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Couple hoping to move to the brisbane area

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Guest boundsy

Hi all

 

We're a young couple coming to oz in april for a year with a view to move perminant. We 26 and 21, i'm an electrican and my oh is a editor for a book company but training to be a beautician.

We'd like somewhere thats quite quiet (but not too quiet), thats got a good community, housing isn't really expensive and hopefully a rugby club near by, and people who love bbq's and a few cold beers lol. I know it sounds very picky lol but if i can get 1 or 2 of those i'd be happy.

I was hoping some of you kind people could point me in the right direction of brisbane to look at as i haven't got a clue what suburb to start.

 

Many thanks

 

Lee & Colleen

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Guest The Ropey HOFF

Hi Lee and Colleen

 

Crikey theres so many great places to live 20 to 30km outside of the city i think you will be spoilt for choice. We don't live there.....yet, but visited for over a month in April and Brisbane is such a fantastic place to live and my mate kev lives at Bracken Ridge, northwards which we thought was great and we visited Forest lakes, Springfield lakes and other areas and they are very similar with great housing and schools and quiet and laid back, no anti-social behaviour with low crime. I am sure you will get some great replies and remember you will probably be living in the best country in the world - Australia.

 

Best of luck.

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Guest GeorgeD

Depends what kind of lifestyle you want...we live in the West End (or, my wife does and when I get my visa, so will I!) Lots of markets, cafes, weird and wonderful shopping. Plenty of walks, cycling, arts, culture, etc around. It's not the cheapest, but 5 mins by bus and you are in the centre of the CBD. 20 min walk along the river bank to South Bank. Go look on You Tube, there are videos of the West End Markets.

 

There's a rugby ground at the end of our street in Davies Park (where the West End market is held on a Saturday.) Not sure if there is a team/social club there, I never looked, not really my scene.

 

My wife used to live in a suburb to the south of the city, but she works just off the CBD...moving into the West End basically saves her 2 hours of commuting every day. While we had a 3 bed house with pool in the suburbs, it was sooo quiet. Friends can be quite far away, so other than your next door neighbours you didn't see a soul from one week to the next unless it was a big organised do. Her work friends were all over the place so they could be the same distance away at the opposite side of the city. If you wanted to go to a restaurant or cinema, one of you had to drive. Now we can walk to Boundary Street in less than 10 mins, and Southbank is 5 mins away on the City Glider bus service (24hrs at weekends.)

 

The West End might not suit if you want to start a family. I don't know anything about schools there...my step daughter is 17 and my wife and I are not planning on having any more kids! She used to get a train to school towards the city. Now she gets a train out of the city on the same line to the same school. Her journey to the train station is half the walk it used to be (or 5 mins on the bus which she couldn't get before)

 

We can get to just about anywhere we want by public transport. Cars are expensive to buy, so we have one between us. We don't need one to socialise because everything is so close.

 

Our apartment has a full view of the Brisbane river right in front of us, so we get a nice breeze as well. There's a heated pool (my wife's pool in her house wasn't heated so was too cold to use in the winter) and we don't need to clean the pool either! We have a gym which hardly anyone uses, except us, so it has saved us the cost of 3 gym memberships! We've also got a communal BBQ area, but we don't use it as our balcony is big enough for any friends we've invited, and we have our own BBQ there. Downsides...we don't have a garden, we only have 2 bedrooms, so no spare room, and it ain't cheap. But it suits us...the money we spend in rent is traded off against the cost of fuel for commuting, plus the time, very little maintenance, right next to all amenities and a public transport. It suits us, but it might not suit everyone. I must admit, I haven't seen any babies in our apartment block, so I don't know if it would be the best place to start a family.

 

We are only renting at the moment. We can't afford to buy, but that may change when I get my visa to be over there...but it might not! So in our opinion, we wanted to try the West End lifestyle while we could, and we love it. I just hope I can find work when my visa gets approved as we'd love to stay. We might look to move away from the river view...that will save us a few dollars per week., but for us the West End is fantastic.

 

EDIT: Here's the rugby club based at Davies Park in the West End. http://www.southsrugby.com/ The West End Market is held around this area on a Saturday too. We live 150m from that park!

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Guest boundsy

Thanks all for your reply, Its really helpfull. Oz is the place we deffo want to be. I can't wait until april so we can come over and start living. We're just coming for the year first and if we love it which i'm sure we will we'll apply for residency when we're over there ( if we can). Brisbane is deffo the place we want to be atm but as i don't know the suburbs very well we're just doing some homework. We don't really want to be too isolated from everyone. Ideally we would like a mix of people, some our own age, some younger , some older etc.

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I just lurrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrv Southbank its simply awesome.

 

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Guest GeorgeD

Our apartment in the West End is 5 mins by bus to there! Or a 20-25 minute stroll if you're in the mood. Not many of you might believe this...but I actually walked most places while I was there. You don't even need a car to live around there.

 

South Bank is good...plenty of cafes/restaurants/bars and you also have the Museum, Art Galleries, and Maritime Museum (although my wife swears she will never set foot in there again as ships are more fun for boys apparently). There is a market there on a Friday and Saturday night and a Young Designers market once a month as well, can't remember which day though.

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Hi Lee and Colleen,

 

Me (24 years) and my partner (31) have been living in Brisbane for the past 6 months on a working holiday visa and have enjoyed it so much here that we have applied for a skilled migrant visa to be able to move out here permenantly.

Beacuse of our situation at the moment we need to live near the centre of Brisbane as we haven't bought a car and need the train line to get to and from work. We have been living in New Farm which is next door to Fortitude Valley.

The Valley is where all the night life in Brisbane can be found and can be very noisy. However New Farm which is down the road is much quieter and a lovely area. It is expensive because of its location however it has great restaurants, New Farm Park is georgeous as its set on the river has lots of free bbqs and has a market a couple of saturdays a month. It is close to Fortitude Valley train station, New Farm city cat and buses that run into the centre of Brisbane although we tend to walk and it only takes 30 minutes.

From New Farm you can walk by the river down to the Botanical Gardens and then cross over the pedestrian bridge to South Bank. South Bank on a Saturday is great as they always have things going on, every Saturday there is a market and it is just a great place to have lunch and relax.

When we return to Brisbane we would chose to live here again but is probably too expensive for us long term. Both of us work in the Northern Suburbs of Virginia and Strathpine. I personally wouldn't chose to live there as there is just not enough going on for us however i have looked at the area Geebung. This is close to the train line (only 20mins to get to Brisbane centre), close to Chermside which has the big shopping centre and also has parks nearby and is also more affordable for us

I would agree with the other post that the West End is great, i love going there, the atmosphere, restaurants and Saturday market. Like anywhere in the world you pay the price for location so if you want to be where there is lots going on/convenient you have to expect to pay more and get less for your money than if you live further out.

For me i definately wouldn't want to live more than 20mins from the centre of Brisbane and need to be near a train line. Also for me i would chose a Northern Suburb just because it gets you closer to the sunshine coast and the beaches there. If you go South you get further away from the sunshine coast but closer to the Gold Coast so it just depends what you prefer.

I have heard the West Suburbs are nice, one of my work colleagues who is from Brisbane said the Alderley is where she would chose to live but i have a feeling it may be expensive.

 

Hope this helps a bit!

 

Good luck

Paula

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