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What is your housing like? What are typical housing sizes, locations, and commute times for expatriates?

We have lived in two locations: consulate staff who are single or have a partner but no children, or one young child, are typically assigned to an apartment in the downtown area. We lived in a city apartment for the first year. Families usually get a single-family home or a townhouse with a very small yard.

Housing sizes are probably average. Our apartment was a 3-bed, 2-bath, about 1600 sf. The house we are currently in is a bit bigger, just over 1800 sf.

All of the housing is modern (built within the last 20 yrs). The city location is about a 30 min commute to the office, via tram or bus. Almost no one drives to work because public transit is great and parking is expensive. The homes are in the southeastern suburbs of Brighton and Hampton, really lovely areas that are some of the wealthiest suburbs in Melbourne. Close to the beaches, parks, nice schools, shopping areas, etc. - Jul 18, 2017