Best VIC Suburb to Live in if You Work from Home

Hi all,

My partner and I work entirely from home and the lease on our current unit is getting over in three months. Rather than moving within the suburb in which we currently reside, we are open to the idea of moving to another area and getting more for our money (we live very close to the city right now). We only require one bedroom and one parking space (and one bathroom too).

A few things we'd really value:

  1. Near train station - We don't want to be stuck out in the middle of nowhere without access to the city area.
  2. NBN - As you could understand, we need reliable, quick internet support our work.
  3. Shopping centre - We'd prefer a shopping centre within walking distance.

Any recommendations for suburbs that might be attractive?

Thank you!

Edit: Narrowed it down to Hawthorn, South Yarra, Highett; thank you so much everyone.

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    Point Cook ?

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    Do you really need a shopping centre within walking distance? And are you referring to big ones like Chadstone or Highpoint? or smaller centres that has a Woolies/Coles?

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      Hi, we live right by Coles so would prefer something similar. Doesn't have to be a mall type shopping center though.

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        Carlton and Brunswick have FTTP NBN.

        Maybe consider somewhere near Brunswick or Jewell Station which is near Barkley Square shopping centre. The 19 Tram on Sydney Road is also close by which goes to the CBD.

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          A great area but note that Brunswick and Jewell are on the Upfield line whichever operates 20 minute services during peak. It's not frequent at all (considering other lines operate 2-5 during peak and 10 off peak).

          The tram is much more frequent, but also heavily used and has to share the road with cars resulting it in getting stuck in traffic.

          Basically, I second the idea (and prefer it to Point Cook!) but just need to understand that it too has transport limitations.

          The best option for accessing the CBD is actually bike with the Canning Street lanes.

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    Tas

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    Have a look at the suburbs around Southland shopping centre - Highett is nice and near a train line. Unsure about NBN though - but telstra cable would probably be available.

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      Thanks I started looking at Highett! Also came across Sandringham which we hadn't considered before, feels like good value.

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      Telstra Cable is great for downloads and basic home use, but it has a 2.4mbps upload. It can’t be used for work.

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        That depends very much on what the work someone does. I work from home regularly with cable (100/2) and it is more than adequate for the office type work I do.

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    our current unit is getting over in three months. Rather than moving within the suburb

    You do know you don't have to move right!?

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    Go beach. Mordialloc, Aspendale, Edithvale, Chelsea, Bonbeach, Carrum.

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    1. You know where the train stations are, though I'd be expecting to drive to and from the station (if you are within walking distance, the price goes up and the quality goes down).

    2. Try http://nbnmtm.australiaeast.cloudapp.azure.com/nbnmtm.html to find the areas with FTTP

    3. Look up where Coles and Woolies stores are.

    Then look at what kind of house you can get in the areas of overlap of 1,2, & 3 for what price.

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    As others have suggested, make sure the place you choose has FTTP.

    I would suggest Mornington
    https://www.nbnco.com.au/learn-about-the-nbn/rollout-map.htm...

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      Mornington isn’t really in Melbourne, but it’s a good choice

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        It's out of the city but a good area, good train line straight in and good local shops, cafes and lifestyle. Extremely good bang for buck. 1 bedroom unit would be a quarter of what they pay if they're in an inner suburb.

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          There is no train line in Mornington. That stops in Frankston which is an extremely bad suburb. But I agree Mornington
          Is a good suburb apart from public transport and the fact that it is nowhere near the city at all. (2hrs in peak hour isn’t out of the realm of possibility on a bad day). You also have an extremely high bogan factor in Mornington.

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          @Burnertoasty:

          It's a 10 min drive from Mornington.

          Train is 1 hour 15 min.

          Perfectly fine for a trip in on the weekends which I presume is what OP is planning.

          Heaps of shops, cafes, restaurants, beach for during the week.

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          @zeggie:

          15 minutes drive + parking is not a ‘good train line straight in’ (and good is a stretch, the Frankston line is dire). Public transport on the Mornington Peninsula is terrible.

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          @zeggie:
          A 10 minute drive from Mornington doing what speed? 150kmph?

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          @Burnertoasty: added issue of actually finding parking for the train if wanting to travel after 7am and before 2pm.

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          @jjjaar:

          I'm open to hearing which train stations do not have parking issues :)

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          @zeggie: Way out. Diggers Rest, Cardinia Road, Coolaroo, Cranbourne, Darling, Merinda Park all have available spaces. Ranging from 400 to 50 available from Diggers to Merinda Park.

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    Glen Waverley. Its at the end of the train line so you always get a seat. The Glen is currently being refurbished but has Coles and Woolies. It has HFC NBN and I use it for work (I also work from home) and as long as you go with a decent reseller you will get what you pay for 24/7. I get 100/40. It used to be Optus and Telstra cable, but the HFC NBN wees all over those options (provided you use a decent reseller).

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    melbourne cbd shoebox studio apartment

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    The Hurstbridge line is my pick. Leafy green suburbs that hug the Yarra river. Lots of parks and cycling tracks. Up Hurstbridge way is an area that will not be developed (due to hills, national parks etc) like the west, north and south east.

    Heidelberg is an option, as it’s one of those central activity suburbs. Heaps of shopping at your doorstop. There’s been a lot of development in the area, so lots of new apartments available for rent.

    And if your budget can stretch even further, then go Ivanhoe.

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    Bendigo! Roll that dice for NBN though.

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