Is Riverview a good suburb to buy a house for families with two children?

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katrinem Sep 20, 2019
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I lived on the northern side of Riverview for 11 years, just a couple of blocks from the Riverview Gardens Aged Care Centre and train station. While Riverview does tend to be a low socioeconomic area like any/ most suburbs there are some wonderful and well to do people living there on both sides of the highway. I bought my first house at Riverview and had lovely friendly neighbours there on both sides and across the road. A neighbourhood watch program was in place at the time and we received monthly reports on activities that included crime - I don't think it was any worse than where I am now. While at Riverview I would leave some windows open 24/7 without any security screening on and never had a issue with crime all the years I was there. Riverview proved for me to be a great place to start out as a first home owner with cheap/affordable houses on the market. I could walk to the train station or bus stop down the road and even some local shops just on the otherside of the highway. If you were fit and keen you could even walk or ride to Redbank Plaza only a few kilometres away. There are also schools in the area and a childcare centre. I think Riverview is as good as any suburb to live in and for a young family entering the housing market I think it would be a great place to start out with lots of affordable housing on offer.
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JenNable 2yrs+
It is a low socioeconomic area with high crime and constant issues with community. I would advise, don't waste your money. My children have been the victims of neighbourhood bullies many times, it's not safe for kids.
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riverviewien 2yrs+
I would say - depending on where in Riverview. Unfortunately the suburb suffers from some issues on the northern side of the Ipswich Motorway. There seems to be a little more antisocial behaviour, the meatworks and large transfer station is on that side so you get some pretty funky smells and there doesn't seem to be as many houseproud people. However, on the southern side of the motorway there is a lot of owner occupiers and most people who are renting appear to respectful of both the houses and their neighbours. I would consider a pretty safe suburb (wasn't always, but they have a very active neighbourhood watch movement which has been a great deterrent) More young families are moving in as there is a local state primary school as well as a private school. There is childcare, local gp/chemist, neighbourhood centre, great public transport and loads of parks. You are close to a big shopping centre. The southern side doesn't escape entirely from misbehaving people but I have lived in very affluent inner city suburbs that are far worse. If you are wanting to enter the housing market and not have a ridiculous mortgage, then Riverview is fantastic value, and great for families.
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