timmmay: Grew up there, visit occasionally. Hole with fibre is probably an ok description, lots of poor people, but it'd depend on who you know as there are some professionals there. I wouldn't want to live there though. I've never found great places to eat, but there are some ok ones. Cheaper to live there though, but if you lose your current job you'd have trouble finding another, especially in tech.
My current job is very secure, and they obviously care enough about keeping me to let me work remotely. I've had my current job for four years so far, through some pretty explosive growth.
The French Cafe on the intersection of Alma Rd and Carlton Ave is awesome, easily as good as anything in Wellington, and will be within walking distance of my house. Pity I'm supposed to be on a low-to-no sugar diet...
I'm not scared of poor people, I used to do voluntary community work with people in council flats here.