Is Albury a good place to live?

I currently live in Sydney with my mother. It's way too expensive! I've had my eye on Albury for a bit (because it's close to a friend in Melbourne, but we have over a dozen cats so we have to stay in NSW)
Is it a good place to live in? It's too far to travel to inspect at this current moment, but I will do that in the future.
Where are the best places to live? Nice surrounding suburbs? What are some suburbs to avoid moving to (and why)?

I've seen people saying to avoid Lavington but I haven't seen a single explanation. Please leave a reason for judgement, it would really help! Just a nice house for two near a high school and a supermarket is all I'm looking for.
Looking to rent for under $400 p/w but I just don't know enough about the area. Please and thank you!
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I moved to lavington and I dont like it at all
I know there are problems in every suburb but Albury central is much better, definitely avoid Glenroy and parts of East Albury good luck with your search.

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stephen71
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Hi Christine. Can you explain the reasons why you dont like Lavington? Thanks

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Thurgoona is the growth corridor of Albury. It has large blocks and is popular with young families looking to build. It has rapidly improving services and amenity around the Charles Sturt University campus. If you want to build that is the place to go. South Albury is largely established mid century property. It is walkable distance to the centre of Albury. East Albury is split between estates developed over the last 20 years (eg. Easternview Estate) and established mid century property. There are some pockets to avoid on the North side of Borella Rd. Id agree that there are pockets to avoid in Glenroy, Lavington & Springdale Heights. If you are after early century heritage homes, you should look at Central Albury and Forest Hill.

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jadez
jadez

Couldnt agree more

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Hi @karinat,
There are good and bad pockets everywhere. Lavington does have high rates of unemployment and some social problems, however, there are plenty of lovely people and neighbourhoods there.
You should find PLENTY of rental options for under $400 per week, but the animal ownership might be a sticking point with some landlords. Almost everyone here has pets though, so I imagine if you ask around you will find a suitable property.
Albury High School is probably the best secondary school in Albury, however, each school has its specialty!

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What is Lavington like to like in ?

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Lavington is a diverse suburb with a range of properties from old to new, low price to high, and small to large. Public transport is limited, but Lavington has its own shopping centre, medical centre, library, schools and lots of essential services, so it is walkable. There are plenty of sports grounds and playgrounds, community centres and cafes. It is a more affordable part of town, developed as a family-oriented suburb 40-50 years ago, so it is laid out like a family-oriented suburb - spacious, if a little dated. A big plus for Lavington is that it has two indoor 25m pools that operate year round for lap swimming, swim squads & kids swimming lessons. No other suburb in Albury has that. Many of the interesting sports options are located in Lavington & North Albury (cheaper rent!) Such as Gymnastics, Karate, Dance Schools & more. The main sports ground for Albury, Lavington Sports Ground, has also just been opened and is an excellent facility. Lavington used to have the main highway from Sydney to Melbourne running through it (Wagga Road, before the highway bypass) so this main stretch through town is more industrial - old servos, motels, etc that used to service the highway traffic. There are efforts to rejuvenate the old highway & the central shopping area and put the focus back on liveability for local residents.

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Broad generalisation on Lavington and Glenroy in the comments previously. There are most definetly some lovely homes in these areas with good families. North Albury is also nice and homes, block size, trees, parks and roads in these areas give actual space for peace and quiet. In general talk to neighbours, and you’ll find good people all around. If you want to pay inflated prices go for central Albury or try out at Doctors Point over the hill past the hospital ha ha ha. Yes old parts of Thurgoona are nice, but it is quickly becoming congested. The traffic and main roads are still a concern even after recent works the flows are busy, only have to look a map to see there’s not a whole lot of planning for that many extra cars! Let’s hope some of these tree corridors don’t get bulldozed by greedy developers selling small blocks. They have potential to remain an asset if the suburb stops growing and some foresight into other community needs are planned. Wodonga has similar changes with all suburbs expanding and more pushing out into previous farmland. Jindera, Table Top (NSW-Albury outskirts), Baranduda, Barnawartha (VIC-Wodonga outskirts) are basically all becoming add ons, almost all not separate anymore since expansion! Beechworth and surrounds is very popular too. Lifestyle properties further out (10-20min) offer really nice size and value. If your looking for lifestyle and direction just a little further on outskirts offer gorgeous views and generous properties, again real estate is jumping in prices but affordable in comparison to major cities. Areas all around have lots of diverse food producers. From a local having lived around here for over 30 years, the entire regions growth in past couple of years alone is incredible.

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@Ryan Chu,

There really are nice parts of every suburb, and every suburb has busier streets and quieter streets. It really depends on the lifestyle you're after? Do you want to walk to work? Do you have a particular school in mind? In general however, the northern side of South Albury is better than the south side (avoid south of Ebden Street). Thurgoona is a typical sprawling estate with winding courts and kit homes, if you like that sort of thing. There are small and large blocks, new homes and some from earlier estate days. There are parts of Thurgoona with lots of established native trees, and parts that are still reclaimed paddocks that are bare. Its a 10 minute drive to town, but there are shops, gyms, parks, childcare and schools in Thurgoona to meet your needs day to day. East Albury is a mixture of older brick homes and weatherboards - most houses are from 1970 and before. Established European trees, sloping blocks, but close to town. A few small parks, a cafe, and a community garden back onto the main cycling trail in Albury. If you live on the lower side of the hill its a short walk, but towards the top of the hill you can get nice views. The flat area on the north side of Borella road is good value, and the section closest to town is quite nice. The back pocket of East Albury north of Borella Road and East of East Street is probably best to avoid. The Easternview Estate is further out from town, typical new housing estate but quite close to town by driving. Easternview is right next to a large homemakers centre & bunnings complex.

There are lovely parts of North Albury, particularly the section north of North Street up to Fallon St, west of Mate Street. Leafy streets with established brick homes and good access to town. West Albury has great value homes and lots of established native trees, and Pemberton Estate is a typical modern housing estate with custom built homes, and views across the alps and north east Victoria. Quite nice. Central Albury has lots of options, but the central grid of town is quite noisy - around the base of monument hill and the Mercy hospital there are lots of good options, and a mixture of housing from early to mid century.

The places I would avoid would honestly only be Glenroy, Lavington & Springdale Heights - because they are more isolated, less access to services, and slightly less reliable safety. But in each of those suburbs there are nice blocks. The hill in Glenroy has lovely views and custom properties that back onto the nature reserve and are perfectly lovely. I just think that the other areas have more going for them, better access to services, better property appreciation (if you're buying). Those three suburbs (and the South end of South Albury) are the crime centres, but its all very mild, in comparison to metropolitan areas.

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Hi,

So I have the same question as well ? Which suburd should i avoid ? I have heard Thurgoona, east albury and south albury is the place to go. Is that reasonable ?

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