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liz6

We are about to move to Canberra. Have checked out the Moving to Canberra thread but it doesn't really tell much about actual suburbs.

 

We are looking for a decent family area with rentals under $500, good schools and preschools. Preferably an area with lots of green tree streets!

 

Can anyone suggest actual suburbs to look at? Hubby visiting there next week.

 

Or - can anyone tell us suburbs to steer clear of? Which are the dodgy areas, so to speak?

 

Thanks,

 

Liz

 

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nellieb

About the only place I can think of to steer clear of these days is Charnwood.

 

Depends very much on what you are looking for. Where is work and how far are you willing to travel?

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brazen

what size house? you won't get much under $500 unless you're out in the far suburbs.

 

you can check prices here - do a search with your max price and number of bedrooms - there are currently only 33 houses in teh ACT with 4 bedrooms for under $500 http://www.allhomes.com.au/ah/act/rent-res...ced-search/view

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D-nuts
what size house? you won't get much under $500 unless you're out in the far suburbs.

 

the far suburbs.... canberra really isnt big enough to worry about that.

 

Steer clear of Charnwood.

 

When your DH visits, get him to take a look at the area as well as the house as public housing is scattered all over the place and a nice suburb might have a dodgy street worth avoiding. The worst of these are easy to spot by the recent burnout marks on the street or the 50+ cars in the front yard.

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*bright*

Holt/Kippax is far worse than Charnwood these days, I would steer clear of both. Having said that, all susburbs have good and bad areas, you will really have to see what the street is like, where the houses you like are.

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abc_123

Another nice area to consider is Jerrabomberra (just over the border in NSW).

 

As far as I know there is no government housing there, and it has a childcare centre (not sure about pre-school) and primary school. There are plans for a high school in the future too. The rentals (some weeks there are lots advertised, other weeks nothing) are competitive.

 

And it's only about 20 mins to most major ACT centres (Woden, City, Tuggeranong) - Belconnen is a little further away.

 

 

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lunariviera

When you look at allhomes, start with the Inner North and Inner South regions because they are really central and most suburbs in these regions have nice shopping areas and cafes. Very green and leafy here. Woden Valley is also a good place to start. Depending on the suburb the rentals are a bit cheaper and just as nice as the Inner North/South.

 

There are undesirable streets in even the most expensive areas (i.e. Ainslie and Campbell). Just have a look at the individual street and the nearby schools before making a decision.

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brazen

while i probably wouldn't want to live in charnwood, i would rather live there than a few suburbs down south :whistle:

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livvie7586

we're in stirling (although i think rent around here would be out of your price range), but we've lived in queanbeyan in the past and loved it!! jerra's good too, and they aren't that far to travel into canberra

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lovingmother

red hill is not a nice place to live.

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liz6

Thanks for the feedback ACT people. I kind of figured the inner areas would be nicer and there are reasonable rentals in Nth Canberra (Watson, Dickson, Campbell?). We haven't lived in a 'city' for a few yrs so it would be nice to be close to inner things. I will bear in mind the crappy street notes though.

 

I've also seen a few great houses in the Gowrie area and wondered if that was any good? The schools all look of quite good quality and certainly seem to offer more specialist activities than NSW schools.

 

DH work based in Fyshwick but he's away a lot and not really worried how close to the office he is as it seems easy to get most places.

 

Please keep the tips coming!

 

Liz

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Tan72

To be honest there is not really an entirely bad suburb in Canberra. Some suburbs have rougher areas than others but on the whole I think they all even out.

 

To be fair to Charnwood, I don't live there, but it has some great areas that I would be happy to live in. It all depends on the area within a particular suburb.

 

I think you are going to have to do your homework based on the individual rental properties that you find, as I just don't think you can put a blankey statment over an entire suburb, not in Canberra....

 

Good luck with your search.

 

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pili-pala

I live in Charnwood, and I like it - very quiet and never had an issue (but we are at the Fraser end) and it has the best fish and chip shop too.

 

i have lived in Macquarie and that was a lot dodgier. I think all suburbs have good and bad places and a lot of it depends on your neighbours. I am in my 5th Suburb (some north side some south side).

 

Canberra is doesn't really have one centre but has several. Due to current road works, personally I chose to live someone close to where I worked, however as your DH is going to be living in Fyshwick, areas like Jerrabomberra are good. just make sure wherever you rent has good heating - its get very cold in winter (but hot in summer!).

 

good luck on the move

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ebnlhrrg

 

 

I also live in Charnwood, and I like it - very quiet and never had an issue - also living at the Fraser end.

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71Cath

I live in Higgins, and I love being so close to Kippax and Belconnen and only 12 minutes from the city - but nowhere is very far in Canberra! (apart from my friend who lives in Gordon - that is miles away!!!)

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~~nik~~

Jerrabomberra is close to fyshwick and a VERY nice area with no dodgy areas. However the rents are expensive and public transport is really bad

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brazen

my sister's in jerra and the plane noise drives her insane. it was always her dream to live there and now all she wants is to get out...

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~mamabear~
I've also seen a few great houses in the Gowrie area and wondered if that was any good? The schools all look of quite good quality and certainly seem to offer more specialist activities than NSW schools.

 

Gowrie is quite nice, green and leafy, the public school and preschool have a great reputation, as does Holy Family primary which is located in gowrie too. There are a few streets that aren't as "nice" like with anywhere, just go there and look. Fadden pines playground is there as well, which is a nice large playground and wooded area.

 

FYI I don't live in Gowrie, but in an adjoining suburb :D

 

Oh and you Charnwood dwellers, the butchery there is awesome now :whistle:

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happymum123

If he will work in Fyshwick, look at Narrabundah, it's right next door. The other option is Queanbeyan, good competitive rental market and a nice country atmosphere (may be good if you haven't lived in the city for a long time).

Good luck.

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mccarro

Queanbeyan is really nice, close to Canberra city and next to Fyshwick. Like all Canberra suburbs, there are good and bad areas. You can get nice houses in Queanbeyan CBD for under $500. I've never lived in Jerra, but it does seem a little isolated.

 

The Inner suburbs have streets lined with big deciduous trees, while the more outer suburbs have natives, and thus have a different feel. It depends on what you're after.

 

If your DH is working in Fyshwick, I would be wary of living in the Belconnen area, as the traffic is pretty bad for people travelling in that direction (luckily I travel against the traffic).

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ThatsNotMyName

We're in Weetangera (Belconnen) & DH works in Symonston (right next to Fyshwick) and it takes him less than 20 mins to get to work leaving anywhere between 7 & 7.30.

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Duck-o-lah
(apart from my friend who lives in Gordon - that is miles away!!!)
Oh it's not that bad! :D

 

I'll put in a plug for the far south (ya-hick!), it's quiet where I live and the roads out of South Tuggeranong have just been duplicated so getting out is easy and fast. You'll be in Fyshwik in no time at all. Takes me about 20 minutes to get to uni in Bruce.

 

I can think of dodgy areas in pretty much every suburb I have spent time in, including the $$$ ones!

 

ETA... these were taken on the path I walk my dogs every day, takes less than 10 mins from my house. Beautiful!

 

Looking South...

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Looking North...

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Edited by duck-o-lah

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Puggle

 

We are in Kambah. We can get from our place to the CBD before we encounter a traffic light. When I had DD2 at Calvary Hospital, some of the staff were flabbergasted that we drove "all the way from Tuggeranong" :lol:. Again, no traffic lights from our place until just outside the hospital itself, and it took less time for us to get there than for some of our Northside friends to drive there.

 

My DH gets public transport to and from work in Symonston. No dramas there other than the usual (and thankfully fairly rare) PT hiccups.

 

You'll find most of Canberra pretty leafy, except maybe some of the newer suburbs. We certainly noticed the difference when arriving from Perth. Good luck with the move.

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emishka

another one in the far south ( i must live near you duck-o-lah the roads are duplicated to fyshwick ( not that I go that way )

and it is a great view..:) St Clares seems to be a good school we are enrolling there for next year.

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~4's enough 4 me~

Im another from far south, must be close to you duck-o-lah as the second photo you have taken is pretty much from my back yard (the one with the pool).

 

Emishka - St Clares is a great school, my boys go there and love it. It has a great community feel.

 

As for travel to Fyshwick, it takes DP 20 - 25 minutes depending on what time he leaves. It takes him over 30 mins to get home in the peak hour traffic.

 

Gowrie is a good suburb..it is more central to places and its just up from the Monaro Hwy..the road to Fyshwick.

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