• Where are Australia's most affordable commuter suburbs

    We all want to cut down our commute by living close to where we work. Unfortunately, we can’t all afford to live near our CBDs. The good news is, we don’t have to travel too much further.

  • We all want to cut down our commute by living close to where we work. Unfortunately, we can’t all afford to live near our CBDs. The good news is, we don’t have to travel too much further.


    It’s not necessarily the suburbs further out that are the most affordable. Lyneham in Canberra, Homebush in Sydney, Magill in Adelaide and Rivervale in Perth all have plenty of homes on the market for under $750k and sit conveniently between 6-15km from the CBD.

    “You could definitely find a new or old two bedroom, two bathroom apartment for under $750,000 in Homebush,” Principal Real Estate Agent at Belle Property Strathfield, Michael Ke Ma, says of the suburb which sits less than 15km from the Sydney CBD.

    “Slightly older ones you could even find for $600k to $650k. It’s perfect for people trying to get into the market.”

    While it’s not uncommon for people in our biggest cities to commute from areas well beyond the city limits, for the sake of this research we’ve focused on our greater metro areas no further than 40km from the CBD.

    These are the most affordable suburbs with the most listings within a commutable distance in each state and territory.

     Commuter suburbs infographic

    Suburbs were ranked according to the number of available listings to buy on realestate.com.au. The infographic shows only the suburbs ranked number one in each state for the price brackets <$500k and $550-750k.

    Canberra, ACT

    Lyneham and Dickson are great places to buy in Canberra at the moment with plenty of new properties around $500-$750k, depending on the number of bedrooms you’re after. While space may be limited – most of these properties are units or townhouses – the pay off is that you’re less than 8km from the city centre. Perfect distance for biking to work.

    Commuter suburbs Dickson

    A three-bed townhouse in Dickson, like this, could be yours for under $740k. Picture: realestate.com.au/buy

    Sydney, NSW

    One of the closest and most affordable suburbs to Sydney CBD is Homebush, especially if you’re on the lookout for a unit. While a three-bedroom unit will likely set you back more than $800k, a two-bedroom unit drops down to around $600-$650k.

    Commuter suburbs Homebush

    Low and medium-rise apartment blocks are a mainstay of the Homebush market. Picture: realestate.com.au/buy

    Heading a little further out there’s Parramatta, Liverpool, Blacktown or Bankstown, all of which have homes or units for a reasonable price, within 30-60 minutes from the CBD. These areas are also likely to benefit from improved public transport options in the near future thanks to the planned Sydney Metro.

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    Darwin, NT

    Rosebery is a gorgeous suburb around a 20-minute drive from the city, with homes of all sizes going for under $500k. Neighbouring Zuccoli is also a prime spot with a lot of fresh development to keep new buyers happy.

    Commuter suburbs Darwin

    In Darwin you can get four bedrooms and a pool for around $600k. Just check out home like this.  Picture: realestate.com.au/sold

    If you want to be closer to town, Coconut Grove is less than 10km away and right next door to Nightcliff, one of Darwin’s best suburbs. The only downside – or upside, depending on how you look at it – is that you’re also right next to the airport.

    Brisbane, QLD

    At around a 25-minute drive from the Brisbane CBD, Chermside is one of the cheapest and closest suburbs on the market. Currently popular among singles, there are plenty of new apartments and units under $500K to choose from.

    Commuter suburbs Brisbane

    You can live in the centre of Brisbane for under $500k. This two-bedroom unit sold for $435k. Picture: realestate.com.au/sold

    Families may want to look a little further out towards Thornlands or Redland Bay, both around a 45-minute drive south east, where three and four-bedroom homes are highly affordable.

    Adelaide, SA

    Around 8km from the CBD, Magill is set for a bright future. For now, at least, it’s still highly affordable for those looking for space, with three and four-bedroom homes available for under $700k.

    Long-time local and owner of Ouwens Casserly Kensington, Mark Brassington, said it “has to be one of the top up-and-coming suburbs in South Australia”.

    Commuter suburbs Magill

    Magill is less than 10km from the CBD and full of old and new-world charms. Picture: realestate.com.au/buy

    “There’s huge development in the area. There’s a lot of families, and a lot of people are buying big lots of land to build houses,” Mark told realestate.com.au.

    “You’ve also got your university, your primary and your high school. Norwood High [Senior’s Campus] was given a $30 million upgrade to become an international school, so there’s a lot of demand coming through there.”

    With plenty of shops, cafes and a Penfolds winery in the area, Magill may just become a cultural hotspot in the coming decades.

    Mount Barker is another highly affordable, up-and-coming suburb. Situated among the Adelaide Hills, it’s around 30 minutes from town and the average home price is $427k. With plenty of development on the go, it’s great for first home buyers and families.

    Hobart, TAS

    With a housing shortage and price spike plaguing parts of Hobart in recent years, we’re now seeing greater development in areas that were previously sparse, like Huonville and New Norfolk.

    Commuter suburbs Huonville

    Nab a home with loads of character and plenty of space in Huonville. This one sold for $400k. Picture: realestate.com.au/sold

    While both of these suburbs are around a 35-minute drive from the city centre – relative lightyears away for your average Hobart local – it is a sign the suburban sprawl has well and truly begun. What’s more is you can nab a sprawling family home and land in these areas for under $500k.

    For something slightly closer, look across the river toward Lindisfarne, only 7km from the city centre.

    Melbourne, VIC

    There aren’t a lot of affordable options close to Melbourne CBD, as listings are quite competitive. However, moving around 30km away to rapidly developing areas Dandenong, Werribee and Tarneit, your options burst open.

     Commuter suburbs Dandenong

    There is plenty of opportunity to find a good-sized home in the commutable suburb of Dandenong. Picture: realestate.com.au/buy

    While the median house price sits around $500k to $600k in these areas, there are units, villas or house and land packages well under this price.

    Perth, WA

    The suburb of Rivervale is great for those shopping for a family home, with an average price range between $500k and $750k. And it’s less than 6km from the CBD!

    Commuter suburbs Perth

    There are plenty of spacious homes for under $500k only a short drive from the CBD. This one even had a pool! Picture: realestate.com.au/sold

    Dianella is another option in this price bracket although ever-so-slightly further away.

    While plenty of apartments are available close to the CBD, searching for a family home under $500,000 requires a search area greater than a 10km radius from the centre.

    Originally published on realestate.com.au ‘Where are Australia's most affordable commuter suburbs?


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