Family home search made easy
FAMILIES looking for a new home now have some special options to help them in their search.
They may like to peruse the recently unveiled list, by RP Data, of Australia’s top suburbs best suited for family living.
It’s a statistical view that ranks suburbs based on a range of factors, including price, size of land, number of bedrooms, capital gains and area amenities.
Or they may want to check out a site such as homely.com.au, an innovative source outlining who lives in a suburb – singles, professionals, families with children and so on – and what’s great and not so great about an area.
This site also has a Q&A section; and suburb and street reviews.
When it comes to real estate and families, housing wants can be quite prescriptive.
Affordability plays a major role in our housing choices, along with personal circumstances and needs.
Families have specific requirements and in general are looking for similar things – such as the five S’s below:
Space – this means good-sized homes on large blocks of land; with plenty of bedrooms and lots of storage to accommodate a growing family. Families want space for children to do homework and play; privacy for teens and parents; and sizeable kitchens to accommodate multi-tasking and group interaction. A family-friendly yard will be fenced, with a lawn area, and space perhaps for a cubby, a sand pit and some shade.
Schools – close proximity to good schools is often a focus. If local schools are considered below par, then families may seek to settle elsewhere.
Safety – is paramount and parents will seek to locate in low crime areas.
Services – this means shops, banks, medical services, hospitals, child care and transportation.
Similar neighbours – families with children often gravitate to family-friendly areas – locations where there are other families with children and opportunities for them to make friends; enjoy open space areas in relative safety; and experience a sense of community.
The RP Data study found, not surprisingly, that most of the suburbs deemed best suited for family living, are located in the middle and outer ring areas of our capitals, where there are more affordable housing options, located on larger blocks of land.
Melbourne dominated the list as the most favoured capital overall; Brisbane ranked second, followed by suburbs of Sydney, Adelaide, Hobart, Perth and Darwin. Brisbane’s top 10 family friendly suburbs: Morayfield – with a median house price of $310,000; The Gap ($569,000); Kenmore ($558,000); Albany Creek ($487,000); Eatons Hill ($530,000); Bray Park ($344,000); Redbank Plains ($286,000); Alexandra Hills ($393,000); Narangba ($430,000); and Collingwood Park ($295,000).
With Brisbane housing typically more affordable than the other major capitals – half of the city’s top 20 most family friendly suburbs having a median house price under $400,000 – it’s not surprising that agents such as The McGrath Group have recently reported seeing a slight trend in Sydney and Melbourne families heading north to Queensland for good weather and better value for money in property.