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Finding your perfect community
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At Peet we believe that your community should support your ideal lifestyle. Far from just a place to live, a community should be a place to grow, play and belong. 

In Australia we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to different locations to live. There are options to suit every stage of life and lifestyle, and cater for every activity, interest and hobby imaginable. From coastal communities boasting kilometres of pristine beach, to communities nestled alongside nature reserves, waterways and green open spaces, and of course urban communities that connect with the bustling, fast-paced rhythm of the city – there really is something for everyone.

Once you’ve narrowed down your options based on what your ideal lifestyle looks like, you’re ready to start researching. Time to hop in the car, right? Not so fast. Before you head out the front door, head online first. 

Real estate websites

A great place to start the hunt for your ideal community is on websites such as realestate.com.au and domain.com.au - here you’ll be able to search by your preferred areas and see what communities are located there. You’ll also be able to get a good idea if the home and land options at your preferred communities fall within your budget. 

Social media hashtags

Many people who build homes these days enjoy documenting their building journey. From selfies with their lot “sold” sign, to progress updates of the home construction and even their actual moving in day. You can find people building within a community by searching for hashtags across social platforms. Try searching by suburb name or community name. We encourage people within Peet communities to use their community hashtags along with #peetlife when they post, so try that as a start. 

Council websites

Your local Council website is an excellent information resource. Local Councils across Australia run a variety of community-based programs, initiatives and events including arts and culture programs, festivals, community safety initiatives, sporting groups, library programs and children’s activities. They also provide information about local facilities such as parks and works upgrades taking place in the community. 

From online, to offline - it's time to head out

Armed with a community shortlist based on your online research, pack a picnic, take the kids and have a day out enjoying everything a community has to offer. 

Pick a different area each weekend and really explore what it might be like to own a home there. You can even speak to the locals and ask them what it’s like to live in that particular community – what are the schools like? Is the traffic busy during the week? 

You can check out local cafés or the shopping precinct, wander around the local farmers market, visit the parks and playgrounds or go for a swim. 

GoogongAdventure Park, Flagstone
IkigaiWaterfront Park, Shorehaven
It’s important to get a feel for the quality of the homes and streetscapes – you’ll want to ensure you’ll be proud of the new community you’ll call home! Visit the Sales and Information Centre as talking with the sales team at your shortlisted communities can really help. They’ll be able to share with you the future plans for the estate and what new amenity and features you can expect. 

Plus, if moving into a community where there is a strong sense of belonging is important to you, they’ll be able to provide you with the community initiatives and events they have planned, so you can come along and meet your future neighbours! 

Googong Googong Kite Festival
Ikigai Ikigai Coffee Shop, Lightsview

Getting out and about is one of the best ways to get a feel for a community, and you’re sure to enjoy a fun day out as well. 

Top tip!

If you’re heading out to explore communities with young children in tow, try not to fit too much into the one trip, and plan your day around a café and playground stop at lunchtime. You could even get the kids involved in the research, ask them to design a playground scorecard based on what’s important to them and rate the playgrounds in each community you visit!
 
 
 
All content within 'Peet's Advice Blog' (Blog) is for information purposes only. While Peet endeavours to ensure all information is current and correct, Peet makes no representation or warranty as to its currency or accuracy. It is recommended that you obtain your own independent advice before taking any action following reading any of the contents of the Blog. Please read the full disclaimer here.

 

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