12 November 2017

Ask RiotACT: Moving to Canberra soon, need advice for choosing a good suburb to live

| Nina Lai
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Ask RiotACTHi Guys.

We are moving to Canberra soon (with a 1 year old baby) and are looking to buy a house around $700,000. We are mainly searching around the north / Belconnen district (closer to workplace).

Need your advice to choose a good suburb (safe, quiet, good people, good schools). We’ve inspected some houses in Melba and Evatt, they all seem nice. Are they good suburbs according to your experience? And how about Scullin, Higgins and Holt?

Many thanks!

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I think Florey is an undervalued inner Belconnen suburb. You just need to choose the right part of the suburb.

But your price range will put you in a good part of that suburb.

Maryann Mussared said :

There are lots of lovely places to live in Canberra. According to a recent article in The Australian there are a number of suburbs that are underpriced. Holt is one, and from memory Rivett and Phillip in the south were listed. Holt is going through huge change with the two new developments – Ginninderry and Ginninderra, over off Stockdill Drive, but the positive is Kippax will expand and offer a lot more as a regional shopping centre and the wonderful Belconnen markets are close by, and everything else you need is at the Belconnen Mall. Most of the time it only takes 20 minutes from Holt to Civic. Good luck with your search.

I don’t think there are any stand -alone houses in Phillip. There are a few town-houses and lots of home units however.

Maryann Mussared5:43 pm 14 Nov 17

There are lots of lovely places to live in Canberra. According to a recent article in The Australian there are a number of suburbs that are underpriced. Holt is one, and from memory Rivett and Phillip in the south were listed. Holt is going through huge change with the two new developments – Ginninderry and Ginninderra, over off Stockdill Drive, but the positive is Kippax will expand and offer a lot more as a regional shopping centre and the wonderful Belconnen markets are close by, and everything else you need is at the Belconnen Mall. Most of the time it only takes 20 minutes from Holt to Civic. Good luck with your search.

McKellar (full stop).

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