First home buyer (professional 35yo woman, no family, one income) looking to buy an older, well-built apartment for PPOR and to possibly rent out in the future. There are a lot of appropriate and affordable properties in the inner-mid West (Footscray, Footscray West, Sunshine) and South (Caulfield North or East, Carnegie, St Kilda East). A lot of hipsters are moving to the inner West, so I believe it’ll soon become a buzz area. But the southern suburbs have more public transport modes into the CBD (eg: train and multiple tram lines) whereas the West is only serviced by the train and buses. Which area is better to buy in?