Heading down the Monaro this week to check out the Tuggeranong suburb of Calwell. Like last week’s visit to McKellar, I’d never been to Calwell before (with the exception of last week when I drove through at night time in search of Christmas lights).
Calwell, named after former Labor leader Arthur Calwell, was gazetted on 5 August 1973. While I cruised around, I couldn’t stop admiring all the amazing views of the beautiful mountains. The people who live high up on a hill here are very lucky! The homes in Calwell are much newer that I expected, most with really luscious gardens and the roads are nice and wide – no cramped streets with cars parked up both sides either!
86.3 per cent of dwellings in this suburb are houses, 7.5 per cent are townhouses and 6.2 per cent are apartments. The most recent property prices available are from 2011, where the median property price was $445,000, back in 2000 it was $159,000. There was also quite a big jump in just one year between 2002 ($193,000) and 2003 ($270,000). The highest selling property to date is 19 Denovan Circuit which went for $900,000 back in 2006 when the average property price was $342,000.
The median family income (with children) is around $154,000 which is higher than I would have guessed. Calwell has three schools: Calwell Primary School, Calwell High School, and St Francis of Assisi Primary School. There is also a Pre-School program for the little ones held at Calwell Primary.
The shops here, Calwell Centre, seem really decent as far as a local set of shops go. There’s a major supermarket, as well as a bakery and butcher, a hairdressing salon, a chemist, plus a bunch of takeaway food outlets, and even a dentist.
I spotted two playgrounds, one was on the far side of a field and just like in McKellar, I couldn’t work out how to get there without walking across the field. The other playground I realised was actually part of a school so I chose not to go and take a photograph of it.
All in all, a lovely suburb. It’s a bit of a hike from Civic if you have to commute, but if you worked in Tuggeranong or even Woden, you’d be all set for a pretty comfy lifestyle.
Streets are named after: Victorian politicians
Federal Electorate: Canberra
Federal MP: Gai Brodtmann
Territory Electorate: Brindabella
Population breakdown: 48.6 per cent male, 51.4 per cent female
Average children per family: 1.9
Crime: 294 incidents in 2014 to date (not including parking infringements)