That housing affordability issue we all whine about isn’t going anywhere. Not an issue to be solved by ordering less avocado in the morning or sipping awful instant coffee instead of fine brew, instead it’s all about being savvy. If you’re living within 10km of your city of choice, think of the money you’ll save on Uber and public transport alone. A real steal. Whether that’s a share house with a raucous bunch or a fine little spot to call home all of your own, here’s the suburbs to make a move on.
The price we’ve used to indicate a sweet renting bargain is median weekly rent. Just think of that split if you were to share. Close to the bustle and awfully affordable. And once you see some of these inter-state prices, you might just consider a move.
Eastlakes 2018 – $460
Tucked away right near the city and within moments of the beach, this is a real hidden gem. It’s considerably cheaper than surrounding suburbs thanks to Rosebery and Zetland having a moment of late. You’ll be strolling to The Grounds for breakfast most days, too good an opportunity to pass up.
Hillsdale 2036 – $460
Located a little inland from Botany Bay, Hillsdale offers water closeby without the water views surcharge. Westfield is right down the road and Maroubra beach is only a leisurely weekend walks distance. All round an affordable slice of the eastern suburbs.
Ashfield 2131 – $465
A cultural hub where inner west local meets the eats of the world. Excellent public transport will whisk you into the city in 15 mins or so. A mix of coffee shops, authentic asian flavours and fresh food mean Ashfield residents certainly don’t go hungry. And if Excelsior Jones presence in this fine suburbs is anything to go by it’s only going to get tastier.
Summer Hill 2130 – $465
Charming townhouses, a wealth of cafes and even more little neighbourhoods only a walk away. Summer Hill is an inner west locale without the markup. A little more livelier expect a mix of jazz bar dwellers and pub goers passing along these streets. But then again that could be you! The train line is not the best for coverage, taking you into town in 20 mins or so.
Gladesville 2111 – $480
Waterside Gladesville is a lifestyle dream, ideal for bay views and park strolls. Dog lovers rejoice you’ll find many a pawed friend in these parks. Why not stop at the cafe nearby too? Oh not the cafe, there’s plenty just take your pick. And for somewhere without a station the public service is super swift.
Nathan 4111 – $303
A lush spot to live amongst the trees while still close to work, Nathan is for you. A university campus makes the transportation particularly ace too. For those fond of tree-houses and an escape from the city centre, we highly recommend.
Rocklea 4106 – $340
Shopping, highways and transport all make Rocklea an untouched winner. Shop up a storm at the local markets and enjoy fine organic fare. It’s only 15 mins into the city too, a perfectly placed locale if you ask us. Get in quick before everyone else catches on.
Clayfield 4011 – $350
So much more than a private school, Clayfield is transforming into a bit of a culinary hub. It’s only 5 mins drive to nightlife, eats and the rest the city has to offer. Nearby Hamilton makes for wonderful waterside views too. Quite possibly a perfect location for a seriously affordable price.
Wooloowin 4030 – $378
Inner city without the price, this little spot boasts a welcoming community too so come get amongst it. Large blocks, not as busy as the city strip but still close enough. Oh and the local businesses are real charmers too, cafes, salons and ammenities galore.
Gordon Park/ Kedron 4031 – $380
North Brisbane’s prize suburb, with the tunnel so close you’ll be in and out of the city without a worry. It’s Brisbane’s smallest suburb Gordon Park, but a winner none the less. Cycle or walk the dog, run or walk; this area is school free which is perfect for young upstarts like yourself.
Gardenvale 3185 – $295
Behind the endless beach views of Brighton you’ll find Gardenvale. In pure Melbourne style this up and comer is so under the radar you may not have even hear of it. But you know the coffee here is sublime already, with an offering along the main corners. You’ll be in and out of the city in under 30 mins.
West Footscray 3012 – $320
A suburb undergoing a bit of a facelift, but that’s what makes it so charming. Cafes, restaurants and eclectic shops line the streets and artwork covers the bricks. 5 mins to Yarraville is not a bad drive either.
Kingsville 3012 – $330
Edwardian houses and suburban vibes make this a real inner west treasure. And don’t worry about the local area loosing its charm, heritage rules mean the street will be a time capsule for the foreseeable future. 20 mins into work if you’re a city slicker, you’ll be home in no time.
Brunswick West 3055 -$350
To sum up Brunswick West, there just isn’t enough words. But diverse comes pretty close. You never know what shop you’ll pass next and the offering is on constant rotation. Neighbours are friendly and welcoming, the streets are always abuzz and the local food selection is top notch. Oh not to mention the constant transport, hello 24/7 trams.
Fairfield 3078 – $350
Fido’s dog isn’t the only great thing about Fairfield, although it’s certainly one of them. It’s the trendy little sister of Fitzroy and the like, just finding her feet but still right on the cusp. Expect a wealth of wonderful and wacky eats, excellent transport all for a truly sweet per week price.
Kilburn 5084 – $270
Multicultural and so affordable you just might be dining at the finest of establishments with your new found cash. Hey look probably not, but the budget will be right on track. Constant transport and a wealth of parks make this spot great for a daytime walk too. Don’t believe all the negativity, give Kilburn a chance.
Plympton 5038 – $280
15 mins into the city is the life and Plimpton offers just that. Shops, beaches and cafes are all a moment away. But it’s the neighbours and dog friendly streets will make you feel right at home.
Kurralta Park 5037 – $283
A professionals haven. Only five minutes drive into the city, you won’t waste a moment in transit. Depending what you’re after there’s a wealth of housing styles, from charming old facades to modern redevelopments. And if you’re looking for a share house, this is your hotspot.
Westbourne Park 5041 – $285
A community spirit flows through Westbourne Park, you’ll be joining the local rotary in no time upon moving. Walks galore, leafy suburban views and all while being only 15 mins into the hustle of the city. You may never want to leave.
Brooklyn Park 5032 – $288
With an Ikea, this may just be the cheapest move you ever make. And the most stylish abode you’ve ever had. Sitting on the fringe of the city, Brooklyn Park is a spot on the up. An array of tastes, superb transport and only five minutes into the city. Sign us up.
Mawson 2607 – $370
The hip little pocket of Canberra’s youth set, Mawson is a real treat. Only ten mins in and virtually no Canberra traffic will see you home a lot sooner than you’re use to. On the streets you’ll find a mass of takeaway options, sports grounds and local parks. Underrated and we love it.
Phillip 2606 – $370
Thanks to the local campus, Phillip is a bustle with cafes. A mix of business and study makes this spot a winner no matter your profession. Walk to work or freelance the day away a the bookshop cafes. Apartments have been going up like nobody’s business, so you should be able to find a place without delay.
Belconnen 2617 – $380
Nearby shops and a busy local precinct make Belconnen come alive, day and night. For those not interested in Canberra’s main drag, Belconnen offers a quieter alternative.
Lyneham 2602 – $380 & Watson 2602 – $385
A pocket of paradise in the heart of the city, there’s always something going on in 2602. Dog walking groups, pet friendly cafes, tree lined streets and cafes non stop. What’s not to love? And the price, we’re sold.
Daglish 6008 – $300
Public transport is of no concern, the blocks are big and Subi is just around the corner. If gardens, parks and suburban charm are what you’re after, then walk this way. But you’ll be into the city in no time too, nobody likes a compromise.
Osborne Park 6017 – $310
North of Perth sees Osborne Park offer a little something for everyone. Office spaces, shopping centres and a sunny character that beams all year long. Close to the freeway and offering superb internet speeds, you’ll be settled in and hotspot free in no time.
Wembley 6014 – $310
Blissful outlook, greenery galore and a walk to Subi nightlife.Wembley is a professional’s delight. Locals boast of not locking their doors so expect a welcoming community vibe here. When everything is only five minutes away, you just don’t need to.
Glendalough 6016 – $315
Beach around the corner, options upon options for public transport and all while close to the city. Glendalough is a great option for an affordable space without compromising lifestyle. Lowest crime rate in Perth will make you feel plenty safe too.
Jolimont 6014 – $320
An alternative spot to Subiaco or Floreat, minus the hefty price. On the fringe of the city Jolimont brings inner city convenience to a leafier locale. It’s mostly apartments and recent stats say 37% of residents rent their abode, so expect a lot of familiar faces around.
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