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Is Downer a nice suburb to live in?

By Tom_Jones - 21 February 2012 32

My wife and I (no kids) are thinking about moving to Downer but have little knowledge of the inner north.

Just wondering if there are any streets to avoid or any general comments on what life’s like living in Downer.

Thanks in advance – and please go easy, it’s my first post 🙂

TJ

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MWF 8:28 pm 06 Mar 12

Ben_Dover said :

I wouldn’t live there, it’s a total….

Downer!

I am just as shallow. Some of the suburb names in this city crack me up. While I know they are old jokes to those of you who have lived here forever, I can’t help but giggle.

“I live in Downer, man…”

“I’m in Swinger Hill babe” – snigger

akinom 6:33 pm 06 Mar 12

On the plus side Downer has: nice oak tree-lined streets; access to Lyneham High School which is not bad if you have gifted kids (for its LEAP), sporting kids (for its SEAL program ) or musical kids (for its very good band program); access to the Majura Soccer Club, which is headquartered at the nearby Dickson playgrounds; access to the booming Dickson shops.

On the ‘down’ side, Downer has: no local shops; no local primary school. Also, depending on your political persuasion, if you are a labour voter you might not like to live in a suburb associated with a liberal pollie whose son, Alexander, had something going with fshnet stockings – i think.

Ben_Dover 5:26 pm 06 Mar 12

I wouldn’t live there, it’s a total….

Downer!

Captain RAAF 3:53 pm 06 Mar 12

m@ said :

Downer’s a tad boring, but not necessarily in a bad way…

Must say I’m always puzzled by the high crime stats for the inner North. I’ve lived in Ainslie for about three years and Dickson for two; the worst crime I’ve ever borne witness to was someone pushing over a stack of seats outside a restaurant at closing time.

My guess is that the crime is highly localised around Northbourne ave, public housing and nightspots at certain times of day/night. I also wouldn’t be surprised if there was a much higher rate of unreported crime in other suburbs… I didn’t bother reporting the vandalism to my car last time I parked in Tuggeranong.

What, you are saying that the only unreported crimes are in suburbs other than Downer and Ainslea?

Are the books being fiddled to make other suburbs look more appealing than yours? Get a grip!

m@ 3:22 pm 06 Mar 12

Downer’s a tad boring, but not necessarily in a bad way…

Must say I’m always puzzled by the high crime stats for the inner North. I’ve lived in Ainslie for about three years and Dickson for two; the worst crime I’ve ever borne witness to was someone pushing over a stack of seats outside a restaurant at closing time.

My guess is that the crime is highly localised around Northbourne ave, public housing and nightspots at certain times of day/night. I also wouldn’t be surprised if there was a much higher rate of unreported crime in other suburbs… I didn’t bother reporting the vandalism to my car last time I parked in Tuggeranong.

Holden Caulfield 10:43 am 02 Mar 12

Watson said :

I sometimes take a shortcut through Downer when I drive from Watson to Lyneham or back and don’t find the traffic situation an issue at all if you know which way to go in peak hour traffic. I also regularly ride the bike through there and it’s always very quiet.

ZOMG!~!!!!!~ RaT runnEr. YOU MUST BE STOPPED AT ONCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(Written and authorised by the Self-Righteous Motorist Party.)

zorchfactor 9:38 am 02 Mar 12

@cantdance

haha lyneham as a ghetto, good one. Yeh, I see so many bums drinking their lattes at tilleys all the time.

I reckon the dickson area is about as close as you can get to inner north dodgy areas. The whole Dickson shops can be hilarious during the daytime, with the amount of beggars and straight-out loonies wandering around shouting stuff at passers by.

The very fact Dickson is next to Downer, makes Downer my 2nd last choice in Inner North. Last=Dickson, 2nd last=Downer, 3rd last=Watson. No offence if you dwell any anyone. Personal choice and all.

Watson 10:01 pm 01 Mar 12

I sometimes take a shortcut through Downer when I drive from Watson to Lyneham or back and don’t find the traffic situation an issue at all if you know which way to go in peak hour traffic. I also regularly ride the bike through there and it’s always very quiet.

farnarkler 9:46 pm 01 Mar 12

There are quite a few public housing properties in Downer. If you do move in you’d better hope you’re nowhere near the bad tenants. Not as bad a Braddon but something to be aware of.

cantdance 9:27 pm 01 Mar 12

“There are no inner north suburbs to avoid. Its not like some cities where the inner city is the ‘ghetto’ and the middle class live in the suburbs”

Um… have you been to Lyneham lately?

Tom_Jones 8:49 pm 25 Feb 12

Thanks for the feedback guys! It seems that the consensus is that it’s a nice suburb and after looking into it further, I’d have to agree. Particularly the streets with the wonderfully established trees.

TJ

cleo 10:12 pm 24 Feb 12

# 2 marcothepolopony

NO it was NOT drug related, the double murder in downer was committed by a psycothpath, the victims were completely innocent of any wrong doing.

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