2.2 out of 10

Power St, Hawthorn

Ranked 7th best street in Hawthorn
-37.8210762836 145.0264858168
Great for
  • Public Transport
  • Safe & Sound
  • Internet Access
Not great for
  • Cost of Living
  • Clean & Green
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Peace & Quiet
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles


1/5 rating details
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Public Transport 4/5

"Run for your life"

Horrible place to live – it must be one of the worst roads in Melbourne, aside from major roads, for traffic. Massive trucks, freight trucks, cement mixers, incessant cars, using it as a north-south arterial. I couldn’t count the number of times I’ve been woken up in the middle of the night (often 4–6 am) by truckies ramming their horns – and that’s with earplugs in. The stench from the truck fumes during the day also makes for a hellish road to walk along, so if you need to walk up to Kew it's much better to use the back streets: Morang Road, Elgin Street and Foley Street, which ends near Kew Junction.

Then there are the locals who ride their bicycles on the footpath. I don’t know what’s more dangerous – trying to cross Power Street at intersections without being hit by cars turning without an indicator, or trying to walk on the footpath without being mown down by a cyclist. If the police want to make money from fining these mongrels then they should sit at the pedestrian crossing at Power Avenue, photographing and fining cyclists whizzing down the footpath and using it as a laneway, jeopardising people’s safety even though there’s a bike lane in Power Street, for goodness’ sake. They should also fine the cars that turn out of Wattle Road into Power Street without using an indicator – usually 4WD owners who think that indicators are for plebs. And, no, they don’t only do this when turning left. I often see them turn right into Power Street without bothering to indicate.

PS – The person who wrote the other review is mistaken. Power Street does not have “two very popular trams routes 70 and 75” – that’s Riversdale Road. At the end of Riversdale Road the 70 tram continues along Wallan Rd/Swan Street and the 75 turns right into Power Street, but only for two stops, before turning left into Burwood Road. Given that this person has posted 135 reviews I’m guessing that he/she doesn’t even live here. Maybe the mistake stemmed from taking a wrong turn whilst viewing Power Street through Google Earth, the closest they've ever got to the place.
  • Tram right at your doorstep
  • Trucks, cement mixers, 4WDs
  • Cyclists riding on the footpath, endangering pedestrians
  • Smell of truck fumes
4/5 rating details
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Public Transport 5/5

"Hover over Power - Sharing road with Trams"

Most use by human race for commuting this is a massive road with two very popular trams routes 70 and 75 flowing through it. although it has proximity to school and glenferrie road, it still lacks the charm of being lively. The Architecturally blessed super-steep right turn at riversdale road mark the beginning of power street which has been accredited with many 'cyclist and car' crashes.

Mainly residential in use. Many connecting streets are cul-de-sac. Good access to public transport, shops are available at some distance however services are beyond walking distance. Power Street is a busy & noisy road and it has high concentration of multi dwelling developments which have deeper setbacks. Good views along Power Street in certain areas
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles

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