7.7 out of 10

Clarinda

Ranked 260th best suburb in Melbourne (Greater)
-37.9422999614941 145.106028376188
Great for
  • Parking
  • Medical Facilities
  • Public Transport
  • Resale or Rental Value
  • Internet Access
Not great for
  • Nightlife
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Singles
  • Students

Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Mar 23, 2016

"A small and peaceful suburb"

It is about 19 km from the city, with schools and shopping centres nearby.
Pros
  • Peaceful
  • Shopping
  • Low crime rate
  • Nice houses
Cons
  • Overhead electricity towers
  • Surrounded by tips/landfills
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Ok for family life"

We have lived in Clarinda for 9 years and find that it's a very central location. If you own a car it you can access major shopping centres (Chadstone and Southland), DFO, golf courses, M1 freeway, markets, unis, schools, gym, restaurants etc. within 10-15min drive. So ultra convenient! But we have noticed a lot more trucks and traffic over the years, though traffic is probably an overall issue experienced by suburbs in Melbourne in the last 5-7 years.
Unfortunately there are unsightly tips in Clarinda that create terrible smells mainly during summer (happened a handful of times last summer). Houses are generally affordable for somewhere not too far from CBD. Another downside is the quality of public secondary schools in the area leaves a lot to be desired. There are plenty of private schools in close proximity.
Pros
  • Low crime rate
  • Friendly people
  • Close to beaches
  • Peaceful
  • Proximity
  • Shopping
Cons
  • Lack of quality public secondary schools
  • Overhead electricity towers
  • Surrounded by tips/landfills
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
TinaS
TinaS Hi, what about the smell, iam too scared to sign a contract for a beautiful house in clarinda off clayton rd.
2yrs+
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2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"A nice area but not without some major problems"

Clarinda is located south of Centre Road, below Oakleigh South. At first sight this is a quiet peaceful area with quite a number of lovely streets and properties in and of themselves. HOWEVER... a few problems soon become apparent. The area is not well served by public transport. In fact there's just a bus that runs along Bourke Road and is of limited usefulness. Second, the suburb lies in the path of a huge overhead power line corridor, meaning lots of huge and very ugly electric towers dotting the suburb. Odds are that you will probably have a view of these from your house should you live here. And third - and this is the BIG one that drove us out in the end - the suburb is completely surrounded by garbage tips. This has become a huge problem with foul smells invading the whole suburb in the last couple of years and it does get to the point that you dread opening the doors/windows because of the rotting gabage smell that would hit you and penertate into your home. They say there has been a improvement recently that its not so much of a problem any more but in the end its a question of how much you trust burocrats to keep the landfill operators in line and accountable.
Pros
  • Nice houses
  • Peaceful
Cons
  • Surrounded by tips/landfills
  • Overhead electricity towers
  • public transport is a problem
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • 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 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"nice quiet suburb"

Friendly place with access to just about everything from sports to shopping.
Pros
  • Proximity
  • Shopping
  • Peaceful
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
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 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • 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 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"A Fantastic Family Area"

Clarinda is only about 4km square But its a great suburb central to everything
Surrounded by fantastic parks and schools. Very safe and friendly.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids