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Rent.com.au has released a report which ranks hotspots across the country’s states and territories on overall liveability – and the results might not be what you’d expect.

With more than 50,000 Suburb Reviews across more than 6,000 suburbs, RENT has been able to collate ‘real time’ reviews from the people who know their area best – the locals themselves. Four of the most common reviews, ‘Family, Single, Quiet and Vibrant’ were included in the report.

Spotlight: Wahroonga, NSW
Less than 30 minutes’ drive to Sydney CBD, the comfortable suburb of Wahroonga ranked first on the top 10 NSW family-friendly list. Its broad range of amenities and leafy outlook have made it just as popular with growing broods as it is with singles. The suburb’s beautiful parklands make it an ideal place to settle down with a family, partner or solo.

Spotlight: Fitzroy, VIC
Bohemian Victorian suburb Fitzroy, perhaps unsurprisingly, secured its top-ranked positioning as the most vibrant suburb in the state. Today, Fitzroy attracts a diverse and artsy community to its hubs and public gardens. Café culture reigns supreme and is a beacon for independent renters seeking a dash of bohemia mixed with beer halls.

There are now more than 50,000 Suburb Reviews across more than 6,000 suburbs. These ‘real person’ reviews are valuable for renters who want to compare lifestyle factors across places they’d like to call home. Rent.com.au displays the ‘top 3’ attributes as indicated by people in that area.

New South Wales was the most popular state for customer reviews, making up 29% of the total reviews overall.

Queensland suburbs comprised 27% of the list, followed by reviews in Victoria (23%), Western Australia (10%), South Australia (6%), Tasmania (2%), Australian Capital Territory (1%) and Northern Territory (1%).

Helping renters make a better-informed decision

“Our customers told us that they wanted a way to share their experiences about suburbs with others and that point resonated with us,” said Rent.com.au Chief Executive Officer, Greg Bader. “We’re a community that’s focused on helping people move from one area to another, so providing renters with the tools to make better-informed decisions was a no-brainer.”

“When people go looking for their next home, they want to know what the suburb is like – it’s why we added our WalkScore feature and NBN Status. Of course, statistics still play a part in selecting suburbs, but with Suburb Reviews, we now have real-time feedback from people who are currently living or have lived in those areas. These people know the biggest selling points and are best placed to provide a review or recommendation.”

“Of course, all users have different expectations and varied needs, so it was important to build a model that could be used to compare liveability factors across the suburbs and be independent of cost. This way, affordable areas aren’t prejudiced against wealthier areas, because every suburb in Australia is different and has something unique to offer.”

When a customer reviews their suburb on Rent.com.au through their Renter Resume, they simply select the attributes that they believe best apply to their location. RENT collates this information with other reviews for that suburb to display the current ‘top 3’ features that customers have selected.

Rent.com.au presents the Top 10 hotspots for families, singles, quiet and vibrancy, collected from more than 50,000 reviews from the people who know best, the locals:

New South Wales

Family Single Quiet Vibrant
1 Wahroonga Surry Hills Marayong Potts Point
2 Katoomba Darlinghurst Carlton Haymarket
3 Bella Vista Chippendale Shortland Bondi Beach
4 Blayney Bondi Junction Glenfield Newtown
5 Glen Alpine Newtown Minchinbury Surry Hills
6 Hornsby Heights Callaghan Bilambil Heights Bondi
7 Rydalmere Potts Point Estella Darlinghurst
8 Booragul Crows Nest Emu Plains Chatswood
9 Corowa The Hill Glenfield Park Darlinghurst
10 Eschol Park Ultimo Harrington Park Burwood

Victoria

Family Single Quiet Vibrant
1 Aberfeldie Collingwood Kialla Fitzroy
2 Clifton Hill Abbotsford Eltham Windsor
3 Balwyn Prahran Epsom Collingwood
4 Canadian Richmond California Gully Richmond
5 Mansfield Fitzroy Strathdale Prahran
6 Eynesbury South Yarra Mount Evelyn Brunswick
7 Korumburra Windsor Scoresby Ringwood
8 South Kingsville Southbank Kilmore Long Gully
9 Warracknabeal Brunswick East Upwey Heyfield
10 Healesville Brunswick Albion Abbotsford

Queensland

Family Single Quiet Vibrant
1 Mansfield Fortitude Valley Redlynch Fortitude Valley
2 Upper Caboolture Cairns City Clifton Beach South Brisbane
3 Bucasia Brisbane City Bushland Beach Broadbeach
4 Lammermoor South Brisbane Brighton Surfers Paradise
5 Avoca Chermside West Daisy Hill Brisbane City
6 Bahrs Scrub East Brisbane Mount Pleasant Chermside
7 Mundingburra Woolloongabba Glass House Mountains Cairns City
8 Pomona Townsville City Bethania Balmoral
9 Seventeen Mile Rocks Kelvin Grove Richlands West End
10 Childers Surfers Paradise White Rock Mooloolaba

 

Western Australia

Family Single Quiet Vibrant
1 Madeley Northbridge Southern River Northbridge
2 Maida Vale West Perth Bullsbrook Cannington
3 Somerville Crawley Padbury Highgate
4 Two Rocks North Perth Wannanup Leederville
5 Kununurra Tuart Hill Boulder Fremantle
6 Rossmoyne East Perth Yangebup Carlisle
7 Shelley Cockburn Central Balga Murdoch
8 Bateman Leederville Ocean Reef Bunbury
9 Bibra Lake Fremantle Alexander Heights Perth
10 Bridgetown Highgate Eden Hill East Victoria Park

South Australia

Family Single Quiet Vibrant
1 Hectorville North Adelaide Happy Valley Torrensville
2 Burnside Brompton Naracoorte Glenelg
3 Hahndorf Port Augusta Craigmore Cowandilla
4 Rostrevor Adelaide Stirling North Henley Beach
5 Holden Hill Glenelg Huntfield Heights Glenelg South
6 Athelstone Glenelg South Whyalla Stuart Glenelg North
7 Lyndoch Richmond Renmark Norwood
8 Blackwood Somerton Park Northfield Elizabeth North
9 Modbury Heights West Richmond Victor Harbor Elizabeth
10 Para Vista Camden Park Hope Valley Modbury

Tasmania

Family Single Quiet Vibrant
1 Rokeby North Hobart Midway Point Moonah
2 Blackmans Bay Launceston New Norfolk Launceston
3 Warrane Ravenswood Longford Sorell
4 Legana Invermay New Town Battery Point
5 Hobart Devonport Summerhill North Hobart
6 West Ulverstone Mayfield Legana Invermay
7 New Norfolk Moonah East Devonport Ulverstone
8 Brighton Sorell Prospect Vale Hobart
9 Newstead Primrose Sands Somerset Primrose Sands
10 Perth South Launceston Margate Brighton

Northern Territory

Family Single Quiet Vibrant
1 Wagaman Darwin City Humpty Doo Darwin City
2 Humpty Doo Stuart Park Moulden Driver
3 Rosebery Gray Lyons Casuarina
4 Rapid Creek Larrakeyah Gray Tiwi
5 Woodroffe Driver Gunn Stuart Park
6 Wulagi Coconut Grove Rosebery Laramba
7 Fannie Bay Laramba Karama Woodroffe
8 Lyons Casuarina Farrar Larrakeyah
9 Gunn Berrimah Wulagi Coconut Grove
10 East Side Johnston Wagaman Wanguri

Australian Capital Territory

Family Single Quiet Vibrant
1 Giralang Acton Aranda Kingston
2 Macquarie Braddon Florey Narrabundah
3 Mawson Kingston Scullin Dickson
4 Flynn Belconnen Fisher Ainslie
5 Amaroo Ainslie Higgins Acton
6 Evatt Dickson Giralang Braddon
7 Kaleen Calwell Casey Bruce
8 Duffy Holt Franklin Lyneham
9 Monash Narrabundah Latham Griffith
10 Wanniassa Reid Crace Monash


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