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What is a tolerable distance to live form the Perth CBD


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Hi all you Perth...people (Perthonians... is that a word..?)

Have been looking around the real estate sites at the layout of the city, and cannot for the life of me figure out whether to try to purchase / rent a property (once we eventually get there) close to the CDB, or not.

Seems that property close to the CBD is 'helluva' expensive, if you want something decent. Whereas the properties say 25-35km's out of the city are much more affordable, new, etc.. but seemingly with the drawback of distance and probably lack of schooling, shopping centres, etc...

Is it a big issue living so far out of the city, ito commuting, or not...? Here I'm thinking of some of my friends/relatives who live in PTA but do the commute to JHB everyday... and believe me - THEY ALL HATE IT !!!

Is it the same for the commute to Perth CBD, or different /

Thanks

Tjaart

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Why not rent for 6 months then look around and make up your mind, it to hard finding something over the net. I used to drive 45 mins to work in Sydney. Maybe someone in Perth can help.

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Hi Tjaart,

We rented in Innaloo when we got here. It was about 10-15km from the city and 2km from the nearest train station. It took me 9 minutes to get to the city on the train and it did not take us much longer to get there by car. We have now bought a place in the Vines about 40km from the city. It takes us 45-55minutes to make the trip but it is nowhere near as stressful as the commute from Pretoria to Johannesburg. (My husband both used to do it) Only problem is we are a bit remote and if I want to use public transport I have to drive 20 minutes to the nearest train stations. However many of the Northern suburbs (Warwick, Duncraig, Hillarys, Whitfords etc) are in close proximity to train stations and commuting to the city is easy!

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Dear Tjaart

Living 25-35 kms out of the City Centre is not an issue in Perth. Before the new suburbs are laid out provision for schooling and shopping centre has been made. The choice is how far do you want to travel?

I live 28kms out of the City Centre and commute to the city by train.

The train station is 8 minutes away and the train joutney is about 25 mins. Even if I were to drive it would take me about 40-50 minutes, but the traffic is nowhere near as stressful as Pretoria/Joburg traffic.

Your best bet is to rent for at least 6 months and then decide where you want to live.

Cheers

Enrica

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Hi

I would rent for the first 6 months.

To answer your question, I would try to live within 30km of the city centre. The traffic here is not bad but nobody wants to drive for over 45 minutes....

We lived 7km from the city when we first arrived and now we stay about 23km from the city. To give you an idea of the traffic we drive in,l we travel 18km to work and it takes us about 25 minutes .

Hope this helps

Gaille

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A big factor in deciding where you will live can be the location of where you will be working.

My hubby works near the CBD and his offices are close to the train line. We live within walking distance of the train line so we only need one car (which I use to taxi the kids around). It takes him 30min door to door to work.

He's only had to drive to work a few times and hated it as it took him well over 45min to get to work. Also it is a lot cheaper to catch the train than to drive and then pay for parking. He cycles into work twice a week in Summer months and takes him 45min each way (18km each way) and it's good exercise.

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Thank you all for your responses so far.

Definately will be looking to rent for the first couple of months

Tjaart & Tanya

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We live in Joondalup. Takes five minutes to walk to the station and about35-40 minutes from Currambine station to Perth. Then another 5- 10 minute walk to work. Too easy.

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Dear Tjaart, what did your guys end up doing? I'm moving to Perth in February and will be working in the CBD in Mill street. I hate traffic but would at the same time prefer to live in a relaxed and save suburb? What would you recomend?

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Perth is much more 'accessible' / easier to move around in than the other cities in Australia

I find that theres not much in Perth where it take more than 45 minutes per car to drive, even in peak time

having said that I would recommend staying as close as what you can afford to the CBD, and try to live close to a station

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At the moment I live in West Perth (8 kms from work). I take 2 buses to get to the university - one from home to cbd and one from cbd to campus. it takes me anything from 30min to 1hr 15min to get to work. it depends on what time I leave home or work.

We are moving to Banksia Grove soon (40 km from work). According to Google Maps, its going to take me 15min to drive to currambine station, 35 min to the city by train. Then I have to catch a bus to the university (about 15 min) and walk all the way across to the other end of campus (15 min) - thats a min of 1hr 15min

So, what Im trying to say is that the time its going to take to travel is not relative to distance. It depends on traffic, which side of the railway line you are on, where your work is from the cbd, how close to transport you live, do you have a highway close by etc.

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Dont buy before you have lived in the city for at least 3 months - preferably 6 months to a year.

I find in perth 'moving around' generally is not such a hassle as it is anywhere else, including Cape Town

You never live further than 35 minutes to 1 hour from the CBD, wherever you are - average commuting is probably about 35 minutes

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