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#1 Sophie11

Posted 25 March 2012 - 02:33 PM

My husband has a possible opportunity....which means we may move to Sydney.

Now we all know Sydney is hugely expenisve and rents are sky high....

Has anyone experience Sydney and living 15-30mins out and enjoyed it....

My husband has a boat and we live 1min from a marina here in Auckland and life it pretty easy here with close to kids schools and ferry access to the city...still live a fair way out from the city here...and Aucklands not cheap either...

can anyone share their experience of Sydney.

We have a 9yr old girl who will need to go to a good school and a 6yr old boy.

We spent 4yrs in Queensland a few years ago and often travel there they both love Australia...my boy was born there and considers himselft and Australian.

If anybody has any comments id love to hear them.

#2 tibs

Posted 25 March 2012 - 02:38 PM

Well 15 to 30 mins out is kind of close to the city by Sydney standards.  You might get some more useful responses if you know approx whereabouts you would be living or your budget for housing as different parts of Sydney would be a vastly different experience original.gif

#3 Mamabug

Posted 25 March 2012 - 02:41 PM

And if you want to be close to the boat you will need a good paying job. (And that is just to have the boat at a marina...don't want to think about paying for somewhere the family can live...unless the boat is big enough!!!!)

#4 Sophie11

Posted 25 March 2012 - 02:42 PM

Not sure...prob can afford 900pw...or something like this...prob no more tho.
Looked at Lane cove....around this area looks good, but my husband wants to fish and take boat out but i think you need to be a millionaire to live in sydney and partake in this activity...just trying to think are we being unrealistic thinking we can afford this??

#5 busymumof1&1/2

Posted 25 March 2012 - 02:48 PM

It would depend on what sort of commute your hubby wants to make. If you have a look at the more northern and southern suburbs, you will find areas on the rivers where you could moor a boat, and would be cheaper to live, with better schools and lifestyle. (have a look on the nepean river around pittwater etc)
This would be a bit of a commute for hubby though, but the rivers here would be better for fishing. I am sure there would be people who live in these areas who could give you some more ideas about the housing/mooring costs.

#6 Sophie11

Posted 25 March 2012 - 02:58 PM

Hi
Thanks for your replies so far... we dont need to moor a boat...its just a 16ft, so just need a car park or something off the street to park the boat....

Areas to fish are of interest to DH as he think Australian fishing is no where as good as fishing here as hes foreva bringing home snapper - infact thats about all he brings home...but yeah somewhere with good schools, 20-30min by bus, train or boat for DH to commute and not spend a fortune on rent and get a reasonable hse with a pool...
I have a friend in Dromoyne...is this suburb worth considering?

#7 Nobody Cool

Posted 25 March 2012 - 03:10 PM

QUOTE (Sophie11 @ 25/03/2012, 03:58 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
.but yeah somewhere with good schools, 20-30min by bus, train or boat for DH to commute and not spend a fortune on rent and get a reasonable hse with a pool...


It all depends on what you mean by "fortune".  wink.gif

I can't think of anywhere in Sydney that meets that description and isn't going to cost you a fortune in rent. But maybe we have different ideas about what that means.  biggrin.gif

ETA just saw that you are willing to pay $900 a week rent. LOL that is a fortune to me.

Edited by Shady Lane, 25 March 2012 - 03:24 PM.


#8 mummyk8

Posted 25 March 2012 - 03:19 PM

I would have thought that close to CBD and with a pool wouldn't be possible with $900/wk but I looked on realestate.com.au and found a couple of interesting ones.
Have a look at this one - looks like a gorgeous house. Not sure you'd be able to park a boat and might be a little small inside but it has the location you want.
http://www.realestate.com.au/property-hous...moyne-407272626

Russel Lea is another area close to Drummoyne and I found this one. Not the most attactive house but pretty good location, has pool and could look better if spruced up with your own things
http://www.realestate.com.au/property-hous...l+lea-406929056

Lane Cove and surrounds is lovely but I think you'll have to forgo the pool to get into these areas.

Have a little play around with domain.com.au or realestate.com.au and see what you can see.

Good luck!

#9 Penguin78

Posted 25 March 2012 - 03:19 PM

How about Georges River area or the Shire? Would be more like 30-40 min train travel depending on where you live.

But a lot cheaper with still good schools.

Can't comment on the quality of the fishing but I know I have seen boats fishing out there!

#10 littleboysmum

Posted 25 March 2012 - 03:23 PM

Drummoyne is beautiful. Close to the city, wonderful schools, restaurants, parks etc many other terrific suburbs in this general area also. PM me if you have any questions!

#11 ChickenortheEgg?

Posted 25 March 2012 - 03:26 PM

Five Dock, Balmain, Rozelle etc.



#12 KT1978

Posted 25 March 2012 - 03:28 PM

If you can stand a longer commute there is waterways around Newport (north) or maybe sylvania/jannali in the south.

#13 wenchwitch

Posted 25 March 2012 - 03:29 PM

Depends where his job is really. North Sydney then getting something on pittwater means he could boat and fish and have beaches nearby. If you go south the gorges river and port hacking has lots of lovely fishing spots. South would probably be cheaper but a longer commute.

We live in the shire and the georges river is 5 mins away and port hacking 10 but the commute is about 35 mins by train.

You would easily get a 4 bed with pool etc in the shire for $900.

So where would his job be?




#14 Mianta

Posted 25 March 2012 - 03:29 PM

What about Sutherland Shire? It has some affordable pockets still(which won't last long) and is still close to the coast. The commute would be round 45 minutes plus by train. It is quite a family friendly area. Tbh, inner west and the east is no longer affordable for the average family. In fact Sydney as a whole is becoming exxy in many ways, petrol, food, rent, electricity,day care, it's just ridiculous.

My husband and I grew up here. We currently live in the east and are looking to buy but we aren't going to waste our time in Sydney. We both have good jobs and earn decent money but my dh and I are so stressed and miserable, as the long hours for both of us, day care costs and the pressure from my dh's corporate job are driving us mad. We are moving north, like near QLD, to buy and live a simpler life. I love Sydney , its a beautiful city and fun to live in but the stress of living here is killing us.

#15 yabbadabbadoo

Posted 25 March 2012 - 03:32 PM

What about Gladesville?  It's a little further out but still close the water.

#16 mal'occhio

Posted 25 March 2012 - 03:33 PM

Abbotsford, Five Dock, Drummoyne - all beautiful and have launching ramps. 20 mins on ferry to city, 45 mins on bus.

Or, alternatively, look on the other side of the river - Hunters Hill (pricey!!), even further towards Ryde is still on the river.

#17 Sophie11

Posted 25 March 2012 - 03:42 PM

Wow thanks everyone, thats lots of information....and good tht your thinking of boats and fishing spots and seems to be up there with the DH.
We currently have to ferry to the city -takes 35mins, but 2min drive to ferry terminal where parking is free...

but 40mins by car and in peak hr could be 2hrs....

so not too dif to sydney and in the inner city of Auckland its similar rents like 700+pw.  Def wldnt get a pool unless 900pw.

So  what sort of salary do you need to live iin the inner suburbs...200k+??

#18 Schnecke

Posted 25 March 2012 - 03:47 PM

QUOTE (ChickenortheEgg? @ 25/03/2012, 04:26 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Five Dock, Balmain, Rozelle etc.

i'm in balmain. most beautyful place to live with kids. heaps of playgrounds and parks, close to city (10min by bus, or take ferry just across the harbour) and harbour (so wouldn't eat any fish out of the water). good schools and plenty of cafes and shopping.

friends of mine just parked their boat down the road.

but $900 doesn't get you much. def. no pool.

anywhere inner west is great (in my opinion) (but without good/any train connections you can get stuck in traffic)

good luck!

#19 Mianta

Posted 25 March 2012 - 03:58 PM

Op we live near Sydney Airport, we have a 2 bedroom semi with a courtyard out the back, $470 per week. We earn $140k combined. We aren't struggling with money but it is expensive to live here. We have three children and I have never been able to take off a full year of maternity leave or entertained the thought go being a sahm(not that I'd want to, I love my job) because Sydney has become progressively expensive over the years, so dh and I have both had to work. We want to move somewhere bigger, but can't justify the Sydney rents/housing prices, especially as it would keep my dh in a job he despises.

Edited by Mianta, 25 March 2012 - 04:00 PM.


#20 Maple Leaf

Posted 25 March 2012 - 04:06 PM

I wouldn't move to Sydney, unless I got paid a bucket load of money. I don't see how you can get ahead there on a 'normal' wage.


#21 Expelliarmus

Posted 25 March 2012 - 04:07 PM

If I had the money I'd move back there in a heartbeat.

*misses Sydney badly*

#22 Sophie11

Posted 25 March 2012 - 04:08 PM

Thanks MummyK8 for those links...looks like we could live there...but to buy...you need a couple of million I guess.

We thought we could rent out the two houses we own here and hopefully my DH will get put up for 3mnths and this would give us time to sus it out.

But DH isnt keen as he just loves fishing here...forget about the once in a life time possible career opportunity, its more important we get some fish in the week-ends.  By the way im so over snapper lol.  Ive always wanted to experience Sydney and we ended up moving to Qld a few years ago but it was on the Sunshine Coast and it was hard getting used to not being in the city....very dif life there...I think Sydney is more me.  The kids miss aussie so much...they now have a kiwi accent...still NZ is home for me..but love the idea of different experiences...thanks again.


Edited by Sophie11, 25 March 2012 - 04:10 PM.


#23 cinnabubble

Posted 25 March 2012 - 04:13 PM

The only way Balmain is 10  minutes to the city by bus is in the middle of the night. The distance is tiny, but Victoria Road is brutal for traffic.

Edited by cinnabubble, 25 March 2012 - 04:14 PM.


#24 mummyk8

Posted 25 March 2012 - 04:18 PM

Coming from someone who changed countries due to job relocation - think carefully. My DH had/has a great career opportunity which meant we moved out of Australia, away from family and friends into a city which is much more expensive to live. In my opinion way up all aspects of your life. Money and job is no substitute for free time, relaxation and family time.

We came from Sydney though and I would move back there in a heartbeat. It has such beautiful spots, easy access to south and north coasts and there is always somewhere you can go to get away from the hustle and bustle. Get your DH to look closer into his fishing option as I am sure there are plenty of places north, south and closer to CBD that he can fish easily. Just make sure you're all on the same page in the move and it's going to be a good one all round for the family.

#25 Chchgirl

Posted 25 March 2012 - 05:06 PM

No, I can't wait to get out again! Problem is I cannot afford to live anywhere near 15-30mins of the cbd, nor would I want to.

But good luck with your move, there are plenty of people here that love it.. biggrin.gif

Edited by Chchgirl, 25 March 2012 - 05:09 PM.





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