s booming south-east growth corridor which stretches in a narrow band along the Princes Highway from Beaconsfield to Pakenham. This new housing has boosted its population and infrastructure, especially through the development of the Lakeside, Heritage Springs and Cardinia Lakes Housing Estates. Description Pakenham is regarded as the retail centre of the shire and has all of the suburban retail facilities that come with that. Like many other communities on the edge of major Australian cities, this gives it a mix of locals whose families have been in the area for many generations along with lots of young families. The $80m Pakenham Central Marketplace opened in 2011 with several major chains and another 40 specialty stores along with parking for more than 1150 cars. The town of Pakenham is at the terminus of the Pakenham railway line which goes all the way into the centre of Melbourne. These areas are home to easily accessible restaurants like the Cardinia Cultural Centre, old style country pubs, shopping and new sporting venues. It presents a beguiling mix of old and new, as traditional country towns meet the new suburban development, complete with its shopping malls, outlet stores and fast food restaurants. For those inner-city Melbournites, it may not be the end of the world, but most would believe you could see it from here. These people regard as the edge of civilization and has a social reputation for high crime and disadvantage rates, although these aren’t necessarily backed up by official crime rates, which put it slightly lower than the Melbourne average in most crime categories. Demographics By Melbourne standards, it is an extremely “white”area with 76.2% of Pakenham’s population born in Australia, overwhelmingly of British and Irish heritage. The most common countries of birth outside of Australia were England at 4.8%, New Zealand 2.3%, India 1.2%, Scotland 0.8%, Sri Lanka 0.8% and Ireland 0.1% Housing Stand-alone housing remains Pakenham’s dominant housing type, representing 87.4% of its dwellings, but it is also regarded as the Cardinia Shire’s medium-density hub, with 12.1% of its dwellings in this category, compared to a shire-wide average of 8.3%. Housing data showed no significant high-density housing in Pakenham as yet. Transport Pakenham is on the main rail between Melbourne and Gippsland and its station marks the end of the suburban electrified service. It is the termination point of all Metro Trains lines, but is serviced by the country and regional V/Line trains that run to and from Gippsland. It also has the newer Cardinia Road rail station which is west of the main Pakenham Station which opened in 2012. Pakenham is also on the Princes Highway, which eventually encircles Australia. A major change in this road and its role in the town was the opening of the Pakenham bypass which allows road traffic between Melbourne and Gippsland to bypass Pakenham, both shortening travel times and alleviating traffic congestion within Pakenham itself. The main north-south roads through Pakenham head north to Healesville and south to Koo Wee Rup. Shopping Pakenham serves as a major retail centre in the Cardinia Shire, with outlets including an Aldi supermarket, four Woolworths supermarkets, four Coles Supermarkets while the major chains of Target, Bunnings and Mitre10 each have one outlet in Pakenham. The already-mentioned Pakenham Central Marketplace is the undisputed retail hub of the town and the shire, with its council the driving force in getting it built in the first place on formerly vacant council land behind the Pakenham Library at the corner of John and Henty street. Education Public schools include Pakenham Consolidated Primary School, Pakenham Hills Primary School, Pakenham Springs Primary School, Pakenham Lakeside Primary School and Pakenham Secondary College. Pakenham has one Catholic school, St Patrick's Catholic Primary, St Francis Xavier College. Private schools include Beaconhills College (Valley Campus), Chairo Christian School (Pakenham Campus) and Lakeside Lutheran College. Pakenham also has a Community College and Neighbourhood House located in Henry Street, which offers accredited programs, migrant and refugee support, an information service, community development and volunteer opportunities as well as a space for community organisations to use. Employment With a booming suburbia township of this type, it is perhaps not surprising that more Pakenham suburb residents worked in retail than any other industry in the 2016 census. Other strong industry sectors included construction, health care, manufacturing and education. It is still a very strong commuter belt with 61.9% of Pakenham’s residents leaving the suburb to go to work each day, many on the train to the Melbourne CBD. Summary Like all booming growth regions on the fringes of Australian cities, there is a constant tension between the suburban growth overtaking formerly rural land, causing protests by some residents who have sought to have these undeveloped or 'green wedge' lands protected. While suburbia has brought its rich booty of retail chain stores and fast food outlets, it has also brought with it social disadvantage, unemployment and crime which are also hallmarks of city-fringe boomtowns of this nature. With the Shire’s population predicted to almost double by 2031, it will be more a question of how Pakenham changes rather than if as to whether it will be a higher quality urban growth centre or a lower-quality one. Only time will tell.
  2. Hello all ......you'll probably think i'm mad but here goes..... Is there anyone out there in the eastern suberbs of Melbourne who would like the chance of a natter and a coffee, whilst holding a Tupperware party?? I'm trying to start my "career" as a Tupperware consultant but as i'm new to Berwick, don't know that many people to branch out to! The product is great, the Ozzies love it, and its a chance to have a bit of a laugh, all the host needs to do is "host" it and they might even get a fab free gift! I'm not really mad, just trying to fit in around the kids, i can do daytime or evening parties, the choice is yours!!! Hope to hear from anyone whos interested, send me a message or just reply to this thread! Thanks in advance Emma xxx
  3. PityTheFool

    Crime on Melbourne's train network

    Just carrying out a little research last night and came across this; Were moving to Melbourne in June 2013 and had Berwick on our hit list - not too sure now!!! Don't get me wrong we expect crime, as with any big city but is the Pakenham line really that bad (i.e. the worst)?!?!? Is this a true reflection or just a media horror story?
  4. The Pom Queen

    Pakenham - Victorias top selling suburb

    I can remember when Pakenham was just fields:wideeyed: A breakdown of the state's top-selling suburbs puts Pakenham at the top of the list, with 781 houses sold in the year to June, according to property research firm RP Data. The numbers include house-and-land packages. The suburb, popular with first-home buyers, has also stood its ground at a time when Melbourne's median house price has fallen by about 8 per cent. Pakenham's median house price rose 4.6 per cent in the year to August, although prices have begun to ease in recent months. Berwick and Frankston have also remained popular with buyers, recording 778 and 650 house sales each. Both suburbs also have defied a falling market, with the median house price in Berwick rising 2.3 per cent in the year to August, while it remained flat in Frankston. Harcourts Pakenham director Peter Blackwood said the area's affordability, as well as new developments such as the $80 million Pakenham Marketplace, had kept it popular with buyers. An entry-level, three-bedroom home on a standard block costs between $320,000 and $350,000. "I think it's safe to say the market here has performed better than most over the past 12 months," Mr Blackwood said. "It's an affordable area that is only 50 minutes to the CBD and an hour from the airport, and there is new infrastructure opening that will bring employment." Mr Blackwood said the area had also benefited from buyers downsizing from larger houses in more expensive suburbs. "What we have found over the past 12 months is that a lot of our buyers have been downsizing where they are looking to knock off a chunk of their mortgage," he said. Other suburbs high on Melbourne's sale list include Point Cook (771), Craigieburn (576), Werribee (574), Hoppers Crossing (560), Sunbury (559), Reservoir (461) and Mornington (429). Real Estate Institute of Victoria spokesman Robert Larocca said Melbourne's outer-ring suburbs had experienced smaller price falls than their top-end counterparts located within a 10km ring of the CBD. "We've found that the more affordable suburbs are more likely to experience reasonable demand in a softer market," he said. "That is all on the back of the supply shortage that was experienced in Melbourne. That is easing because our population rate is coming back and our builders are building more homes, but there is still strong demand from the average family looking for an average home." The snapshot comes as a review of Melbourne's real estate market shows the number of properties sold slumped to a 15-year low in the year to June. Melbourne recorded 72,666 property sales during the last financial year, 23.1 per cent below the previous 12-month period and the lowest transaction volume since the 1995-1996 financial year, when only 61,156 properties were sold. Across Victoria, 98,888 sales were recorded in the year to June, 21.2 per cent down on the previous 12-month period and the lowest transaction volume since the 1996-1997 financial year when 94,710 properties were sold. In dollar terms, the value of property sold in Melbourne in the year to June weighed in at about $43 million, close to 19 per cent below the value sold in the previous 12-month period. The total value of property sold across the state in the last financial year came in at $51.1 million, down 17.3 per cent on the previous 12-month period.
  5. young2682


    Hey all, We are looking at rentals in different areas and wondering if there are many familes etc in the Pakenham area? We viewed a house in the Lakeside area of Pakenham today, was a minutes walk from the primary school and seemed nice, wondered what opinions anyone had of the area? I have two young ones of 3 and almost 5 so looking for a social circle! Thanks!
  6. Hi, I have my heart set on a long term rent in Berwick so have looked into Berwick schools. Out short term let is for 3 months in Lakeside, Pakenham! Can anyone give me some advise on Schools around Pakenham please? I believe there is a new school on the lakeside estate. I cant decide weather to settle him in at Pakenham as this town does seem nice to. I have emailed all Berwick schools and they are happy to see us when we arrive in Oz a week before the children start term. So I have a week to choose a school. I dont really want to have to move him schools again. So its Berwick vs Pakenham really! Also if you can recommend a school, where would he go after as I have heard bad reports about the secondary school in Pakenham. My son is 10 years old and would be starting year 5. Thanks very much
  7. We are moving to South East suburbs of Melbourne from the uk on Oct 26th. If anybody is aware of any 4 bedroomed properties available or becoming available for rent on or close to this date we would be pleased to hear from you. We are looking at a rental price around $330 per week ideally in Pakenham or Officer but surrounding areas would also be considered Any information of properties which fit into this catergory could anybody please advise Thank you Rich, Julie Harry 3, Max 3mnths
  8. Hi Everyone!!, We moved over recently and our son who coached kids football in Engalnd has been given the chance to coach kids in Pakenham - anyone in the area with kids interested pls personal message and will give you details of venue and times!!! Thanks for your support !!!!:biggrin:
  9. Guest

    Pakenham meet up???

    Hi All, Recently moved to Lakeside in Pakenham, would anyone be interested in a get together at a park or something similar?? Let me know!!! :smile:
  10. We are going home ASAP due to illness and are looking for a quick Sale offers $300,000 - $330,000. For Pictures goto:- 4 Bedroomed house, Lakeside Estate, Pakenham $300,000-$330,000 - Melbourne - Property Sales - Gumtree Melbourne Free Classifieds Situated in the desirable Lakeside estate this modern, four bedroom home is sure to impress! Features include master with WIR and ensuite, open plan family and meals area, stainless steel appliances, study and separate lounge. Close to transport, schools and the Lakeside Shopping precinct, what more could you possibly ask for. The home boasts quality tiles and carpet throughout, a nice neutral palate of colours, also including ducted heating, and double garage with rear access. Don't miss out, call today! Open House Saturday 1:00pm - 1:30pm. If you need to come another day call Jo 0424 716071. Ideal for anyone that oesn't want to sit in a car for an hour travelling to Melbourne CBD, new train station being built 2011 2 min walk.
  11. the dougans

    pakenham or mornington peninsula

    hi there we are thinking of moving to mornington peninsula as beach life good for families etc but more expensive:wub::jiggy: but pakenham seems so reasonable all new houses in which we love at such reasonable prices under $300,000 for a 3 bed 2 bath and garage etc some are under $250,000 so this area well within budget. does anyone no what both ares like and which is better for good family life?
  12. Hello, Looking at the prospect of moving in to a new house in Pakenham (Eventide Rise) and would like to know if anyone can share information about the area. I have three son's aged 5, 11 and 13 so need info on schools colleges etc. My husband is a golf professional so would be seeking work in that capacity. Any information you can offer in regard to the area would be appreciated i.e. amenities, schools, supermarkets, medical centre's etc. Thanks!
  13. Guest

    Pakenham or dandenong????

    Hi all, Could someone help with a dilemma please!!! We are moving out to one of the above two places next month but we dont know which one (cant decide) Can anyone help with their own views on either of the two places?? Thanks!!!!!!
  14. Unfortunately we are returning back to the UK and have a 2 yr old ex-display house which we sadly have to sell on the Lakeside development, Pakenham which is approx 40 mins drive to the east of Melbourne in the South East suburbs. The property , 7 Creekwood Avenue, can be viewed on our Real Estate Agents website which is http://www.kayecharles.com.au. It is a 26 sq (living) single storey, four bedroom property with lounge, family, rumpus and dining rooms along with double garage. The master has large ensuite and walk in robe. It has a large al fresco area which has a built in gas log fire and built in B.B.Q. on a 736sqm plot of land. Being an ex-display, the property is in excellent condition, requiring no updating and is in an excellent location being 2 minutes walk to the lake and a 5 minute walk to the shops / schools. The Lakeside development can also be viewed through the Delfin website for further information. (http://www.lakesidepakenham.com.au) If this is of any interest, please e-mail for further information. Danny and Nicky