Cou­ple heads west in search of bar­gain

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FOR two years, St Kilda’s bars, res­tau­rants and shops have been walk­ing dis­tance for Cather­ine and An­gus Sut­tonLong. But the cou­ple wants out of rent­ing and the beach­side streets are too ex­pen­sive.

Crav­ing a sim­i­lar life­style, the cou­ple looked to the in­ner west sub­urbs of Yar­rav­ille, Sed­don, Kingsville and Footscray.

“Footscray feels like it’s on the brink of get­ting quite a lot cooler,” Ms Sut­ton-Long said.

“The rea­son we looked at Yar­rav­ille in the first place is it’s a gor­geous lit­tle cen­tre there. It’s got heaps of lit­tle shops, a few res­tau­rants and bars. It’s got every­thing you need so you don’t need to ven­ture into the city and you’re close to parks as well,” she said.

“Then Footscray’s just a lit­tle bit cheaper. We’re look­ing for that kind of vibe and level of ac­cess but some­where that’s more af­ford­able.

“Footscray is per­fect for that. It feels like there are some re­ally cool cafes and bars open­ing up and a few lit­tle gift shops and trendy lit­tle places that are nice if you want to have a wan­der on the week­end.”

But the cou­ple ini­tially found house hunt­ing a lit­tle de­press­ing when the homes were sell­ing for sig­nif­i­cantly more at auc­tion than what they were quoted.

“We’ve found a cou­ple (of houses) that we re­ally like but we want to run the fi­nance to make sure we have preap­proval in place,” Ms Sut­tonLong said.

Cather­ine and An­gus Sut­ton-Long are look­ing to buy in Footscray due to the price, shops, bars and cafes. Pic­ture: ROB LEE­SON

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