If your children will be walking or riding their bicycles to school, pedestrian safety measures are an important factor. Look for dedicated cycle lanes, monitored pedestrian crossings, and traffic calming measures such as speed bumps and visible stop signs.
If you and your children enjoy sports and outdoor activities, ensure there are adequate facilities nearby – preferably within walking distance. Regularly having to travel great distances to and from your favourite gym can be tiring, and you are likely to give up going.
Having child-friendly activities and restaurants nearby can also make life more convenient for you and your children.
Whatever area you decide on, you need to make sure the home you buy is well within your financial means, so don’t be tempted to exceed your affordability levels.
Fortunately, most family-friendly suburbs also offer excellent capital growth prospects.
Courtesy of Sarah-Jane Meyer of Private Property