Windale in Newcastle may be on the up according to newspaper reports from 2011, houses were averaging 180/220k Fast forward to now in 2015, most houses are in the early 300's Windale which is about 15 minutes drive South of the City is primarliy a Housing Department Suburb . Last week I went to look at a Townhouse which had been advertised at 249k in Wakool Ave , Windale with a rental return of $310 weekly. The property , which had been formerly a Housing Dept house was currently rented by a young couple with 5 children who were leaving soon as they themselves were moving into a Dept of Housing house in Windale. The property certainly didnt look like its outdated pics displayed on the internet and was showing wear particularly the backyard fence which seemed palings had been ripped off and were sitting in a bbq of the neighbours house at the back which are Dept of Housing. His backyard was littered with Jim Beam cans. Standing at the large back window of the rear house facing us was several young drunken guys drinking beer bottles who were totally ignored by the Real Estate salesman, only to "moon" me whilst we were looking at the back fence.I guess they thought it was funny. Whilst I drank a lot when younger, I never did start at 11.30 am on a weekday morning !! I have posted a picture from the backyard with a view to the neighbours at the window. I often wonder why tenants dont make an effort to clean the house for inspection ,even if its just a quick clean but here the laundry and clothes were all over the floor making it embarrassing as we tried to step over clothes and childrens toys. Windale has houses in the low 300's , but personally i cannot see a huge capital gain due to the areas reputation. As for Rental Income, basically you are renting to people who are low income earners. One thing the Agent did tell me was that some tenants purposelly default on rent so they can be given a "Notice to Vacate"which they take to the Dept of Housing and receive emergency accomodation or become quicker on the list to receive DOH housing. I didnt end up making an offer and decided Windale wasnt for my me at this stage. Hard to say whether its worth investing in Windale but could be a darkhorse in the future.