Couple heads west in search of bargain
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