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  1. 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.
  2. Hi Guys, Well by God's grace things seem to be progressing well and hopefully if we clear our Health Check then we seem to inch closer in acquiring a 489 Visa and considering it would take 5 to 6 months i.e. May - June we should have our visa in our hand. If things go as per plan then we intend doing our landing in Sept - Oct 2018 but I have many queries on how to go about it? We are a family of 4 (2 children aged 9 and 4) which suburb in Adelaide do we decide to live in and what should be the criteria while choosing a suburb ? (close proximity to the city, schools, public transport etc) considering that there wont be any income when we reach, what is the monthly outgoing should we expect? We plan to rent 2 bedroom apartment / house. can my children get admissions in a government school? ( i know it wont be free as I am on a 489 visa) and what would the fee structure be like? (Grade 6 and Grade 1) what is the best way to scout for jobs? appreciate if anyone can share a template of CV's that are normally followed. are rental properties normally furnished or unfurnished? can we get a short term rental where we can be flexible to move out once we decide on the suburb we want to live in? I would also appreciate any additional info that you think can be useful, like from your own experiences, lessons learnt, do's and don'ts etc. Thank you. KPG
  3. sarah harmer

    Validation visit - where to stay?

    Hi there We are doing a Validation visit to Adelaide in July/August. We're a family of 4 and the 2 little ones are age 2 and 7. We have currently booked a few days in Glenelg and a few days in Stirling to get a feel for the different areas. We are wondering on the 3rd area we could visit and need some help. Should we also stay in the CBD? Should we stay more down south like Brighton or Seacliff? Maybe Norwood or more north of the CBD? We are trying to find out what suburbs are nice to live in, not too cramped and not congested (we're from the UK so not interested in too many queues ). We need to also look for good Primary schools. Once we move, our final destination will need a good sized garden, along with a view of some sort (sea or hills), it just boils down to space and views but not too far out with lots of traffic. Not asking for too much are we! . Has anyone got any advice on where this 3rd holiday stay could be? I am thinking of Norwood, Brighton or going 40 mins north or south from the CBD, but don't have any idea on how remote they really are. We both need jobs, so don't want to make it difficult for ourselves xxxxxx
  4. 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
  5. We have a 189 visa & are looking to move to Melbourne in August. We've had little success in finding jobs from the UK (well, we can find them, we just can’t get them!) so we’re now thinking we should come over & go contracting until something permanent comes up. This leaves quite a lot of scope on where to live but after a lot of research, we think we've narrowed it down to south-east Melbourne; Sandringham & around. Our lines of work mean that there are likely to be more jobs in the CBD & on the east side of Melbourne & we really fancy living somewhere close to the sea but without a long commute. We've not been to this area before but it looks good on paper. We have 2 kids; if our school year calculations are correct the eldest should be due to start secondary/high school in late Jan. The move (to Oz and from primary to secondary school) is a big upheaval & we feel under pressure to get the suburb & school right first time – we don’t want to have to move again shortly after arriving. We don’t have the luxury of being able to afford private school but neither do we want to end up living in an area we don’t like purely because there is a good state school there. So, in terms of specific questions: How have others solved this suburb/school quandary – which do you choose first? Any tips or lessons learned would be appreciated Does being 12 in December 2014 mean that you go into secondary school year 7 at the end of Jan 2015? (I’m struggling somewhat in mapping UK school years onto Australian ones) Any views on the state secondary schools in Sandringham & surrounding area for academically-inclined children? I’m thinking specifically of Sandringham, Brighton, Cheltenham & Bentleigh Secondary Colleges and Glen Eira. I've heard that most government primary schools are good - is it the case? Any specific recommendations? For zoned schools, I've heard that if you live in the zone then they legally have to give you a place – is this right for both primary & secondary schools? Any wildcard suburbs we should be looking at? Ones that we've not picked up on yet but would fit the bill? Thank you so much!
  6. We are a couple, no kids (yet) and no car. We currently live in CBD in a studio. One of us work in Melbourne CBD. We would like to move out of CBD. Our max rent budget is $280pw and we are looking for a 1br apartment, but not a studio. I am looking for a safe suburb with either tram or bus connectivity to CBD. Bicycling to CBD is also an option. Any suggestions?
  7. Hi all, I will be arriving in Perth in April with my wife and still cant decide which suburb to go to,i am an electrician and will be looking for a job when we arrive does any one have any ideas where is a good place to start. Also does any one know the best places to look for cheap accomadation while searching for a flat or house to rent ,i have heard that holiday rentals are the way to go but cant find any sites on the web pls help
  8. we are in the process of moving to perth, hubby will be starting a company based in perth and im looking for advice on suburbs to look for houses.. we are almost 30, have a 2 yr old and would ideally like to be near train to perth if poss? there is just soooo much to think about!!!!
  9. Hi all! I'm a nurse looking at going for a job in Southport. We've been having a good look at some of the surrounding suburbs but want some real opinions from the real people who live/have visitied these areas. Only problem is OH drives but I don't (hoping he'll get a job quite quick as a greenkeeper so he won't be able to take me) so will need somewhere with good transport links to Southport. Any opinions and ideas will all be greatly appreciated. I've seen some nice looking places to rent in labrador but seen some bad reports on POI although the area does seem to be improving by the sound of it. Please help with any advice on the burbs! Thanks in advance to all you knowledgable peeps! Amy xx:notworthy:
  10. PityTheFool

    Where to live in Perth???

    Were are currently investigating places to live in Perth and we are hoping the Perth experts out there may be able to help with our rather optimistic wish list! We would be looking for; A family friendly area (I will be 32, my partner is 29 and our boys will be 8 and 6) As close to the beach as possible (making morning / evening visits possible) Close to good schools I will be working in the city and would like the commute to be under an hour (ideally 30/45mins). We like the feel of being out of the city but would like our local facilities to be the city as opposed to a small local town, suburb, etc. We would be looking to rent initially but when we do buy we would hope to have a budget of around $450k. I understand this will be a tall order and that something will have to give but if you could start us off that would be great! Also are the any main differences between the north and south of the river??? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  11. 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.
  12. Hi, I am new here.Great forum! I am planning to work in Ballarat but would like to settle down somewhere in the middle between the Melb city itself and Ballarat. What are the best quality suburbs in the North West Melbroune? We dont want to live too far away from the Melb city but as close to Ballarat as possible to minimise the travel time If you guys can point me to the right direction, I am only looking for a quality even upscale suburbs Thank you!
  13. Hi, Well 2 out of 3 of us have finally arrived (hubby is stuck working out his notice). We have sorted out a school for our daughter, and both she and hubby will be needing to go quite central every day. So I've been looking at a 10K radius going as far north as Scarborough for a long term rental for us, but there is such alot of houses in so many areas with hugely varying prices that any suggestions for a pleasent neighbourhood, not necessarily close to the beach, shops, cafes etc, would be greatly appreciated. Sam:confused:
  14. Hi there, we are planning to move to Sydney June 2012 and we are offering our 3 bed semi detached house in exchange for something similar in Sydney. Got a feeling this is one heck of a long shot but quite optimistic so fingers crossed. Here's to hoping anyhow!!!!
  15. Hi there, I would really appreciate any advice from people about the reality of commuting. My husband has a job in Fortitude Valley and we have always liked to live next to the sea. (Not so worried about waves etc). I think Manly would be nice but we want to know what the reality of living there is with the commute to work. Particularly when our kids are school aged this will become more difficult. I will get a job at one of the major hospitals eventually, but I will need to be flexible about which hospital I work at to some extent so this may limit me. If we live in Manly I would consider Logan or the PA but I am not sure what the travel to those hospitals would be like. My preference would be manly to live but we are not keen on spending masses of time in the traffic anxious about picking up kids etc. Just wondering if anybody knows exactly how bad it really is. Otherwise would we be better off living in Ascot and just visiting the sea in the weekend? Sorry about the rambling, I know it is personal to some extent but any advice would be appreciated. I am not sure if we can trust the real estate agents opinions. Thank you in advance for any advice you can offer.
  16. Help!!! We have lived in Tasmania for the last 6 years and have now decided to move to Brisbane due to work for my husband. I am getting so confused with suburbs. My little boy turns 4 soon so will start school next year so although we will rent to start with, I don't want to move areas once we buy. House prices in tas are pretty low so when we do buy we won't be able to afford more than $400k for a house . Everytime I find a good school it is in a suburb that I can't afford!! I need a suburb no more than 40 mins on train from cbd! I know that school results are not everything so do you live in a nice suburb with a good state school that you would recommend? Thanks!!!!!
  17. The Pom Queen

    Caloundra Airport Suburb

    I'm sorry but this really winds me up, the developers get planning permission to build houses next to the airport then the residents who have purchased there are complaining and going for legal action about the noise, for goodness sake why the hell did they buy there in the first place:mad::mad:
  18. Hi guys, I've spent countless hours reading about the best palces to live in Sydney and still have so many options for us that I thought I would ask for all of your great advice. My wife and I (both 35) are moving to Sydney in Q1/Q2 next year. I will need to be within a reasonable commuting distance from the CBD. I don't mind train, bus (up to 45 mins) or a cycle (of up to 10 - 15KM). We want to be by the water - although not too worried about beach (sailing and fishing ability is more important than sand and surf). We're also bringing over our two cats - so looking for somewhere leafy and quiet, but with decent restaurants etc. We have a budget of $800 to $1000 per week and would be looking for a 3 bed house. We love the look of Avalon, but it just seems too much of a commute - is it an hour? (I currently do 1 1/2 hours into London on the train and getting away from this is part of the reason for moving). We've heard both good and bad things about the Shire (places on the Georges River). We like the look of the area, but we're young and into our art/music/cutlure and we hear the Shire is quite conservative and quiet (not that this is particularly bad - just what we are picking up from the web). Manly/Mosaman are in great locations - but for the money it looks like you'd end up living in a box. Balmain looks great - but is it too inner city / urban for our two (currently village living) cats? Any advice would be very welcome as I am sure many of you have had the same dilema... Many thanks, Mr Choo
  19. Guest

    Which suburb?

    Hi all, Well, that's it, date is set...off to NSW 28th September!!! Really can't wait. One slight issue; I am coming out on my 475 regional visa whilst waiting for my 121 PR Employer sponsored visa to come through. As I'm coming out on the regional visa, it means that I have to live in a regional area of NSW. My employer has done a bit of research and has recommended the following area's to live for a couple of months until my 121 comes through. The area's he has recommended include: Bowral, Mittagong, Cole Vale or Hill Top. My job will be in Bondi Junction and I realise that it will be a commute and a half however, it will only be occasional as I will be working from home. Can anyone recommend one of the above areas please? There will be myself and my wife and so would like a bit of nightlife (an odd bar or two) and a cafe etc. Thanks for all your help. Regards Mike & Andrea
  20. Petals

    Tarneit to be largest suburb

    I read yesterday that they expect Tarneit to be the largest suburb in Melbourne by 2030 and that most of the expansion will be in that area and to the northern suburbs. Clyde is the only place the mentioned in the South as going to become developed and a large area for housing. Stands to reason really cannot keep extending out without going up north.
  21. Hi I am only just starting my search into the areas / suburbs around Perth. Can anyone give me sugestions on areas which have a good mix of coffee shops / restaurants / independant shops / possibly a pub or two. A good senior school, or good transport links to one is essential. 30 -45 mins from the city would be fine. 15 mins from a good beach House budget undecided, depends on whether we take a mortgage! Just a few pointers in a general direction whould be helpful at this stage. Thanks in advance.
  22. AaronS

    Dee Why suburb

    What the general thought on the Dee Why suburb in Sydney? Safe? Family friendly? Public transport? I did a search for Dee Why on the forum but nothing came up.
  23. Hi I have just found this link on the net and it has helped me alot so I hope it will assist anyone not sure of the areas they are looking into etc.............. Let me know if it helps you toooo. :biggrin: Sarah The Newlands http://www.viacorp.com/perth-suburbs-listed-by-median-price.html
  24. Guest

    which suburb to choose?

    My husband has just been offered an amazing opportunity in Oz so we are moving to Sydney at the beginning of Oct. I was last in Sydney 10 years ago, so have no idea of the best areas to live to ensure a good education for the kids (aged 3 and 5) - any advice is welcome. We need to be fairly close to the city centre within a 30 min commute if poss. Areas I know and like are Balmain, Paddington, Surry Hills, Glebe, Bronte, Bondi - does anyone have recommendations for primary schools within these areas? I'm also looking for an area with a community feel - do any of these tick the box? We have temporary accom on arrival but I'll need to be making enquiries before I head out to ensure the mnimum gap in my 5 year old's education so help is appreciated to whittle down a short list.
  25. Hi All, I am very close to accepting an offer in the west sydney suburb or Prospect/Greystaines. My partner will need to find a job so I am thinking that we should live out west but close to the city and not a million miles from the beach. My prospective employer has suggested Newtown, I would appreciate any feedback on this as the suburb rating on the rentals site is only 67% against much higher scores for other suburbs? Also would the beach suburbs of east sydney be too far away for a commute (drive) to prospect? Many Thanks in advance Tracy