7.5 out of 10

Bentleigh

Ranked 292nd best suburb in Melbourne (Greater)
-37.9195663277397 145.035348479815
Great for
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Internet Access
  • Public Transport
  • Resale or Rental Value
Not great for
  • Parking
  • Nightlife
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Beach Lovers

Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Apr 13, 2017

"Great suburb for young family"

We moved her two years ago into one of the new subdivided townhouses popping up everywhere. We like it. we're near Allnutt Park which is just fabulous and makes up for a lack of back yard townhouses generally have. Council services are great: GESAC, Allnutt Park, Fun in the Park days and the new Booran Reserve Park.. simply fantastic!
Pros
  • Allnutt Park
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • 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
Apr 05, 2017

"Lovely blue-chip suburb in the inner south east!"

Been here for 12 years now and while the property prices have gone through the roof, the neighbourhood has maintained its charm!
Pros
  • Schools
  • Close to Melbourne
  • Health Care
  • Good value shopping
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
Apr 03, 2017

"Love it"

Bentleigh is a great suburb with as many shops as you need, plenty of great cafes with beautiful coffee and is close to both many shopping complexes in neighbouring suburbs (including DFO Moorabbin) and Brighton Beach. The only issue at the moment is somewhat average internet coverage but NBN planned for 2018 will fix that hopefully.
Pros
  • Close to Melbourne
  • Close to Caulfield Monash Uni
  • Good value shopping
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Apr 03, 2017

"Take the good with the bad"

Bentleigh has a bustling local culture along Centre Road, where you'll find amazing cuisine from every demographic. You also get almost every shop you could want, there's a Chemist Warehouse Bakers Delight, Coles, Aldi, Woolies, BWS, First Choice Liquor, Commonwealth Bank, ANZ, Wespack, a Telstra store and GESAC is only a few minutes away to. The Bentleigh markets are also great fun. You're also close to Brighton beach which is lovely in the summer months.

After the level crossing was removed traffic has become much better, but is still congested during the day and at peak hour, and the recent cuts to parking have also contributed to the slow moment of cars. The eating out options are fantastic, with Mexico City being one of our favourites. That said, this also doesn't help the parking issue for residents as the streets are often filled until late at night. Public transport is a little odd, with trains often skipping Bentleigh and Mackinmon stations during peak times, leaving you with Caulfield as the only "easy" way home. Bus services operate regularly as well, but we don't have any experience with using them to offer an opinion.

As with the whole inner bayside area though, the prices are exorbitant for what you are getting. Yes you are in a great location, but tiny apartments only lend themselves to couples who are willing to live in cramped spaces, unless they can afford at least $450 per week in rent alone.

In our ever increasingly connected world, I can't help but also mention internet connectivity and the NBN. This area is not scheduled for an upgrade until 2019. If you're close (within 800m) of the exchange (Cnr Loranne St and Centre Rd) you should get reasonable speeds. We are with Internode and have our line profile set to the fastest available, so your experience may vary. But as always with ADSL, as soon as you hit 1km worth of copper wiring your speed falls off the cliff. If you're not within 1km, you may want to consider a cable connection with Telstra assuming it's available at your building.

My wife and I have lived on Centre Road for a year. Honestly, the only thing that makes Bentleigh a struggle is the high cost of living and the small living space/lack of parking that often comes with it.
Pros
  • Schools
  • Close to Melbourne
  • Close to Caulfield Monash Uni
Cons
  • Cramped apartment living
  • Congestion
  • Property prices beyond means of local residents
  • Unsustainable property prices
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
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 5/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Feb 28, 2017

"Spectacular inner SE suburb if you can afford it!"

Pros
  • Health Care
  • Schools
  • Close to Melbourne
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
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 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • 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
Feb 04, 2017

"Beautiful, tranquil south-east suburb."

Been living here since 2011 and simply love it! It's got everything you need and is close to the beach to boot!
Pros
  • Health Care
  • Schools
  • Close to Melbourne
  • Good value shopping
Recommended for
  • Professionals
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • 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 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • 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
Feb 02, 2017

"Beautiful, Quiet, Green Suburb"

Pros
  • Health Care
  • Schools
  • Close to Melbourne
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • 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 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • 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
Feb 01, 2017

"Classic inner Melbourne suburb"

We've lived here for close to 10 years now and really love the leafy, relaxed vibe of Bentleigh. Property prices have sky rocketed recently with recent redevelopment of the main strip, however it's pretty much in line with most of the inner east/south east of Melbourne.
Pros
  • Lovely green neighbourhood
  • Health Care
  • Schools
  • Close to Melbourne
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
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 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • 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
Feb 01, 2017

"Lovely, up-market suburb close to the CBD"

We moved here with our kids two years ago and simply love Bentleigh! It's got a great mix of parks, schools, restaurants and shopping. True it is quite expensive now but overall for what you get it is brilliant. The new railway station had improved the whole shopping strip immensely, in addition to the traffic flow on centre road.

It's a very pleasant change from the chockers main road of South Yarra where we moved from. Probably the only downside is that there is a lack of bars and pubs but neighbouring Brighton has its fair share of you feel inclined.
Pros
  • Health Care
  • Schools
  • Close to Melbourne
  • Close to Caulfield Monash Uni
  • Good value shopping
Cons
  • Property prices beyond means of local residents
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Nov 03, 2016

"Good Suburb"

It is really a good suburb. I live here. All is good about this suburb, wondering what is not so good about this suburb, may be for the sake of finding fault, let me tell you that there is not much night life and trams in this suburb ;-) But you can get the tram stop if you spend 15-20 mins by walk and obviously there are so many bus stops and a renovated train station. There are parks and it is green most of the places. Not so silent or not so crowded, some streets are so silent though. If you look out for anything, literally anything, I bet it will not be more than 4-5 km from Bentleigh. I would say, it is in the middle of most of the suburbs, which gives you access to many other shopping malls, special eateries, recreation, etc. Not really far from the city, takes about 25-30 mins from the city, during peak hour it takes about 40 mins, door to door so not bad. All it comes down to what are our priorities in life as an individual and family. It is an individual who has to like a suburb based on what that one needs and then am sure the suburb will like you back ;-)
Pros
  • Health Care
  • Schools
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
5/5
Oct 17, 2016

"Excellent blue chip surburb"

Pros
  • Health Care
  • Schools
  • Close to Melbourne
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Oct 17, 2016

"A tidy, quiet suburb great for younger families"

We moved to Bentleigh a year ago and simply love it! Not sure why the users below seem so disgruntled by it. We love the atmosphere and the family feel of the suburb. The main strip has come up in leaps and bounds with the re-developed train station and now has a few awesome little cafes and shops. While the house prices are a little pricey, for what you get it really is a great suburb!
Pros
  • Atmosphere
  • Family Feel
  • Schools
  • Close to Melbourne
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Beach Lovers
2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 1/5
Jun 10, 2016

"Bent on Bentleigh"

Wow, I did not know so many people review this suburb. I have lived here for many years and all I can say is that it's not the best suburb. Yes I have friends who live in Murrumbeena, Malvern East, Brighton, Highett, Chadstone, Huntingdale and Bentleigh. Comparing the suburbs, this is definitely not one that if I had money, I would buy here, if you know what I mean. I inherited a house from my parents and that's why I live here. Given a choice, I want to live elsewhere. It's a nice suburb, don't get me wrong. Just don't buy a house here thinking it's going to be a great place to live and grow old. It's quite an inconvenient suburb and a little out of the way, parts of it. So are houses here really worth that much? Can't answer that. It's up to the individual. I am thinking of developing my house, tearing it down and build a duplex, then live somewhere else.
Pros
  • It's alright, just not the best
Cons
  • Congestion
  • Property prices beyond means of local residents
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Jun 10, 2016

"Sub Average Burb"

My girlfriend and I moved here 6 months ago. We want to move away. We paid $1.38m for a property but now have regrets. It's not really nice suburb and quite boring to be completely honest. Yes, lots of family here but it feels over crowded. There is little good food cafes restaurants and on the expensive side. Hate catching train to work at Bentleigh Station. Worst train line ever. God. My GF drives to work and it's horrible drive. I asked a few agent how much I can rent out my house and was told only $750 per week. My eyes popped out and heart sank. How the 'f' am I going to service my mortgage and rent another place at the same time. I have to negative gear about $850 bucks a month including agent fees and landlord insurance and other outgoings. I don't advice young families to move here. It is very inconvenient if you do. Also, if you must move here, don't pay more than 1.2m for a property. Is really not worth it. I can't even sell my property now and make money on it. If I sell now, I can only get $1.3m because new property already cost about $1.35+m. If you are buyer, of course you buy new one for $1.35m. Man I am so unlucky to buy in Bentleigh. Also, we inspected all schools here. They are only ok. Not very good schools. Now I have to buy another car because I hate catching train because station is being fixed and only buses available.
Pros
  • Health Care
  • Good value shopping
Cons
  • Busy suburb
  • Poor rental returns
  • Property too high price
  • Congestion
  • Unsustainable property prices
  • Inadequate retail.
  • Older homes, need more apartments
  • Property prices beyond means of local residents
Recommended for
  • Professionals
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 1/5
Jun 10, 2016

"Not a Great Suburb"

Rented a home here for 2 years. Just moved away, thank God for that. It's not what we expected. We read all the good reviews but once we moved here it's a really different story. Am a little disappointed with people not telling the truth about Bentleigh. Crime rate is increasing and my house was broken into. There's also cases of car jacking and there appears to be some not quite right areas in Bentleigh. Schools are pretty average compared to the scaling house prices. Not sure why people pay more than $1.25m for a house in a suburb that is in the middle of nowhere. I think you get better value elsewhere.
Pros
  • Close to Caulfield Monash Uni
  • Health Care
Cons
  • Safety and Crime
  • Noise and pollution
  • Congestion
  • Unsustainable property prices
  • Inadequate retail.
  • Older homes, need more apartments
  • Property prices beyond means of local residents
Recommended for
  • Retirees
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 1/5
Jun 09, 2016

"Bland as Bentleigh"

This is one of the suburbs that I will never ever buy a house in. Reason being it is unsafe, it has no night life, public transport is quite bad, traffic is getting worse, streets are not very clean, cost of things have gone up considerably and house prices have shot up through the roof, like gone up by almost 40%. Further to that, Bentleigh has already reached it's peak at $1.45m to even $1.5m for a house. You are not going to see any capital gains. The day Bentleigh houses cost $2m will be the day I decide to buy in Toorak or South Yarra. Also, what is with the horrible schools in Bentleigh. Be honest everyone, there are no good schools in Bentleigh. The closest is Brighton Secondary and it's not even up there or near where Mckinnon or Melbourne High or University High. And why do people say it's close to Melbourne. I used to drive to work and it took me more than an hour! And then I used to catch a train and Christ, that was a night mare. Patterson and Bentleigh stations, well, train delays and train skipping platforms and when it rains, you get wet waiting on the platforms. So please do think carefully if you want to waste your hard earned cash on a property here. Prices are unsustainable and has gone beyond the means of local residents who live here. Bentleigh is the poorer cousin of Brighton East.
Pros
  • Close to Caulfield Monash Uni
Cons
  • Crime rate increasing
  • Congestion
  • Unsustainable property prices
  • Inadequate retail.
  • Older homes, need more apartments
  • Property prices beyond means of local residents
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Jun 09, 2016

"Close but No Cigar"

Bentleigh is a nice suburb that suddenly within 3 years, has moved from an average price of $800,000 to $1,400,000 dollars. You can decide for yourself whether this is a nice suburb especially when house prices have grown way beyond the means of the very people that live here.
From an amenities perspective, it is serviced by 2 train stations but only if you live within the 10 to 15 minute walk radius. The rest of Bentleigh are pretty sad looking and still going through overhyped gentrification.
There are plenty of schools in Bentleigh but they are very average public and Catholic schools.
At one point in time, I had thought of moving here but it's kinda hard to access as you can only take Nepean Highway, which is always densely trafficked.
Would I still move here? Well, only if prices come down by $400,000. That is actually the true value of houses around this area. Anything more, you have just overcapitalised because guess what, you cannot even rent out your $1,400,000 for $900 bucks a week. Again, it's beyond the means of people who live here. If they can afford $900 per week, they'd be renting at Brighton or Toorak.
So there you go, stay away from Bentleigh unless you can get a townhouse for $1,000,000. You won't see more capital gains if you purchased a house above $1,250,000 and most definitely no rental yield. It's good to buy here if you wish to negative gear to Timbuktu.....
Pros
  • Schools
  • Good value shopping
  • Health Care
Cons
  • Property prices beyond means of local residents
  • Traffic jams
  • Increasingly unsafe with break-ins, burglary and assault
  • Congestion
  • Unsustainable property prices
  • Inadequate retail.
  • Older homes, need more apartments
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 5/5
May 17, 2016

"Cafe's, Restauants,and Transport at your door"

WE LOVE BENTLEIGH!! We are an engaged couple (wedding in 3 weeks #CelebrateGoodTimes :) and just moved into an apartment block in Bentleigh, we love the mix of busy and peaceful, Brighton bay is within mins away. 30mins into the city. Close to public transport and lots of good and reasonably priced eating out options. A mix of old and new style shops, there is a coles, aldi and woolies all within walking distance of each other, also a great variety of Asian, Indian and independent continental grocerie stores. Close to various gym facilities and parks too. Overall a great balance of buzzing lively dining, peacefulness and convenience.
Pros
  • Clean and Tidy
  • Close to Melbourne
  • Good value shopping
  • Warm Community Feels
Cons
  • Older homes, need more apartments
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Mar 21, 2016

"Family Friendly!"

Ideal for starting a family, multiple childcare options, great schools and parks. Close to public transport and health care facilities. Large shopping strip with great cafes and plenty of restaurants.
Friendly environment i highly recommend
Pros
  • Schools
  • Close to Caulfield Monash Uni
  • Close to Melbourne
  • Health Care
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Feb 19, 2016

"Totally over rated"

Just another overly developed suburb where lovely old homes are being replaced with ugly apartments. The supermarkets are still lost in the 80s and Centre Rd has no good dining just overly priced coffee shops. Druggies still frequent the area for the Methadone and dealings around the station area. One good government school in the area but you need to be in the zone where you will pay an extra 300K and then the school is over crowded! The market on a Sunday is ok and its not too far from the city and beaches.
Pros
  • Schools
Cons
  • Congestion
  • Unsustainable property prices
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Students
2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 2/5
2yrs+

"Over Priced, Over Rated, & Over It!"

Have been here for three years, & in this period have seen the area go steadily downhill. The main shopping strip on Center Rd is now very "downmarket" with a large amount of $2 shops, very few quality retailers. Traffic is impossible most of the time & especially at peak hour due to being only a narrow 2 lane road anyway. The suburb also suffers from over development, many cheaply built dual occupancy units & consequent congestion which contributes to the lowering standards of general amenities. Did we mention everything is super expensive? Its like the tradies & shops all think because the place is close to Brighton they can charge whatever they want. Be prepared for bad value all round, and shop elsewhere.
Pros
  • Close to Melbourne
  • Close to Caulfield Monash Uni
Cons
  • Unsustainable property prices
  • Congestion
  • Inadequate retail.
Recommended for
  • Students
housenbaby
housenbaby I still love Bentleigh for the PROs .. it IS close to everything ( the city, the beach, amenities etc ), but Cricketboy makes many valid points, unfortunately :/
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 4/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • 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
2yrs+

"Great for young families"

Have been very impressed with Bentleigh since moving early in the year; easy access to health care (dentists, doctors + pathology), public libraries (just newly re-built) and shops. Young families are bound to love Bentleigh as the parks and recreation areas are all leafy, clean and tidy. Schools are rated amongst the most exclusive in Melbourne. Brighton beaches are only a 5 min drive away. There’s a puppy school on Hodgson’s Reserve meaning well behaved quiet suburban dogs. The reserve also offers great sporting facilities with cricket nets, tennis courts, football oval and a super friendly bowls club (Thursday night barefoot bowls and BBQ is hilarious!).

Although the main street, Centre Rd, is a little quirky with tons of bargain shops there is a decent mixture to keep you entertained (hardware, furniture, health + tons of clothes). Both Coles and Woolworths supermarkets are in the area with Greek, Russian, Polish and Chinese delis making for some welcomed variety.
Pros
  • Schools
  • Good value shopping
  • Health Care
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 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
  • 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+

"You Will Love It"

Named for the infamous Victorian Premier, Sir Thomas Bent (who earned the epithet “Bent by name, bent by nature” for his questionable land deals), Bentleigh has come into its own with regular million dollar price-tags. Buyers now know the benefits of this leafy location just one suburb back from the bay…and just over the Highway from blue-chip Brighton

With a vibrant shopping strip centred on a Zone 1-2 station, and relative affordability (especially compared with over-heated Brighton), Bentleigh is a true real-estate hot-spot. Growth has been strong in recent years with the Californian Bungalow street-scapes around the Centre Rd strip claiming the highest record prices. North of Centre Rd., where Bentleigh spills into the McKinnon College Zone, educational values add real value to already prized real estate. Here, prestige new family homes and townhouse developments are growing up in response to demand for a highly-prized Zone address.

But while substantial Californian Bungalows and architectural new homes are hitting the heights, Bentleigh still retains a good old-fashioned reputation for value. First home buyers are still welcome here, especially towards the east, where the solid homes of the post-war era (and later) represent an affordable Bentleigh buy.

Affordability increases in the unit and apartment market of this desirable suburb, with apartment blocks close to the Centre Rd strip and station offering excellent value and units and apartments closer to South Rd near Holmesglen Institute providing equally excellent rental returns.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
nbeez
nbeez Good value? Mate you must be dreaming and with the amount of development the place is going backwards.
2yrs+
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4/5
2yrs+

"Mix of old and new as developers move in"

Recommended for
  • Families with kids
4/5
2yrs+

"Not far from anything - good for families"

Only 12 km out of the city and not far from St Kilda there is that perfect blend of action close by as well as the wonderful quiet relaxed feel of the suburbs. With tree lined streets and parks close by what more could you ask for?
Southland Shops are close by and there are plenty of other shops to provide everything you could need.
For families there are plenty of good schools around from kindergarten through to high schools. It is an ideal and safe area for families.
There is easy access to the city via public transport or on the main roads if you’re a driver.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

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1

Patterson Rd

1/5
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0.5/5
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Mitchell St

3.5/5
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Castles Rd

3.5/5
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3/5
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