Being a sole parent is not easy, but thousands of people are in this situation and most of them are raising happy, healthy children. They are achieving this either alone, or with the help of family and ex-partners. Regardless of this assistance, the statistics consistently show that most of Australia’s single mums are doing more than fifty percent of the active parenting.
Parenting Responsibilities of Single Mums
Many single mums are making all the critical decisions alone, and often find this constant responsibility a strain. They must choose the schools, the health practitioners and the after-school activities. They are responsible for finances, to make sure there is enough good quality food available, and even which suburb and what type of housing they occupy.
Services and Facilities Need to be Close to Home
Finding the best suburbs is always a challenge but especially so for single mums. Generally, they need easy access to education and junior sporting facilities, child care, medical centres, public transport, shopping and for many of them, employment opportunities. Even with their own vehicle, fuel is expensive if they need to drive every day, so having everything within a 10-20klm radius of home is the goal.
Expensive vs Affordable
Recent studies show that nationally, the most desirable suburbs are often the most expensive to live in. Those with all the facilities needed by single mums are often closest to the CBDs of our capital cities. Properties furthest from the coastal areas or in regional and rural locations are the least expensive, but often do not have the same level of support services.
The Best of Both Worlds
Here at Bunbury we are fortunate to have the best of both worlds. Our city is located on the Indian Ocean, south of Perth and is the third-largest in the state. With a population currently at approximately 87,000 people it has the perfect mix of affordable housing, all the essential services and employment opportunities in a range of occupations.
Picking just one suburb out of many as the best one for single mums is not easy for us here at Bunbury Real Estate, as we can find something outstanding about all of them. We work hard to find the perfect property to suit the needs of every client, whether they are renting or buying, and we find that single mums have the same needs in a property as any other client with children.
Affordability is usually the first consideration and determines the size of the property and its features. This is followed by proximity to schools, public transport, services and employment. Our clients, including single mums, occupy properties in every suburb of Bunbury to our delight.