8.5 out of 10

Blackburn North

Ranked 171st best suburb in Melbourne (Greater)
-37.8020786957133 145.155565274351
Great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Schools
  • Internet Access
  • Medical Facilities
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Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
2yrs+

"A decent suburb of Melbourne"

We've lived in Blackie North for 3 years. Having lived in country and city prior to this, I can fairly say that Blackburn North is a fairly good suburb. It is quiet where we live, there are excellent schools and kinders, and neighbours are friendly (though most people keep to themselves). The shopping options are excellent as just about anything you need will not be too far away. Locally we have a small shopping centre, within a few km's radius there's Whitehorse Road with your large stores like Bunnings and Officeworks, Forest Hill Chase is not much further away and Doncaster Shopping Centre, to the north, which is massive.
Public transport from Blackburn in general is excellent; you have express trains to the city and buses everywhere.
There are a large number of ethnic people so from time to time language can be a barrier, unfortunately even from shopkeepers(!) but this also brings a lovely 'flavour' to the community as people learn to be more tolerant and accepting of others.
Housing prices are high as are rental prices, and this tends to keep out the lower socio-economic bracket, therefore there are few hoons or (dare I say it) bogans. There are large numbers of families and seniors. There's excellent bike trails in the area and a number of small play parks. Blackburn Lake (though not directly in Blackburn North) is lovely and not too far away.
As the area has been established for some time there are many large, established trees which adds attraction to the area.
There's not much in the way of eating out options directly in Blackie North but you don't have to travel far to bump into a heap of restaurants and take-away places.
Internet access - no problems for us at all. Parking - this can be a problem, especially when it's school pick-up times and coming home from work traffic. There's simply not the space for it, so you tend to have a glut of traffic at times. The Blackburn Road (Surrey Road) train crossing is a nightmare.
The crime rate is minimal, as far as I'm aware, though Blackie North Shopping Centre (Safeway) was robbed just a month or so ago, and about three years ago the Commonwealth Bank in there was robbed. Generally speaking though it's a pretty safe area, as far as I'm aware. We and our neighbours/friends have never had any problems.
In brief; I give Blackburn North a thumbs up as a quiet, safe suburb with excellent amenities.
Pros
  • Excellent public transport
  • Clean and green
  • Great schools
  • Great Parks
  • Lots of Childcare and Kindergardens
  • Tree filled leafy streets
Cons
  • Expensive to rent/buy
  • Cost of living
  • Traffic can get congested
  • no night life
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
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 2/5
  • 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 community feel"

A great place to raise a family, feels safe, great parks and schools and a real feeling of community. Nice little cafe's are popping up an so close to Doncaster Shoppingtown, Forrest Hill Chase and has the local North Blackburn Square as well.
Pros
  • Tree filled leafy streets
  • Great Parks
  • Lots of Childcare and Kindergardens
Cons
  • no night life
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish

Best Streets in Blackburn North

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Koonung Rd

4.5/5
"I could not live anywhere else"
-37.8003944708 145.1538142033

Unranked Streets in Blackburn North

"If you have young kids, This is the place"
-37.8014770558 145.1537049203
"Jessie Street is a lovely, quiet residential street which is in a well established area."
-37.8051243768 145.1669554872
"great location"
-37.8107080564 145.1630212983
"New tree lined street, middle aged, noise-not a factor, no traffic"
-37.806107924 145.1529262787

Shafer Road

4.5/5
"One of the best areas to live in"
-37.807178 145.142951
"Location perfect for family living"
-37.8074910373 145.1608902793

Lane Street

4.5/5
"Didn't want to move"
-37.8099772262 145.1662997891
"so convenient to all major shopping centres, good schools and fwy!! I am amazed it hasn't been fully discovered buy the realestate market. i am sure it will absolutely boom soon!!"
-37.8016512256 145.151710505