Hello all, I am a complete newbie to this forum and the value I have got out of it so far has been absolutely fantastic so thank you to all the valuable contributors. A little bit about me, my wife and I are currently renting in Oak Park as i work in the city and she works in Craigieburn so it seemed the logical solution, we have been looking to buy for the last 6 months and we are a little bit nervous to buy in the current climate but that's another debate entirely! We have pre-approval for up to $750k but would only like to spend $600k-650k ideally as this will be a PPOR and we would like enough in the bank for an investment property. We have only lived in Melbourne for just under 18 months and would like a bit of advice from any locals (preferably) as this will most likely be an area for us to live for the near future and when the time comes raise our children. We are looking for a safe suburb with good links to the city, good culture/community vibes, ideally some nice bars,cafes , restaurants nearby , ideally a golf course and some nice walking/cycling trails . We have been looking at land in Sunbury , Deanside (near CS), Diggers rest, Beveridge (H & L in Mandalay) and established houses in Caroline Springs, Sanctuary Lakes, Williams Landing and surrounding areas. I do have a few questions; 1) If we were buying land for around $350k-$400k whats the max we should spend to build a house? Reading these forums people always advise land appreciates buildings depreciate , we could build an amazing house for about $250-$300k on a large 800m block in Sunbury with great views, bearing in mind i would get $10k FHB grant and the $25k builders grant would this be a good investment or should be be spending less on the house , is there a standard rule of thumb? Land/area we are looking into; https://www.realestate.com.au/property-residential land-vic-sunbury-202726602 2) Any advise on good pockets in Sunbury in particular i am looking in Bellview drive /Jackson Hill estate? I cant see much about it online but the agent has highlighted its highly desirable, seems to be a lot of land available in that area, but ticks a lot of boxes in my above criteria, and is close to a school. 3) Any advise on the above areas as well would be greatly appreciate, we dont know the areas too well but i have joined a bunch of community pages and i have been visiting different places most weekends for the last 6 months (pre-covid) . Stand out areas apart from Sunbury in our budget are Sanctuary Lakes and Caroline Springs , the thought of Mandalay also appeals to us but SL seems a bit better IMHO. Please correct me if you guys think otherwise but I actually dont see the Outer North or West being affected too much by COVID so we are pushing on with things .Thanks again in advance, this forum has been a fantastic read!