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Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Tara, Mar 4, 2010.

  1. Tara

    Tara Guest

    Hi there.......hopefully moving to Brisbane before the end of the yr! Have 2 children who will be almost 4yrs and 18months. Could anyone recommend good suburbs for young families to live? And any other advise would be great. Thanks:wub: x

  2. cal

    cal Super Moderator

    Hi Tara
    The trouble with Brisbane is there are too many nice suburbs , the majority of which are all family friendly.
    We choose this are as there are shops and schools on the estate, its a mix of suburban and acerage living and i can be in Brisbane city or the beaches of the Gold Coast in under an hour. The people are friendly, the area is safe enough for my kids to play outside and for investment its one of the quickest growing areas in QLD.

    What do you want when you move?
    How far from shops?
    Do you know where you will be working?
    Would you prefer beach or city?

    The more you can tell us the more areas we will be able to suggest for you

    Cal x
  3. Tara

    Tara Guest

    Hi Cal

    Thanks so much for your response!
    Looking to move around Nov this year and would like to have rented a home and settled a little for Christmas.
    Where you live sounds great!
    We would like to live near shops and facilities. And also our daughter will be almost 4 when we move so we need to think of schools. But also want a nice house with lots of outdoor space.
    Any suggestions would be great thanks. I just dont know where to start looking.
  4. cal

    cal Super Moderator

    I always recommend you book 3 or 4 weeks in a holiday home or furnished rental for when you arrive.
    This gives you time to have a look around at various areas, test the water on the job front and secure a longer term rental.

    Its so hard to choose an area until you arrive as places look very different in real life than they do on the www, you also need to get an idea of where the work will be before signing up to a 6 mth rental otherwise you may end up with a hefty commute every day.

    We wanted open space and room to move (and play my music loud,lol) we now have 2 acers on the outskirts of the estate, we rented in the middle on a quarter acre plot for 6 months so we and the kids had time to make some friends ,we then moved here, still close enough for the kids to pushbike to school or their friends if they want and also covered by the school bus (free of charge).

    Some other nice acerage areas that dont cost the earth are
    Teviot Downs
    Spring Mountain
    Cedar Vale
    Cedar Grove
    Logan Vilage

    Good luck with everything
    Cal x
  5. Rudi

    Rudi Relocation Brisbane

    Hi Tara

    We all love where we I will tell you about where I am as well!

    I live in the Bayside area and I feel like I have the best of both worlds - I am near the water, but live on acreage, so I can wake up in the morning and look out of my window and occasionally see a wallaby just 10 metres from my bedroom window. I just LOVE it!!!

    I am only 5 minutes from a large shopping centre, but feel like I am in the middle of no where when I am in my home.

    Have a look at Thornlands, Victoria Point, Mount Cotton and Redland Bay. We are about 45 mins from the Gold Coast and the same from Brisbane.

    Hope that helps - it's probably confused you even further!!!


  6. Tara

    Tara Guest

    Thanks Rudi!
    Thats a great help. I'll have a look at those areas today.
    So pleased that there are people like you to offer advise.
  7. John and Morag

    John and Morag New Member

    How have you coped with the heavy rains and flooding in your area?
  8. bacardi167

    bacardi167 New Member

    Hey all ( and CAL)

    I'm sure you will all agree that this must be the most asked question ever on this site? I asked the same thing last year.

    Personally, for the first year we decided we needed to be inner Bris to commute to work (where ever that may be) and give us good transport likns to everywhere.

    We loked at some of the outer suburbs but could not commit until we had a fixed job. When you first arrive you end up doing agency work and it can be alll over the place.

    My (personal ) advice is to get somewhere with good links to Central station for the first 6months to year. rom there you can get to anywhere and you may decide Brissie is not for you and go to the sunshine coast etc....

    This is what we have done and are currently establishing ourselves. It takes time to build up references, credit histiory, rental refs, wage sslips etc - its like being 16 again ( but with kids!)

    We're looking around Coorparoo, Holland Park, Paddington, The Gap and New Farm for our next place.

    TBH - you really need to experience places for yourself as some of the pointers we got origionaly; really didnt suit us - but each to thier own.

    Good luck
  9. Tara

    Tara Guest

    Thanks so much for that....... you seem to have been in the same situation as us.
    I think you are right about staying central to start with.
    I appreciate the advise. Tara x

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