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November 9th, 2008

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12:39 am - Why doesn't this exist ?
I want a real estate search website which allows querying based on distance from nearest train station (and optionally tram stop / bus stop). (In Australia, Melbourne to be specific).

Does such a thing exist, and if not, who wants to pay me lots of money for the idea then take the idea away and develop it ? It'd make our house search much easier ...

(ideally it'd be backed by suitable GIS data to be able to answer other questions, like "show me houses less than 500m from a deli/snack bar/milk bar", and "where is the nearest pub?", and so on)
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Date:November 8th, 2008 02:30 pm (UTC)
Broadly speaking, it doesn't exist because Australia has about a third of the population of the UK, and there are thus only about a third of the resources available to put into developing national property websites (and only 1/15 of the resources available in the US).
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Date:November 8th, 2008 03:08 pm (UTC)
If you find one, let us know too.
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Date:November 8th, 2008 03:27 pm (UTC)
Start by georeferencing all the train stations and tram and bus stops. openstreetmap might be a useful guide.
Call me when you have done this.

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Date:November 9th, 2008 08:38 am (UTC)
Ok, I'll get right on it !

... can I borrow your iPhone ? I'm sure it'll be very useful for me.
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Date:November 8th, 2008 03:52 pm (UTC)

forrent.jp is a great (Japanese) rental property search site. It organises properties by default based on which train line they're near, and just gets better from there. But alas, nothing so convenient for Australia.

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Date:November 9th, 2008 02:49 am (UTC)
hey, that site is all in foreign! how can i steal its ideas wen i can't work out what they are? now i need to learn japanese.
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Date:November 8th, 2008 03:59 pm (UTC)
realestate.com.au does allow you to view your search suburb on a map, so you can visually restrict yourself to caring about homes along a train corridor. I'm guessing that's adequate for most people.
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Date:November 9th, 2008 12:51 am (UTC)
I just used realestate.com.au and had google maps open in another window, and checked everything myself.
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Date:November 10th, 2008 12:34 am (UTC)
www.streetdirectory.com.au has real estate listings and maps (based on Melways for Victoria.) Also grid, and, um, those lines that tell you how many metres the grids are (morning, no coffee, long meeting, brain died.) And an address search function.

Hope that's helpful, I used it a lot in conjunction with the other sites as well.

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