Find Your Ideal Suburb in 3 Easy Steps!
So you’ve decided it’s time to move house. Choosing a suburb that’s going to best suit your new lifestyle, wants and needs can be a complicated process. Whether it’s the bustling city lifestyle, relaxing beachside or suburban home that is taking your fancy, the below tips will help to identify exactly what you’re looking for in the search of your ideal suburb.
- The Neighbours – The neighbourhood of the area you wish to move into should be given some serious thought. Would you prefer to live in a closely-knit community where residents get together in local parks for barbeques? Or perhaps you live a very busy lifestyle and prefer your neighbours stop to say a quick “Hello” before going about their daily business. Be sure to check demographic trends and property values in the area to make sure it’s the right fit for you. All are significant elements to take into consideration, as the resale value of your home can be largely affected by the quality of your neighbourhood.
- Consider Key Factors –Begin by pin-pointing the key factors wanted in your ideal home surroundings – are you looking to start a family in the near future? Do you need a home close to schools and parks for your children and pets? Ease of access to public transport? Mountainous or oceanic views? All of these questions are important to consider when looking for the ideal area for your new home.
- Making the Choice – Your choice of suburb will determine the availability and access to schools, shops, public transport, dining and entertainment!
There are typically four distinct suburb categories:
- Inner City – If you love the bustling city, high rise buildings and convenient access to all that it provides, an inner city lifestyle might be suited to you. Convenient apartment living and a low maintenance backyard are important to you. Docklands in Victoria or Southbank, Queensland offer all of this and more! The city’s vast cafe and restaurant offerings, impressive nightlife, and abundance of public transport options make getting from point A to B straightforward and stress-free, especially to those without a car.
- Urban – Suited to those who enjoy all that the CBD has to offer, without the everyday rush, while also being more affordable. Suburbs such as Bondi, NSW or Hawthorn in Victoria may be the right fit for your lifestyle. Plus, added perks of having access to parks, fresh produce markets, local schools and strips of restaurants all within a short distance from home are excellent reasons to make urban suburbs your new home.
- Suburban/Family Friendly – Tailored to families who need more space than the typical town house or apartment has to offer. They are generally even more affordable again than the urban suburbs. Suburban areas are ideal for those who love having a backyard or big outdoor entertaining area, for family and pets. Suburban areas such as Elizabeth Park, SA, and Joondalup, WA, still provide good options for public transport, as well as access to schools, shopping centres, and recreational sporting facilities and teams.
- Rural – To those who prefer the fresh air, countryside views and peace and quiet a rural lifestyle is for you! Preferable for those who work in rural areas or run their own business, and can do so from home. Perhaps you need access to a bigger area of land for larger animals such as horses and cattle, or have a passion for dirt biking and want a large space. Suburbs such as Forbes in NSW and Echuca, Victoria could be the area that you need for your new home.
If you’ve now made it to that exciting stage of planning to move to your new home, why not check out our Moving Checklist?