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Old Jul 2nd 2008, 3:07 pm   #1
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Angry Another where to live- Perth area

We had been pinning our hopes on getting a 136 visa and going to live in NSW Central Coast. For reasons of not wanting to be too far from a big city, near or on the coast, but wanting a smaller community, hopefully cheaper property (although we'll be renting for at least a few years), and decent schools.

BUT due to being caught up in this: http://britishexpats.com/forum/showthread.php?t=496610
We have now gone onto state sponsorship to WA, and just been accepted.

We have only spent 1 week in Perth area in the past, and from the brief amount we saw, we liked the area between Fremantle and Mandurah. Would that area fit the above scenario that was going to take us to NSW Central Coast? If so, where are the better and worst parts of that area?
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In a word.... "yes"

But dont NSW central coast! How about Bunbury area if big city not essential? 2 hrs from Perth (90 mins next year wheh new road opens) and $$$$$$$ cheaper than Perth housing wise.
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In a word.... "yes"

But dont NSW central coast! How about Bunbury area if big city not essential? 2 hrs from Perth (90 mins next year wheh new road opens) and $$$$$$$ cheaper than Perth housing wise.
Cheers for the reply Evann.
Unfortunately, I think we would want to be an hour, not much more, away from Perth.
Do you really need to go 1 1/2 to 2 hours out to get decent housing prices (without going inland)?
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Define "decent".
Have a look at www.realestate.com.au. They have rentals and sales by suburb you can look at
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Define "decent".
Have a look at www.realestate.com.au. They have rentals and sales by suburb you can look at
Only if you define '$$$$$$$ cheaper'
Sorry

I mean not overpriced because they have become 'trendy', have overrated schools, or something along those lines or some other (non-)reason.
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BTW, Early reports/research seems to be favouring Rockingham general area- good/bad idea?
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Only if you define '$$$$$$$ cheaper'
Sorry

I mean not overpriced because they have become 'trendy', have overrated schools, or something along those lines or some other (non-)reason.
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BTW, Early reports/research seems to be favouring Rockingham general area- good/bad idea?
I reckon Bunbury/Australind etc is about $200K cheaper than Perth for buying. I can't comment on rent as I havent done this but $100 per week cheaper wouldn't surprise me.

Rockingham is nice area I think (some parts I guss like everywhere). I'll get shot down for this but personally I much prefer south f the river. Each to their own
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Hi Gaz. We are heading SOR to Secret Harbour, which lies between Rockingham and Mandurah. For us, it was a case of being near OH's work (Industrial area called Kwinana) and close to the beach. I'm sure I'll be corrected if I'm wrong on here, but most suburbs (other than the mega expensive ones) NOR are a good car journey to the beach. While my kids are young, I want to be able to cycle to the beach after school etc. I'm sure this will change when they're older but for now, it suits. Have a look at this site which specialises in Perth.

http://www.pomsinperth.com/discussionboard
(However, be warned most of them prefer NOR and refer to anyone living south as rednecks etc etc. It all depends what you want in life)

or this one

http://www.emi-great.com/phpBB3/index.php

which is about the Rockingham/Mandurah area.

Good luck.

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Hi Gaz. We are heading SOR to Secret Harbour, which lies between Rockingham and Mandurah. For us, it was a case of being near OH's work (Industrial area called Kwinana) and close to the beach. I'm sure I'll be corrected if I'm wrong on here, but most suburbs (other than the mega expensive ones) NOR are a good car journey to the beach. While my kids are young, I want to be able to cycle to the beach after school etc. I'm sure this will change when they're older but for now, it suits. Have a look at this site which specialises in Perth.

http://www.pomsinperth.com/discussionboard
(However, be warned most of them prefer NOR and refer to anyone living south as rednecks etc etc. It all depends what you want in life)

or this one

http://www.emi-great.com/phpBB3/index.php

which is about the Rockingham/Mandurah area.

Good luck.

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Who's he working for at Kwinana? I have connections into a couple of the players there.
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Hi Gaz. We are heading SOR to Secret Harbour, which lies between Rockingham and Mandurah. For us, it was a case of being near OH's work (Industrial area called Kwinana) and close to the beach. I'm sure I'll be corrected if I'm wrong on here, but most suburbs (other than the mega expensive ones) NOR are a good car journey to the beach. While my kids are young, I want to be able to cycle to the beach after school etc. I'm sure this will change when they're older but for now, it suits. Have a look at this site which specialises in Perth.

http://www.pomsinperth.com/discussionboard
(However, be warned most of them prefer NOR and refer to anyone living south as rednecks etc etc. It all depends what you want in life)

or this one

http://www.emi-great.com/phpBB3/index.php

which is about the Rockingham/Mandurah area.

Good luck.

Amanda

Thanks Shorey, good info there!
We too would like our kids and us to be able to cycle or even walk to the beach. I just found out I have a good mate who lives in Port Kennedy and is a real estate agent, which will come in very handy!
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