9.3 out of 10

Belgrave

Ranked 18th best suburb in Melbourne (Greater)
-37.9107802118525 145.356379580177
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  • Neighbourly Spirit
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Clean & Green
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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
Oct 19, 2017

"Love it"

Moved from the Northern suburbs to Belgrave, and it was the best decision ever. All Eastern suburbs are so accessible and the train line directly to the city is great. There are hardly any suburbs left in Melbourne where you get a 1500 sqm piece of land to enjoy your privacy for a reasonable price.
In 2016 4BR houses were sold for $600k, now in 2017 they go for $700k. I am so glad I bought into the market as it won't last long until we reach the $1M level.
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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
Mar 13, 2017

"'Byron Bay of Victoria...'"

...without the beach but beautiful greens!

The hills is the place to be for young couples/families, artists, elderly people, and singles!

Plenty of outdoor activities and entertainment on the weekends. Cute little Sunday market and parties until 3am in town centre (Sooki Lounge). with a great community spirit where people take care of each other.

Direct train to city is a big plus and heaps of other nice little towns to explore.
Pros
  • Friendly
  • Cheapish
  • outstanding community spirit
  • wake up to incredible mountain views
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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
Jan 30, 2017

"(still) hidden germ"

Belgrave is the Byron Bay of Victoria without the beach but beautiful hills.

Great community spirit, very welcoming locals and heaps of things to do.

If you work anywhere in the Easter suburbs, Belgrave is the place to be. Forget about the city or inner Eastern suburbs. Belgrave has everything to offer and is only a short drive away from anything that the CBD has to offer. Ringwood or Knox shopping center is a short drive away and everything else is available locally anyway.

One of the last untouched suburbs without apartment blocks everywhere.

Haven't seen much of the 'station rats/junkies', actually haven't seen any of them at all.
Pros
  • Friendly
  • Cheapish
  • outstanding community spirit
  • wake up to incredible mountain views
  • Mellow
Recommended for
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  • Families with kids
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
2yrs+

"A small B&B"

I stayed in a quiet little B&B in the gorgeous green town.
The people of Belgrave where very friendly and wonderful to talk to.

The B&B owner and I had a YAK and he told me many stories about the town.
The beds were comfortable, there were even star stickers on the roof just like the night sky!!
The other room was also comfortable and was filled with beautiful photographs and the art work of a local child.
Great hospitality would recommend staying in Belgrave!

We will be going back again.
Pros
  • Friendly
  • outstanding community spirit
  • wake up to incredible mountain views
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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 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • 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+

"My Belgrave"

I moved to Belgrave after 15 years living in Fitzroy, then Yarraville. It's the best life decision I've ever made. My travel to the city each day takes only 5 mins longer than it used to take me to drive over the Westgate (unless there's an accident on a main road, in which case the drive to work is cactus). I wake up every morning to a view that I used to spend a packet to look at when I occasionally stayed at B&Bs. I know all of my neighbours by name, but still have enough personal space to keep to my own when that's my preference. There are foodie meccas hidden everywhere here - some of the restaurants are outstanding. To top all of that off, the local music scene is fabulous. I highly recommend Belgrave. It really is Victoria's best kept secret. Be certain to buy at the top of a hill so that you capture the sun. Jump in before the secret is too wide spread.
Pros
  • outstanding community spirit
  • wake up to incredible mountain views
  • fresh air and lush, green forests
  • Friendly
Cons
  • some of the properties in the lower valley can be dark, but that may just be your thing!
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KK
KK Hi There, I am relocating to Belgrave from Byron Bay in NSW. I would like to buy a house there but I have heard that home insurance is non-existent or very expensive due to the fire risk. Could you shed some light on this at all? Any info would be great. Many Thanks....Kelly
2yrs+
LouP
LouP No probs with insurance! We pay no more than we used to in the suburbs. The vic govt have a fire levy that all Victorians pay equally.
2yrs+
KK
KK Thanks so much for the info LouP - I am here now and on the house hunting trail. Cheers K
2yrs+
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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 4/5
  • 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+

"What a retreat where you can still commute to work in the city."

Great place to visit and live. If you like the outdoors you will love the parks and forest walks. Puffin Billy is a great attraction. One of the few places in the hills with a good night life too.
Pros
  • Friendly
  • Cheapish
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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 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+

"If you love the outdoors you will love Belgrave."

Belgrave is nestled in the lush surrounds of Sherbrooke Forest.

It also has many facilities including an oudoor heated pool, cinema, lakes, and multiple reserves and national parks.

Great for picnics and only a short ride to Lysterfield park if you like MTB.

For night life Belgrave has Ruby's bar which can have some great unexpectedly high-profile band on stage.

For shopping you have a Safeway in the center of town.

Also you can get a great coffee at a number of places in town including the chocolate sensation.

If you like shopping 15 mins away is either Knox or fountain gate.
Pros
  • Friendly
  • Cheapish
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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 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Great Place to live."

Belgrave is the success story of the survey in the Age, shattering the trend of outer areas ranking low. If proximity to city and coast are left out, this gem shoots to number two best place to live in Melbourne.

Love the train ride 1 hour. Always get a seat as it is at the end of the line and I get to catch up on some reading. If you are off the train by 7am it is a free ride.

It Is a mix of Byron, Brunswick with loads to do great schools and hills, just lovely.

Cameo cinemas is a bonus join the club and $11 movies all day every day.

Earthly Pleasures Cafe has great food and very relaxed.

Swimming pool operates in the summer months.

Fountain Gate and Knox are just 15 mins away.
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  • Friendly
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
2yrs+

"What can you say about Belgrave?"

I've known quite a few people who live in and around Belgrave, and they all enjoy it, but say to steer clear of the station rats/druggies.

Owning a car is essential really in Belgrave if you need to go to the city much, as it's a 75 minute train ride and you sometimes have to wait around at Ringwood station on the way there or back. The roads in the area are great fun, Lots of twisty mountainous roads. It's not very far to the Monash.

Ruby's is a good place to go for some live music, I think it has lost a lot of its atmosphere since the smoking ban came in and it's not as mellow as it had been ;), but it's still pretty laid back and some good bands come through.

The Bell Tavern isn't bad either, they serve a very good parma.

It's basically the mountain lifestyle without the pricetag, It's a good place.
Pros
  • Mellow
  • Cheapish
  • Friendly
Cons
  • Station Rats/Junkies
  • Long train rides
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  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Hipsters
  • Country Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"A exciting suburb of Melbourne, just 145 years old! Only 35km from CBD!"

Belgrave is a beautiful suburb of Melbourne at the western foothills of the Dandenong Ranges. Burwood Highway, Bayview Road, Belgrave Road, Monbulk Road, Gully Crescent, Blacksmiths Way, Hayes Place, Station St, Wattle Ave all have shops or services on them. Burwood Highway, the main street provides easy access to the CBD in just 40 minutes. Sherbrooke Forest and Falls are located just near the suburb in nearby Kallista and Sherbrooke, Belgrave has all the shops and services you could need, with a Woolworths, a 6 screen Cameo Cinema, showing all the latest blcokbusters plus great arthouse films and hosting a vibrant outdoor cinema, many cafes, resturaunts, clubs, bars, hotels, bed and breakfasts, take-away food outlets, government services, gift stores, libraries, schools, and nearly all specialty stores you can think of, the main street is about 1km filled with shops. The scenery is also picturesque. Also only a ten minute drive from Australia's second largest shopping centre, Knox City + O-Zone. And near other Dandenong Ranges and Yarra Valley towns such as Ferntree Gully, Upwey, Olinda, Emerald, Mount Dandenong, Montrose, Lilydale, Monbulk, Sherbrooke, Silvan, Chirnside Park, Kilsyth and more. Also only a 3 minute drive from the City of Knox, which has Rowville, Bayswater, Bornina, Wantirna and Scoresby. Near the new EastLink. A great place for families, couples, singles and retirees. A great suburb of Melbourne with a population of just under 10, 000. Also has a train station on the Belgrave line, which goes to the city via Ringwood and the famous historic Puffing Billy, travels to Gembrook via Emerald. A great suburb of Melburne, only 35km from the CBD!!!
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Good place if you don't have to travel to city all the time or like the train"

It is a lovely area - trees, fresh air , lovely houses and lots of public schools to choose from. If you dislike travelling up to 75mins to the city everyday on the train for work, I would not recommend it. Otherwise go for it.
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iMatthew
iMatthew It is not 75 minutes, it's 40 minutes and 35km.
2yrs+
Asha
Asha It is 40 minutes if you drive into the city when it is not peak hour. If you leave Belgrave after 7.10am on a weekday it takes at least 1 hour to get to the city. If you look at the train time table it takes 60 minutes from Belgrave to Southern Cross Station. This is all from my last 5 years of getting to work in the CBD. I only work 3 days and I do not mind but if I worked 5 days and tried to look after my toddler as well, it would be difficult.
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