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Should I buy in Belconnen or elsewhere?

By tanielle 2 April 2011 48

I’m moving to Canberra and am trying to decide where to buy/rent. I’ve noticed that rent is pretty high so am leaning towards buying probably a townhouse or small house with 2-3 bedrooms.

I was trying to research decent suburbs but a lot of information on the net is old and so may be outdated. One suburb that seemed ok in terms of affordability without being too far from things was Belconnen itself, although I have read that surrounding suburbs are not necessarily the best.

Would anyone be able to offer me advice/opinions on Belconnen town centre/suburb and whether it is ok?

Alternatively, are there any other suburbs that are recommended or not recommended?

We are not looking to buy in the most prestigious suburb but also don’t want to buy in the worst – just something that is decent 🙂 Any help would be really appreciated as I just don’t know Canberra well at all.

Thanks in advance! 🙂

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tanielle 11:26 pm 05 Apr 11

Hi all! Thanks so much for all the opinions/views/advice/wisdom 🙂 I actually feel a lot more relieved now. I have previously read a lot of people saying certain suburbs were bad, high crime etc and I was concerned about having small children in such areas. I had tried asking a few friends but they are all new to the area or only know the area they live in so I really appreciate everyone’s advice, and feel relieved now to hear that it’s more about the street than the suburb and that there are lots of good places. We are going to try to get to Canberra as soon as we can to check it out and just have a drive around (last time we visited, we had no idea we would end up moving there!). Also now thinking of renting, reaching the same conclusions as some of you have suggested about getting used to the area and seeing what we like first. Thanks so much for all your help. Not knowing Canberra well, I wasn’t sure if it was like say Sydney where the suburbs tend to have a definite vibe with some being clearly much safer than others. 🙂

shadow boxer 10:46 am 05 Apr 11

Yeh o.k. haters gunna hate I guess.

If you want to draw conclusions while wizzing past in your car it’s your loss.

FD10 10:08 am 05 Apr 11

shadow boxer said :

It is interesting that Canberra people would describe a place as having no soul based on a drive through

Flogging a dead horse eh? If a place is souless when driving through, imagine how bad it is when out of a car… It was the implication which was important. But I don’t expect you to understand that, considering you think having a petrol station makes a suburb good, and the magnititude of your delusions are clear when you refer to Nicholls’ “wide streets” (google would disagree: http://tinyurl.com/3bv4mrw).

If you think nothing has changed in Gungahlin in the last 11 years (“Bagging Gungahlin is so last century” would imply that, or should I point out I’m not “bagging the place out” for no reason, 11 years ago it was a completely different place) then perhaps you need to remind yourself of photos such as this: http://the-riotact.com/images-of-canberra-crace-a-place-like-no-other/23323
Actually, screw driving past it in a car, I can tell from those photos such as this that the place has no soul.

georgesgenitals 8:47 am 05 Apr 11

shadow boxer said :

Yeh, I like Weston Creek and agree on the inner north even though I grew up there.

It is interesting that Canberra people would describe a place as having no soul based on a drive through, I hate it when sydney people do that to Canberra in general.

Back on topic Nicholls is clearly in Canberra’s top three suburbs.

Wide streets, big gardens, good mix of town houses and large quality houses, pool, gym, golf course with kangaroos, taverns, Ginniderra fair, petrol station, good views, no riff raff.

Easy acces to

Hall markets, EPIC, Racecourse, Canberra stadium, the universities, civic (as long as its not 7:45 but that effects everyone and will get better when that frigging road is finally opened) and the G which I much prefer to the horrendous Belco mall and town centre.

Bagging Gungahlin is so last century…….

+ 1.

Community is what you make it. And you can find it anywhere.

shadow boxer 8:10 am 05 Apr 11

Yeh, I like Weston Creek and agree on the inner north even though I grew up there.

It is interesting that Canberra people would describe a place as having no soul based on a drive through, I hate it when sydney people do that to Canberra in general.

Back on topic Nicholls is clearly in Canberra’s top three suburbs.

Wide streets, big gardens, good mix of town houses and large quality houses, pool, gym, golf course with kangaroos, taverns, Ginniderra fair, petrol station, good views, no riff raff.

Easy acces to

Hall markets, EPIC, Racecourse, Canberra stadium, the universities, civic (as long as its not 7:45 but that effects everyone and will get better when that frigging road is finally opened) and the G which I much prefer to the horrendous Belco mall and town centre.

Bagging Gungahlin is so last century…….

georgesgenitals 6:35 am 05 Apr 11

Personally I think the inner north is overrated, but as I said previously there are good streets scattered all through. Don’t discount the south side, lots of it are very nice, and the infrastructure is generally good. Weston Creek is also something of a secret.

Sproogle77 10:15 pm 04 Apr 11

AcidRose said :

Generally, the further from Civic (what passes for a ‘city’ in this big country town), the more expensive –is a whole lot of crock too!!! It’s actually..the CLOSER to the city is more expensive ..doh!!! .

Oops, typo by me. Should have typed closer – doh!!!

niknak 8:09 pm 04 Apr 11

Aranda could tempt us out of the Inner North but otherwise, Belco doesn’t hold much appeal. Perhaps if we had kids we’d think differently.

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