Charnwood 2615 ACT?

Hazel 12 June 2013 55

Hello, I am looking at buying a house in Charnwood, Belconnen.

I haven’t been in Canberra for long, I would appreciate your opinion about the neighbourhood, especially concerning safety and good neighbours 🙂

Thanks!


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Heavs Heavs 10:50 am 18 Jun 13

Really though, the people bagging Charnwood here (having never been there) are the same ones who have a s***-fit whenever a Canberra bashing article comes out in the national press.

Thailand71 Thailand71 12:14 am 18 Jun 13

True there is some crime (as there is anywhere). But I don’t feel in any more danger than I have anywhere else – in fact having a few retirees in the street who keep an eye out is quite reassuring. The local Neighbourhood Watch distributes information on where crimes have taken place – by and large if you look at a map the offences are distributed around the lower end / lower income / cheaper rental part of the suburb.

A_Cog A_Cog 10:04 pm 17 Jun 13

Charnwood is a focal point for crime and general douchebaggery. Just look at the ACT Police crime stats, and compare the crime rates against neighbouring suburbs, and other scummy places.

http://www.police.act.gov.au/crime-and-safety/crime-statistics.aspx

Yay.

milkman milkman 5:42 pm 17 Jun 13

montana said :

good to see the negative opinions of charny is still the same after 20 years, keeping the prices down in this suburb.

so ill happily continue to pay $120 a week for a 3 beddy house that is close to a woolies, PO, and maccas and closer to civic/belco than some newer suburbs such as west macgregor.

Guvvy housing doesn’t count.

montana montana 3:22 pm 17 Jun 13

good to see the negative opinions of charny is still the same after 20 years, keeping the prices down in this suburb.

so ill happily continue to pay $120 a week for a 3 beddy house that is close to a woolies, PO, and maccas and closer to civic/belco than some newer suburbs such as west macgregor.

Chop71 Chop71 2:28 pm 17 Jun 13

annus_horribilis said :

I bought in Charnwood in 2012, stunning house, amazing views, quiet neighbourhood. I love it.
I grew up in this area, went to Charnwood High, moved away, and chose to return. An old reputation meant I bought a bargain.
There are some dodgy streets….in every Canberra suburb.

Charny Heights

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 8:17 am 17 Jun 13

Thailand71 said :

Hazel ignore the naysayers…

To be fair, I know a couple of really nice and decent people who grew up in Charnwood.

It can happen.

Thailand71 Thailand71 5:08 am 17 Jun 13

Hazel ignore the naysayers – we have lived in Charnie for the past couple of years and it’s fine. Like anywhere, just choose your location. At the ‘top’ end of the suburb near the border with Fraser are mostly privately built houses, quiet streets and in some cases nice views out to the mountains. We bought a large, modern house for a very reasonable price that we could not have afforded elsewhere (and yes, we looked at plenty of suburbs both Nth and Sth). Our place is so quiet and we have lots of native birds visit – just today was watching the first kookaburras of the season playing on our back fence. There are walking/cycle paths behind most blocks which is great for our daughter as she doesn’t have to be on the footpath or road on her bike. Our neighbours are mostly older retired couples who have lived in the area for 25+ years and they all keep an eye out for each other. There is an active Neighbourhood Watch group, an excellent community medical centre (pay a yearly membership & then all appointments are bulk-billed), the supermarket is currently being renovated to double its current size and there are all the essentials at the local shops. Public transport is not great but there are peak-hour express buses to Civic in the morning (and return buses in the afternoon).

HeighwayQueen HeighwayQueen 12:25 pm 14 Jun 13

You couldn’t pay me enogh to live there again.
We lived there for a year – 2009- while our house was being built in another suburb, and I hated every minute of it.
I’m sure my husband and I were the only people in the street that worked, everyone else was always around all the time.
We’d come home and there would be random kids in our backyard playing on the trampoline, somehow they’d get through the locked gate.
I once had to break up a brawl in our front yard, there was constantly bogans doing burnouts at the end of the cul-de-sac.
There probably are nice streets as other’s have pointed out but I didn’t live in any of them, ours was one of the cul-de-sacs off Cartwright and it was dodgy.
The houses are cheap there for a reason, it’s one of the lowest socio-economic area in Canberra.

Grimm Grimm 12:23 pm 14 Jun 13

Watson said :

I checked http://www.police.act.gov.au/crime-and-safety/crime-statistics.aspx

Safer than some neighbourhoods with a much better reputation, it seems. And it kind of speaks for itself that the poorer the neighbourhood, the less attractive it is to burglars.

That’s a case of not s***ting where you eat.

I’m pretty sure that to live in Charnwood, you need to have a mullet, wear ugg boots or maccasins as daily footwear, and use the battle cry “avagoyacarnt” any time somebody looks in your general direction.

watto23 watto23 11:59 am 14 Jun 13

If you actually look at the crime stats, charnwood is quite high but not the highest in canberra. then you notice there were 5 assaults and 2 sexual assualts, alot of theft etc.

Chisholm in tuggeranong is bad too, but its all a matter of perspective. The statistics in the ACT make it look safe compared to many cities in australai and or the world. Still there are reasons why houses in Charnwood are cheaper, whether those reasons are valid or not.

Hazel Hazel 11:30 am 14 Jun 13

Thanks guys for all your comments, appreciate it. I’m having mixed feelings about the place now and probably have to think about it some more! I’ll keep an eye open for other suburbs as well, prices might go down next year! Thanks again.

familydude72 familydude72 10:57 am 14 Jun 13

I am no longer certain that Charnwood is in the ACT. When i receive my parcel delivery notifications from the Charnwood post office, they all state that Charnwood is in NSW.

tim_c tim_c 4:07 pm 13 Jun 13

tuco said :

Hello, I am looking at buying a second hand white Commodore.

I would appreciate your opinion about the best decals for me to plaster across the back window.

Thanks!

How about a set of RM Williams horns?

bundah bundah 3:16 pm 13 Jun 13

Charnwood is the most affordable suburb to live with a median house value of $381,227,late last year.This is unsurprising given it’s got some of the crappiest houses in town of which a high percentage are govies.

Mike Bessenger Mike Bessenger 3:05 pm 13 Jun 13

I think Charnwood and Kambah are the only suburbs in Canberra where it’s legal to carry a loaded gun.
However Charnwood>Kambah.

Watson Watson 2:57 pm 13 Jun 13

johnboy said :

Watson said :

Safer than some neighbourhoods with a much better reputation, it seems. And it kind of speaks for itself that the poorer the neighbourhood, the less attractive it is to burglars.

Well, not really.

Other criminals are less likely to call the police, and poorer people can’t afford good security systems.

I lived in Braddon for 6 months once and the neighbours across the road had their house broken into 3 times in 2 months. Their solution? They started leaving the door unlocked and installed a motion alarm (not back to base). They had calculated that in the end, replacing the locks and/or door cost them more than replacing whatever got nicked. They had some argument about why back to base alarms where useless too, but I forgot.

Your argument on Charnies not calling the cops is pure assumption of course. And it doesn’t match the sentiment of some posters in other threads about the socially challenged being the first to whinge and whine to the authorities about any wrongs done to them.

I would’ve moved to Charnie if I wouldn’t have had to rely on financial help from extended family to buy a house. They would’ve refused to sponsor me to move there. But I reckon its reputation is exaggerated.

I would not send my child to school there though, so I am a hypocrite.

    johnboy johnboy 3:02 pm 13 Jun 13

    I said nothing about charnwood residents not calling cops.

    But a drug dealer or thief who’s still got his stash in the house is unlikely to want plod’s big feet marching around the house looking for evidence.

johnboy johnboy 2:38 pm 13 Jun 13

Watson said :

Safer than some neighbourhoods with a much better reputation, it seems. And it kind of speaks for itself that the poorer the neighbourhood, the less attractive it is to burglars.

Well, not really.

Other criminals are less likely to call the police, and poorer people can’t afford good security systems.

Watson Watson 2:30 pm 13 Jun 13

Martlark said :

http://www.censusdata.abs.gov.au/census_services/getproduct/census/2011/quickstat/805101179?opendocument&navpos=220

Charnwood has more lower class workers than most of Canberra, but is otherwise not remarkable. Twice as many Spanish speakers and three times as many Finnish speakers as the average for the ACT.

Household income Charnwood% ACT% Australia%
Less than $600 — 18.8 — 12.9 — 23.7
More than $3,000 — 8.7 — 23.7 — 11.2

It’s notably poorer than the rest of the ACT. Household ownership is on par. Renting average. Rent paid is $65 less per week on average. Mortgage payments about half. There are 100 more females than males.

It was the first suburb I lived in and I quickly noticed how annoying it is to be so far from Belconnen centre and Civic. If you can get somewhere closer. Number and variety of local shops is much better than the average ACT outer suburb.

I checked http://www.police.act.gov.au/crime-and-safety/crime-statistics.aspx

Safer than some neighbourhoods with a much better reputation, it seems. And it kind of speaks for itself that the poorer the neighbourhood, the less attractive it is to burglars.

MarkG MarkG 8:04 am 13 Jun 13

I’ve lived in Charnwood for a couple of years. It’s not upper class in the traditional sense; people who fixate on social class routinely project all kinds of bad qualities and inane memes on it. But it’s not violent, and our street hasn’t had a break-in for 25 years. It’s neighborly, not snobbish. The part of it that’s up the hill, slightly back from the shops, is probably the best part to purchase in.

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