8.1 out of 10

Footscray

Ranked 218th best suburb in Melbourne (Greater)
-37.7989299100058 144.899579237108
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • 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 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
2yrs+
Editors Choice

"Simply incredible food, low cost of living and 6KM from Melbourne CBD. What's not to love?"

I've lived in Footscray since 2009 and can honestly say, hand on heart, it's an excellent place.

Leafy streets, with an enchanting mixture of old and new housing are complimented by plenty of green spaces, and quiet retreats from the hustle and bustle of the central business district.

With mouth watering offerings from Ethopia, Vietnam, Thailand, Korea, The PRC, Hong Kong, India, to name but a few, I think I can successfully argue that Footscray has some of the best food in Melbourne on offer, at a fraction of city prices, so eating out becomes a healthy norm.

If you feel like working yourself in to a lather over what to purchase. then head to the HighPoint shopping centre, and if you feel like working up a sweat, Footscray has several excellently appointed gyms. Too much shopping put you out, over did it at the gym, then you'll be pleased to know Western Hospital is just around the corner and is ringed with top class medical professionals.

All in all, the existing lay out works well, but local and Federal government are pumping millions of dollars in to Footscray (which has been earmarked for rapid expansion), meaning things are only going to get better.

Mark my words, ten years from now, you won't be able to touch a house for less than $850,000!
Pros
  • Amazing food
  • Excellent property pricing growth
  • Extensive urban renewal already underway
Cons
  • Occasional druggies
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SusanS3
SusanS3 Markets & food cheap, most people friendly & helpful, some market stalls appear to be breading a new disease or bacteria with poor cleanliness, hygiene & close to third world standards. walked past Club Leeds (pokies) on Leeds St, dodgy people sitting inside front of the building, giving a bad & unwelcome vibe + death stare, felt like drug sellers &/or "Asian mafia" didn't paint a picture of integration or warmth, but with all there is good & bad.
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1/5 rating details
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
Apr 19, 2017

"UNBELIEVABLE THE LIES PEOPLE TELL ABOUT FOOTSCRAY!"

I unfortunately did NOT research my areas properly before relocating to live in an art deco style apartment above a shop on Nicholson Street.... WELL EFF ME!!!! I am living THE NIGHTMARE OF ALL NIGHTMARES!!!! Single mothers sat in the gutter 12 hours of their day with their babies in prams mother freezing cold or boiling hot with no attention paid bar the few junkies pinching their cheeks as they sit talking to the doped out, very loud and rude mother on the nod in the gutter. Or what about the 24 HOURS NON-STOP of swearing and screaming and fighting and violence!!??? Are you people INSANE to actually LIE this much about such a HORRID HORRID little suburb? Just to up your own home values? That is cruel! And its sites like this that I looked to for my own determination of areas before moving here from Sydney (and I came from damn Liverpool no less! So I am not some 'uppity' yuppie!!!!) This is ridiculous!!! The ethiopean business downstairs have created such havoc in my life and threatening to do freaking VOODOO etc on me and my family that we are literally forfeiting our bond and likely my rental history and RUNNING AS FAST AS WE CAN TO THE FURTHERST PLACE FROM HERE!!! And NO! It's not just Nicholson street being a bad pocket! I was punched in the mouth by a massive islander girl IN MYERS as I was trying to take my daughter to the Benefit brow bar - we were followed in there by them when we dared to try walking past them!!! AND THE POLICE FAILED TO EVEN FOLLOW UP!!!!! THE COPS IN FOOTSCRAY FAIL TO DO ANYTHING!! OH! Then there was the asian man who pushed in front at Coles Footscray on a monday morning only to be told by everyone to get to the back so he turned around and punched ME!!!!! I HAVE NEVER BEEN HIT ONCE IN MY LIFE AND IN 3 MONTHS I HAVE BEEN HIT TWICE IN FOOTSCRAY!!! Come on Footscray LETS TELL THE TRUTH! The place is over run by african bloody gangs (yeh nice thanks for the good life we are offering them!), it is dominated by asian drug dealers and the absolute bottom of the barrel aussies- total junnkies- both raving ice addicts AND a sprinkling of on the nod heroin addicts! To be honest- i PREFER the heroin addicts because at least they dont try and eat your face off!!!!! ARGGGG! EVEN AS I TYPE THIS A MAN IS VOMITING LOUDLY UNDER MY BALCONY AT 12AM ON A FREAKING WEDNESDAY NIGHT! Whilst another lovely young lady is screaming about losing her kids to DOCS and being raped by her step father !!!!???????? I am so sick to death of reading these footscray is delightful reviews!!!! I have lost EVERYTHING - MOST IMPORTANTLY MY SANITY- since moving here!!!! IT IS HELL! AVOID IT LIKE THE PLAGUE!
Pros
  • Semi decent food (NOT AMAZING) just lots of ethiopian and vietnamese really
  • Train quick to city (if you don't get assaulted at the station) tip: Make your own home made mace.
Cons
  • Crap run down buildings constant smell of gas leak in the square and other parts
  • Current tenants only say its great so you move here and increase their home values so they can run too!
  • dodgy shop owners get whatever they can out of you and constant harassment by local asian and african gangs
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troyw5
troyw5 You sound like the type of person that's always screaming at people in public, accusing them of harassing you when it is YOU who is going around screaming at everyone - doing the harassing.
May 18, 2017
livg
livg Thank you, funny though that I have now moved and haven't had one issue!
May 18, 2017
Richelle Buckingham
Richelle Buckingham You should write a movie script! Sorry if you were hurt by people (perhaps you unknowingly had a punch me sticker put on your back) but at least it prompted you to write something very entertaining!
Jun 06, 2017
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Fantastic Footscray!"

I was initially hesitant moving from East St Kilda to Footscray but have been so pleasantly surprised. Since we didn't really know much about the area before moving in and what we did hear was often negative we really felt like we had come across a 'hidden gem'! The area has fantastic community spirit, brilliant dining options, great shopping with multi-cultural Barkley street and Highpoint just down the road and good public transport. The location is 10-20 mins drive from the CBD, beaches and Williamstown. The area is definitely getting better and better with great new cafés and shops opening all the time. There's also a great creative community with many artists in the area. There's plenty of colourful characters around, living in the area for 5 yrs I haven't felt unsafe and certainly haven't seen anything worse than I see in other inner city suburbs all the time like East St Kilda or Prahran. The arcade area is the only problem I think and needs a clean up by council and police. I think if local council and governments support for the area and it's residence improved it would be even better. Its reputation continues to dog the area (I think mostly this is due to people who are totally unfamiliar with the area commenting or people remembering the area from 20 years ago) however it's no longer justified. To sum up, Footscray is a fantastic suburb! Footscrays location, affordability and all it has to offer will ensure it wont be a secret for long!
Pros
  • Great community
  • Close to everything
  • Great character and beautiful houses
  • Amazing food
  • Excellent property pricing growth
  • Extensive urban renewal already underway
  • Excellent Transport Options
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AdamR
AdamR How safe is it for a white middle class family living near the market ?
2yrs+
Richelle Buckingham
Richelle Buckingham Thanks for the nice review of Footscray. Im living in Newcastle and checking out Melbourne suburbs for a potential move. I come from London, so I know how certain city areas get a bad rap. And I believe, like you say, that this kind of area would attract a great creative community. Its always good to be on the lookout; just hope the snobs and racists keep away and dont sterilise and gentrify it.
Jun 06, 2017
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Footscray....Footscary....Footscrazy!!! - suburb snobs look elsewhere!!!"

One of the old school inner working class suburbs of Melbourne. It's rough and rugged and dangerous reputation still persists, in spite of all the other inner working class suburbs having undergone massive gentrification years ago. This is gradually changing though and it won't be long before it's unsavoury reputation exists only in the minds of people who don't actually live there.

The houses are generally on smallish blocks, there is a massive stock of period weatherboard houses, many of them in unrenovated condition. There are also a lot of 60's/70's brick veneer houses left over from the wave of Italian/Greek migrants who settled here. Most recently there have been a large number of high rise apartment complexes being erected, these are favoured by students of mainly asian origin because they are conveniently located close to the local university.

The suburb probably has the most diverse multicultural population and this is reflected in the style of restaurants found here. You can find almost any type of food here: Indian, Chinese, Vietnamese, Italian, Ethiopian. The area is largely dominated by Vietnamese restaurants but recently there has been a large push towards African restaurants.

The transport options run the gamut from Trains, Trams and Buses, also there are many bike paths linking to other suburbs or the city. All types of services are catered for in Footscray, i.e. Hospitals, Library, Medical Facilities, Shopping, Hardware, Parks, Trades and pretty much anything else you can think of.

The nightlife is limited in options, but there are still a lot of pubs and many of them have live music or DJs. There are also a lot of parks and recreation areas, there is also river frontage which is a massive bonus.

Being an inner city suburb means there can be a lot of Traffic during peak periods, and in particular there are a large number of heavy trucks which transit the area. Although recently there have been moves to reduce the amount of trucks on the streets.

The area is generally pretty safe despite what some people say about it, there are some colourful characters around but they are mostly harmless. In terms of value for money you can't go past Footscray as it is one of, if not the most affordable suburb in relation to it's proximity to the CBD.

Overall Footscray is a fantastic place to live, do not write it off because of it's reputation, come here and see it for yourself.
Pros
  • Amazing food
  • Excellent property pricing growth
  • Extensive urban renewal already underway
  • Excellent Transport Options
  • Everything is cheap
  • There is a Mall
  • Bike paths
Cons
  • Trucks
  • Occasional druggies
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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 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • 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 5/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"A city that revels in change"

As a 4th Generation Footscaryite in my 50's, the town holds a special place in my heart,barring 10 years of my life (which was spent in Elwood) it has been my home.The city that was home to so many Tannery's, meat works,Ammunition and heavy industry,is now home to cafes and artist colonies.
Through waves of immigrants(Italians,Greeks,Yugoslavs,Vietnamese and Africans) Footscray has endured with a strong community spirit, it has never been a try-hard suburb, its blue collar roots kept it in check and grounded.
The fear factor has always amused me,it is an extremely safe place,be street smart and sensible like you would anywhere, used to see women walking home alone in the dark tree lined streets of Elwood,and fear for them a lot more than i did for my own family in Footscray.
Love the choice of Restaurants,particularly the Vietnamese eateries,and the fabulously quirky cafes that have sprung up.Footscray itself has smaller houses ( a lot of Edwardian) on small 250 mtr blocks,Whilst West Footscray on the other side of Summerhill rd, has much larger blocks(mostly California Bungalows) on large blocks which are ideal for families.
Footscray station is only 2 stations from Spencer st,and to drive there via Dynon or Footscray rd is a breeze when compared to the same trip in from the East or North.
Pros
  • parks
  • sports fields
  • Amazing food
  • Excellent property pricing growth
  • Extensive urban renewal already underway
  • 4mins Drive to the City
  • Excellent Transport Options
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2yrs+

"Parks, playground and schools make it ideal for families"

A good area not too far from the city suitable for young families. There are already a few younger families around. There are good sized blocks on some great streets.
Parks, playgrounds and schools nearby makes for a good family spot.
It’s not too far out of the city and well serviced by public transport making it easy to get into the city for those that work in the CBD.
There is a pool nearby to teach the kids to swim and there is a childcare centre as well which is perfect for young families.
There are some good cafes and restaurants close by so you can get out for brunch, lunch or dinner without having to venture far.
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dmtacu
dmtacu HI Rulesix, I am making a short documentary film on Footscray. It is one of my University assignments. Would I be able to interview you?. Thank you.
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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 5/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • 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 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
2yrs+

"Family friendly area with excellent infrastructure"

A peaceful neighbourhood. We moved from St Kilda six months ago, and were immediately struck by the friendly community and the comparative peace and quiet! Shops, a gym and multiple public transport options, all within walking distance, were a major drawcard for us. Barkly Street Village houses Indian, Thai and Italian eateries, and the coffee is great at the retro cafe.
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dmtacu
dmtacu Hi Lizelie, I am making a short documentary film on Footscray. It is one of my University assignments. Would I be able to interview you?. Thank you
2yrs+
PChoo
PChoo Hello dmtacu, are you still looking for interview subjects for your documentary? My husband, formerly from Balwyn North, was originally highly opposed to moving to the west. Suffice to say his views have changed and he may be able to provide you with an interesting perspective.
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • 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
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"The Best in the West"

Locals know the hidden Gem that is Footscray.....I have lived here for over 15 years and love the community spirit, the local variety and quality of restaurants, the food market, annual Festivals, Whitten Oval, Parks, bike tracks, and more. In addition it's close proximity too the City, Westfield shopping center, Beaches, the river, along with great access to public transport from buses to trams and the trains all running frequently. Housing is still very affordable, the city of Footscray is being beatified all the time with houses being restored to their former glory and council realising the importance of greening the area and beatifying local parks and malls. In under an hour to Geelong, Dandenongs or Dalesford it is set in a prime location. with only 20min drive to the airport or Beaches. I found the area to be safe during my years of residence with great schools and minimum of trucks and factories despite the constant bad reports..if anything Yarraville and Spotswood seem to have much more of these and yet it is seldom mentioned?

I would highly recommend living here if you have not yet had the pleasure, I have lived in the Eastern suburbs as well has Ascotvale and prefer Footscray any day...Please come and visit and ignore the reports from individuals who mock our beautiful city and have not even ventured across the river to visit to justify their comments unfortunately too many go by hearsay..
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dmtacu To Ginjee, I am making a short documentary film on Footscray. Its my university assignment. Would I be able to interview you?. Thank you.
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • 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+

"Becoming"

Love Footscray, watching it grow over the past ten years has been amazing. If Australia is known for multiculturalism, Footscray should be the capital...
Pros
  • Excellent Transport Options
  • 4mins Drive to the City
  • Costco!
  • Amazing food
  • Excellent property pricing growth
  • Extensive urban renewal already underway
Cons
  • Occasional druggies
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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 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • 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+

"Future Million Dollars Suburb"

Very near future, I think Central Footscray will be Million dollars suburb. It is a Central Business District city, a lot Government Infrastructure funding especially to revitalise the city.
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newstoall
newstoall Em... Footscray is changing at least more expensive but mainly due to the population growth. Still the crime rate and the demographic composition are issues, It is somewhat gray and lack of green trees. To change the natural environment is a hard part for footscray in the future for continued growth.
2yrs+
Byrnecore
Byrnecore I can agree with you in regard to the current state, though based off the government efforts and investment, growth will force lower income earners out, which will increase quality of infrastructure and lifestyle. It's only a matter of time. Think Williamstown and Yarraville. All dives, but with the addition of great residents and time, they both flourished and became beautiful places to live. Footscray is no different, it is a gold mind for investment atm. You cant build a delfin estate like that. :) Definitely a place to be investing. oh and Sunshine. Similar circumstances. :)
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  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • 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
2yrs+

"Good investment and good capital growth"

Footscray is a good location for investor as renting out quite easy and always have a strong capital growth.
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • 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 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Footscray is a future capital city in the west"

Growth city


By Charlene GattShare |


2nd November 2010 02:05:11 AM

Grand plan ... Artists impression of a new $350 million landmark mixed use development that will house five State Government departments. 55621

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FIVE State Government departments will make Footscray home in a landmark $350 million mixed used development set to make the area the heart of the West.

Planning Minister Justin Madden last week unveiled concept designs for government office space, new housing, student accommodation, a community kitchen and gym and child care facility on a disused 1.3 hectare site on McNab Ave, adjacent to Footscray train station.

City West Water, State Trustees, the Department of Justice, the Department of Planning and Community Development and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development will move to the site when it opens in 2014.

Mr Madden said the detailed design work of each building – including building heights – would be determined through the planning application process but that the development included three separate components including office accommodation with retail outlets at ground level; 250 student dwellings, 240 private apartments, 110 affordable housing dwellings and a gym, child care centre, art gallery, artist's residence and community hub with a community garden.

The five-star green development, which is being overseen by Grocon, will create up to 1200 jobs and 600 homes. Construction will start in the new year.

“This development confirms Footscray as Melbourne's capital of the West,” Mr Madden said.

“McNab Ave will be a flagship development right in the heart of Footscray, delivering new residential and commercial development, shared community spaces, cafes and facilities in a sophisticated architectural design.

“Melbourne's inner West is expected to grow significantly over the next 20 to 30 years so it's vital that we provide the jobs, services, housing and retail choices close to where people live.

“This development is a living, breathing example of Melbourne at five million.”

Victoria University praised the development and inclusion of student accommodation, with VU students identified as the preferred tenants of the dwellings.

“This is a great outcome for our students and the university,” deputy vice chancellor of capital and management services Jon Hickman said.

The new development is a key part of the Footscray Renewal project, which has seen upgrades to Maddern Square, Nicholson St Mall and Leeds St.

The announcement comes a week after Footscray MP Marsha Thomson revealed plans for two new platforms at Footscray train station plus an extension to the new footbridge, escalators from the Irving St entrance to the footbridge and escalators from the footbridge to all platforms and an elevator for the new platforms.
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  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • 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+

"Footscray the Capital City of the West"

One of the good news that I read from the Star newspaper
http://www.starnewsgroup.com.au/star/footscray-yarraville/269/story/113274.html

The government has started to fund Footscray, this will bring more opportunities to Footscray. That's wonderful. We are so closed to city and we need some revitalise looks. Well done.
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  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Theft at Liverpool Street"

we lived there for five long years but our house was broken in and they took a lot of stuff. You can see real live d... dealing action in the Footscray market.
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FrankG
FrankG Look like you got bad experiences but most of us enjoying living and working in Footscray. Crime rates has been droped a lot including burglar and d... dealing. We will see a lot of changes in Footscray very soon it will get better and better the next couple of years.
2yrs+
aspalk
aspalk My husband and I lived very very happily in Footscray for 12 years. Prior to moving there we lived in Hawthorn, so we considered it a big risk to move there at the start. We have recently moved interstate but I still consider Footscray to be my home. In all of those years, we never had a break in and were never concerned for our safety. We have lived on Southhampton St, Bristow St and Commercial Rd so I feel we have the experience to say, it is colourful and quirky but you have no need to fear. Of course you take all the same precautions a sensible person takes to ensure the security of their home and themselves. For anyone considering making the move, go for it! You will never look back!!
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 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"So Central!"

West Footscray is booming and one can understand why when it is only a hop, skip and jump to the melbourne CBD. It has great facilities and just litterly afew minutes and you are in footscray which has the footscray market and great places to eat at. West footscray is quiet leafy considering its proximity to the city and has some great parks. I have done several jobs restroring rooves in this area and i (from the west) rate this suburb highly.

Regard Phil.
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 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Inner Wests best kept secret!"

I have lived on the Kingsville side of West Footscray for the last 18 years, having grown up in Yarraville I am very aware of the advantages of living in this area.
I live in a lovely tree lined cul-de-sac with fantastic neighbours! A quick and easy drive to Altona gate shopping centre, Highpoint, Footscray and Yarraville. (can drive to the city in 10 minutes on weekends, slightly longer during peak hour, but still not bad!) Less than a half hour walk to Yarraville village, lovely bike ride through Cruikshank Park to the village!
15 minute walk to West Footscray station for loop trains which take approx. 10 minutes to arrive at Melbourne Central. A quick and easy drive to Yarraville Station. We are within easy walking distance of a few lovely primary schools, easy drive to many others, absolutely spoilt for choice. Great bus service around the corner, to Footscray, Altona, Yarraville etc.
All of this and absolutely no parking hassles, most of the houses have driveways, as we are a no through road, no traffic issues, our kids have grown up playing on the street.
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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 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
2yrs+

"Good value"

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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • 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 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"The last remaining inner city suburb to go up!"

West footscray has the big traditional blocks of land, beautiful tree-lined streets, well serviced by public transport/ local amenities, at the same time also walking distance to the ever popular footscray city centre, whats not to like?
Its eclectic culture around the area is very attractive, and its definitely a great area for people who enjoy proximity to the city(7km), at the same time having that piece of quietness in the suburbs.
It is still abit undervalued, but soon it will be well-discovered!
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1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"A convenient but dangerous place to live"

- Good for public transport and close to city
- Many vietnam shops and good for shopping Asian food


- High crime rate and not a safe place to live

future:
it is changing but certainly far less better than East, south and North area


Here is the story taking from the local news paper

http://maribyrnong-leader.whereilive.com.au/news/story/random-weapon-searches-start-in-footscray/

A MACHETE, knives and a knuckleduster were some of the weapons confiscated when police exercised their new stop-and-search powers in Footscray yesterday.

A total of 182 people were searched around the Footscray railway station between 1pm and 4pm.

Police detected seven people carrying a total of 12 weapons and another person in possession of drugs.

Four penalty notices were issued for carrying alcohol on public transport, disorderly conduct, hindering or obstructing an operation and drunk.

One person was arrested in relation to outstanding warrants.

Deputy Commissioner Kieran Walshe said that these results are a clear indication that people continue to frequent this area armed with weapons.

``Today’s operation has enabled us to detect these weapons before they are used in crimes, making the area much safer for train commuters and the broader community,’’ Mr Walshe said.

``It is our intention to run a number of targeted operations in weapons hot spots this year until we see a reduction in weapon related crimes.’’

Under new laws passed late last year, police are able to stop and search any person for weapons in a “designated area” without the need for a warrant.

Speaking to reporters before the searches began, Acting Premier Rob Hulls said “the tragic death of Nitin Garg in recent times confirms absolutely that we have to do everything we can to support our police to wipe out street crime (and) to wipe out knife-related crime’’.

>>Related: candlelight vigil for Garg

“That’s why these powers are so important,’’ Mr Hulls said.

Deputy Commissioner Kieran Walshe said the area in and around Footscray station had been chosen for the first test of the new powers because police data had identified it as “an area of high knife crime”.

“We know that people frequent this area armed with weapons,’’ Mr Walshe said.

“The new powers will enable us to detect these weapons before they are used in crimes, making the area much safer for train commuters and the broader community.”

Signs placed around the station warned commuters police were authorised to search them or anything in their possession and that it was an offence to refuse a search.

Police also carried cards explaining the operation in 12 different languages.

The new powers have come under some criticism by state Greens MPs and community law centres for breaching people’s civil rights.

But Police Minister Bob Cameron said the government made “no apologies for doing everything to try and get weapons off the street and protect the right of people not to get stabbed when they’re just going about their business’’.
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AdamR
AdamR Has it improved ?
2yrs+
AbhG
AbhG Great review. I agree. Improvement here is hyped. Still a slum for family life.
2yrs+
Richelle Buckingham
Richelle Buckingham When I got a staffy puppy for my family, my mum did that - cut and pasted horror stories about staffies mauling people and telling me that I had brought a killer dog into her grandchildren's home.
Its not a persuasive argument at all. If you read the other reviews on here you will clearly see yours is in the minority. Same as my misaligned staffy, who my mum finally met and spent the next 12 years of his life saying, "Come to nanny!"
Jun 06, 2017
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Friendly Immigration place"

Footscray is a friendly suburd, a place of multiculture. Most people are friendly. It is a good and convient place for transport. Food is very cheap and fresh, excellent restaurant with very cheap price.
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"A neighborhood next to the city with culture and diversity"

It is a very up and coming area, very close to the city and docklands and it has great places to eat a hub of Asian and african restraunts plus the two markets. Footscray has got everything you want, its inner city,next to Highpoint and close to Williamstown Beach. Lots of different people and lots of character too!
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4/5
2yrs+

"Easy trip into the city from this family friendly area"

Not too far out of the city there is a strong Asian flavour to the area. There are plenty of Asian supermarkets and restaurants and for me this is a big plus.
The shops in the area make it easy to get what you need without having to venture too far.
Restaurants are bountiful and so you can get a good feed.
Within Footscray there are some lovely streets that are lined by trees with beautiful older houses.
There are parks and playground close by for families with children and plenty of family friendly houses. With schools close by it’s a good area.
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4/5
2yrs+

"Convenient suburb with plenty of Asian groceries on offer"

Footscray is about a twenty minutes' drive west from Melbourne city. This is a very interesting suburb where you can find plenty of Asian cuisines, supermarkets and shops. This is the suburb to visit in Melbourne if you are after authentic Vietnamese food. Different restaurants cater to different crowds. For example, for lunch, there are Vietnamese restaurants that offer the traditional noodles, soups and rice. At night, for dinner, there are restaurants that offer seafood dinner and patrons are encouraged to sing Karoake during dinner.

The Asian supermarkets here offer plenty of fruits, vegetables and condiments for the Asian community. The prices are very reasonable and often you can pick from a wide variety of goods that are on offer. During certain months, you will also be able to find more exotic fruits such as mangosteens, durians and star fruits. I recommend this suburb to those who are after a more exotic experience when in Melbourne.
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Best Streets in Footscray

1

Coral Avenue

4.5/5
"Great houses, convenient to city, Highpoint, restaurants, and family friendly street."
-37.79012 144.88341
2

Commercial Road

4.5/5
"The best street in Footscray - quiet and central"
-37.7929256589 144.8928873166
3

Barkly St

3.5/5
"A rich culture and exciting place to live!"
-37.7989703763 144.8930922223
4

Creswick Street

3.5/5
"Footscrays hidden gem"
-37.7929256589 144.8915212788
"I was once king of the empire"
-37.7907673191 144.891097807

Unranked Streets in Footscray

"How Good and Cheap is Footscary to live in?"
-37.79378 144.89056

Cross Street

4.5/5
"Quiet but close to everything!"
-37.8016785463 144.8887345616

Hyde Street

4.5/5
"Walk down memory lane (hyde street)"
-37.8112203206 144.8983104868
"close to everything without feeling too close "
-37.7954630742 144.9004278454

Droop Street

4.5/5
"Close to city without city prices"
-37.7923963193 144.8935293544