Living In Point Cook, Melbourne...
Posted 12 December 2011 - 04:07 AM
An advice would be appreciated! Thanks!
Posted 12 December 2011 - 05:57 AM
Posted 12 December 2011 - 06:36 AM
I know a few of the forum members live there so I'm hoping one of them will give some input. If I'm not mistaken Garrick also lives there from what I've read in his mini-migration blog...
Look forward to the replies
Posted 12 December 2011 - 07:28 AM
From Point Cook it would be harder to get to some of them (& take time) - but I think Melbourne Uni would still be OK as it is just north of the CBD.
Posted 12 December 2011 - 04:21 PM
@Short&Tall: Whereabouts in Melbourne do you reside and what's the costs of living in the area like?
Edited by PerilousBehaviour, 12 December 2011 - 04:25 PM.
Posted 12 December 2011 - 09:13 PM
There are only 2 bus routes (413 and 416) that go through the suburb, and the 413 has a 40 minute cycle, which is very poor service compared to the Eastern Suburbs (spent a year on that side first).
Land is Point Cook is fast becoming expensive.
My trip to work takes around 1H 20m from Lincoln Heath, using the Bus, Train and Tram to St Kilda Road.
Posted 13 December 2011 - 04:05 AM
Posted 13 December 2011 - 06:32 AM
I'm not sure about the Point Cook travel at all, but bear in mind that you may be comparing a 27km highway trip with a 27km trip that is partly on 50km/h roads, partly blocked by level crossings and on a main traffic route. My guess is that the 27k would take you an hour in rush hour, if Melbourne traffic is anything to go by...
With train or bus times: No government I know ever seems to plan anything proactively in any country, they only tend to improve services when they really need to improve, so usually, any time advantage that you would have gained by improvement of services is offset by the sheer amount of people that rely on them.
I know it's a negative way of looking at things, but if I expect to be disappointed, then it's usually less disappointing when it happens, but refreshing when it doesn't...
We've lived in one of Melbourne's biggest growth area for 5 years now, and although infrastructure has improved dramatically, my commute to work has gotten longer and longer...
Just a thought...
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Posted 13 December 2011 - 10:10 AM
I am happy to help and answer questions you may have.
We also live in Point Cook area (renting in Sanctuary lakes) for past 2+ years. Part of the reason we decided to rent there was affordability, proximity to city, relatively new housing, size of the properties, pretty much bang for your buck. We have really settled in nicely in the area and extended our lease for another 12 months.
Point Cook is a new suburb and expanding at a rapid rate. You can most definitely find all your shopping needs in the area with Hoppers Crossing and Werribee in close proximity.
There are only really two negative things about the area. (1) Transportation and (2) Broadband. The first one is the biggest issue for me personally. I have heard of people complaining that they are on waiting list for DSL as certain exchanges are full but then again you also have the new alamanda estate which have fiber optic connectivity. However we did not have a problem getting broadband connection even though it's only normal ADSL and not ADSL2+ which is perfectly fine for me and I do use it for work daily. So this may or may not be important to you depending on your needs and profession.
As far as the transportation goes there is one main road (Point Cook Rd) which are very congested in the mornings and afternoons during work week depending on what time you travel on them. We basically use this road for both getting to the station(s) or driving into the city. I work in the CBD and have never driven into work I rely on public transport (trains and trams). There are two or lets say four stations that can be used. Zone 1 is in closer to CBD thus ticket are slightly cheaper than zone 2. I normally make use of either 1,2 and 4.
1. Laverton (zone 1)
2. Aircraft (zone 2)
3. Hoppers (zone 2)
4. Werribee (zone 2)
Laverton station is VERY crowded again depending on what time of day, morning and afternoon you make use of it also parking in this area is hard to come by. There are plenty of car parks but due to the demand you struggle to find an empty one unless you real early bird. I used Laverton station for the first year and then decided I will rather pay a little extra and make use of Aircraft which is basically 800m up the road from Laverton and I generally always find a car park over there and because you get on the train before Laverton you will almost always find a seat.
Travel times vary depending on which service you catch, I always aim for the express service which normally takes me 25-30min from Aircraft to North Melbourne station. On average takes me about 1hr door to door which includes a 10min walk from station to work.
Having said that there is a project underway to build a new station sitting between Laverton and Hoppers to accommodate the demand, sure they will close down aircraft station when the new one opens not sure about Laverton but doubt it.
As for driving to CBD...even though it's only 22-28 km it can take anywhere from 45m to 1h30m+ depending on conditions and time you leave home.
As for schools and uni's, I can't really provide constructive feedback as we do not have kids (yet).
Can't comment on comparison between East vs West vs North ect as we have only lived in West but know one things and that is rentals and purchase prices are cheaper in West compared to East.
If you have any specific question feel free to send me an email or pm.
Ps. There are many Saffers living in Point Cook and surrounding areas.
Edited by Search, 13 December 2011 - 10:18 AM.
Posted 13 December 2011 - 04:36 PM
@Search: We won't be looking at schools and such initially, as we don't have kids either. My wife wants to further her studies and do a Psychology or Sociology degree, but she's willing to opt for distance learning as well. Google Maps has been a great help in scouting the area - we already marked all the amenities on a map, including some possible rentals we'd be interested in.
Posted 13 December 2011 - 04:54 PM
However, ALL new estates are required to be built with Fiber Optic. That means that most of the estates south of Sneydes will have the best internet available (except Lincoln Heath of course - but we're right near the exchange, so I get 11MB download speeds - I recently downloaded 20GB at just under 2MB a second.
The reason RIMs have not yet been replaced with normal ADSL infrastructure is that Telstra was waiting to replace them all with Fiber.
We're moving to Eynesbury, and it's a Telstra Smart Community where phone, internet and Foxtel are all delivered over Fiber.
So it's not all doom and gloom. Oneday Sanctuary Lakes will get upgraded to the likes of Alamanda and Saltwater.
Posted 16 December 2011 - 10:54 AM
We are renting in Wonga Park which is Outer Eastern Melbourne, and although it is physically quite a distance from Melbourne, my husband's journey to work is about 40 mins on the train, and it's a 5 min drive to Croydon station. The drive on the Eastlink highway takes between 30 - 40 mins (without traffic - we've never done it in peak times).
Also there are great schools in the area - both public and private. There are also lovely properties in the surrounding areas - I'm talking Wonga Park, Croydon Hills, North Croydon, North Ringwood, Warranwood, Park Orchards. We live 10 mins from Eastland, 15 mins from Knox city and 20 mins from Westfield Doncaster which is a fantastic shopping centre. Also it's beautiful here - lots of hills and trees (and cows and llamas and horses!)
And no problems with broadband either.
Just thought I'd give another option for newcomers!
Posted 16 December 2011 - 12:21 PM
OH works in the city and driving in for him is just not practical, the firm do not have parking and all the parking around where he is is for 2 hours maximum duration.
Perhaps he could find a multi-storey all day car park but I dread to think of the cost? I nearly parked in one of the Uni car parks at $3/hour luckily and that was outside the city and there was free parking on the streets nearby.
Instead he has a 15 min journey on the train to the CBD - then a changes in the city which means that the full journey door to door probably takes about 40 mins.
If you know where you are going to work then look at the public transport and select somewhere with a direct route if you can.
Posted 19 December 2011 - 10:45 PM
Posted 28 February 2012 - 06:36 AM
We have lived in point cook for almost 3 years now and have very few complaints about the suburb.
We first stayed in lincoln heath for a year and had good adsl...we then moved to sanctuary lakes and have adsl 2 + or whatnot (fast internet for us not so clued up internet users).
My daughter is in Lumen Christi which is a Catholic school (she started prep this year) and we are very happy with the school !! Transport....mm busses not as frequent as the east, but my husband drives and parks at the station and then takes a train into work...if you time it right with the new express trains at peak times the commute to the cbd is 40 minutes..so not as bad as people may think...I know people in the east that travel way waaaaay longer to get into the cbd..
Shopping is getting better and better...they are almost finished extending Sanctuary Lakes mall with 38 new shops..Aldi...large Coles, BigW etc etc
What I do recommend is coming and looking...then make a decision..there are some suburbs we wrote off and now we reckon it would have been fine to settle there as well...
What I do enjoy here is all the friends I have made!!! we a group of ladies and there is always something going on ..a braai..a tupperware party...a kids party..etc etc..
Good luck and let us know how you go!
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