6.9 out of 10

Blackburn North

Ranked 338th best suburb in Melbourne (Greater)
-37.8020786957133 145.155565274351
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  • Clean & Green
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Schools
  • Internet Access
  • Medical Facilities
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Reviews

1/5
20 hours ago

"Please avoid here"

I wish I could give 0 stars, but I can’t. I lived here for 1 and a half years and I HATED IT. The reason why I even lived here was because my parents bought me a house for a job I got near there. Growing up in actually liveable suburbs like Toorak, Balwyn, Bulleen and Camberwell, I certainly was not used to this lower class suburb. Most people there get some sort of welfare and are what many refer to as bogans. My boyfriend was held to knifepoint when visiting me and he said it reminded him of Detroit USA. There is no nightlife whatsoever here, the council is more greedy and poor than countries like Syria. My worst experience here was when I was driving my brand new jaguar to my house and this bogan in Surrey road smashes in to me and starts swearing at me (defenceless, innocent, 20 year old girl), I have nightmares from that experience. I am so thankful that my father was able to give me an executive position job at his company in the CBD, where I currently live and even though it is not so good there, it’s better than freaking Blackburn North, because of the bad memories there I always remember to be atleast 2 suburbs away from there when driving somewhere.
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
2 days ago

"Excellent little suburbs with no snobbiness"

Great food and location for shops and cafes and restaurants. Neighbours are nice, caring, welcoming and not nosey and not snobby unlike some suburbs. Most middle income and working class citizens here which is great as we are also small family with both of us working. Close to eastern freeway and schools as well as medical clinics in the area. Despite people saying it is unsafe I have not once known anyone in my street saying it is unsafe? Maybe we are all lucky in our street :)
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5/5 rating details
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
May 01, 2020

"Beautiful leafy suburb with everything at your doorstep"

Blackburn North is a family-friendly area with everything you need in close proximity: shops, trains, freeway. The houses are gorgeous and the streets are tree-lined! It’s pretty as a picture. The area is also filled with great school, parks, and an abundance of cafes... plus Blackburn Lake is just around the corner. Perfect suburb :)
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  • Families with kids
1/5
Feb 29, 2020

"Unsafe"

Rented here for two months, neighbours house got robbed twice while we there. My husband was mugged at a bus station on Surrey Road Blackburn north.
sarahs72
sarahs72 The plural of anecdote isn't evidence. Check official crime stats for the real picture.
Apr 08, 2020
stacym1
stacym1 sarahs72 The crime isnt so low in Blackburn north every once in a while neighbours say they got their mail stolen etc.
Apr 24, 2020
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2/5 rating details
  • Public Transport 5/5
Feb 11, 2020

"A town full of sketchy people"

When me and my husband immigrated here we got advice to rent here because it is a quiet and safe suburb. However, we were instantly shocked by how many rebel teens roamed here. Infact, they bullied our daughter for attending a private school. All of our neighbours were jealous and unwelcoming, one time when we got our first car (Mercedes s-class), our neighbour who we thought was friendly came up to us and said our car was [email protected]% which we found offensive and funny because that neighbour was a retiree with an old toyota corolla. I do NOT recommend people to live here unless they want the unsafe experience or they are just on minimum wage. In a few months, we moved to donvale then later bulleen where everyone was nice and had neat and upper middle class lifestyles. Now that we have our permanent residency we reside in Balwyn which so far we approve of MUCH MUCH more than the low class blackburn north.
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sarahs72
sarahs72 Maybe it's your attitude.
Apr 08, 2020
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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
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  • Families with kids
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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

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