8.2 out of 10

Fitzroy

Ranked 216th best suburb in Melbourne (Greater)
-37.8005527251211 144.979009660598
Great for
  • Public Transport
  • Eating Out
  • Nightlife
  • Resale or Rental Value
  • Shopping Options
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Who lives here?
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  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian

Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
Sep 02, 2016

"No car needed... Best lifestyle!"

As an experienced property manger, when asked to write a review on Fitzroy my first reflex was to read other reviews to make sure I wasn't simply repeating what had already been said.

Everyone who knows a bit about Melbourne would have heard of Fitzroy, it's funky atmosphere, the best cafes in town, the street art, live music and choice of fantastic restaurants...
When someone wants to potentially move to Fitzroy (renter or buyer), what is often not disclosed is how to get the best from the lifestyle without stretching the budget too much.

My very first advise would be : "If you do not have a car or do not need a car for work, DO NOT go for a property with a car space!"
I explain:
Fitzroy is one of the most expensive suburbs per SQM and on street car parking is far from being the best in Melbourne (narrow streets with limited parking permits available). To give you all an idea of price, a rental property with a car space would lease for approximately $170 - $250 more per month than a property without off-street car parking. Also, occupants of apartment buildings built after 2007 cannot apply for on-street parking permits which contributes greatly to the rising rental value of the car parking.

On the flip side, the tram network in Fitzroy is first class with tram lines on Nicholson street (Fitzroy west), Brunswick street (Fitzroy central) and Smith street (Fitzroy East) and a short 20 min walk (10 min by bicycle) and you are in the center of Melbourne CBD.

If you are contemplating moving to Fitzroy, do not buy a car as IT IS NOT NEEDED! Save yourself $200 per month in car parking rent and re-invest this money in your lifestyle (restaurant/bars/live music/ etc) as it is one of the best in Australia...
Pros
  • Nice Apartments
  • Perfect Dining Options
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
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 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Mar 16, 2015

"One of the Best Inner-City Suburbs in Victoria!"

One of the Best to live near Melbourne CBD & another Preference to live in Melbourne!

Lots of Designer Brand Shops & Factory Outlets nearby in Carlton, Collingwood & in Brunswick. Lots of Cafes & Restaurants. Close proximity to IMAX Cinemas, Melbourne University, all Public Transport & the Melbourne Zoo & to all the Luxury Shopping Options at the Melbourne CBD (Melbourne Central, Bourke Street Mall, QV etc.).

A great suburb for Young Couples & Students.
Pros
  • Perfect Dining Options
  • All the Luxury Shopping in the Melbourne CBD
  • Nice Apartments
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Students
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"Best vibe in the whole city!"

Sick of people in business suits, conventional mainstreamers and bogans? Fitzroy has the heart of the city! If you don't want to fit into a neat box designed by society, this place is for you! The suburb is mainly filled with travellers, hippys or hipsters, but those are the people that really know how to live life. Everyone is super friendly and Fitzroy has the most unique range of shops and places to eat; a little bit kooky and extremely multicultural (and half the shops never stay the same longer than 6mths). There is a sense of acceptance for everyone, no matter if they live in Atherton Gardens (housing commission), are students studying anything from law to art to biomedical science, wear capes with top hats or ride a unicycle. Renting prices are really expensive (everyone knows how awesome it is) but price of buying things is fairly cheap. If Fiztroy doesn't have something you want, it's probably only a max. 10min tram ride away!
Recommended for
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"No longer suits me but lived there for 8 years so I can tell you that..."

Fitzroy is great from a social aspect but day-to-day living can be more difficult. For example, the main supermarket on Smith St is often surrounded by people hassling you for money etc. Most of the banks left Brunswick St as it was taken over by fashion and cafes.

Make sure you check before you buy that you can get Foxtel! Some streets are not allowed cables and if you're in a body corporate situation you may have problems with a sat dish - this happened to me.

Public transport is only okay in my opinion as you don't have trains close by. A tram into the city is easy-peesy of course.

The streets are mostly pretty (particular George St and aorund there).
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Love It"

I just love this suburb it is close to collingwood, Carlton and the city. Loads of shops and great restaurants
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5
2yrs+

"Inner city living ideal for professionals"

Fitzroy is Melbourne’s oldest suburb as well as one of the smallest, and is based just outside of the CBD. Serviced by trams but not trains, it is an ideal location for families and professionals seeking easy access to shopping strips, restaurants, art galleries, live music venues and pubs. A highly desirable suburb, Fitzroy is inhabited by roughly 8,000 people from various ethnic communities. It is home to many sporting clubs and is bordered by Carlton, Richmond, Collingwood and Clifton Hill. With average property prices sitting at $620,000, Fitzroy plays host to a diverse range of residential architecture, from fine Victorian houses to public high rises. The entire area is a heritage precinct, making it popular among residents who value quality architecture.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
4/5
2yrs+

"busy inner city location good for singles and couples"

This is a busy inner city area but it is fabulously located. Adjacent Carlton you can get a great meal along Lygon Street or have a good night out. Its also go plenty of its own cafes and restaurants. It’s within walking distance of the city and the Victoria Markets and it’s not far from Melbourne University. Add to this the factory outlet stores and you are in a prime location.
There is also a public swimming pool in the area which is a plus.
It is very well serviced by public transport making it exceptionally easy to get around.
It is a great spot for young couples and singles that love the inner city lifestyle.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles

Best Streets in Fitzroy

1

Hargreaves St

4.5/5
"A Hidden Gem"
-37.80079 144.98328
2

George St

4.5/5
"Hidden heart of Fitzroy"
-37.7943804892 144.9825950212
3

Gore St

4/5
"Great inner-city living."
-37.7964739422 144.9835785684
4

Moor St

3.5/5
-37.801630735 144.977895851
5

Little Smith St

3.5/5
"Quirky Bohemian Village"
-37.806308 144.982406
6

Gertrude St

3/5
"A growing fashion precinct"
-37.80542149 144.9737157752
7

Brunswick St

3/5
" Perfect Nightlife"
-37.7933491306 144.97930287
8

Fishers Ln

2.5/5
"It's small, but close to everything."
-37.8009886972 144.9773357755
9

Victoria St

2.5/5
"Good place to live, but a little noisy - "
-37.7987210744 144.9748222659

Unranked Streets in Fitzroy

Young St

3.5/5
-37.7937452816 144.9804503418