City or suburb living?

Tips and expert advice to help you weigh up the pros and cons of living in the city or suburbs.

Research and expert insights

Although moving from the city to the suburbs won’t suit everyone, Stockland research shows that people who live in residential communities have a higher level of wellbeing than the national average.

Katherine Featherstone, Stockland Sustainability Manager, discusses the pros and cons of living in the city and suburbs.  



More about suburban living

Value and variety

If you want to build, residential communities are designed to give people room to breathe. That could mean more space for a bigger home surrounded by parkland. Or you could choose an architecturally designed townhome for the city feel without the price tag. Plus, there tends to be less competition for buying homes.

In a new community, unlike established suburbs, you also get the opportunity to coordinate with family and friends to build homes or townhomes in the same area or even on the same street. That way you can still enjoy your own unique homes and space, but you’re close enough for that last-minute babysitting support!

Quality of life

Say goodbye to the noisy apartment above you, or the loud kids from across the hall. When you live in the suburbs, it’s the rustling trees that will lull you to sleep!

Ready access to green open spaces or nature trails is a definite perk of the suburbs. Stockland communities are tailor made for keeping everyone – adults, kids and even fur babies! - fit and active.

Plus living in the suburbs generally provides a better chance of being able to afford a home with more space. Which means you may finally get to move your working-from-home setup off the dining table!

Improved facilities

Easy access to cafés and arts and culture are often cited as reasons for living in the city. And while there is some truth in that, the situation is definitely changing. Not only are more cafés and dining options popping up in or near suburban residential communities, but world-class arts facilities are now being built in some outer suburban centres.

Many larger communities will also be home to the newest and best sporting facilities in the area too. Think brand-new football ovals, tennis courts, recreation centres, aquatic centres, hockey fields, softball pitches and more. A community’s masterplan will show whether those facilities exist or are proposed.

But if your lifestyle still entails travelling into the city for work or a social catch up, remember that most residential communities are located close to public transport links, so the commute may be easier than you think.

What to expect when you move

If you’re a long-time city slicker moving out to the ’burbs, you’re bound to experience some changes. But chances are it won’t be long – perhaps even at a ‘Meet your Neighbours BBQ’ on your first weekend – before you wonder how you ever lived anywhere else.

Stockland works closely with the community to host events that help create a real sense of belonging. These can include movies in the park, festive celebrations and fitness classes. Simply join the community Facebook page to stay up to date on everything that’s happening.

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