It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly what it is about a suburb that makes you feel at home but there are some crucial elements you need to consider before taking the plunge and moving to a new hood.
What are your priorities? A big local supermarket? A park to walk your dog? A private school that’s close by? Mountain views? Take some time to write a list of the things that are important to you in your everyday life and then choose the type of suburb that fits your lifestyle.
There are four main types of suburbs in Australia and most homes will fit into one of these categories. Just figure out which lifestyle suits you best and you’re on your way to finding the perfect suburb.
If you want a glittering night life, modern amenities at your door and to be in the hub of everything that’s happening in your city, then choosing a suburb that’s close to the CBD is good move. Theatre, live music, great restaurants and nightly entertainment right at your front door, that’s typical of the Inner City suburb.
- Do you go out for dinner or to a pub four or five nights a week?
- Do you not own a car?
- Will all your belongings fit in a compact apartment?
- Do you work in the CBD of your city?
- Do you value having your work, home and gym within walking distance of each other?
If you answered yes to most of the questions then Inner City suburb living is for you.
If you love the energy and night life of the inner-city but can’t cough up the coin to live there, then the Trendy Urban suburb may be just the place for you. Trendy Urban suburbs are still close enough to the city to catch all the action of the bright lights but can be slightly more affordable and family friendly.
These suburbs tend to have weekend produce markets, little strips of funky restaurants and decent local schools. Trendy Urban suburbs are the perfect place for young families to make the transition from childless living to family fun.
- Are you on a budget but still want to live close to the city?
- Do you need a local park for your kids to play?
- Do you love the hustle bustle of the city but want to live somewhere a little more chilled?
- Do you need a backyard?
- Do you crave the convenience of city living but also love a quiet stroll around suburban streets?
The Family Friendly suburb is ideal for bigger families, possibly with kids in high school, who need lots of space. Buying property in a Family Friendly suburb is usually quite affordable and you’ll get something twice the size and brand new for the same price as a shabby, two bedroom, 1960s town house in a Trendy Urban suburb.
Family Friendly suburbs are generally close to large shopping hubs and decent supermarkets. They also usually have good transport options for kids traveling to and from school or sport practice. The Family Friendly suburb is a quieter, larger and less city-centric option than the Trendy Urban suburb.
Family Friendly suburbs are generally close to large shopping hubs and decent supermarkets.
- Do you have kids and/or pets?
- Does your family have more than one car and therefore the need for space to park them?
- Do you need a big outdoor area?
- Do you enjoy entertaining large groups of people?
- Is a decent local supermarket more important to you than the hottest new nightclub?
If you answered yes to most of the questions above, a Family Friendly suburb is the place for you.
The Outer Rural area is ideal for people who love nature, fresh air, peace and quiet and beautiful views. Whether it’s near bush, sea or country side, the Outer Rural area is where you want to be if you’re leaning into to a slower, quieter life away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
- Do you crave peace and quiet?
- Do you work from home or in a rural area?
- Do you keep large animals like horses?
- Do you love cooking? (Depending on where you live, home delivery pizza might not be an option.)
- Do you enjoy solitude?
If you answered yes to most of the questions above, the Outer Rural life could be beckoning to you.
Of course anyone can happily live anywhere, as long as they know what their priorities are and what they’re willing to sacrifice for the things they really want. A family can live in an Inner City suburb if they’re happy to compromise on space. A young single business man can live in an Outer Rural area if he doesn’t mind the commute to work everyday.
And if you look carefully, there’s pockets of peace in even the most manic urban jungle. It’s all about finding somewhere you feel honestly at home.
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