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Where should we live - answers on a postcard pls       started by TanyaWhoriskey on 13 Apr 2011   (23507)
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From TanyaWhoriskey

13 Apr 2011 11:13 PM
My soon to be husband and I are moving to Perth on 01.09.11 and I am busy googling (daily) maps, suburb information etc but would welcome any advice, hints, tips opinions. He will have a FI/FO job so I'll be on my own for 15 days out of 21 and will be looking for a job in Recruitment (CBD). I dont want to commute any longer than an hour and would prefer an area with some cafes/shops etc so I don't feel isolated. Our must have is a swimming pool and I've noticed the nicer houses with pools tend to be further out. Our budget is $3,000 per month so if anyone can offer an advice - it will be gratefully received. We will be bringing our two cats so I know this will limit our options.
From morleylamb

To TanyaWhoriskey

14 Apr 2011 2:10 AM
Try Freo,if you can find what you want, thats where i would be!
From steveandclare

To morleylamb

15 Apr 2011 1:26 PM
You would struggle in Freo with a budget of only $2000/month. Check the rentals on An hour's commute would put you as far as Joondalup in the North and Wellard/Rockingham in the south or Guildford in the East. Which you choose will depend on what you are looking for. If you are looking for an area which is a little chic/trendy then I would look at areas like Subiaco, Leederville, Mount Lawley - but you will have to compromise on the size of property and perhaps the pool, but you will get the cafe lifestyle. The southern suburbs are ok but some areas of Rockingham can be a bit hit and miss to the north you would find that you will get the size of property and more chance of a pool while being closer to the beach. You will also find a reasonable shopping area and fairly good amenities. If you are moving here towards the end of May I know someone near Joondalup who is breaking their lease and is looking for a tenant....
From margarte

To TanyaWhoriskey

16 Apr 2011 1:57 AM
From margarte

To margarte

16 Apr 2011 2:03 AM
From TanyaWhoriskey

To steveandclare

16 Apr 2011 2:06 AM
Thanks for all the comments. I made an error on my first posting !! Our budget is up to $750 per week (I was thinking in GBP not AUS$) so $3,000 per month. We've seen a few stunning places in Ocean Reef - is that too far out of CBD, Subiaco (which is where most Recruitment jobs seem to be)? Thx Tanya
From morleylamb

To TanyaWhoriskey

16 Apr 2011 2:23 AM
My opinion would be, to get into the older suberbs from Freo,subiaco, and Wembly or Wembly downs, or East Perth. But Freo has loads going for it!
From me2you

To TanyaWhoriskey

16 Apr 2011 2:42 AM
Its hard to appreciate just how different the suburbs of perth are to the UK - if you are looking for a 'cafe culture' lifestyle you would be best placed in fremantle or subiaco. some of the suburbs are no more than huge housing estates with very little in them by way of entertainment unless you want to hang around the park and the free barbies all day. they're ok for people with young families or those with an established social circle - but i suspect you would be mind numbingly bored. and many are very far out of the city. also, the mitchell freeway in the morning rush hour is just as bad as the uk - it can take an hour to do about 10 miles. I would have lived in fremantle in a minute but it was way too expensive for us - we had kids and needed a house. you might get a half decent apartment with a shared pool - good way to meet people too. but that might not suit you with your cats though. subiaco is good too and also leederville and bicton but both, like freo, are VERY expensive. joondalup is ok if your idea of a good night out is to put on your english football strip, hang out with a load of tanked up ex pats then get in a fight. good luck with your move - there are some fantastic parts of perth if you are earning enough to base yourself there.
From clarepo

To TanyaWhoriskey

16 Apr 2011 9:59 AM
Tanya, I commute to the city from Joondalup via Currambine train station and it's not a bad journey. The 7:46am train means I am sat at my desk with no problems just before my 8:30am start time. Ocean Reef is a couple of suburbs nearer the city to us and a place we are going to look at trying so I'd say you'd be fine travelling from there.
From steveandclare

To TanyaWhoriskey

16 Apr 2011 10:36 AM
Ocean reef is quite nice, as is Mindarie, Iluka and most of the suburbs along the coastal strip. The coastal suburbs are generally more polished with a price tag to match, but a family with two professional wages will have few money problems here. Ocean reef will mean a 45 minute trip to the city - the trains are pretty good and the mitchell freeway is busy from 6am onwards. As you get further out from the city you will find that the new suburbs are progressively cheaper, and you will find that some of the northern burbs are well populated with ordinary working class brits - so lots of football strips and some places which aren't as nice as they could be. The suburbs here are essentially large housing estates but without the souless monotony of a British outer city suburbs - there are regional centres which provide adequate shopping with the occassional boutique area. It does seem to cater well to families here, I guess like any move you would need to compile a requirements list and have a good look at what each area offers you.
From simonc

To TanyaWhoriskey

17 Apr 2011 3:40 PM
From tisme

To TanyaWhoriskey

17 Apr 2011 5:29 PM
I'd have to say Freo too.
From TanyaWhoriskey

To tisme

18 Apr 2011 12:18 AM
Thanks for all the info. Initial research tells me, modern with a pool may not be feasible in freo but I'll keep googling!!
From kayandandy

To TanyaWhoriskey

19 Apr 2011 11:24 PM
Being a Freo local I will put my spin on it! Freo is lovely for a day out but it is quite a tough community to break into. There is an emphasis on alternative living (which kinda cracks me up as many of this lot drive the biggest 4wd imaginable etc) without kids and by yourself I could imagine it to be quite tough too. 3k will get you a great apartment in north coogee which sits on South Beach. It is a new housing estate and whilst it lacks some of the more enduring features of free, it also lacks some of the less enduring ones too! In your shoes, young, newly married, I would go subiaco, east Perth, leederville, Claremont or even north bridge. Freo can be really ropey after dark! Just my opinion for what it is worth!
From simonc

To kayandandy

20 Apr 2011 12:17 PM
East Perth and Northbridge after dark also have their moments.
From Kieren

To simonc

20 Apr 2011 2:09 PM
'East Perth and Northbridge after dark also have their moments.' So too do Joondalup and suburbs further north! Perths's really not the eutopia its portrayed to be on UK telly!! :o) KIEREN
From simonc

To Kieren

20 Apr 2011 2:25 PM
It is an exotic option to be able to choose which nationality you get duffed up by through the area you choose to go out in, rather than being limited to a kicking from a plain old chav or pack of them as is the case in most average British towns after the pubs kick out. There are a few chav possibilities here, a considerable number have migrated. Northbridge is a lucky dip.
From simonc

To TanyaWhoriskey

20 Apr 2011 2:29 PM
....Tanya, its not so bad really :) As with everywhere theres trouble if you look for it. The only time in the last 4 years I have been in any strife was during a 3 week visit back to England 18 months ago. Ive been out many times in Perth and Freo over the last 4 years and I have seen trouble occasionally but never been in any. I used to rent a unit in Mosman park a number of years ago, that was fantastic, the best of all worlds, we had a shared pool, it was all about the location which was in easy reach of a number of good spots. Claremont as mentioned by kayandandy is a good shout too, but as with Mosis you'll be limited to a unit with your budget I would imagine.