If you’re planning a move to the Top End, you’re likely able to stretch your property dollar as the market has been depressed in Darwin for some time.
We’ve sussed out the most affordable suburbs in Darwin, for both houses and units, to help you narrow your search. Check out some of these central locations, where you can get a foot onto the property ladder for a steal!
Coconut Grove – median unit price $290,000
Nine kilometres north of the Darwin CBD, units in Coconut Grove currently have a median sales price of $290,000. Named, unsurprisingly, for the coconut farming that once took place in the area, it’s only a 10-minute commute into town and also close to the beach – win-win! Nearby Nightcliff Shopping Centre has all the amenities you might require, including a supermarket, medical centre and child care facilities,
Nightcliff – median unit price $310,000
In Nightcliff, you can snap up a unit for just over $300,000, and enjoy living on the shores of the Timor Sea. Each Sunday, wander on down to the Nightcliff Markets where you’ll find food, drink and craft stalls and awesome live music, or take a stroll along the foreshore. It’s the perfect spot for outdoorsy types, with walking and cycling tracks and a great public pool with views of Darwin Harbour.
Leanyer – median unit price $325,000
Leanyer, where units sell for a median price of $325,000, is a fantastic suburb for families. There are a number of excellent schools and lots to see and do, including the Holmes Jungle Nature Park with it’s beautiful birds, mammals and reptiles and the Leanyer Recreation Park, an amazing free water park that you’ll have to drag the kids away from! Hibiscus Shoppingtown is home to the usual suspects – bakeries, butchers, takeaway stores and a Woolworths – as well as handy services such as clothing alterations, optometry and a picture framing shop.
Rosebery – median unit price $325,000
Another top spot for families in Darwin, Rosebery has a median unit price of $325,000. There’s a near-new Primary School, popular with residents from surrounding suburbs thanks to the excellent facilities and support programs, and a Middle School with flexible learning spaces to cater to students’ individual needs. Oasis Shopping Village in Palmerston isn’t far away, so you can grab your shopping and attend to all your other errands easily.
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Moulden – median house price $300,000
Around 25km from the centre of Darwin, Moulden isn’t exactly inner-city, but with a median house price of just $300,000 it’s a tempting spot for a tree-change! Palmerston High School is close by, as well as a number of sports facilities and a swimming pool, and the houses are on generous-sized blocks. There are some pockets of Government housing in the suburb, so it pays to do your research on the individual streets before you buy, as these spots are known to have a few issues with antisocial behaviour.
Woodroffe – median house price $375,000
Close to central Palmerston and 25km from the Darwin CBD, the median house price in Woodroffe is $375,000. It’s generally quiet, with schools, childcare centres and sporting facilities in abundance, but like Moulden has some unsavoury pockets you might want to avoid. It’s close to the military base too, so convenient for families with members serving in the Defence Force.
Karama – median house price $385,000
Karama, where the median house price is $385,000, has several primary schools (both Catholic and public), a secondary college and a well-equipped shopping plaza which houses, among other stores, a Woolworths and a public library. There are many excellent parks and the fabulous Leanyer water park we mentioned earlier is close by, too. The suburb is characterised by large blocks and spacious family homes.
Driver – median house price $387,500
Another great family spot in Palmerston, Driver has a median house price of $387,500. The local primary school has an amazing kitchen garden program, for students to get their hands dirty and learn all about growing, harvesting, preparing and sharing food – part of iconic Aussie cook Stephanie Alexander’s nation-wide initiative. There’s an Asian grocer in the suburb and a gorgeous little cake shop that caters to all kinds of dietary requirements and allergies and is eco-friendly to boot, making Driver an excellent place to live if sustainability and health are your jam.