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    Armadale, Melbourne (inner south-east)

Rent: rent prices are medium to high

Vibe: Private schools and skiing holidays

Location: Parks, 5-10km from city centre

Armadale is a haven for executives and wealthy families with smart children who go to private schools, and young women who dream of getting married. This is a very picturesque upper middle class suburb that screams moola, and respectable professions. It exists in a wealthy highly anglo-saxon bubble where bogans (uncultured types) dare not tread. This is conservative politics territory. (More info below and to your left <<<)

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