8.5 out of 10

Forest Hill

Ranked 172nd best suburb in Melbourne (Greater)
-37.8397551262849 145.168849940242
Great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Internet Access
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Shopping Options
  • Parking
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Reviews

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 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 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
Aug 29, 2016

"FOREST HILL - A Place for everything!"

F - Forest Hill Shopping Centre and Primary and High Schools
O - Only Eat only vegetarian? Check out Vege Bowl on Springvale Road
R - Religious? Check out some of the local churches
E - Endota Spa Forest Hill a place to relax and pamper
S - Secondary College and Primary Schools
T - TGI's Restaurant and The Chase Forest Hill for your next meal

H - Heathcote Drive Reserve to kick a footy or walk the dog
I - In need of a doctor? Go to Forest Hill Medical Centre all bulk billing clinic
L - Learn how to swim at Aqualink
L - Looking for police? Look no further than the New Forest Hill Police Station on Springvale Road
Pros
  • Central to many ammenities and roads.
  • Neighbours tours nearby
  • Leafy and attractive
  • Neighborly spirit
Cons
  • Busy roads
  • Poor public transport
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
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 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 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Best yet very affordable eastern suburb next to blackburn"

I have lived in Forest Hill for 15 years and love it for its shopping, transport options, easy access to all areas and where i live, its a beatiful leafy pocket of forest hill, like living in semi rural atmosphere.
Forest hill offers those who cannot afford blackburn a great option just nearby with still a short walk to blackburn lake.
Pros
  • Leafy and attractive
  • Neighborly spirit
  • Central to many ammenities and roads.
  • Neighbours tours nearby
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Good Value for money."

If you like a nice, safe and green suburb that is about 10 to 20% more affordable than its neighbouring suburb, look no further. Forest Hill is it! Look for the part of Forest Hill close to the Forest Hill Chase, it feels very much like blackburn/blackburnsouth, but you don't pay the high prices for Blackburn/Blackburn South. It is true that there are not much public transport in Forest Hill, but I drive and park my car to and park at leafy Blackburn Station and go to work by express train, so I am not fussed. It's location is close(within 10-20mins) to all the shopping centres I like to go. eg. Glen, Knox, Eastland, Box Hill, Chaddy, even Doncaster Shoppingtown. If you are like me, who hates crowded malls on weekend, come to Forest Hill chase, it is not crowded and still have a new Cinema and bowling alleys that bigger malls have. Not bad. Overall, I reckon you get bang for you bucks if you buy and live in Forest Hill.
Pros
  • Central to many ammenities and roads.
Cons
  • Part of Forest Hill along the main 80km/hr Springvale Road might find turning into and out of the side streets a bother.
  • Busy roads
  • Poor public transport
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
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 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
2yrs+

""A fantastic place to live"."

Grew up in Forest Hill. Lived in other surrounding suburbs over the years. Forest Hill is a suburb with great serenity. Excellent layout. Local and multi-purpose shopping facilities available and a great safe place to start a family. Excellent school reviews, along with a vast selection of medical centres.
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  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
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  • Trendy & Stylish
2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
2yrs+

"A dull and awful suburb hemmed in by busy grid roads"

I really can't think of anything good to say about this suburb. It is the typical dull and drab "suburbia" as portrayed in the TV series Kath and Kim! A completely lifeless and boring area to live.

I believe the 5-star reviews posted on this site are from Real Estate agents, not from anyone who has actually lived here!

You need a car to get around because the public transport is hopeless in this area. Springvale road is a nightmare. There are no nice cafes, bars or restaurants.

The only pros I can think of are the Neighbours tours in nearby Pin Oak court.
Pros
  • Neighbours tours nearby
Cons
  • Extremely dull
  • Poor public transport
  • Busy roads
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
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2yrs+
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
2yrs+

"“A good enviroment to raise kids”"

“A perfect place for a couple, a new family.”

forest hill is the kinda place you would like to spend your first year of marriage..

its so green and the people here are so nice, very friendly.. heaps to do at forest hill chase and beautiful gardens opposite springvale road,
Recommended for
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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 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Fantastic place to live!! Very happy here, will never move!"

I have lived in forest hill for the last 5 years, and would say its a fantastic place to be, with its own shopping centre, now with nunawading station being upgraded and extra buses, close to both freeways and the schools are very good.

It is also very quiet and their is no violence,

id say this place is in the heart of everything, i would never move from this place!!
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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 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 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Safe & friendly neighbourhood - for families, retirees, singles & couples"

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

"A diverse suburb"

Forest Hill is a very diverse wide place with its ups and downs.
In the centre is Forest Hill Shopping Centre, which is very modern with many new shops, but business isn't what you'd expect. For example, on a Thursday night, you'd expect a shopping centre to be busy with people dining and shopping and be vibrant. It get's very quiet on Thursday nights.
The place is served by a moderate mixture of public transport - there are 3 SmartBus routes, although they go on each side of the suburb.
If location doesn't bother you, come live in Forest Hill, but if it does, be aware that it is exactly between the M3 and the M1, and between two train lines, making it quite isolated in a way from the freeway and the railway system.
Quality of life here is very good on the other hand. Power outages are unheard of, it's very quiet, burglaries and general violence is low. However, education is somewhat limited in choice, particularly public schools - the only options being Forest Hill College for secondary public education - and it doesn't seem very friendly. The school looks very modern, but at night, it seems like one of those gangster places.
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  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

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