5.5 out of 10

Dorcas St, South Melbourne

-37.83256 144.96165
Great for
  • Childcare
  • Internet Access
  • Public Transport
  • Clean & Green
  • Eating Out
Not great for
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Neighbourly Spirit
  • Nightlife
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids


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

"A haven for DINK's, a bit dry for singles, but the market is pinnical."

Dorcas Street's heart is in South Melbourne but the street runs from St Kilda Road right down to Port Melbourne near the beach. It's a wide, leafy street with a variety of residential and commercial buildings on it, mostly upmarket and in the creative and production industries.

The South Melbourne market and accompanying cafes and emporium styles shops are on the parallel street and are the main benefit to living in this area. Clarendon Street is more for utilities and doesn't hold much atmosphere.

There are trams on Clarendon Street and the light rail/tram on Ferrars Street that heads to St Kilda or back towards the city.

The slightly hidden gem is the local pub on Ferrars Street (on a weeknight) called The Rails. Great music, good relaxed vibes and tasty ales on tap.

We had a couple of bikes stolen from inside our fenced area and a few instances of smashed car windows at the time we lived there (2004-2006). Nothing serious and never any unprovoked violence.

There seems to have been quite a bit of medium density residential development happening in the last couple of years which may have made the street more crowded but perhaps the community more full and varied.

Designer dogs welcome.

It's a beautiful area to live, if for nothing else than the South Melbourne Market.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids

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