Our dog Charlie at Kingston Beach dog beach

Our dog Charlie at Kingston Beach dog beach

A report just released has the Hobart suburb of Kingston as the number 1 suburb for family living in Australia. In fact 8 other Tassie suburbs make the list, which isn’t too bad considering about 3800 suburbs were considered.

Kingston is south of Hobart, accessed via the Southern Outlet or the Channel Highway through Taroona. Kingston has grown significantly in the past ten years and now has a great range of services, facilities and shops. It has become a services hub for the southern suburbs that lie beyond Kingston. There is also a great beach in the neighbouring suburb of Kingston Beach and many parks and recreational areas.

The report has been compiled by RP Data and Aussie Home Loans.

The Aussie Home Loans – RP Data “Top 100 Suburbs For Family Living” report launched today provides a list of 100 suburbs across Australia’s metropolitan and regional housing markets that are nominated by RP Data research analysts Tim Lawless and Cameron Kusher, as those likely to be best suited to family living. While the results show a great deal of variability from region to region, the suburbs hitting the top of the list are those were large block sizes still exist, as well as those with close proximity to local amenities such as retail outlets, medical centres, schools and universities.

The report can be obtained from RP Data.

This story from The Mercury.

It’s official: Tassie suburb Kingston the best in Australia for families

With the mountain as a backdrop and the beach as a front yard, Kingston is as good as it gets for lifelong resident Annika Hevey and her family.

And it seems they are not the only ones who think so – the expanding suburb has beaten 3800 other locations to take the crown as the best place for family living in Australia.

The Top 100 Suburbs For Family Living report by RP Data for Aussie Home Loans named nine Tasmanian suburbs on the prestigious list, with Kingston taking out top place.

Other Hobart suburbs to make the list were Lauderdale (No.3), Lenah Valley (11), Sandy Bay (14), Claremont (21), Lindisfarne (26), Geilston Bay (30), Blackmans Bay (92) and South Arm (100).

Suburbs were ranked on a range of factors including house prices, typical block size, average number of bedrooms, historical capital gains and a range of proximity attributes involving schools, health care facilities, child care centres and retail facilities.

“The report shows that families’ priorities have changed over the years, with parents prepared to travel longer distances to work and schools,” Aussie Home Loans chief executive Ian Corfield said.

“The features of the house and affordability are now the top priorities for families, not location.”

Living in Kingston her whole life, 29-year-old Annika Hevey said the location was perfect for raising a family and she was not surprised to see it take top position.

“I grew up here and I don’t want to leave,” she said.

“I wanted to raise

[son] Fletcher here. My husband Chris and I recently built our second home and we looked into different areas but I was happy here because I like the schools and love being so close to the beach, parks and our friends who also have children.”