9.0 out of 10

Heidelberg

Ranked 95th best suburb in Melbourne (Greater)
-37.7521060881237 145.07762106496
Great for
  • Public Transport
  • Schools
  • Safe & Sound
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Clean & Green
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Cost of Living
  • Shopping Options
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Resale or Rental Value
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Singles
  • Tourists

Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Jun 18, 2013

"Fairly nice and attractive area; very expensive area"

Heidelberg is a nice, hilly and green upper-middle income suburb. In many ways it feels like an eastern suburb, but is in the northern suburbs- It used to mean that despite feeling affluent, Heidelberg was cheap- but nowadays it is the same price as the eastern suburbs, so I would only recommend parting with the huge sum necessary to own here if being in the northern suburbs specifically is what you wanted/needed. Centre of the suburb is Burgundy St which along with Warringal Mall have most of the shops and services that you could need, plus plenty of eateries and cafe's around, with the bonus that the commercial area sits directly adjacent to a premium train station in zone 1, about 25 mins to the city. The locals are agreeable if not overly friendly, behave and dress conservatively, and fit in slightly above the average on the social scale. You receive slightly fewer greetings but also see less unusual/anti social behaviour than in more blue collar areas. I disagree that it is not expensive or 'hipster' yet- hipsters don't make an area expensive, affluent singles and families make an area expensive, hipsters are mostly poor students and hospitality casuals who can go out on $20. As Heidelberg is now mostly affluent singles and affluent families it is anything but cheap. Frankly, I'd love if hipsters did move in, as then there would be a bit of nightlife in the area beyond the two suburban pubs (mainly tradies and pokies). Its about 15 minute drive to 3 major shopping centres from Heidelberg, all of which have cinemas: Northland, Greensborough, and Doncaster. Traffic in Heidelberg can be pretty bad unfortunately; Lower Heidelberg Rd and Banksia St are often choked up, even on weekends. The Yarra River runs along the side of Heidelberg, meaning lots of parks and some great jogging/cycling trails.
Pros
  • Clean and green
  • Parks and recreation
  • Nice looking area
  • safe and sound
  • great shopping options
Cons
  • Traffic
  • Relatively expensive nowadays
  • Dead after hours
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
May 21, 2013

"Heidelberg - The place to be"

Take a moment and have a look at the highlights that Heidelberg has to offer and you will be hard pressed to finds another suburb with so much to offer.
One of the largest Medical precincts in Victoria which include Austin/Mercy Hospital and Warringal Private Hospital.Some of the best parklands in outer Melbourne with Warringal park,Yarra River and also a host of football/cricket ovals all in one place. Burgundy Street offers a range of cafes and restaurants along with the iconic Leo's Supermarket.There are a several established churches, a variety of schools and childcare.Zone 1 transport and also Smart Bus transport.Shopping is also covered with Warringal Mall and Heidelberg is in the middle of two shopping centers being Northland and Westfield in Doncaster so take your pick.If you need a cold one and a meal you can also choose between the Old England Hotel or Barclays, if not there are 3 gyms in Burgundy Street that will help you get fit.
That's a snap shot of Heidelberg
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Feb 18, 2013

"May just be the best pocket in Melbourne"

Keep an eye on this area as my fellow hipsters start to catch on (they're only a suburb or two away).
Pros
  • Not hipster yet (cheap)
  • friendly
  • safe and sound
  • great shopping options
Recommended for
  • Professionals
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Oct 07, 2012

"A great part of Melbourne that is not far from anything."

A quiet little part of Melbourne that is close to everything. Has great medical facilities as well as great options for private schools; close to the city (25 minutes on the train) but far out enough to get some peace and quiet. Plenty of parks and bike/walking trails along the river; an enjoyable area to live in.
Pros
  • friendly
  • safe and sound
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Oct 07, 2012

"Close to the city, brilliant facilities"

Watch Heidelberg over the next few years, leafy, green clean area, safe, quite, zone one, some of the best schools in Melbourne, no weekly influx of tourists (bogans) ruining the peaceful lifestyle like the beach side suburbs and two premium shopping centers within ten minutes.
Pros
  • friendly
  • great shopping options
  • safe and sound
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Jan 31, 2012

"Everything at Your Doorstep"

Lovely suburb. It has everything. Great community. Handy having the Austin hospital, safeway, leos and a lot of cafes, newsagent, Old England, Barklys. Everything. Amazing Shopping Options. Pretty Place. Friendly and safe.
Pros
  • safe and sound
  • great shopping options
  • friendly
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Feb 28, 2010

"Heidelberg Hill - An up and coming suburb for young families wanting to upgrade"

800 meters to Zone 1 Station, 750 meters to Burgundy Street Shopping (Coles, Safeway, Aldi & Leos + Cafes), 5 minute drive to Retail Shopping in Northland. Of the houses on Cleve Grove, it is 65% Baby Boomer/Retiree Age, 10% Professional Couples and 25% Young Family's. We are a young family (2 year old and one on the way) and the neighbours are excellent - friendly, accommodating and they do things like take the rubbish out and clear the letterbox whilst you are on holidays. We have an annual Christmas Party on the street too. The median price of Heidelberg has gone into orbit the past 5 years, blocking the first home buyer from entry, however for a young family already established inner city wanting to graduate to a 750+ meter block with decent schooling and prospects for growth, it is worth a serious look. There are still many (70%) properties on the hill which are untouched from a renovation perspective. Those that have been updated, are commanding significant money and skewing the average for the suburb. It is only a matter of time before the other houses are updated and it follows the course of Ivanhoe & Eaglemont.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
Lukekul
Lukekul For those curious about this comment, 'Heidelberg Hill' ultimately did not come to pass. Residents of this particular part of Heidelberg Heights (bordered by Bell St, Waterdale Rd, Banksia St and Upper Heidelberg Rd) pushed to have their suburb renamed, though of all the choices available Heidelberg Hill was not one of the more popular ones (perhaps this user preferred it?) 'Ivanhoe Hill' and 'Ivanhoe North' were far more popular, as sticking 'Ivanhoe' in any suburb name would add considerably to property values, however later advice from Australia Post and the Office of Geographical Names indicated that simply joining Ivanhoe as a suburb was also an option. Residents were given this option to consider late last year and most seemed to favour it. Majority of councillors at a council meeting in April of this year voted in favour of the name change, so it will no doubt come into effect soon.

References:
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/leader/north/a-name-change-is-on-the-cards-for-one-of-banyule8217s-suburbs/story-fnglenug-1226720089323
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/leader/north/banyules-border-changes-impact-hundreds-of-heidelberg-heights-and-heidelberg-residents/story-fnglenug-1226793793117
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/leader/north/banyule-council-changes-parts-of-heidelberg-heights-to-ivanhoe/story-fnglenug-1226872490165
May 31, 2014
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