Hi Jude, you obviously are offended by what i have said and have taken a personal vendetta on me. i have merely expressed my opinion which i have gaoned through my own personal experiences. That is what this site is all about. If you dont like it dont be apart of it.
If your are looking to buy lamd and build i would strongly recommend contacting Tim Ferrier who is a local real estate agent. He is in contact with most of the builders/developers so he might be able to give you some extra advise and options. He was great when he sold our home and also helped my parents when they were looking.
Northgate itself is a very safe area. This is obviously dictated by the fact that there is currently no housing trust in the area, mostly owner occupiers and also the fact that rentals in the area are mlre pricier than some of the lower sociodemographic areas.
In being honest however, there are a suburbs bordering northgate which are not as 'safe' Northfield is the worst. It is oozing with housing trust and some very derilict homes. Northfield is currently under gentrification with subdivision and redevolopment but has a long way to go.
Greenachres is similar to Northfield but on the southern side of lightsview. Greenachres however is slightly more developed with about 50% of the suburb redevelopment.
When i lived in lightsview i always made sure i didnt drive my guest in from redward avenue as it is pretty ferrall looking with delapidated premises along a substantial amount.
Yes the area itself is very safe within. My wife always felt safe enough when she went on her runs however she always steered clear of those 2 suburbs i mentioned.
There are definitelt quite a few professionals in the area; however, since leaving the area o have noticed quite a high number of 'Nras' rentals available on the rental market. I would make sure that the block you buy is adjacent too many of the NRAS homes as you nay have problem with the tenants etc.
The waterford section and the side closer to fosters is the better part.