Greater Hobart, north Brisbane or south Perth are the best places for families to live, definitely not Sydney, according to a survey on family living in Australia.
If you want to raise a happy family, don’t live in Sydney. Or rather, with Australia’s top 10-ranked suburbs for family living outside the NSW capital, a better bet may be Kingston and Lauderdale in greater Hobart, Morayfield north of Brisbane or Serpentine-Jarrahdale south of Perth, according to research from RP Data.
The list of 100 metropolitan suburbs, which ranks areas by a combination of house prices, block size, average number of bedrooms, historic capital gains and proximity to local amenities, also puts Taylors Lakes in Melbourne’s north-west, Diamond Creek on the city’s north-eastern edge and Cockatoo on Melbourne’s eastern fringe in the top 10.
Belair and Aberfoyle Park in Adelaide’s southern side and The Gap outside Brisbane complete the Top 10.
Sydney’s highest-ranked family suburb came in at 25. It was Forestville – the family home of Prime Minister Tony Abbott, his wife Margie and three daughters – that took the honour. The second-highest was North Rocks outside Parramatta, at 36.
But the report that highlights the suburbs on the middle and outer rings of Australia’s capital cities, strikes a blow for the traditional quarter-acre block and family lifestyle that is at odds with the recent focus on densifying urban areas and apparent growth in apartment living. A report by research company Macromonitor this week said the official building commencement figures show a falling proportion of standalone dwellings in favour of apartments, semi-detached houses and flats.
With Sydney likely to see the strongest focus on dense-dwelling developments over the next decade – Macromonitor says over the next decade, the first state will see dwellings other than standalone houses accounting for 57 per cent of all commencements, compared with a national average of 37 per cent. It raises a question of how easily Australian families embrace a move into more dense residential structures rather than out into ever-widening sprawling settlements.
“There are groups of people who will, and are prepared to, move up; but do I think in 10 years’ time, are there huge numbers of families are going to be living in high-rises?” Aussie chief executive Ian Corfield told The Australian Financial Review. “I’m not sure they are.”
The figures, which showed a willingness by families to live further out and put up with longer commutes to work and schools, require state governments and planning authorities to ensure that land is released in sufficient quantity and fast enough to keep the sort of accommodation families want at affordable levels, Mr Corfield said.
“It’s how we plan and release land and the supporting infrastructure around that in ways that are going to meet people’s requirements,” he said.
Nearly one-third (31 per cent) of all suburbs in RP Data’s top 100 were in and around Melbourne, followed by Brisbane (22 per cent), Sydney (21 per cent), Adelaide (12 per cent), Hobart (9 per cent), Perth (4 per cent) and Darwin (1 per cent).
Cost is an issue. Adelaide emerged as Australia’s most-affordable mainland capital city, with 15 of its top 20 suburbs having a median price of under $400,000, while Hobart won the top spot with a median price of $350,000 – less than half of Sydney prices.
“Housing affordability played a big part in the report and that is why Sydney suburbs were ranked behind Melbourne and Brisbane,” RP Data research director Tim Lawless said.
Almost half of Melbourne’s top 20 suburbs of Melbourne are located within 25 kilometres of the central business district. Suburbs in Sydney’s Blue Mountains – about 50 kilometres from the CBD – featured heavily in the city’s top 20 suburbs, while suburbs within the Moreton Bay council area were most populous across the Brisbane top 20.
No suburb in the ACT made the top 100 because of the capital’s combination of higher housing prices and a scarcer number of amenities compared with other cities, the report said.
Outside metropolitan areas, the top 10 regional suburbs for family living were Orange, Dubbo, Muswellbrook, Goulbourn and Scone in NSW; Wallan, Bacchus Marsh, Warragul and Leongatha in Victoria; and Roma in Queensland.
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