Hi guys, New here but have been lurking for a while. My partner and I are looking to enter the property market after years of renting. I'm in a secure profession (Fire Brigade) and she is in a corporate role. We currently live fairly close to Melbourne CBD but understand that if we want to purchase we'll have to look a bit further out. We have no kids currently and have grown up close to the city but once kids are on the way living away from the CBD won't be a problem. We would like to purchase something for under $500K and are not interested in the North or West of Melb. I was hoping for some advice in regards to the best direction to head in terms of investment. Option 1: Buying in a location like Mentone/Mordialloc but at our price range we would be looking at a 2 bdr Unit with a small courtyard. Option 2: If we bought in Chelsea we could purchase a larger unit with a larger yard for around the 400K mark. Option 3: We are weighing up buying in an area like Frankston South where IMO prices haven't gone ballistic for a home like other areas have. The problem is the distance from the train line and CBD. This would allow us to purchase a home and we could always rent this out after a year if we choose to live closer to the CBD for a few years. My question I guess is.. Which of the three options would allow for the most growth? Is it always better to purchase a house over a unit even if the area is not as ideal? Thanks in advance for any advice!