Carrum Downs, VIC 3201

4.3(47 reviews)

Ranked 169th best suburb by locals in Melbourne (Greater) Region, VIC

Great for

  • Parks and recreation
  • Schools
  • Childcare
  • Neighbourly spirit
  • Internet access

Not great for

  • Nightlife

Who lives here?

  • Families With Kids
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Beach Lovers

Reviews of Carrum Downs, VIC

26th August 2021

"Great suburb with a few issues."

Just moved to the area as a first home buyer. Happy to live hear due to decent size and modern build homes which are affordable, fairly close to the beach and with good access to the Mornington Peninsula and bayside. I’ve lived in Highett, Cheltenham, Glenhuntly, Elwood and Mordialloc. You can find many renovated or unrenovated homes for sale, most on concrete slabs that have 2 living rooms. Plenty with two bathrooms, double garages and some with 4 bedrooms. Heaps of townhouses in the area which will bring more new residents to the area.

Carrum Downs is close to Seaford, Sandhurst, Skye and Frankston North. There is a large industrial area which is on the western side and it is a large suburb over 20,000 residents. Most of the residents seem to be Caucasian/European with a significant group of islander or Maori people as well as Indian/Sri Lankan people. There’s a huge Hindu temple here too!

It is a working class area and feels similar to Cheltenham 5-10 years ago with a bit more roughness around the edges. People mostly drive falcons, commodores or Japanese cars. Very few people own expensive European cars. Many modified and loud cars. There are a lot more ‘tough’ dogs like pit bulls, Rottweilers and mastifs. Less exotic and fancy dogs like in Elwood or even Cheltenham.

What’s great about the area are the green wedges and reserves, access to awesome bike/walking paths including Carrum downs trail, peninsula link and the Seaford wetland area (beautiful). CD borders on the Pines Flora and Fauna reserve which is huge and a great place to walk the trails or cycle. You can take your dog too, and get into nature. The people I’ve chatted with have been more friendly than in other suburbs which has been great.

The not so good… there is a lot more broken glass, discarded cans of alcohol and energy drinks than any other suburb I’ve lived in. There are almost no public bins which I personally think contributes to this issue. Frankston city council has been great and will collect dumped litter or clean graffiti very quickly. Unfortunately there are still many hoon drivers which I normally don’t care about. In this case though some of the drivers blast down residential streets at night and pull massive burnouts down residential streets, even in the nicer areas of Carrum downs and in front of schools. There are also some young guys that seem to get around on dirt bikes (not sure if they are registered) and sometimes cutting through walking tracks or lanes. People have their music loud in their cars which I don’t care about but I think is a funny difference of the area.

I like the area and feel safe here, and just think it’ll take a bit of time before it cleans up a bit and becomes more family friendly. The house prices are rising quickly and people who would’ve like to stay in more expensive areas like bayside will continue to move to Carrum downs. I’m looking forward to seeing how it continues to improve but am happy to have my own place to fix up here.

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Cashews
Cashews

Love your review, a very accurate description of Carrum Downs. I would also add on the good side that has great schools (private and public), a lot of medical centers and all small shopping facilities. Bayside shopping centre is just 10 minutes away, so that is another advantage.

Hartz Noss
Hartz Noss

What a stellar review! You just summed up Carrum Downs. Its been my home now for nearly 10yrs and I love this place. Family orientated, we look out for each other and care so much for our community. We are tough here and not afraid to fight for what is right. Its people like you that will continue to make our community the best place to live in. Thank you for your comment and I will be mindful driving my 4wd loud lol.. Happy xmas to you and yours

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4th July 2021

"Easy living."

Close to the beaches and easy access to major arterials.
Close to Sandhurst which has great walking areas and a good gold course.
I am happy with the location because we looked at Cranbourne West & Clyde and boy those suburbs are far out, we could sort of dealt with that but the blocks are so small.

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  • Singles
  • Families with kids
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9th February 2021

"Wonderful Area"

Good affordable homes with nice sized blocks. Values well under 800K.

Although newer ones from developers are starting to maximize land space.

Good schools and people around, culturally stating to expand from various backgrounds but all in all a nice harmony.

Great sports precinct with football grounds and a synthetic playing area, the Tennis courts need a makeover.

Near freeways and access to beaches.

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  • Singles
  • Families with kids
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27th January 2021

"Better each and every day."

Live near Sandhurst so the walk around the Golf track is great.
Nice people in the area that seem down to earth.
Will settle here after living across many other areas in Melbourne.
Close to Seaford beach.

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  • Singles
  • Families with kids
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19th July 2020

"Great Area"

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  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
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Rentals in Carrum Downs

14th April 2020

"Not as bad as it seems!"

I am the mum of a young family in their 20's with two very young children, when we had to move from our previous home we knew we wanted to rent a modern 3bdrm house and not break the bank. We were open but very skeptical of Carrum Downs as the first google articles are about a man getting shot and fireworks crashing through someones roof.. amazing.. just where I want to live.

HOUSE LOCATION
We decided if we could find something modern, cheap and safe we would go for it, and we did. We have lived here for a year now, and at first I was terrified of every noise I would hear outside thinking it was a dodgy person trying to break in - but I assure you my fear has never been warranted. There are some nice little pockets of Carrum Downs that are quite, safe and family friendly - just as there are some rougher areas I probably wouldn't be comfortable moving my family. From my experience the pocket of houses behind Bunnings, running from Lathams Rd, Frankston-Dandenong Highway and Boundary Rd are an excellent choice for families as it is quite hidden and lots of families alike live in this area. The houses near Sandhurst have a very nice gated community feel and it's really nice driving along there next to all the beautiful greenery. There are lots of big beautiful houses around there, but I can imagine the price reflects that.
As a general rule, I would stick to the houses on the northern side of Hall Rd - in saying that there are nice pockets south of Hall Rd, you will just need to do your own research to decide where you feel comfortable.

CHILDREN
As I have two young children, we have regular appointments with the Maternal Child Health Nurse at Banyan Fields Child and Family Centre. It is kept very well with the MCH Nurses on one side and a kindergarten on the other. There are lots of toys to keep them entertained while you wait for your appointment, the centre itself is always very clean and the nurses are lovely and helpful. I have really enjoyed taking the kids to their check ups here.
There are lots of parks, walkways and routes you can walk along in Carrum Downs, there are usually lots of families out walking or at the park when the weather is nice. Funtopia is also a great place to take the kids, and kids under 3 are free! I think there is also a lollipops hidden somewhere in the Industrial area.
Carrum Downs Doctors on Ballarto Rd is a great doctors, very clean and punctual with appointments.

SHOPPING
I would stay away from the Carrum Downs Shopping Centre, inside the actual centre itself is very run down and has a dirty feel to it - I would also hold if you need to go to the toilet, wait till you get home! It's a bummer the Kmart is there, as I would never shop at this centre if it wasn't.
There is a much nicer, modern, parking friendly supermarket to do your shops at along Ballarto Rd and McCormicks Rd. There are some nice cafes and restaurants in this little strip too.

Who lives here?

  • Families with kids
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12th April 2020

"Can’t ask for more."

Happy here for a few years now. Lots of space and people seem friendly enough, working class types without any arrogance.
Roads and schools are improving and clear access to beaches and the peninsula.

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  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
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"A suburb for a healthy lifestyle!"

I live in the suburb with my family the last couple of year, and we all feel great about that. Surrounded by trees and fresh air we are enjoying our walks every evening.

Who lives here?

  • Families with kids
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"Good Space & Good Access"

Nice place so far, studied the area for a while before moving in. Nice people who seem like they are working class. Infrastructure defiantly improving.

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  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
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"Staying for the long term."

We feel very safe and happy here, the area has improved over the last 5 years.
The travel time to the beaches of Dromana and Sorrento is great and we also take walks along Seaford beach.
There is a new Basketball Stadium at the High School and great sports lights on the Carrum Downs footy ovals, there is alo a new Soccer synthetic pitch with lighting being constructed now. New Fire Station and lots of other development.
There seems to be a sense of community here, we were surprised as it is a very big suburb, almost like a town within itself.

Who lives here?

  • Singles
  • Families with kids
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"Family friendly affordable suburb"

Carrum Downs is a bustling suburb located 7.8 kms (approx) from the Frankston CBD.

In late 2006, RealEstatesource compiled a list of the top ten performing suburbs in Melbourne, Carrum Downs was ranked fourth with property showing a 94.4% median value increase since the real estate market’s ‘peak’ of 2001.

With 4 shopping precincts, 40 additional shops and a selection of restaurants, Carrum Downs has an abundance to offer the investor and owner-occupier. The suburb comprises 4 primary schools & 4 high schools with Monash University being only a short 10min drive away!

Carrum Downs is widely serviced by public transport with train and bus services operating frequently to and from the township.

This lively suburb has much to offer!

Stacey Kennedy
Leasing Division Manager
Ash Marton Realty
0455 446 799

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  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
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baileyj

Very Good Buses that pass Train Stations but Trains run from Seaford, Carrum or Frankston

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"Great location"

Just moved to the area & so far have been very impressed, we live in a court with really lovely neighbours & haven't had any issues. It is a great location being so close to Mornington & Seaford Beach. Everything we need in terms of shops has been available at Carrum Downs Shopping Centre. I highly recommend this area.

Who lives here?

  • Families with kids
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"Had to write after reading many other reviews."

The fact that we are happy is enough for me. You will have to give it a go, initially we were sceptical for a few months but it has been great ever since. Schools and sports grounds are being developed.

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  • Singles
  • Families with kids
4
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"Does it for us."

Happy Chappies. Room to move and space to grow.

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  • Singles
  • Families with kids
3
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"Carrum Downs in the Up!"

Gateway to Mornington. Not overly far to the city CBD. Family area with a stretch of young groups.

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  • Singles
  • Families with kids
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"The longer we stay the more we like it."

Recently the Woolies store has had an upgrade, resembling where we lived before in Sandringham. The local CD regional plaza is full of life on a Saturday and we are happy with the local traders. I can only say that the more apartments built closer to the city, the more people with push out for space. We have a home on a block over 600sqm and we paid the same for it as our box in Sandy. Council rates are on the higher side but we see the return in local amenities and services. 4 years on and happy enough. People smile and chat of you make the effort.

Who lives here?

  • Families with kids
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"Carrum Downs is on the move!"

My husband and I purchased our first property in Carrum Downs over 3 years ago.
Admittedly when we first moved to the area it seemed a bit rough around the edges.
We noticed a lot of hoon drivers in particular, and we even witnessed a car accident on our street as a result of hoon driving.

Fast forward 3 years later and it seems like a very different suburb!
Some hoon drivers here and there but have noticed a significant improvement!
Have also noticed more families and cultures move to Carrum Downs which has helped the suburb boom!
Affordable/new housing, new estates currently underway and due for completion, several great shopping centers available (some stores include Kmart, Bunnings, Priceline Pharmacy, Woolworth's, Coles + IGA to name a few), nice local cafés (good coffee!), nice selection of restaurants/take-out options, 10 minute drive to Seaford beach, 10 minute drive to nearest train station (either Seaford or Carrum), lovely parks and reserves nearby + a good selection of schools for families (private schools available also).
Overall a beautiful and friendly suburb!

My husband and I are looking at upgrading our home/property in the next year or so, and we’re looking to stay in Carrum Downs.
We love it here!

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  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
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"Very Happy Indeed"

Read the other reviews and wanted to keep quiet but thought what the heck.

I fell like this is the place where our family can be happy. I can see clear skies and do not feel closed in.

Close to major arterials and the beaches.

Feel like a sense of real Australia to me, suburbia I recall as a child.

Working class neighbours that are at least genuine and down to Earth

CD for me. I read some lady wrote that Carrum & Carrum Downs are very different, derrr, at least I have space to move around in and not a box.

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"Glad to be out of Inner Melbourne"

There seems to be cleanliness and space about the suburb.
I see people going about their business and whilst walking around I get a smile from neighbours.
There are times when I hear music from a house or two but for me that's fine, I don't feel that old of cranky yet :)
Overall happy here and it has been a few years now.

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"Better each day."

Living in this area people seem down to earth, Baches are close and the shops are good. I own a home which we paid 600K for and have space to move around.

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  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
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"Pleasantly Surprised"

I moved from Parkdale to Carrum Downs so had my reservations but I bought a beautiful new townhouse which is my dream. I find it more a working class area but the people seem very down to earth and nice. Love the local IGA Shopping Centre and we have a great Woolworths and KMart is awesome. I am really loving the area. It is definately an area that is on the rise.

Who lives here?

  • Families with kids
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andrewj38

It sure is on the rise. I recently seen a group of 20 or so Chinese scouting the area, so possibly some investments coming and people wanting more space.

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"Huge area, sleeping Giant!"

Nice and clean houses, good shops around. No complaints here.

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
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"Clean & Close to the Beach."

Just got a house and happy. Streets remind me of Melbourne growing up. Seaford beach is near enough. Local neighbours are happy to chat.

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  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
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"It actually has everything"

Just bought in CD. Got a house for a good price in a good street which is quiet. The neighbours looked a bit rough but are actually very nice people. Got a few shopping centres in the area which are all good. Lots of parks too. Great cheap suburb surrounded by a lot of more expensive ones. Best secret in Victoria.

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  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
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"Neighbours that say hello!"

Like the open space good, good shopping at IGA. Beaches are not far away, we really like Seaford. Good community in our street where people greet with a hello or wave.

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  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
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"Growth for the better."

I like that it feels like it did when we were living in the country town some years ago. Easy access to us for our retreat in Rye and our day trips to Phillip Island. Plenty of major arterials into the city, even though public transport is non existent.

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
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n90kyp
n90kyp

Hi Im thinking of buying and moving to Carrum Downs but I dont know a great deal about the area. Are there specific areas within Carrum Downs that are better to buy and live?

peterm60

North side of Hall Road

li1

We're also looking at CD. Several people have commented that north of Hall Rd is a preferable area. Any comments about the small area south of Ballarto Road ? Thanks!

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"Close to the beach. Decent People."

Where a house is a house. Moved here 6 months ago and feel that the place is on the up. Houses are being sold within a week and it is amazing, even though public transport is lacking, how easy you can drive around. There are a few burnout marks on the roads but I too was young once and admit to being a bit naughty at times. Good schools and local amenities, beaches not far away and down to earth neighbours .

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  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
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"Times are changing."

It amazes me that old mentalities and reputations are held on by some. The new people coming here in there droves don’t care just, they just enjoy the proximatey to the beach and major highways. Big blocks with houses that aren’t matchboxes is an attraction and if you think that there aren’t lesser likes in your neighbourhood then take a good look before bagging others.

Who lives here?

  • Families with kids
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peterf11
peterf11

i totally agree with.
lots of whinging poms in this country.
i love this area,coming from boxhill full of asian and aFRICAN GANGS ,DRUG DEALER
DIRTY SMELLY STREETS,PARKING INSPECTORS EVERYWHERE.
EVERY PLACE IS BAD AND GOOD.
EVENTUALLY THINGS BALANCE OUT AND THIS IS A VERY SAFE AREA AS I ACTUALLY HAVE
NEIGHBOURS THAT SPEAK TO ME AND ARE NOT STUCK UP WITH A 4 METER HEDGE
BETWEEN ME AND THEM.
ROCK ON CD.

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"Homely"

We bought a house in Carrum Downs just over a year ago. We came from Chelsea heights. In Chelsea Heights, a house for the same price would have been an old, small, renovation job that would have been a nightmare. Here we have bought a 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 2 large lounge rooms, large back and front gardens, double garaged house. We are in the bowl of a court with awesome neighbors and kids 😁
I like this particular area as driving through it feels like Patterson Lakes. The Clifton Grove Estate is on the other side of Frankston Dandenong Rd. The area is close to Woolworths, IGA, Kmart, and a great variety of other shops. Gravity Zone, Lollipops play centre and Dolphins gymnastics are just a couple of things for the kids.
On the down side, I have seen police on 3 occasions apprehending persons at the local shopping centre. Not what I really want my 7yo seeing all the time. I choose to do my shopping at IGA as it's a beautiful and quiet village like mini mall. I never thought I'd love living here but I do.

Who lives here?

  • Families with kids
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terryb8

Scallywags are everywhere at least the Cops are doing their job. Its the major crimes in Melbourne that operate at night that are a much bigger issue. Just the other day they did s blitz at Epping Plaza and apprehended 50 shoplifters.

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"Carrum Downs - The good and the bad side"

I first moved to Carrum Downs back in 2002 and am now 21 and still here for the time being. As a child I loved moving here as I felt quite safe after coming from Noble Park. In recent years CD has boomed with lots of new places opening including Kmart, new fruit and vegetable shop, Masters, Gravity Zone, kids play centre and more. I believe it will continue to grow and be booming with more business and job opportunities in the next 5 years.

Unfortunately like every suburb there is a bad side and I am constantly reading every day about burglaries, car thefts, damage done to cars, and dodgy people walking the streets. It's dissapointed me to see this happening to my childhood suburb especially after hearing that our local church was robbed of $12,000 worth of goods. I hope that someday these awful heartless people will leave Carrum Downs as it should be a nice quiet family friendly suburb to raise your children in but you have a LOT of bad people lurking around sadly.

Carrum Downs is great for young families as there is a billion lovely parks and playgrounds to discover for the kids, an abundance of childcare centres, medical centres and dentists.

An arrangement of primary schools including Rowellyn, Banyan Fields, St Joacchims and Skye Primary close by as well!

Another downfall about the town is that there is NO train station and the only two bus routes go to the same location- Frankston. They need to install a bus service that goes to Cranbourne and Seaford and I believe you'll see one in the near future!
Give Carrum Downs a go, but don't be surprised if you fall victim to crime.

Great for

  • Open and airy
  • Usually friendly neighbourhood
  • Heaps of parks and reserves
  • Central to everything, 2 mins to beach or all freeways
  • Close to beaches

Not great for

  • Escalated crime
  • Hoons
  • Dodgy people

Who lives here?

  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • LGBT+
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
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Yvonne Zhao
Yvonne Zhao

Thanks for the information. Is there any safer and more respectful area within CD that you can recommend. I'm a single female looking to buy in that area, safety is my top concern. Thanks.

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"Surprised"

We moved here from Mount Eliza 7 months ago and we are very happy to own our first home here. The best points for us are: being close to great supermarkets, dog park, library, schools etc. It's also really quiet where we live and because of the great facilities we will probably stay here. All the neighbours we have met so far are friendly (helping us with car troubles, lending us garden tools and even catching my dog when he got away from me) When we bought our house everyone said it was a bad idea but we are loving it and because of the low mortgage we can afford to renovate the house and I can complete my Doctorate. I would suggest scoping out the area thoroughly by walking around at different times of the day..
P.s I think being able to wear Pj's to the shops is a Pro :)

Great for

  • Heaps of parks and reserves
  • Cheap
  • Very quiet

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • LGBT+
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
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DaynaK

Haha that last comment makes me laugh!
My partner and I are considering loving there also! Are there any "better" parts to Carrum Downs?

terryb8

North side of Hall Road

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"Ok"

Not great for

  • Proximity to Cranbourne
  • Proximity to Dandenong
  • Proximity to Frankston

Who lives here?

  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • LGBT+
  • Trendy & Stylish
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Khafre
Khafre

And the "dust" from the Treatment Plant...can't be healthy. No one says anything, thinks they have to put up with it.

Carls
Carls

Hi Khafre,
I agree with all you have written, we moved from the area 4 years ago due to starting a family and not wanting my children growing up in that environment, and have not looked back, we may have a higher mortgage as a result but that is something I am prepared to have for a better life.

To be honest Cranbourne is not 'what it use to be' we have moved to Devon Meadows (5 minutes from Cranbourne, which means we use all the facilities Cranbourne has to offer). I also grew up in Cranbourne and can attest to it having come along way. Good Luck and I hope you find the peaceful life you are looking for :o)

Cheers Carly

Khafre
Khafre

Thanks Carly. Glad to hear you made the choice to move and life is better, I want the same, the noise is bad

Khafre
Khafre

grub
enjoy the sewerage particles in the air ;)

peterm60

Khafre, the noise is not so bad and the 'dust' problem you need to professionally research rather than make health statements.

peterm60

Khafre, you mentioned resale value to be poor, I'm sure you are way off here!

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"Carrum downs"

Carrum downs has in the past 3-5 years had some issues
most growing suburbs do .
I have lived in the area for 7years
and would not want to move in a hurry ......
people are down to earth ...but with a ambition to stabilise there lives ...and more forward .we all work hard .not many stay at homers ....in this suburb -----bar our mums.


- and the few bad residents in some streets of carrum downs - would be due to approving rental application that probably should not have been approved----
but every body deserves a chance to live some were clean safe nice ... So ,,,,,, what can ya do but give a go then keep on keep on ,,,,

-Owners and renters
mostly young family people.starting there and the only issues

- I have been whitens to is teen ages from sky sand hurst passing through carrum downs on there way home from frankston or the cbd from the train station the
local mc Donald's in carrum frank/ dandy rd as that head of home they tag fences ,trash stuff ,,,also if hard rubbish is out they throw it all over the roads paint and all don't. mind the cars driving up the road

- in October 2011 night I come home after a long day drove in to jacana drive ! and seen teens throw a big night touch at each cars they past.!
i called police and followed them at a distance in my car till police ,,,,,,the police arrived ,,,
the boys were residents of the sandhust estate not carrum downs

.-It the way we put things in prospective --- We try to give kids the best but Give to much to kids at a young age

-freedom. The run of there Owen home -----course mum dad are at work trying to pay for it
they think there in titled --to dis respect --everything as they ---have not had not WORK FOR IT , really get to know your kids " there great actors

Great for

  • Nice people down to earth but with a population of people moving forward
  • Heaps of parks and reserves
  • Cheap

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  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Beach Lovers
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"Bad egg"

Great for

  • Cheap
  • Close to beaches

Not great for

  • Proximity to Frankston
  • Proximity to Cranbourne
  • Proximity to Dandenong

Who lives here?

  • Singles
  • Beach Lovers
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"A friendly town"

I moved here about 4 years ago, very good location. Frankston 8 min, Dandenong 15 min, Cranbourne 10 min and plenty of beach to choose from. Would love to say Frankston hospital is the best thank you to all the staff.

Great for

  • Central to everything, 2 mins to beach or all freeways
  • Heaps of parks and reserves

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
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"Great up and coming area. Close to beach, recreation, freeways."

Great for

  • Central to everything, 2 mins to beach or all freeways
  • Heaps of parks and reserves

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  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
  • Beach Lovers
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"A nice place to live"

My husband and I bought our house here 4 year ago. We have been very happy here and our daughter loves her school in the area. There are so many parks which are great for the kids and the dog. Plus the off lead areas of the park are great for meeting other dog owners in the area. As to the previous review re: grafitti, There is grafitti in all suburbs. It's not Carrum Downs it's teenagers in general. We hate it too but there is a grafitti clean up crew that come around. And re: people walking around looking like death, maybe if you spent less time being depressed about where you live then maybe people around you will like you a bit more.

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  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Beach Lovers
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"Terrible place to live - especially if you've got kids"

Me and my partner have been living in Carrum Downs for about 1 1/2 years now. We were very excited when we first moved in, and through research and driving around, the area generally looked really nice on the outside.

After being here a while now though, I can see we have made a bad choice to buy a home here.
This boils down to a few things, which don't seem to have much hope of changing for the better:

1. Rental Properties: There are SO many government commissioned houses, and the people inhabiting them are pretty much what you'd expect. Foul mouthed, doll-bludging, dero's who you can always hear having domestic, or parties (which don't sound any different), and most of the time you can barely tell they're talking in english.

2. Hoons: Get these Commission Homers into their cars, and onto the streets, and what do you get? Really bad drivers. I swear, the amount of times I've seen cars doing over 100+km/h down 50 zones, I'm surprised there are any kids left in Carrum Downs at all.

3. The general mood and appearance of everyone: I know I've mentioned the people already, but I've gotta say, the people all over the area really make Carrum Downs a depressing place to live. It doesn't matter if I go to Coles, Woolworths, the Petrol Stations, or just for a nice walk down the street, 80% of the people I see look like they're close to death (drugs/alcohol/whatever) or like they've got nothing to live for.
Because we have a dog, we go for alot of walks, and it's a very rare occasion that someone will actually say hello back in a friendly way, like a normal human being should.

4. The Council: The council really don't seem to care much about Carrum Downs. There is rubbish, and graffiti everywhere that I have never seen get cleaned up. The local council had a 'town meeting' shortly after we moved in (we got a letter about it), but the thing is, it was scheduled for midday on a Wednesday, when any person with half a brain, and anything substantial to add, would be off at work. The only people that would've been able to attend this meeting would be the doll bludgers who are home all day sitting on their asses, and I don't think they'd be too interested in improving the area.

There is more I haven't covered here, but I could go on and on, so I'll sum it up. Unless you really don't care about your surroundings, I'd stay away from Carrum Downs. Especially if you're thinking of raising a family. If my girlfriend got pregnant, I would sell the house and work 7 days a week if that's what it would take to afford a house in a decent area like Mt Eliza.

Thanks for reading. I hope this helps you form an opinion about my beautiful suburb.

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Walt84

I completely agree! It is an awful place to live. If you have a job and any class it is not the suburb for you. When we moved here we could not believe how many people we saw that were wearing pyjamas to the supermarket!

Marky85
Marky85

Definitely agree

Carls
Carls

I agree, people say there is graffiti everywhere. Yes there may be, but we moved into the City of Casey and it is $300 more well spent in rates a year because the council cleans up the graffiti EVERYWHERE. We moved 3 years ago and do not regret the move, I didn't want my children going to school there so it was time to pack up and leave, we are now in Devon Meadows and its a beautiful place to live.

Khafre
Khafre

Do you live near the guns? And the planes? And the people who go use their dirt bikes in your street? Or in the unfinished industrial areas? So sad my child wakes up to WAR noises, guns, planes and motors.
And the people think they have to put up. I hate how the council doesn't even care about the intersection near the Hindu temple....and there isn't even a footpath to that place?!

aa3

Carls, when your kids grow up you they will find Devon Meadows the ultimate in boring.

rw7

I have lived here in Carrum Downs for 10 years and I have never had my home broken into or my car and I do recommend CD. Since you hate Carrum Downs so much, well get out and take your negative comments with you. There are worse places than CD. If you match the profile of being down to earth, then you will fit in nicely.

andrewj38

You live near Frankston North?

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"Court tranquility in great location"

the court we used to live in was set in a perfect spot with no traffic hassles, close to massive park which sits adjacent to one of the biggest and best reputation primary shools around, and equal short distance b/n two shopping plazas, it was one of the best streets in Carrum Downs.
Neighbours were friendly but never nosey either.

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  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
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Yvonne Zhao
Yvonne Zhao

May I ask which street it is? I'm looking to buy in CD but have no idea about the area.

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"Great up and coming suburb"

I have lived here for a few years now and couldn't be happier. Prices are on the rise. Fantastic shops, everything you need is just around the corner. Peninsula Link coming in 2013 and the new police station opening next month will also improve the area.

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  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
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Khafre
Khafre

Really? You couldn't be happier? Great. I am happy for you. You are happy your children play in the street, listening to gunshots and dirt bikes, that must be healthy of their mental growth

DaynaK

The Gunshots they would be hearing aren't bad, my partner is a professional clay target shooter! I would hardly call them "war sounds"....

Khafre
Khafre

4 shots per second over 80 decibels loud for 8 hours a day? You are right, it's heaven. Of course you would say it's not bad cause partner is shooter. It's not shooters faults, it's council

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"Family Friendly Suburb"

We have lived here for two years now and couldn't be happier. Great schools in the area for people with young children.

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  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
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"Getting Better All The Time"

All suburbs grow and change. I think Carrum Downs is on the up. Housing prices are rising and with Peninsula Link opening in 2013 it will only continue to go up. The local private school is very good. I feel more central to everything since living here than I have in other suburbs.

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  • Retirees
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"Use to be a fantastic and affordable place to live..."

We have lived in Carrum Downs for over 15 years. What use to be a fantastic and affordable place to live in the past 5 years has gone severely down hill. I think that this could be attributed to an appalling council and no real police presence, and now there is high density living that we can blame on the council who allow multiple units into any available space which means more cars and people on the road. Hopefully the new police station will change a lot of this but it will take time.

Just about everyone we know that lives in Carrum Downs and has done for years is now trying to get out.

There are teenagers out at all times - morning noon and night, where are their parents? There are always 'burn outs' and hoons screaming past where children walk (this goes on from Thursday through to Sunday) and graffiti everywhere, it is easier to remove it yourself than wait for the council to make an appearance. Again I think a lot of it comes down to the high density living that the council has allowed.

We cannot wait to leave the area which is a shame because for the first 10 years it was fantastic, and we were looking forward to raising our family in an affordable place. Now we have sold and cannot wait to get out of 'da ghetto' which is what someone graffiti'd onto the Carrum Downs sign. Unfortunately I have had to go back to work part-time for us to be able to leave this area and move elsewhere. I would not recommend living in a Frankston City Council suburb, even if it is close to the beach.

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  • Professionals
  • Singles
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"Rented here for a few years before buying"

I rented here for a few years and that was long enough for us to decide we wanted to live here, When we moved in I asked the neighbours if they have ever had any dramas, No one had ever had there house or car broken into , all have lived here over 10 years, I think it is like most suburbs where you have great parts and average parts, Im lucky enough to live in a great part.

Great for

  • Central to everything, 2 mins to beach or all freeways
  • Very quiet
  • Heaps of parks and reserves

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • LGBT+
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
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"Just another suburb"

With little law enforcement, teenage kids all over the place and a very poor local council we were glad to get out of there. Besides the vandalism we had our car stolen damage done to our house with no police to speak of for 10 klm.

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Carls
Carls

its the wild wild west out there lol. We were robbed, cars broken into, poles put through our car windscreen, burn outs out the front of our house, fences graffiti ever weekend. Sunday's we were out with a bucket of paint and a paint brush to remove the 'fence art'

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"Ideal for families."

It is a great suburb, with a freeway that takes you to the city in 35 minutes and the new peninsula freeway will take you to the south of the peninsula in 15 minutes!.
Plenty of day care and schools(public and private), two small shopping centers, and the beach is just 5 minutes away!!. Beutiful seaford beach, carrum beach, or Frankston beach.
A community center and a library.
Teenagers are a problem with anti-social behaviour, but then again, it happens in all suburbs, it is more a concil actitude on wanting to do something about it. There will be a new police station this year.
Huge potential for growing prices.

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  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
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"I enjoyed my stay"

I lived in carrum downs for a couple of years, i found the area was very likable and affordable. has 3 shopping areas which are easy to access by car or foot.

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  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
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jenniferfry

Re Previous comments on teenagers
Carrum Downs was traditionally Catholic church owned land which was supplied for working class families as affordable housing. These families now have a predominance of grown up teenagers looking for nightlife and something to do- and as we know Catholics (Im one of them) certainly had enough kids prior to the pill!. As these teenagers in turn start families of their own and grow up over the next 5 to 10 years the face of this suburb will change.. The houses in Carrum Downs and land sizes are reasonably large and the suburb is very attractive with lots of bush reserve, wildlife, trees and parklands. Accessibility to everything that counts is within 10 to 15 mins so overtime you should want for nothing if you own property in this suburb. It is a suburb that is trying to grow up and it is well placed to grow into an attractive and thriving community, Particularly as some of the ageing 70s/ 80s houses are replaced with modern ones over the next 10 or so years as home prices are not too far above land value alone. I beleive this suburb represents good value. The people lve met living in Carrum Downs are good hard working families / individuals and single mothers who happen to work as well. There arent to many doctors or lawyers living here that l know of but l havent met anybody who lives here who would be less than a pleasure to live alongside. Moreover why would you build an expensive home further inland in those cheap estates around Casey/Cranbourne shire. when you can affordably buy so close to the coast, nature reserves and close by Frankston is a regional hub with entertainmet and a university and is the gateway to the peninsula for weekend drives.etc.inspite of the flack Frankston receives. Everything of any substance over the long term is close by. When young families grow up and families need access to places for different needs Carrum Downs fits the bill as a good all rounder and affordable suburb. The biggest criticism is probably the lack of public transport for teenagers as the Eastlink only really serves working families; but as someone said previously its a suburb on the move and it will grow up. Hope this helps. Jenny Fry Ratepayer

MeM3

Lived there on and off over a period of 2 years. WORST time of my life. The area is depressing, the people in general were pretty feral & never again will input myself through it. I'd sum the place up as a Hell Realm. Don't waist your time or money unless you want to lapse into depression or a social coma.

LeaA1

I beg your pardon MeM3, I have lived in Carrum Downs for 2 years myself.
Prior to that, I lived in Seaford North, Mordialloc, spent some time living in the USA and was born and raised in Sydney & had a holiday home on Phillip Island for a number of years.
I have been self employed since July this year, but for ten years prior to that I was a senior manager at the Australian Taxation office.
My husband is newly migrated from the USA.
Neither of us are "feral" my friend.
Nor are my neigjbours on either side, in fact they are retired professionals.
The street I live in is tree lined, quiet, the yards & homes are well kept and neighbours are either friendly or keep to themselves.
The community spirit in Carrum Downs is the best I've ever experienced.
I've watched this suburb grow exactly as predicted by jenniferfry in her comment above.
I see it continuing to grow over the coming years.
As for toxic dust from the treatment plant, and "war zone" noises from the gun range, all I can say to those who complained about that is; really? The air is full of pollution all over Melbourne, maybe you should plant some trees in your yard to filter the oxygen.
I can hear the gun range too, it's a background noise easily filtered out by busying your mind & body with something productive.
No suburb is perfect, free of crime or issues, but on a whole I think we are doing okay here in Carrum Downs.

To MeM3 I would say perhaps your perspective of the area is a reflection of yourself, for instance, communication doesn't seem to be your strong point, there were a number of grammatical & other errors in your comment, ("never again will input myself through it").
Perhaps if you work on those aspects of yourself that are letting you down in life, your view may change.
In any case, you need not bother "inputting" your generally uneducated self back here in Carrum Downs, we have standards.

Jason66

It's a real Down suburb!

lloydk1

Hi LeaA1.
You are clearly intolerant, entitled and miss the point of this forum.
Everyone is entitled to an opinion. Its called freedom of speech. You may have heard of it while you were gaining your fantastic education and living your amazing life.
Launching a personal attack on someone who has an opinion is not appreciated by anyone on this site. No personal attack was made on you. I think you should apologise.
You may realise that communication is a two way process and you have totally stopped that by being so insulting. Wouldnt it be better to communicate with MeM3 to debate the issue.
I guess that communication is not your strong point.
We are all trying to form an opinion on this suburb and it clearly has pros and cons.

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