8.0 out of 10

Carrum Downs

Ranked 246th best suburb in Melbourne (Greater)
-38.0998094458543 145.176015063656
Great for
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Childcare
  • Schools
  • Internet Access
  • Resale or Rental Value
Not great for
  • Nightlife
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Singles
  • Beach Lovers

Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
4 days ago

"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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  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
Oct 30, 2017

"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.
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  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
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?
Nov 13, 2017
peterm60
peterm60 North side of Hall Road
4 days ago
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
Oct 22, 2017

"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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  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
Oct 19, 2017

"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.
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  • Families with kids
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
Sep 26, 2017

"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.
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  • Families with kids
terryb8
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.
Oct 19, 2017
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Feb 22, 2016

"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.
Pros
  • Open and airy
  • Usually friendly neighbourhood
  • Heaps of parks and reserves
  • Central to everything, 2 mins to beach or all freeways
  • Close to beaches
Cons
  • Escalated crime
  • Hoons
  • Dodgy people
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
2yrs+

"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 :)
Pros
  • Heaps of parks and reserves
  • Cheap
  • Very quiet
Recommended for
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  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
DaynaK
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?
2yrs+
terryb8
terryb8 North side of Hall Road
Oct 19, 2017
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1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
2yrs+

"Ok"

Cons
  • Proximity to Cranbourne
  • Proximity to Dandenong
  • Proximity to Frankston
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Trendy & Stylish
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.
2yrs+
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
2yrs+
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
2yrs+
Khafre
Khafre grub
enjoy the sewerage particles in the air ;)
2yrs+
peterm60
peterm60 Khafre, the noise is not so bad and the 'dust' problem you need to professionally research rather than make health statements.
4 days ago
peterm60
peterm60 Khafre, you mentioned resale value to be poor, I'm sure you are way off here!
4 days ago
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"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
Pros
  • Nice people down to earth but with a population of people moving forward
  • Heaps of parks and reserves
  • Cheap
Recommended for
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  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Beach Lovers
2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Bad egg"

Pros
  • Cheap
  • Close to beaches
Cons
  • Proximity to Frankston
  • Proximity to Cranbourne
  • Proximity to Dandenong
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"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.
Pros
  • Central to everything, 2 mins to beach or all freeways
  • Heaps of parks and reserves
Recommended for
  • Professionals
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 4/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

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

Pros
  • Central to everything, 2 mins to beach or all freeways
  • Heaps of parks and reserves
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • 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 4/5
2yrs+

"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.
Pros
  • Central to everything, 2 mins to beach or all freeways
  • Very quiet
  • Heaps of parks and reserves
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
DBR DBR
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

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

"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.
Walt84
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!
2yrs+
Marky85
Marky85 Definitely agree
2yrs+
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.
2yrs+
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?!
2yrs+
aa3
aa3 Carls, when your kids grow up you they will find Devon Meadows the ultimate in boring.
Sep 14, 2016
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"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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ADM ADM
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"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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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
2yrs+
DaynaK
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"....
2yrs+
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
2yrs+
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

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

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

"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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  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"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.
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'
2yrs+
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  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

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

"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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jenniferfry
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
2yrs+
MeM3
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.
2yrs+
LeaA1
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.
Dec 11, 2015
Jason66
Jason66 It's a real Down suburb!
Mar 03, 2016
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