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Whats it like to live in Canberra?

Old Jan 12th 2020, 10:15 pm
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My partner and I are considering Canberra as a location to move to from UK. We are two architects in our early thirties. Whats it like? Where are the best places to live?
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Old Jan 13th 2020, 7:02 am
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It's like any other modern designed first world city. If you have to live in Australia it's as good a place as any though anyone who's never lived in Canberra will tell you that's it's as boring as batshit and noone in their right mind would ever want to live there. It's the bush capital and it used to be said that you could see the bush from anywhere in town - there's been a shed last of inner city development over the last decade especially so there are spots where bush isn't a feature but it in the burbs you get more of a bush view. Check out Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahoney, they designed it - very little predates 1900.

It's a pretty cosmopolitan place (as is much of the rest of city Australia) and quite insular. There are plenty of things to do if you have time and money. It's inland so it's a 2 hour drive to the beach, equally it's a 2 hour drive to the snow in winter. Most families need to be dual income because the cost of housing is ridiculous.

"Best" is subjective but the most expensive houses are in place like O'Malley, Yarralumla, Mugga Way.where they are eye wateringly expensive but generally if you can find something Inner North of Inner South you'd be into a good thing. Most people choose where to live based on their job location - even though ACT is only about 50km top to bottom (probably more than that now, I've been away a while) you don't want to be living at one end and working at the other.

It's well endowed with facilities although Canberrans are good at whingeing about their entitlements. It's a very left PC place so if you're vaguely conservative its not very pleasant. It has 4 distinct seasons which is nice but winters can be bloody cold (the houses aren't built for it) and in the summer it can be bloody hot (the houses aren't built for it). At the moment our air quality is amongst the worst in the world because of the smoke from distant bushfires and we all look chic in our P2 masks. We have been attacked by bushfires in the past (I would avoid all Western suburbs up to 3 suburbs in because of that, it's usually where the fires come) and at the moment we are in drought - happens regularly.

You could do much worse. We arrived here over 40 years ago and it's changed a lot but I still prefer it to the huge cities - it's a cross between a big country town and a city.


View from Mt Ainslie south (not at the moment though - too much smoke)
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City is booming, and one notices nearly everybody comes from somewhere else. Big food and covfefe scene. A 4WD is a must to get to all the ‘good’ areas. People I know moved from Adelaide and can’t believe how much more their is to do here. Same with the wife’s sister who desperately wants to move up from Melbourne. Spending school holidays here is the best she and the kids can do. For anything specific you can PM me.
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"If you have to live in Australia it's as good a place as any though anyone who's never lived in Canberra will tell you that's it's as boring as batshit and noone in their right mind would ever want to live there. "
"People I know moved from Adelaide and can’t believe how much more their is to do here. "

2 quotes from the above 2 posts I agree with. Canberra is only slightly less boring than Adelaide. Sydney if you want a big warm beach side city, Melbourne if you want a more European feel and cooler climate or Brisbane if you want a warmer smaller city feel and less costly. Note only Sydney is really on the coast.
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I like it for a weekend in winter when its nice and crisp. Take the kids to Questecon, Corrin Forest, etc. Plenty for kids. Not so much for architects. Then again, Australia traditionally has been pretty bad for architecture. It has started to get a little bit more creative in the last 5 years.
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Originally Posted by Beoz View Post
I like it for a weekend in winter when its nice and crisp. Take the kids to Questecon, Corrin Forest, etc. Plenty for kids. Not so much for architects. Then again, Australia traditionally has been pretty bad for architecture. It has started to get a little bit more creative in the last 5 years.
Dunno, given some of the monstrosities we’re being subjected to at the moment, a few good architects could come in handy!
Wonder if the OP ever made the leap!
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"If you have to live in Australia it's as good a place as any though anyone who's never lived in Canberra will tell you that's it's as boring as batshit and noone in their right mind would ever want to live there. "
"People I know moved from Adelaide and can’t believe how much more their is to do here. "

2 quotes from the above 2 posts I agree with. Canberra is only slightly less boring than Adelaide. Sydney if you want a big warm beach side city, Melbourne if you want a more European feel and cooler climate or Brisbane if you want a warmer smaller city feel and less costly. Note only Sydney is really on the coast.
You don’t know Canberra well then.
Boring it isn’t ..
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Dunno, given some of the monstrosities we’re being subjected to at the moment, a few good architects could come in handy!
Wonder if the OP ever made the leap!
Are you referring to that new office block next to the Legislative Assembly?
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Originally Posted by Archi_Lots View Post
Hi,

My partner and I are considering Canberra as a location to move to from UK. We are two architects in our early thirties. Whats it like? Where are the best places to live?
As an aside, have you checked what the job market is like in Canberra for architects? The reason I ask is a good friend who is also an architect moved to Canberra several years ago and couldn't find work in that profession at all, and had to do other jobs instead. Six years later he and his family moved to Melbourne so that he could get back into it.
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