Brunswick, VIC 3056

4.2(18 reviews)

Ranked 208th best suburb by locals in Melbourne (Greater) Region, VIC

Great for

  • Public transport
  • Neighbourly spirit
  • Eating out
  • Internet access

Not great for

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  • Families With Kids
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Reviews of Brunswick, VIC

er3
er3
20th October 2021

"Perfectly placed"

Having moved to Brunswick a month prior to the first lockdown of 2020, we were disappointed to not be able to experience the night life to its fullest. However we found that even though Brunswick is inner city, it is perfectly placed to have fantastic access to plenty of green space. We enjoyed walks along the Merri Creek and visiting the gardens of CERES. The bike lanes were fantastic and we found ourselves exploring Princes Park, Royal Park and all the way down to Yarra Bend on wheels. The local cafes serve amazing food and coffee, and A Minor Place and Smug Relish are hidden gems. Everyone is so friendly and we were welcomed to the area in our very first hour by passersby on the street! I never once felt worried about walking late at night and the people are very accepting of others from all walks of life.

Who lives here?

  • Singles
  • Families with kids
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nathanr2
nathanr2
24th May 2020

"Inner city living with great night life"

Sharing borders with Brunswick east and west, Brunswick sets the standard for what the inner city should offer. Sydney road boasts a number of international cuisines, bars and restaurants. But explore a little further and you will find some hidden gems like Los Hermanos and Juanita Peaches.
Live music venues Howler and Stay gold are regularly frequented by local and international bands.
With housing styles ranging from Victorian & Edwardian Double fronts homes, along with single front terraces to a range of newer builds inclusive of townhomes and apartments. Three train stations and three separate tram lines make getting in and out of the city breeze.

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
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madeleine-cahill
madeleine-cahill
3rd December 2019

"Vibrant and convenient"

Brunswick over the years has developed in to such a terrific suburb. A hot spot for cafes, arts, live music and of course shopping. Easily accessible via public transport with Brunswick and Jewell Train stations and Sydney Road tram, as well as Moreland Train station just on the border. There is stunning Princes Park Gardens bordering the suburb as well as Melbourne Zoo and surrounding parklands and walking tracks.

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
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"The place to be!!"

Having spent most of my childhood living in the area and now as a Property Manager in the area, I have seen Brunswick transform into the Cosmopolitan suburb that it is today.
I have found Brunswick to have evolved into a very family friendly suburb with great cafes and eateries. Its transport into the CBD and neighboring suburbs is second to none.

Regards,

Pete Larkis – Property Manager – Brunswick

Who lives here?

  • Singles
  • Families with kids
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"The Mecca of Bars, Cafes & Restaurants"

Brunswick is a suburb of multiculturalism and diversity which brings colour and joy to the community. It brings the young and older professionals together which meet with pensioners, keeping the old tradition although adding new elements. Packed with European markets and delicatessens, you could get your groceries while going down the road to grab a coffee or possibly a meal at one of many beautiful cafes and restaurants which vary with many styles and cuisines. Also located on the outskirts of the Melbourne CBD, travelling makes life much easier as travel time is very short. Not to mention, the growing morning coffee crowd which gathers for lattes on a Saturday morning.

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
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"Restaurants & eateries – outstanding whatever your persuasion"

Brunswick offers a plethora of dining options from various Asian cuisines to a good old fashion Australian pub meal. My favourite would be Good Days located at 165 Sydney Road. Arguably the best beef pho I have ever had, period. Our local is the Edinburgh Castle which is always good for a meal and a few beers.

Who lives here?

  • Families with kids
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"Brunswick is the place to be! From a market & locals perspective"

My Real-Estate Market Perspective:

Highly sought after, Very strong demand for traditional housing, Period homes like Victorian Double fronts, Terraces and Edwardians continue to pull and attract the big bucks.

With low levels of available traditional housing sellers are enjoying unprecedented growth. Buyers to will benefit from this growth, Under 6km to the CBD, Bursting with culture, an amazing array of restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs, most locals tend to spend lots time socializing in and around Brunswick these days instead of making the trip over the Yarra.

My Local Perspective:

I love the mix of people, the little old-school delis, the quality cafes that are popping up in the oddest of places but are smashing out quality food, the barber shops, local top class designer clothing stores and for the ladies some of the best wedding dress stores in the State.

It’s so hard for me to pick one thing I love about Brunswick, Its everything combined, the familiarity of faces, the old and the new, the gorgeous traditional homes, the fashion, the pubs, the young creatives, the buskers, the shopping, the bakeries, the nightlife, all of these combine to create an experience that is uniquely Brunswick, for Brunswick is the place to be.

Kind Regards,
Rob Elezovic, Managing Director & Principal Auctioneer at Raine & Horne, Brunswick
M : 0408 799 299 T : 03 9384 0000
E: [email protected]

www.facebook.com/rh.brunswick

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
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"Inner City Hum with a small town feel"

I love living and working in Brunswick, there are always friendly faces, a great vibe, brilliant and interesting shops, and everything you could need is a walk, ride or tram away.

Mix of cultures and classes all coming together to create the wonderful community of Brunswick. I live and work in the suburb and would not be anywhere else in the world.

Karen Arnold
Senior Property Manager - Ray White Brunswick
0415 093 075

Great for

  • Great parks
  • Sydney Road Street Party
  • Ability to be yourself - wear and be anything!
  • Community feel
  • Public transport
  • Decent coffee
  • Eating out

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • LGBT+
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
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"10 Things to Know Before Moving to Brunswick"

1) Brunswick has lots of great shops. Whether it’s the varied shopping on Sydney Road, the staples in Barkley Square, or the plethora of great places to eat on Lygon Street, you will never go hungry! For eating, I suggest Rumi, Town Hall Kebab, Tandoor n Spices, Moo Moo’s Milk Bar among others!
2) NBN is available! Check here for coverage: http://www.nbnco.com.au/develop-or-plan-with-the-nbn/check-rollout-map.html Brunswick’s postal code is 3054 for the NBN and you can see coverage stops south of Albion St.
3) Rental properties in the area are affordable and varied. Everything from apartments, houses and duplexes can be found. As more infill occurs, even more quality property will pop up.
4) People are super friendly. I was surprised when I first moved here how many people will greet you on the street.
5) Lots of car share availability. I use GoGet, but Flexicar and others all have vehicles available in the area.
6) Good transit to the CBD and north/south. The 55 tram will take you straight to downtown via Melville Road and Grantham street, but of course Lygon and Sydney Road all have tram service. Buses also service the area, and the Upfield line is the main train artery.
7) Not great transit west/east. Like many places in Melbourne, going west/east can be a real pain.
8) Lots of young families. Although the demographics are mixed, there are heaps of kids and families about.
9) It’s safe. Apparently back in the day Brunswick was known as a bit rough but that is ancient history. I’ve never once felt threatened walking at night and have never worried about property theft. I couldn’t find stats for Brunswick specifically, but here’s a link to crime stats for Moreland (of which Brunswick is only one suburb) http://www.police.vic.gov.au/content.asp?a=internetBridgingPage&Media_ID=72186
10) It’s close to Royal Park, Melbourne’s largest green space!

Great for

  • Ability to be yourself - wear and be anything!
  • Community feel
  • Public transport
  • Decent coffee
  • Eating out

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Hipsters
  • Students
stuart_mitchell
stuart_mitchell

Great review...you nailed the suburb description, i love working in Brunswick.

mickey20
mickey20

Thanks Stuart! Glad you agree.

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"Love it, but there might be better northern suburb options."

I've lived here for about 5 months now and I love Brunswick. But there might be better options. I always end up leaving Brunswick when I'm going out for a night on the town and sometimes even leave when I'm going out for dinner. Brunswick east, Fitzroy, Carlton, Northcote all have very good offerings when it comes to eating out and drinking. That said, Brunswick is very central to all these places, so I can't really complain. Although I can complain about the people racing their cars and motorcycles up and down Lygon st.

Overall 4/5. Would consider moving, but probably not.

Great for

  • Ability to be yourself - wear and be anything!
  • Community feel
  • Public transport
  • Decent coffee
  • Eating out

Not great for

  • People racing cars and motorcycles on Lygon st.

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • LGBT+
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
stuart_mitchell
stuart_mitchell

I know what you mean when it comes to dinning out but i think as more apartments are built in the area the more and more restaurants and bar will pop up.

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"Every day is different in Brunswick - you'll never be bored"

Lots of real people enjoying life - minimal pretence here. It is the melting pot of Melbourne - lots of cultures living in harmony together. Relatively easy to get around by train, tram, bike or foot (forget about the car as parking can be difficult) the area or into the CBD. An abundance of cafes, restaurants and bars. Plenty of strip shopping too. Numerous parks and recreation areas.

Great for

  • Community feel
  • Public transport
  • Eating out
  • Decent coffee
  • Strip shopping

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • LGBT+
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
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"Very Perfect!"

This place has heaps to see & do. There is lots of Trams as well as nice Clothing Shops & even Cafes. Brunswick is also close by to the City which does come in handy & also has perfect Accommodation.

Great for

  • Ability to be yourself - wear and be anything!
  • Community feel
  • Public transport

Not great for

  • Inner city undesirables in pockets

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
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"Families and urban comfort mixed with student led funk in a stones throw of town"

Brunswick has shifted seismically since we arrived 3 years ago. we live at the lygon street end of brunswick and love wandering out for brunch at monsieur truff, small block Brunswick project or pope Joan. the number of new restaurants springing up has added to an already vibrant strip and the activity and give has gone up a few notches. we have a young family and we find it hard to match the lifestyle this close to town win house and land that is larger than your typical terrace. a number of new apartment developments has accelerated the influx of young professionals and students increasing the viability of small business .

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
robertelezovic
robertelezovic

Perfect review of Brunswick! I love the Lygon St end of Brunswick - was just enjoying lunch at the Moroccan Deli-cacy today & often go into East Elevation (we all call it 'Red Door' here at our office for breakfast & to enjoy a Monsieur Truffle hot chocolate). As you said, the influx of developments in the area have attracted many families, couples, students and young working professionals alike, however, we are even seeing established homebuyers moving into these new developments. All of these different groups of people are breathing new life throughout the suburb & I feel now more than ever are we seeing more & more cafes/shops/bars & restaurants popping up. What an exciting time to be living in Brunswick.
-Robert Elezovic, Director & Principal Auctioneer @ Raine & Horne, Brunswick 0431 431 671
www.facebook.com/rh.brunswick

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"Gone downhill"

We lived in Brunswick for over 15 years before it was "gentrified". It was a great place, but now its even more busy, noisy and all the new units and developments its just getting busier and noisier. The only thing I miss are the convenience to the city apart from that, not much else.

Great for

  • Ability to be yourself - wear and be anything!
  • Public transport

Not great for

  • Inner city undesirables in pockets
  • Traffic congestion

Who lives here?

  • Singles
  • LGBT+
  • Students
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Great for

  • Ability to be yourself - wear and be anything!
  • Community feel

Not great for

  • Moreland council's work ethic

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • LGBT+
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
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"Groovy, Accepting, convenient and a place to be yourself"

For all those who want leafy green pockets filled with white people, tennis lessons for home based wives and massive blocks of land, this is not the place for you. In fact is is likely to feel like you have been deposited on a different planet.
For those who enjoy the eclectic, interesting and diverse, in a stones throw from the city with the potential to make a massive amount of money on property investment, you are welcome in Brunswick!
We love it that we can get on our bikes and buy absolutely anything, eat from any culture and live in a thriving metropolis where every part of the world meet. The old Victorian charm means there's always a bargain, and if you do it well, a whole lot of money to be made out of renovation and investment.
The average detached house block of 400m2 may seem small for those with children, but not really considering the sheer amount to do in the immediate surroundings. 3 years and counting and we're still finding things to do.

Great for

  • Community feel
  • Ability to be yourself - wear and be anything!
  • Public transport

Not great for

  • Traffic congestion
  • Moreland council's work ethic
  • Inner city undesirables in pockets

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
chloed6
chloed6

this is such a perfect review of brunswick!

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"A great location for the young professional"

With shops and great eateries close by this is a wonderful little spot to live for young professionals and couples. There are some unattractive parts off the main roads, and the main roads carry a lot of traffic. But the trade off is you are in a very hip and up and coming area.

There are more than enough places to go out and enjoy some great food, and a lot of great speciality shops.

But it is not geared towards families. This is an inner city location for people that want to be close to the city and don't need a lot of room to move.

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Singles
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