Jul 28, 2016 5:35 pm
My husband and I are considering building a home in Melbourne. We are looking for a good area with good schools, public transport, restaurants and not more than 40 minutes commute from the CBD.
We have been looking at Greenvale Garden Estate (Greenvale), Woodlea (Rockbank), Upper Point Cook (Point Cook) and Trillium Estate (Mickleham).
Any advice on the above mentioned areas would be greatly appreciated.
Re: Advice on Melbourne areas and estates2
Jul 28, 2016 6:15 pm
If you're looking at Mickleham, take a further 5min drive up the Hume and look into Wallan. 45min VLine journey to the city, and substantially cheaper than Mickleham. Plus VLine trains you (almost) always get a seat.
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Advice on Melbourne areas and estates3
Jul 28, 2016 9:41 pm
I don't know those areas but one thing to look at when you drive through estates is the separation between houses. When we were looking we drove through our top two preferences but were dismayed to find many houses were literally centimetres from each other with their gutters touching. We only visited the estate we ended up building in because it was where the display home was but we loved the parkland at the entrance to the estate and found the lots were a lot more spacious with clear easements. One street in our estate becomes another estate halfway up and you can literally tell where ours finishes & the other begins by the gaps between houses. Some people might not mind but it was a big deal for us.
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Jul 28, 2016 9:48 pm
I can comment regarding the north estates .. From a value perspective .. Greenvale would be the premium which is arnd 25 mins, then mickleham around 50k cheaper for another 7-8 minutes further, just next to it is highlands where we've bought which is pretty big estate with lots of options including lake side , going another 7-8 minutes further would be merrifield and 20 to 30k cheaper, I think then comes Wallan which would be cheaper. Lots of current and future developments planned in highlands and merrifield .. Wouldn't know much about schools
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Jul 29, 2016 12:05 am
Woodlea is a new estate that is not adjacent to any existing suburbs. Hence it is cheaper to buy there as it is still being developed and there is minimal infrastructure. For schools and restaurants you will need to travel at least 10-15 mins to either Caroline Springs or Melton. These things will eventually be available within the estate as there are some great plans for the area, but it's going to take a while. There is a train station just down the road (vline) but it might take more than 40 mins to cbd.
As for upper point cook, as it is adjacent to an existing suburb, you will find schools nearby and there is the point cook town centre which has lots of restaurants/ cafes. However the whole area has been poorly planned in terms of access roads. I know lots of people that live around there and it's a nightmare to get in and out of in peak hour. As for trains, the nearest station is at Williams Landing, so not too far. But the Werribee line is at capacity so you might not get a seat very often or at all.
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Jul 30, 2016 9:20 pm
Been a northern suburbs resident for the last 10 years living in Roxburgh Park and am building in Craigieburn (Aston).
I chose there because of the value compared to the lots available in Highlands, plus the majority of lots in Aston are 32m deep where the ones I looked at in Highlands were 28m.
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