The old argument: ACT or Jerrabomberra / Bungendore

jay 1 October 2009 48

I know we’ve read banter along these lines before – not necessarily in The RiotACT, but in local rags and even across the neighbour’s fence. I am helping my cousin decide on a new location for living. He is moving from Gosford on the Central Coast and relocating to take up a job at ANU. He doesn’t want to necessarily live in Canberra, so he is out looking at Jerrabomberra and Bungendore.

If you were renting for 12 months, with a budget of about $600 – $700 / week, would you look at a place in the ACT or across in Jerra or Bunga? What are the pros and cons?

All the constructive feedback, arguments and issues would be worth hearing.

Oh – and I live in Murrumbateman, but will soon be moving to Forrest.

Thanks!


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MrPC MrPC 10:25 am 09 Oct 09

People, this is Canberra. People who work here tend to work in government jobs, many of which require a security clearance.

One of the things they check for in clearance is your residential history for the past ten years. If the address on your rego/license isn’t an address that you declared that you were living in, it very much counts against your reliability/trustworthiness….

jay jay 9:05 am 03 Oct 09

Thanks (Anarchist) … will have him check out Hawker & Weetangera as well. I know a lot of the areas mentioned by others, but in the end I want to give my cousin all the “outsider” points of view I can so he can make up his own mind to suit his family. Personally, Forrest suits my lifestyle and budget, but this won’t work for him longer term.

Thanks for everyone’s suggestions … I wasn’t sure what type of response I’d get from the RiotACT community, but clearly you’re all just as welcoming as I thought you’d be!

pelican pelican 8:41 am 03 Oct 09

If your friend is here for the short-term he may be better off in Canberra. But if he really desires a rural lifestyle he won’t find it in Jerra or Bungendore which are just huge housing estates.

Braidwood, Yass or Sutton would be a better rural choice but Yass and Braidwood are a bit of a drive. There may be rural rentals on the road to Yass and at Hall or along the road to Goulburn.

Ultimately, the shortage of rental properties around town will probably dictate where your friend will end up.

2604 2604 12:37 am 03 Oct 09

I’m not sure why your cousin is taking a job in the middle of Canberra but doesn’t necessarily want to live in Canberra. But if he’s interested in Jerra or Bungendore because he’s hankering for a more rural lifestyle he could get a rude shock. Both Jerra and the newer part of Bungendore (ie on and around McCosker Drive) are really just like any suburb of Canberra, except that some of the blocks are huge. He may enjoy the rural scenes on the drive to/from Canberra, but his house’ll still be only metres away from the neighbours’ place, and of a night he’ll still be able to hear the neighbours’ kids/dogs. Ditto for the new estates around Murrumbateman.

For mine, based on the info you’ve provided, I think that your cousin should try for a place in Hawker or Weetangera, in Canberra. Close to ANU (maybe a ten-minute drive via William Hovell Drive and Parkes Way) and UC, close to the Pinnacle nature reserve and the facilities of Belconnen – including the Westfield and the Belconnen Markets. Less horrendously-priced than the inner north or south, and less crime, as well. For your cousin’s budget you can get a very good, large house in either of these suburbs.

Good luck to him and with your move to Forrest.

jay jay 11:12 pm 02 Oct 09

geminisc said :

Bungendore is a nice town in terms quiet. Not much going on that I can see (but I’ve only been there for about 1 1/2 months now). Rent is cheaper, I think on avg around the $400 mark? But from what I understand rent is fairly tight too. Then again that could be said for any part of Canberra right? 😉

Good luck with your search!

Thanks geminisc … appreciate your Bungendore insights.

jay jay 11:10 pm 02 Oct 09

Good tip on Greenleigh – didn’t know about that one myself.

Chop71 Chop71 9:54 pm 02 Oct 09

Kids enrolled at UC, as many of you have suggested inner Belconnen is the winner. (Aranda Bruce etc) or you could pick any of the older style suburbs in Belconnen and still get a reasonable size block. (enough room to swing a cat, without your neighbours seeing). A bus trip to ANU would be 20 mins max and you don’t have to worry about parking.

Chop71 Chop71 9:43 pm 02 Oct 09

How close is Bungendore to the nearest hospital? Schools? etc. This info is not listed on allhomes.com.au and why does the Chronicle only list property for sale in NSW and not the ACT? are there some legal issues stopping them list ACT properties?

Any answers would be greatly appreciated.

deezagood deezagood 7:05 pm 02 Oct 09

I had to drive up to Greenleigh in Queanbeyan the other day and I was absolutely stunned by this area; massive acre+ blocks, beautiful stylish homes (not McMansions, really gorgeous ‘homesteady’ houses apparently starting at the $900,000 mark), views, native trees, rural aspect, little streams and rivers etc… The people I visited said that this area was Canberra/Queanbeyan’s best kept secret, and I would have to agree, as I had no idea this gorgeous little pocket of the world existed! Seriously – if you want to stick to NSW and you have a decent budget, this would be my pick of places to live!!!

Kramer Kramer 5:10 pm 02 Oct 09

If you want to live in NSW near Canberra, then Jerra is the choice. It got nice sized blocks, pretty wide streets, backs onto a huge reserve, has a great local shops, and a really cool community vibe. I’d live there except it’s sooo far from my work in Belco – and the noise from the planes (which is only set to get worse).

Grail Grail 3:00 pm 02 Oct 09

After six months of living in Canberra they’ll start to think of an hour commute each day as being a long, long time.

O’Connor or Turner could also be worth looking into as far as established homes on nice blocks with easy access to ANU and University of Canberra.

Grrrr Grrrr 2:57 pm 02 Oct 09

What anonymous gungahlian said. For $700 a week I’d be living within walking distance of ANU, or at most a short bike ride – that kind of money would get a decent rental.

geminisc geminisc 2:53 pm 02 Oct 09

I’ve just started work near ANU and am currently commuting from Bungendore. I don’t have any issue with Bungendore commuting, and there are two ways into the city – one via macs reef road and down northbourne and the other through the airport. I probably drive around the speed limit and get into work in 40 mins (door to door) which is an absolute godsend for me, whereas previously i worked in sydney cbd and commuted around 2 hours on a bad traffic morning – one way.

Bungendore is a nice town in terms quiet. Not much going on that I can see (but I’ve only been there for about 1 1/2 months now). Rent is cheaper, I think on avg around the $400 mark? But from what I understand rent is fairly tight too. Then again that could be said for any part of Canberra right? 😉

I guess it depends on what your cousin is after. If they’re into a bit of country living with a bit of a garden, I’d go Bungendore. Heck, you could even go further to Braidwood (an hour) and pay significantly cheaper rent.

Also, Macs Reef Road is a bit tricky at night in terms of curvy roads and wildlife. Whereas they’re doing quite a bit of roadwork on the Queanbeyan side…

Captain’s Flat….. Not really my kinda town. Think Queanbeyan but with narrower streets, smaller area and lots of shacks. Least that’s what I noticed when I was out there last month checking places out. Sorry to any CF’s out there.

Also depends on the tempermanet of the kiddies – whether they want to be closer to town or not. For my hubby and I we were keen on rural living and if nothing else Bungendore is a nice peaceful town.

Anyhow that’s my two cents worth.

Good luck with your search!

H1NG0 H1NG0 2:18 pm 02 Oct 09

c9 said :

What implications does not changing rego/licences have for insurance?

None that I know of. You can insure a car anywhere regardless of rego.

jay jay 2:03 pm 02 Oct 09

The way I see it so far … (a) Jerra seems to out-rank Bunga … but there haven’t been too many commenting on Bungendore for that to be a firm opinion.

If ACT is the choice, then most are saying nearer to the University. He has been made two offers – one from ANU and the other UC – he thinks (?) he made the better choice with going for ANU, but I don’t mind UC.

Appreciate the support of all who have commented – thanks for taking the time.

jay jay 2:01 pm 02 Oct 09

anonymous gungahlian said :

I’d try to live as close as possible to uni, somewhere like Turner or O’Connor. The rent may be more expensive than Jerrabomberra or Bungendore, but when you add up the cost of petrol traveling that far, it would even out; not to mention all the time wasted traveling that 30 – 40 minutes each way every day.

I live in Harrison and my dad has to travel ages to go to and from his work at HQJOC each day.

Plus if you moved somewhere like Turner, Acton, O’Connor, Braddon, City; You could walk or ride a bike to uni instead of driving anyway.

They were looking at Harrison too (all over the place, really) … Angora Street I think it was. Anyway, to be honest, they travel 1hr each way to work now (down the F3 and into Sydney peak hour traffic) so I’m not sure the distance will bother (or convince them).

jay jay 1:59 pm 02 Oct 09

MsCheeky said :

sepi said :

jerrabomberra – newish wall to wall suburbia like in the wonder years – no shops or anything you can walk to.

Hey Sepi, Jerra has a large Woolies, greengrocer, newsagent, chemist, butcher, bakery, restaurant, two takeaways, two bottle shops, gym, vet, doctors, video shop, pub, primary school, post office and probably a few other facilities that don’t spring to mind. Also, I think older parts would be at least twenty years old now, if not older. Also, not really wall to wall, we have decent sized blocks and a high standard of facilities such as ovals, public bbqs, tennis courts, community centre and footpaths. The waterhole is a hidden gem. Some friends of mine call it ‘Pleasantville’, and a look around at the number of people walking their dogs, kids and themselves on any morning or afternoon reinforces that. Perhaps you should come for a visit and update your impression.

I’ve lived there for nine years, and aircraft noise has never been an issue. It’s the takeoff with a full load of fuel and gunning for altitude that is the main contributor to aircraft noise. We get them landing when they’re basically gliding in.

I love living in Jerra.

Thanks for all this Jerra info – all helps build a profile for the ol’ cousin!

jay jay 1:53 pm 02 Oct 09

willo said :

jay said :

Thanks Clown Killer – makes sense … the supermarket thing, not killing clowns 😉

i disagree jay……killing clowns makes much more sense than living in queanbeyan…..

Funny!

anonymous gungahlian anonymous gungahlian 12:41 pm 02 Oct 09

I’d try to live as close as possible to uni, somewhere like Turner or O’Connor. The rent may be more expensive than Jerrabomberra or Bungendore, but when you add up the cost of petrol traveling that far, it would even out; not to mention all the time wasted traveling that 30 – 40 minutes each way every day.

I live in Harrison and my dad has to travel ages to go to and from his work at HQJOC each day.

Plus if you moved somewhere like Turner, Acton, O’Connor, Braddon, City; You could walk or ride a bike to uni instead of driving anyway.

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy 12:28 pm 02 Oct 09

jay said :

[VYBerlinaV8..] – I’ll pass that on, but where’s the magical line to define the ‘western side’ from the ‘eastern side’?

Anything east of Numeralia drive has no noise at all.

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