We've been procrastinating for far too long and think we should make 2013 the year to buy our first home. My husband and I would be willing to spend up to/around 300K, perhaps more, and are open to feedback on areas you might recommend. We're looking for somewhere regional, up to 50km out of Melbourne, by bush or sea... I'd be keen too read your opinions on such places (and their surrounds) as Cranbourne, Seaford, Frankston, Officer, Pakenham, Lyndhurst, Diggers Rest, Lara, and anywhere else you might suggest. (I've family in South Gippsland, so I've noted a few places along the way - I'm keen to get your two cents worth on these, given the reputations of some). Thanks in advance!