I’m a Canadian (Montreal) professor and will be on sabbatical leave, living in Canberra and working at ANU, for essentially the entire year of 2006. (I’ll be coming with my wife and 10-yr old daughter who, in theory, will be attending the Telopea Park school.) This will be our first time in Canberra (and Australia too).
We’re trying to decide on a place to stay.
Is there a good place to see ads of houses and condos for rent – a website would be great.
How do professors in Canberra find renters for their homes (our best option would be to rent the home of a Canberra professor who is leaving for the same period). I can’t find a website with this, and Australians seem to rarely use sabbaticalhomes.com, which a lot of Canadians, Americans and Europeans use.
What neighborhoods should we look at? If possible, we’d prefer to be in a calm neighborhood, but one that is in pretty easy walking distance to stores and restaurants (town center), and with relatively easy access (bus?) at least to the Telopea Park area (and better still, if ANU too is easy to get to). We’ll probably buy a car, but my wife would often have to get around by bus, and bicycling too would be an option.
When you rent, what is usually included and not included? (Fridge? Stove? Heat? Etc.) Are there sales/rental taxes that we should factor in too?
Any advice on how to go about finding and choosing a place would be great! Thanks!