Living in Melbourne, Australia
Replies: 34 - Last Post: Jul 31, 2013 6:44 PM Last Post By: daycat
Jul 30, 2013 8:02 PM
30it's alright guys. I am not naive enough to think that an area is perfectly safe and there is no risk of running into trouble. I live in Vancouver currently and I know that even in the best areas you can find yourself in bad situation. Just as long as it does not happen at a frequency that puts into question your general safety, that's something to look at.
Anyway, what do you guys think about the Coventry Street and St. Kilda Road area? I am looking at a property that my friend is offering me for rent and I was wondering what your thoughts are on this area as well!
Jul 31, 2013 2:35 AM
31South Melbourne and Port Melbourne are nice areas some goodpubs and restaurants. I can't speak of Sth Melbourne Market. I guess it puts you walking distance to work and etc. Just be aware that the F1 Grand Prix will be a pain for varying degrees over a period of about a month or two and may push traffic in your direction, never mind the ickiness of the actual four day period itself.
Jul 31, 2013 2:44 AM
32Coventry Street and St Kilda Road are both walking distance from the CBD and there are frequent trams up and down St Kilda Road (which is a busy tree lined boulevard). You've also got Albert Park Lake and the Botanical Gardens in the opposite direction. I've never lived in the area but I think it would be fine. If I had a reservation it would be that the area is full of offices so might be a bit soulless on the weekends, with many cafes which cater to office workers closed. Because I was one of those office workers I'm not sure what it's like on the weekends (but it wouldn't be far to livelier areas anyway e.g. South Melb, St Kilda, South Yarra are all a short tram ride away).
Jul 31, 2013 1:01 PM
33Even Melbourne's equivalent of Canary Wharf, which is Docklands, is not as far removed as Canary Wharf from the CBD and would be acceptable. Your option of Coventry St sounds great, go for it.
For me, I'd choose north Melbourne or Brunswick, but that's me. The coolest, closest place, which also has everything you want, is Fitzroy, but everyone wants to live there so can be hard to find anything.
Everywhere in Melbourne is foodie, almost too much so, so I wouldn't worry on that score.
Some great options in South Yarra, Prahran, Windsor too.
Jul 31, 2013 6:44 PM
34If you are going to be paying less than commercial rent $, in a domestic home context, I agree, go for it, place or suburb does not matter, if I were in your shoes.
After all, what you are going to be doing is sleeping there, eating once in a while there, or watching tv/being online there, but most of the time, you would be at work.
Agreed I do talk a lot of bulldust, but still, if you are going to be paying less rent than with a rental agency, best deal both ways, the friend knows you, and that you won't wreck the place, who knows, less bond too.
Rental agencies can be pains in the bum, in the sense they want rental references from past agents you have dealt with, bonds and all the schmoozle like that.
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