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Moving with your family can be challenging, but choosing a family friendly suburb can make the transition much easier. Although the needs of most families differ slightly, there are several key aspects that make a neighbourhood ideal for a family.

Here are our top 6 things to look for when choosing a family friendly suburb:

1) Quiet and safe streets

We all want our kids to grow up safely and be able to explore the area where they live. Look for safer suburbs with a good reputation, lower crime rates and preferably no noisy nightlife from surrounding cafes or pubs. Quieter streets away from main roads and highways also encourage families to spend more time outdoors riding bikes and playing games with other kids in the street.

2) Community-based services

Family friendly neighbourhoods usually have a variety of community services available in the area. This includes maternal health clinics, libraries, community parks and centres for sports, arts and culture.

3) Schools

The ideal neighbourhood for your family has a choice of quality day care, preschools, primary, and secondary schools available within a close distance. As a general rule of thumb, the more schools in the area, the more families and kids live there too – making it much easier to connect with other families in your neighbourhood. 

4) Shopping

A variety of shops which are conveniently located nearby can make life much easier for any parent. Local and smaller shopping centres with ample parking, a supermarket, post office, bakery and a few other essential shops are the ideal one-stop solution for busy families.

5) Hospital and medical facilities

Let’s face it, families with children visit the doctor, dentist and other medical providers quite frequently, and you don’t want to drive very far with a sick child to find a doctor or hospital. Family-oriented neighbourhoods usually have ample medical centres, clinics and hospitals available to serve the community.

6) Good value properties

As a family you will most likely be looking for a larger home with a garden, but this can also be expensive. You may have to look at suburbs a bit further away from the city centre to find a budget-friendly option. Look for areas with easy access to public transport and major roads, to make travelling to the city, schools or where you work much easier.

Do you have anything else you look for when buying a new home in a family friendly area. Please share in the comments below.

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  • I don’t think it’s always possible to have medical facilities immediately in your area but having them a close drive away is a consideration.

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  • The readily available medical services is definitely a consideration regardless of the age of your family – and you too. Unfortunately very few Family GPs do home visits these days. In a geniune emergency it leaves you with 2 options – a locum – some now will not do some areas – or hospital.
    Availablility of public transport if needed……. Is it a “high crime” area? Some are well known for it.

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  • I agree with the points you have raised.

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  • When we built our current house, we were happy and satisfied it was in a long, closed court where our child would grow up with other children in a safe area. Unfortunately for us, the developer went bust and sold off many of the blocks to out of town builders who have since cut the large sized blocks in half building as many smaller houses as they could. We now have more rentals in the street than homeowners with a high turnover of people. It’s not been the dream family area we had hoped and wished for. Definitely not. We asked all the right questions, but didn’t account for a developer who didn’t care.

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  • i agree with some of the other comments. I grew up on a street with a bunch of similar aged kids. Unfortunately where we live, there are more older couples but this changing slowly.

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  • Unfortunately our neighbours don’t have children, which is sad that she misses out on that like I had growing up. However, we have everything else on the list close by.

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  • I agree with all these points. We live in a quiet Cul de Sac where lots of kids live who play all together on the street, I’m blessed to call my neighbour my best friend and we’re nearby a shopping centre, schools and multiple playgrounds.

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  • Have all these wonderful things around me even though I no longer need them, but the greatest thing to have is wonderful neighbours.

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  • Well located parks are essential.

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  • I would love to afford a place that ticks all these boxes. But where we are, we are lucky enough to live in a quiet area, safe streets and walking distance to 2 playgrounds and a tiny corner shop. Makes for good outings.

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  • You also need safe areas when you can take your children for them to play and meet other children, especially if you move during school holidays, especially before 1st term of the year. A long gap often results in children having more trouble settling in a new school, made worse if they don’t know anybody. They don’t know the teachers at all, or childcare or kindergarten staff if the children are in that age group.

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  • There are some great tips here. When we were looking for a house the only criteria in the very hot Melbourne market was “can we afford it”. We are lucky that the first house we could afford (in 18 months of looking) ticks many of these boxes.

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  • We have a shopping centre 10 minutes away by car, but due to terrain, it’s not walkable. We really wish we had at least a corner shop in walking distance.

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  • Great tips here! It’s easy to forget these things when buying a house. Quite often the price takes over everything

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  • Thanks for the handy tips. Sometimes people get swept up with all the emotion of the perfect house & forget about the other important factors

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