8.0 out of 10

Ballarat Central

Ranked 9th best suburb in Central Highlands
-37.5621178323407 143.849836803582
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
Aug 11, 2019

"Great place to live and invest"

Great sense of community with an ever growing population at a steady level to grow infrastructure. Easy commute to Melbourne either by train or drive. Amazing collection of cafe and culture (like a mini Melbourne). I live in Melbourne and commuted to Ballarat for work. Many great places to work. Stunning houses of Edwardian and Gold Rush era with a blend of modern town houses. A great place to invest (Central Ballarat). Easy serviceability with steady capital growth. Surrounding areas seeing substantial growth(2018-2019) at time of review. With scope for more. Regional markets offer a great alternative to Metro for getting into the investor market. Slow and steady growth unlike Metro which can make larger returns in a shorter time.
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  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
Oct 05, 2018

"Heritage, Tree Lined Streets & Great Location"

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  • Professionals
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
Sep 14, 2018

"Beautiful place to live. Shame about the business practices by some"

Lovely place to live. Have been here 18 months and absolutely love it. Affordable housing in many areas and a huge range of shopping options. Beautiful parks and a never ending amount of food, activities and festivals. I also love the quick 1 hour drive down to Melbourne to visit family.
The only downside that still leaves a sour taste about Ballarat is the amount of simply down right dishonest businesses we encountered during moving & living here. All are/were locally owned businesses and to experience so many in such a small space of time is concerning.
When it comes to mortgage lending groups, real estate agents, furniture removal co's and un switched conveyancers do your research and never rely solely on written reviews
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  • Families with kids
Christine Browning
Christine Browning Hello Danielle
I am so sorry you feel this way. I have been in Real Estate for just on 9 years and have sold many houses to Melbourne and Interstate buyers. I have many testimonials of happy customers.
I would love to have a coffee with you and let you know what great opportunities with the businesses you have mentioned. We currently have over 20 families moving here per week! They tell me what attracted them to our City. It is our schools, health system, cheaper housing than Melbourne and healthy lifestyle. They can still work in Melbourne and commute or alot work a couple of days in Melbourne and work from home for the rest. it is a great life/work balance.
I would love you to call me on 0407590085 and we can catch up and discuss your experience and hopefully make it better.
Kind Regards
Christine Browning
Harcourts Real Estate
Ballarat
Jan 24, 2019
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1/5
Oct 10, 2017

"Expensive to live hear rentals are a joke"

Rentals are too high in price and utility are a joke over price Ballarat can be a beautiful place but expensive
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
2yrs+

"Best Choice We Ever Made"

I moved to Ballarat 2 years ago with my two young kids and hubby. Wow, what a great move! Initially I was quite worried about moving out of Melbourne but I knew I didnt want a massive mortgage or to be stuck in the deathly suburbs. Ugh.

After hunting around a few other places (Belgrave, Geelong, etc) we settled on Ballarat because of the great schools, nice houses and direct access to Melbourne.

The commute can be a bit of drain at times but my hubby now works in Ballarat and there has been more and more going on in his industry (construction).

We love the city for the family friendly atmosphere and natural beauty. You wont regret coming to Ballarat!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
2yrs+

"It's all happening!"

I just love Ballarat. I moved here a few years ago and have seen it on the up and up. The cafe culture is improving every month as is the bar and restaurant scene. Check out L'espresso, Yellow Espresso, Websters and The Local to name a few. Ballarat Central is one of the oldest parts of towns and much of the architecture and charm has been preserved.

It's a short walk to shops, amenities and transport. Everything you need within minutes, not to mention friendly approachable people.

The govt continues to improve the rail links to melbourne and is investing in the local economy with more and more jobs. There's loads going on here so get in and get amongst it before the boom kicks off again!
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  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
1/5
2yrs+

"Forget all of Ballarat"

Ballarat overall, the coldest most miserable depressing town in Victoria. Unprogressive conservative council must take most of blame
jessica-b1
jessica-b1 You know what they say about nigel's.
Harden up cupcake, it's a bit chilly in winter.
2yrs+
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
2yrs+

"Love it and its getting better by the day!"

I have to agree with the other reviewers. Ballarat is the best kept secret that isn't a secret. Everyone has heard of Ballarat but not all have discovered just how amazing this city is.

It is AMAZING!

I'm seeing more and more people leaving Melbourne and deciding not to live in the deathly suburbs in favour of a relaxed and convenient lifestyle in our stunning heritage city. The houses are simply beautiful, people friendly and absolutely everything you need is never more than 10 minutes away.

A lot of people worry about the commute to Melbourne and let me tell you, it's fine! Yes, there is the occasional delay and it takes a bit over an hour but its a great time to read a book, unwind after work. Such a small price to pay to live in a highly affordable beautiful place.
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  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
nigel-c
nigel-c Not Heritage city, just a dump
2yrs+
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
2yrs+

"Make the move, you wont regret it!"

Ballarat is a beautiful gold-rush city just over an hour from Melbourne. Evidence of yester-year's riches are everywhere in the stunning period architecture, wide tree lined streets and lovely parks and amenities. You could so easily live in the deathly Melbourne suburbs and pay a million dollars or more for the pleasure... OR, you can live just over an hour away and be spoiled for choice, space and a lifestyle that is far more relaxing and forgiving. The restaurant, cafe and bar scene has really picked up in Ballarat and best of all, if you live central (which you should) you'll probable be in walking distance. There is so many options for entertaining the kids that wont break the bank. Stop being stressed, stop worrying about the ridiculous mortgage and do yourself a favour and check out our wonderful city. Being expat Melbournites, you will be most welcome! (we've done the move and it was the best decision we ever made)
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
4/5
2yrs+

"Take the good with the bad."

VERY GLAD to get out of Melbourne. LOVE living in the country. So much to do. Make sure your ONLY buy in a nice place or close to the city. As close to the city will improve as the town population grows. CRIME and unemployment are problems in all country towns. Make sure one of you has a job. Or can commute to Melbourne. Cheap entry prices. Moved with teenagers and we have been able to find Good educational opportunities here for them.
Pros
  • Great cafes and pubs.
  • Eatery
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
2yrs+

"I like Ballarat"

I like the whole ballarat region.
Pros
  • Historic Sites, Buildings
  • Eatery
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 3/5
2yrs+

"Ballarat - A great place"

Plenty to see and do. Great for shopping, eating out, pubs, entertaining the kids. Parks are clean. Don't live on a major road, when the pubs shut, they walk home along these routes, Creswick Road is one of the worst, they rip out your fence, (coppers take forever to get there), smash the window of your car, leave your car ashtray open, so they can look in and see there's nothing in it, don't expect to get much sleep on a Friday and Saturday night. Shopping is great, especially down near Eastwood Street with Coles and Woolies opposite each other. Buses run approx every 20 mins, pretty good service, hospital and medical are plenty.
Pros
  • Public Transport
  • Eatery
  • rental prices
Cons
  • High crime rate
  • Parking
  • employment
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Hipsters
  • Students

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3.5/5
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Loch Avenue

4.5/5
"Possible the most beautiful street in town"
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"Beautiful tree lined street with some of Ballarat's best historical houses"
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Mill Street

4.5/5
"Best Residential Street in Ballarat"
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Lyons St

4.5/5
"a quirky underrated gem..."
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