Post # 1
Hi Melbourne Bees!
I’m moving to Melbourne having never visited and was hoping you could give me some insite and suggestions on suburbs I should look at moving to.
I’m currently in Toronto but previously lived in Sydney for a few years, lived in both Coogee and Surry Hills and loved both locations.
I want to be walking distance to restaurants, bars, cafes etc. Love parks and lots of trees. Nowhere too built up so anywhere right downtown (think financial district) is off the list. I’m planning on renting for a few months before buying a place.
For rentals I’m thinking Kew, Prahran or maybe Brunswick?
To buy I’m thinking Northcote or perhaps Coberg? Any suggestions for places that are on the up?
Do you Melbourne Bee’s have any suggestions? Where do you currently live and why do you love or hate it??
Post # 3
If you want walking distance to restaurants, bars, cafes etc. Prahran is the best location perhaps the only location to get all these things. Great cafes and fantastic fashion shops in Chapel street.
I live in the South Eastern suburbs, Glen Waverley but grew up in Brunswick not sure if it’s an area I will want to live in now.
As far as buying you will have time to check them out. Coburg and Northcote are right next door to Brunswick but I personally prefer the Eastern suburbs.
Post # 4
@hiheel: Why do you love Eastern suburbs? I haven’t considered looking too far east as I have a few friends who are near Brunswick etc.
Are there a couple of places you could suggest? I will jump on realestate.com.au now and have a little look.
Post # 5
I should mention that I don’t need to be walking distance to a million restaurants and cafes. I just want a few nice local places I can go to.
Post # 6
Just to explain I am on weddingbee as a MOB and I have been living in Glen Waverley for 30 years from the day I got married. The reason I picked Glen Waverley is that it’s a great area to raise a family. House blocks are large with big back yards, good schools and nice parks. A very safe area but you need a car to get around.
It depends what you are looking for. If I didn’t have a family my first choice will be Prahran, South Yarra, Armadale and Toorak all next to one another – inner east. It’s upmarket and very yuppie on the other hand Brunswick is very multicultural and a little bohemian. When I lived there it had a large Greek and Italian population and now Turkish and Lebanese – some really nice Turkish restaurants and cake shops. Luvvvv the cakes. If you like that sort of thing the other 2 areas are Smith Street, Fitzroy and St Kilda – beach side lots of cafes, restaurants and clubs. Acland Street, St Kilda cake shop capital again luvvv the cakes.
I don’t consider myself a snob, I love the architecture, cafes and wide oak tree lined streets of the inner east. Great atmosphere Sunday mornings when everyone is out for Brunch.
If you are Wedding planning Sydney Rd Brunswick has lots of Wedding shops (everything you need) some cheap and tacky but a few really nice ones. High Street Armadale has the best Wedding dress shops but very very pricey.
Melbourne is a beautiful city no matter where you choose can’t go wrong.
Good luck, let me know if you require any other information.
Post # 7
I think you would like St Kilda or Williamstown but they can be pricey. But Kingsville, Spotswood, Moonee Ponds and Ascot Vale are nice as well and not far from the CBD.
I used to live in Coburg and loved it but traffic can be a nightmare. It was great to be so close to Sydney Road. And there is a lot of development in that houses are being pulled down and townhouses or apartments are going up which I really don’t like. The house we sold in coburg was 3 bedroom with a pool and the people that bought it from us on sold to a developer and they put up three townhouses.
Traffic is a major factor to take into consideration when choosing where to live in Melbourne. You can pretty much find great (and bad) restaurants and shopping in any area.
I guess it also depends on your budget- unfortunately things are expensive. I like the Western suburbs (where I live) because it has less traffic congestion and has good (and newer) public schools but it is lacking in public transport but our goal is to move to the country eventually.
Post # 8
I moved to Melbourne 2.5 years ago from the other side of the country and I love it. I live around the northcote area (thornbury, just one suburb over)and I can’t say enough good things about it! Close to cafes and pubs an public transport, however the noise can get a little much so take into consideration how close tram and train stops are to any place you are looking to live. I go to uni in Brunswick so that’s another place that is close to my heart. It all depends on what kind oflifestyle you are looking for. Each of Melbournes suburbs has its own feel and community spirt, it’s one of the things I love most about this city.
Post # 9
I’m in Richmond, which is nice, as I’m walking distance to everything except a decent major grocery store (the nearby Cole’s is pretty yucky, so I don’t go there). I also like being near the Yarra Trail. As the others have said, traffic is a nighmare, so having easy access to cycling and walking paths is a big deal for me. However, once we have children, I don’t want to stay in this area, since I’d prefer to be able to have a house with a decent sized yard and you just don’t find that in this area.
Post # 10
I am out in the far outer Eastern suburbs of Melbourne – about 45 minutes drive, I live here because we want a family one day and its affordable!
Melbourne is a great city but where you live I feel can be determined based on your personality almost! My sister lives in Brunswick and she is really arty and loves all the bars and restaurants there.
When I lived inner city I lived in St Kilda, Middle Park and Glen Iris. Glen Iris is very quiet for an inner city suburb, Middle Park was fantastic but there arent a lot of rentals there and St Kilda is great but you have to pick your area very carefully!
If you have friends in Brunswick you can try around there to start – or Carlton which is nearby.
To buy though, really depends on your budget and do you want a house or apartment?
Post # 11
I live in Sydenham, which is outer Western suburbs. Major growth area, heaps of new houses and townhouses going up, and its a 30 minute train ride into the city.
My fiance used to live in Brunswick, and that was close to shops and Sydney road and whatever else.
it depends on your budget, really, The closer you get in the city, the more expensive it is. We were looking to rent houses in Coburg, and the average was about $350 a week for a crappy old 3 bedroom house. In Sydenham $300 i the average for a nice, fairly new, 3bed 2bath house.
Post # 12
I have lived in Melbourne for 5 years and love it – welcome and I am sure you will loe it too.
If you liked Coogee and Surry Hills you probably are after inner city. In Melbourne, this is divided by northside of the river (includes Northcote, Coburg and Brunswick) and southside (includes Prahran, St Kilda etc). I reckon Surrey Hills/inner west is a bit more like northside, and Coogee is a bit more like southside, if that gives you any ideas. Richmond is sort of in-between the two.
I live in Brunswick East and LOVE it – close to bars, restaurants, bike path, trams and lots of our friends live in the same area too. I really like being able to bike most places.
Good luck with your move!
Post # 13
Love love LOVE Melbourne! And I’ve lived in Toronto too (random but there you go).
I can tell you this – Kew is boring! If you want to be walking distance to restaurants, cafes and stuff, try areas like Richmond, Hawthorn, Carlton, Fitzroy, or St Kilda. Those are the best central suburbs as far the cafe and restaurants go. South Yarra and Prahran are sort of over done in my opinion. The market is pretty good, but besides that it’s sort of… meh.
I’m a Hawthorn girl myself (although I no longer live in Melbourne) so Hawthorn is my favorite area to live and if I went back I’d definitely live there again. It’s got the best of everything – shopping, food, cafes, but still safe tree lined streets and nice parks (where you’re not afraid of finding used needles… yes Fitzroy and St Kilda, I’m looking at you!)
I’m sure you’ll find somewhere great! And you’ll love Melbourne!!
Post # 14
I would have to agree with hiheel and say look at the eastern/south eastern suburbs.
Places like South Yarra, Prahran, Toorak, Armadale, Malvern, Carnegie are all lovely without being built up and have lots of great cafes and restaurants. I like living in this direction because it feels like you’re a part of what’s going on and it’s not too hectic. They’re a nice sense of community. Suburbs like Toorak and Armadale also have a much lower crime rate than Brunswick for example.
Post # 15
Yay! Can’t wait.
So I currently have my eye on Prahran, Hawthorn & St Kilda to rent. Seems that these places are lovely and central and have quite a few low maintainance apartments so it should be easy to find a rental.
To purchase I’m looking at Brunswick/ Coburg but am finding the prices are really getting up there. I have absolute max $500k (preferably less) so might have to look elsewhere. I have been reading that Footscray is up and coming, a good place to get bang for your buck? Any other suggestions for suburbs a little further away from the city that are becoming more popular? I’m probably looking at a Townhouse which is ok so long as we have a small piece of grass or a decent sized terrace for entertaining.
Maribymong, Heidleburg and Doncaster have all been suggested.
Post # 16
South Yarra gets my vote, i have lived here for 5 years and i can walk everywhere and the people are great ! I used to live 20km north and its boring. Life is so much bettter in the inner east. Best of luck ! If you do move to the local area, let me know and we could meet up.