8.7 out of 10

Abbotsford

Ranked 114th best suburb in Melbourne (Greater)
-37.8046036768458 145.002605868863
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  • Resale or Rental Value
  • Internet Access
  • Neighbourly Spirit
  • Eating Out
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Reviews

5/5
Mar 09, 2017

"Very convenient and close to everything!"

Pros
  • Access all amenities
  • Close to City
  • Walk to the MCG or City.
  • Many cafes and restaurants
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Jul 01, 2016

"Excellent for eating out!"

Abbotsford is an excellent place to go to try out new cafes and alternative cuisines. With excellent choices you will love to spend a Sunday morning reading the paper and enjoying breakfast and a coffee at one of the many gorgeous cafes.
The location is perfect, near the banks of the Yarra where you can take long walks and enjoy the recreational option of close parklands and walking tracks.
With multiple options of public transport, it is very convenient to make your way to close by shopping strips and the CBD.
Pros
  • Many cafes and restaurants
  • Access all amenities
  • Close to City
  • Walk to the MCG or City.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"One of the best inner-city suburbs"

We love Abbotsford! Here is why:
* so close to work in the CBD - you can walk, ride, bus, tram or train - you have 2 train stations, loads of trams down Victoria St, and buses along Johnson and Hoddle St.
* fantastic cafes and bars all within walking distance
* walk/ride along the Yarra River
* walk to the Collingwood Children's Farm - great for kids, great cafe there, beautiful spot for a walk and lunch
* Abbotsford markets
* Abbotsford convent with amazing places and events like Shadow Electric
* great for young kids - so many parks, Collingwood Library is fantastic, maternal child health centre, Richmond pool, lovely community feel - quick drive to Melbourne Museum, Prahran Pool, Botanical Gardens
* so close to the hottest bars, restaurants and cafes in Fitzroy and Collingwood
* quick drive to South Yarra and out to the eastern suburbs like Camberwell
* close to the Eastern Freeway if you have family out that way, or jump on to drive down to the Peninsula for summer holidays
* the Hive has Woolworths, Aldi, Chemist Warehouse, nail salon, bank etc
* short drive to Vic Gardens for Toscanos, Brewsters Butcher, Fitness First etc
It is a great suburb for young professionals and young families. We really love it here.
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PCB
PCB Spot on. Great review!
2yrs+
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Value and Progression"

Close to everything you would want - I have loved living here over the past couple of years. Really looking forward to the years to come, Woolworths now in , Vic Gardens for other bits and peices, not far from Bridge Road shops , CBD or Brunswick/Smith Street. Just off the fitness and serenity of the river - not to mention the cows at Collingwood Childrens Farm and the markets at the convent.
My Wife loves the fact that she is home in 10 minutes on the tram from the cbd - and has choice of either tram or train. Everyone in the area is friendly and the cafe lifestyle is just making its mark - the smart move from our previous location at Richmond with greater tree lined streets and cleaner air so close to the city.
Pros
  • Close to City
  • Access all amenities
  • Walk to the MCG or City.
Cons
  • Council a little slow on the uptake for cleaning schedule of streets
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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 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Great Suburb For Families"

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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
2yrs+

"Fantastic suburb"

The good:

- The place has a real village feel - neighbours know one another and look out for each other.
- There's a big Aldi on Victoria St and with Woolworths planned to open up next door soon there'll be a great mix of supermarkets as well as Vietnamese grocers and butcheries.
- It's just twenty minutes walk to the Paris end of the CBD, Smith and Brunswick Streets in Fitzroy, and easy access to Church Street and Bridge Rd in Richmond as well as Ikea and other amenities at Victoria Gardens.
- There's a good mix of restaurants in the immediate area ranging from cheap and cheerful to fine dining. There's also a huge range of bars and pubs ranging from the trendy to the daggy-but-delightful.
- Not to mention the Abbotsford Convent with access to fresh food markets and the Collingwood Children's farm as well.

All in all, Abbotsford offers everything you could possibly need right on your doorstep. I would highly recommend it.


The bad:

- Only one comment here: it can be a bit tricky to get ADSL+ broadband, due to the young and techy-savvy population using all of the limited available ports in the exchanges.
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PCB PCB
5/5
2yrs+
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Heaps to do"

I loved living in Abbotsford. Although it was quite busy and sometimes noisy, there are some fantastic facilities and it is soooo close to the city, you are pretty much living there. I loved having small children there as there was really good places for them as well; the parks, collingwood childrens farm etc. But as children got older it didn't really suit... too many drugs around and the bordering roads are just too busy.
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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 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Great Family Suburb"

Bordered by the Yarra River, parks, walking trails and recreation facilities, Abbotsford is a hidden gem in inner city Melbourne. There are great local pubs within walking disance of any street you choose to live in and a fantastic (and ever evolving) arts/markets/childrens precint in the Abbotsford Convent and Collingwood Childrens farm down the end of St Heliers Street. This is a great suburb I am proud to call home for the last 12 months and I look forward to our 10 month old growing up here. there is a great community spirit and friendly atmosphere throughout the suburb.
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Great place to rent but Expensive to buy"

Great place to live but housing prices are so high. Close to everything. City is only a few minutes away.Nice restaurants and shops
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4/5
2yrs+

"Popular among professionals working in the CBD"

The ideal location for professionals working in Melbourne’s CBD, Abbotsford is a well-populated town just outside of Melbourne and surrounded by areas such as Richmond, Collingwood, Hawthorn, Kew, Fitzroy and Clifton Hill. While much of the town’s old industrial area has been regenerated as residential homes, there are still an abundance of old Victorian terraces in this area which are in need of repair. Property prices have skyrocketed recently but the area still has a long way to go. It has a high crime rate and its 4,000 residents include a large Vietnamese community as well as Greek, Italian, Chinese, Arab and African communities. This working class town plays host to Carlton United Breweries as well as many heritage protected homes and some stunning public buildings. Locals can enjoy a number of public parks, a golf course, sports ground, library, church, schools and the Yarra River. There are two train stations in Abbotsford and trams also run through the town, making it very easily accessible.
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Kam_ High crime rate?
2yrs+
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3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Inner City Lifestyle"

Having lived in Abbotsford for a number of years I am a really big fan of the area, despite giving it some low ratings.

Abbotsford has excellent access to anything you could want, the city, pubs, restaurants plus my personal favourites the Convent and Children's farm area. Only sacrifice to make is lack of backyard.
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Best Streets in Abbotsford

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Charles St

3.5/5
"Close to everything"
-37.80993283 144.9945341918

Unranked Streets in Abbotsford

"Great leafy street with so many lifestyle options"
-37.8016478105 144.9974165317
"Great street close to everything and very convenient location."
-37.8033075465 144.9962827203
"Fairchild Street: the dark side of Abbotsford"
-37.8093351884 145.0017332112

Turner St

3.5/5
"A suprising pocket of amenity surrounded by the hustle and bustle of inner city life."
-37.7989020744 144.9932091351
"Nice street"
-37.8101923771 144.9971979656

Park Street

4.5/5
"Great Street!"
-37.8031948483 144.9949576636

Walmer St

2/5
"Busy Street, a few good cafe's but nothing to rave about"
-37.8113979055 145.0098201552

Henry Street

4.5/5
"Great place to live"
-37.8061113391 144.9926763804
"Pretty Good"
-37.8005310746 144.9929495879