There are around 3,800 statistically reliable suburbs nationally, and RP Data has analysed the list to find the top suburbs for family living in a report commissioned by Aussie Home Loans.
The Top 100 list, of which the top 10 regional and top 10 metropolitan are included in the first two lists here, surpassed others in terms of a number of factors including:
House prices, Block size, Average number of bedrooms, Historic capital gains, Proximity to local amenities
Of the entire 100 list, Melbourne suburbs dominated as best for family living, taking out 31 of the top 100 spots. Most Melburnians will tell you that this is, of course, the case; however, they were closely followed by Brisbane at 22% and Sydney at 21%. Adelaide clocked in 12 results, as Hobart, Perth and Darwin scored 9%, 4% and 1% respectively.
Despite this, Tasmania clocked in at number one for metropolitan suburbs, with Kingston in Greater Hobart, while Orange in New South Wales scored top regional family living spot.
Apologies must surely go to Canberrans, who didn’t make a single spot in the Top 100 list due to higher house prices and scarcer amenities.
Here are the top 10 suburbs:
The explanation for Kingston’s ranking is that it provides a combination of affordable home prices, a large block size, a good number of rooms per house and close proximity to schools, shopping centres and other amenities.
CEO of Aussie, Ian Corfield, said that the report comes as a surprise due to the number of families that aspire to be close to the city or the coast.
“The report backs up recent market research undertaken by Aussie and RP Data where the top five factors considered by families when seeking a new home are the number of bedrooms, the overall size of the block of land, whether there is a garage or off street parking, followed by affordability and the size of the backyard,” said Corfield.
“The dark side of the analysis suggests that many inner-city areas of Australia’s capitals are simply too expensive to live in for young families and government need to address this growing problem,” he added.
Sydneysiders will be interested to note that it wasn’t the amenity of the city that caused them to fall third place in the list.Tim Lawless, research director for RP Data, said that housing affordability was a critical element of the report, which is the main reason for Sydney’s ranking.
Of the top 100 suburbs, almost half of the top 20 in Melbourne are within 25 kilometres of the CBD, said Lawless.
“Meanwhile suburbs in Sydney’s Blue Mountains – located approximately 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,” he said.
Perth saw a fairly even spread across councils.
Corfield said that the list showed priorities of families changing over the years, with longer distances to schools and work now acceptable, and features and affordability trumping location in importance.