Middleridge, Mt Lofty and Rangeville arent bad. Avoid anything on the North / North West side of town ie Harlaxton, Wilsonton, Rockville, Newtown etc as they are cheap neighbourhoods, lots of public housing, with high crime and have terrible problems with drug and alcohol.
If you dont have to move to Toowoomba , go somewhere else. Been here 4 years biggest mistake ever, and being retired and having lost a heap of money as the value of our home continues to drop we are struggling to find a way to escape. Toowoomba use to be a beautiful place to live, but now old homes on large blocks of land are being split in to tiny units , outer areas like Highfields, where there are many acreage homes again are seeing sell offs and blocks being split. New comers are not made welcome, road manners dont exist. If you have to come here look for a home close to toowoomba boys grammar, and East toowoomba, only nice areas left. Oh and yes crime is becoming a huge issue even in the more rural areas, car theft, break and enter, lock EVERYTHING. Good luck
Hi, My name is Ian. I lived in Toowoomba for several years and have a 20 year association with the town. I am also a former Toowoomba Real Estate Agent so believe I know the area very well. No offence to any areas in Toowoomba however as a general rule I would say anywhere east of Hume Street & south of James Street is what other families such as yourself have decided to live. This is also where my family lived (including our toddler) whilst in Toowoomba. Suburbs such as Centenary Heights, East Toowoomba, Rangeville (older areas) and Middle Ridge (newer area) are in close to numerous parks, shops, very good schools and offer easy access to the city centre and to get to Brisbane. They historically have a very low crime rate and are fanily friendly areas. I would highly recommend Go Gecko, Century 21, Raine & Horne or RE/MAX as an agency to contact about Rental Properties. Go Gecko is a smaller office so you should get very good service from them. All age very good though. Rental costs in those areas range from $300 to $450 for a 3-4 bedroom home depending on age and features. I hope that helps. All the best with your journey over. Ian
Yep have to agree, We have family who opened a business 20 minuets out of town. They constantly get asked to "deliver" for FREE and when they explain they cant they get told too far for them to drive so if they dont deliver free they wont bother. They too are now selling up and getting as far away as possible.
If Toowoomba was a coastal town, the range (East) would be the beach. The closer you are to the beach the better.
The East side of Toowoomba is probably the highest area in crime spikes. The graffiti here is just crazy and the amount of burglaries and kids just drinking and smashing bottles on the road doesn't help add to it. The drivers are also terrible. I had two really close calls nearly getting t boned once and another car nearly ran me over.
I would not listen to all these comments. I grew up and lived for years in East Toowoomba. It is a beautiful city. Unfortunately drugs etc are in every city these days. I now live in NZ and believe me drugs are a problem here too not to mention gang violence. Rangeville and Middle Ridge are the areas I would go to if ever I returned.My family owned the land where Kearney's Spring now exists.It is closer to the university . I am sure there are some lovely areas there but lots of places are rented to students.I have friends living in Centenary Heights and they have not had any problems.It is close to Rangeville. Highfields is out of town a way and as it is high up you are more exposed to windy and cold weather in Winter.
There are good and bad neighbours everywhere these days. Some of these comments make this beautiful city sound like a ghetto...such is not the case. All the best with your move.
I've lived in Toowoomba for over 25 years (Harristown, Middle Ridge, Centenary Heights, East Toowoomba). My wife and I are 3/4's of the way of raising a family here. We love it. The friendly, big-country-town/small-city feel has the best of both worlds. It is a beautiful place visually and culturally.
As far as the economy goes, published figures have the Toowoomba region as one of the highest performers in the country on many fronts. We experienced this recently ourselves when we moved house after 15 years in East Toowoomba and doubled our money.
Obviously every city has its exceptions where some individuals don't live by good standards, but generally it is a safe city where children can play in their neighbours and people recreate and work together well. I even know of one family who doesn't bother to lock their doors (ever). Some of the comments I note on this page already regarding crime must be very specific to their own circumstances as this is not representative of the reality of the majority.
As far as where to live in Toowoomba. Basically, the purchase price of a house is a good representation of more sought-after areas. The more you can afford, the flasher the neighbourhood. Except for the odd poor investment, I've never heard of anyone losing money on a house. I don't know anything about the renting market.
I hope this is a help and you find somewhere that suits you. All the best!