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#1 cassoweary

Posted 30 January 2013 - 11:50 AM

I have just been offered a job in Canberra (we are moving from Sydney) - starting on Monday -i'm in shock!

So we need to find a rental property, basically i'm looking for advice as to which areas would be ok for a family and which areas we should try to avoid.

The job is in the Curtin/Weston area.

Thanks in advance! original.gif

#2 elizabethany

Posted 30 January 2013 - 12:09 PM

Welcome to Canberra, and congratulations on the new job.  Most suburbs in Canberra are quite mixed, you have some nicer areas, and some cheaper areas.  I would only be writing off a couple of suburbs (such as Charnwood and Richardson), but they are both in different areas to your work, and still have some nicer areas.

This website will help you find a rental, it is the major real estate website for the ACT.  Depending on how long you want to spend getting to and from work, you can focus on Western Creek and Woden, or go further afield.  Given the size of Canberra, you can commute from just about anywhere.

I would avoid a flat, they tend to be dodgier, with more crime.  Townhouses are a better option if that is you budget.  Rentals can be tight, so you may need to find a short term solution (such as a serviced apartment, staying with a friend or hotel) until you find a leased rental.

Goodluck with your househunting.

#3 DandS

Posted 30 January 2013 - 12:48 PM

Weston Creek is a great area for families - we have lived here for the past 2 years, and it has a great community feel. As elizabethany said - each suburb has its good and bad patches. Allhomes is a great place to start. Good luck!

#4 livvie7586

Posted 30 January 2013 - 12:56 PM

QUOTE (DandS @ 30/01/2013, 01:48 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Weston Creek is a great area for families - we have lived here for the past 2 years, and it has a great community feel. As elizabethany said - each suburb has its good and bad patches. Allhomes is a great place to start. Good luck!

we've been in the area almost 3, and all this OP

#5 Chelli

Posted 30 January 2013 - 01:28 PM

Just moving this to the ACT forum for you original.gif

All the best with your move.


#6 Feral*Spikey*

Posted 30 January 2013 - 02:00 PM

I have friends in Chifley, its a nice area. original.gif

Welcome to Canberra

#7 cassoweary

Posted 31 January 2013 - 07:40 PM

Thank you for the replies, we have ended up deciding to stay in Sydney, it was all a bit too much stress for us at the moment original.gif

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