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Canberra most affordable?

By johnboy - 12 March 2009 35

The Chiefly Jon Stanhope informs us that thanks to his West Macgregor slum building the ACT can now boast that it “remains the most affordable jurisdiction to own a home”.

    “The 62 initiatives contained in our Affordable Housing Action Plan, combined with low interest rates and the Rudd Government’s boost to the First Home Owner Grants, are helping to ensure the ACT remains the most affordable jurisdiction to own a home,” Mr Stanhope said.

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Canberra most affordable?
frontrow 2:55 pm 12 Mar 09

On the odd occasion that I bother to check local real estate prices, the only listings that fall within the range that a bank will lend me are in Queanbeyan.

Jim Jones 2:46 pm 12 Mar 09

I dunno about WM being an awful place to live. It’ll be the same as any other new suburb: a little bare and seemingly soulless (in comparison to the surrounding, more established suburbs), but growing into itself.

Scullin used to be the ends of the earth and no-one wanted to live there. All of Tuggeranong and surrounds used to be the same. West Macgregor is no different.

Kramer 1:37 pm 12 Mar 09

West MacGregor is between the orginal MacGregor and Parwood. It’s very close (maybe even under) the high voltage power lines which feed the nearby substation. I believe the Belconnen tip is now for recycling and green waste only, but any residual smells from there will be completely overpowered by the adjacent Parkwood battery egg farm.

It will probably be an awful place to live, but it will get people out of Govt housing (or off the street) and into the property market.

JimT 1:22 pm 12 Mar 09

Gumby said :

Canberra has some of the most overpriced property in Australia. West MacGregor will get the worst smell coming from the tip when the wind picks up esp. In west macgregor and ginninderra ponds in dunlop, the blocks are tiny, backyards are non-existent as builders try and fit as much house as possible on small blocks. developers and builders buy several blocks and build identical houses next door to each other. With cheap fittings and huge price tags. The only cheap housing is one of the new two bedroom places they are building in Forde….outrageous.

Do you mean the tip that closed in 2001? (is now recylcling only)
I’m curious – Have any of you actually bothered to take a look out here, or are you making armchair assumptions?
I have lived in west macgregor since October last year and the only problem I have has is dust when the wind picks up. No smells from the ex-tip, or the treatment plant (take a look at google maps. The tip is km’s away)
I grew up in Holt and my folks live just around the corner so I like the location and I wasn’t interested in living in an apartment.
On block size – Did you ever consider that perhaps the people that bought there don’t want big blocks? I bought a 3bdrm place – 116m2, which is plenty big enough for me and my girlfriend. Courtyard is about 80m2. Far more usable space than I will ever need living here.

I don’t get the “slum” reference either. It’s affordable housing. Not government housing. I think you’ll find more junkies and welfare recipients living in and around Braddon than here.

So why all the negativity?

Thumper 12:42 pm 12 Mar 09

West Macgregor looks like a hole, and it’s not even finished yet.

peterh 12:37 pm 12 Mar 09

Jim Jones said :

I used to live in Dunlop, and really liked some aspects of it. I’d go for a run in the mornings and see the sun rising against a backdrop of grazing kangaroos and some cattle, unbroken land stretching out to the mountains – very nice indeed. Although, one night I was woken by a bull that had got loose and was lowing up and down Ginninderra Drive.

hah! i remember when it was all paddocks, and the fassifern farm road was a great treaddly track.

dunlop was where we charny kids used to play. now a new suburb. always thought it would be a golf course….

west macgregor would get the molonglo treatment odors, surely?

Gobbo 12:21 pm 12 Mar 09

With all the fungal apartment growths popping up everywhere it is surprising anyone needs accommodation in Canberra. I swear I go down a street one week and it looks completely different the next with a sprouting apartment where their used to be something else.

Gumby 12:08 pm 12 Mar 09

Canberra has some of the most overpriced property in Australia. West MacGregor will get the worst smell coming from the tip when the wind picks up esp. In west macgregor and ginninderra ponds in dunlop, the blocks are tiny, backyards are non-existent as builders try and fit as much house as possible on small blocks. developers and builders buy several blocks and build identical houses next door to each other. With cheap fittings and huge price tags. The only cheap housing is one of the new two bedroom places they are building in Forde….outrageous.

Jim Jones 11:59 am 12 Mar 09

I used to live in Dunlop, and really liked some aspects of it. I’d go for a run in the mornings and see the sun rising against a backdrop of grazing kangaroos and some cattle, unbroken land stretching out to the mountains – very nice indeed. Although, one night I was woken by a bull that had got loose and was lowing up and down Ginninderra Drive.

areaman 11:48 am 12 Mar 09

Have you guys been to dunlop? It’s all fringe.

neanderthalsis 11:23 am 12 Mar 09

peterh said :

where is the west macgregor site anyway? not heard of that one…

Go to MacGregor and turn west…

But seriously… Anyone looking at realestate in the Canberra region will tell you that it is considerably less affordable than most other capitals. We don’t have the suburban fringe development and the higher density inner city development of other major cities.

peterh 11:11 am 12 Mar 09

ant said :

To get affordable housing, they need to stop sellign blocks to developers who then cram the biggest, silliest house they can on it to scam megabucks off cashed-up families.

not to mention that they have no backyards…. where is the west macgregor site anyway? not heard of that one…

ant 10:32 am 12 Mar 09

To get affordable housing, they need to stop sellign blocks to developers who then cram the biggest, silliest house they can on it to scam megabucks off cashed-up families.

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 10:12 am 12 Mar 09

Well what do people expect for the cheapest part of Canberra? A beautiful luxury apartment with water views? One of the main problems Canberra has is that we don’t seem to be developing on the edges of suburbia, where land can (should) be made available more cheaply, leading to genuinely more affordable housing.

jakez 9:50 am 12 Mar 09

…yay?

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