8.2 out of 10

Glenroy

Ranked 219th best suburb in Melbourne (Greater)
-37.7042450764139 144.923675389584
Great for
  • Internet Access
  • Public Transport
  • Parking
  • Resale or Rental Value
  • Schools
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 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Dec 01, 2016

"Has really cleaned up and the growth opportunities are looking up."

Pros
  • Great transport- train and freeways
  • Plenty of local shops and services
  • Proximity to the CBD
  • Generally very quiet
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Aug 13, 2016

"Easy to access!"

Easy to head in any direction! Easy to get out of! Not the end of the earth!
Pros
  • Great transport- train and freeways
  • Plenty of local shops and services
  • Proximity to the CBD
  • Generally very quiet
  • Very quiet and safe, leafy streets for the $$
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
rachelb6
rachelb6 Agree, a well kept secret that when it gets out watch out prices, get in now
Sep 01, 2016
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Improving everyday, great value for money"

We moved to Glenroy in 2012.
The majority of people who live in Glenroy are lovely. A lot of young couples with families are moving into the area, due to older homes being knocked down and townhouses being built in their place. There are also a lot of elderly people in the area who keep their homes and rose gardens in immaculate condition. The blocks of land are big in Glenroy.
Unfortunately there are still some 'hoons' around, probably due to rental housing or commission housing.
Glenroy is quite close to the city (20 mins on Citylink or about 30 mins on the train). Also easy access to the West and North via Western Ring Rd.
Nice variety of take out food (kebabs, quality pizza, vietnamese, etc) and very close to Coburg & Brunswick for all the restaurants there. Also has Coles, Woolworths, fresh fruit & veg, butchers.
Would love to see some more nice cafes & more playgrounds.
Pros
  • Generally very quiet
  • Big blocks of land
  • Culturally diverse
  • Great transport- train and freeways
  • Plenty of local shops and services
  • Proximity to the CBD
Cons
  • Not 100% safe
  • Some unkempt lawns & homes
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
2yrs+

"Dirty"

My husband and I moved here from the U.S. and this is the first place we have lived together. We live south of the Western Ring Road, north of Hilton Road and between Sydney Road and Widford Street. There are lots of older homes being demolished to make way for cheaply built townhomes/units. Our neighbors have filthy front yards with garbage flying around, long grass, and old cars parked in the street or on their lawns. I can't help but be disgusted by the fact I have to walk around or jump over trash while walking down the sidewalk. Our neighbors aren't friendly and don't say hello or acknowledge people walking by. People are sometimes very noisy with no regard for those of us who are trying to sleep at night. We seldom come across a nice elderly person willing to say hello or have a chat. The proximity to the city and shopping centers is great. Not sure about the schools as we don't have children. If it weren't for the troubles of packing and moving and the work we have put into our unit to suit our needs, we would be out of here to a better neighborhood.
Pros
  • Proximity to the CBD
  • Great transport- train and freeways
  • Plenty of local shops and services
Cons
  • Dirty streets, trashy, unkempt lawns
  • Cheaply built units taking place of older homes
  • Neighbors aren't friendly
  • Central area a bit ugly, particularly around the station
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Pleasantly surprised"

I have only lived in Glenroy for 6 months, but its been enough time for me to have gotten to know the place reasonably well. There are pro's and con's, but overall its been way better than I was expecting from its reputation. To start with the pro's, transport here is excellent- im 5 minutes walk away from Glenroy Station, which is less than 30 minutes to the city (depending what way the train goes through the loop) give or take a few minutes. Its on a main line, meaning no transfers. Its also only about 5 minutes drive to two freeways, the Ring Road and Citylink, making getting around by car easy. Plus even in peak hour there are rarely any traffic jams, unless you need to cross the train line at the level crossing (which I don't). The area is pretty diverse in terms of languages, nationalities and religions, meaning the people are mostly used to and tolerant of all walks of life, and aren't like the conservative 'staring' people you get in some suburbs who make you feel out of place if you look even slightly different. Glenroy also has a pretty well stocked main street- of course its not gonna compare with Chapel St or Bridge Rd, but for the suburbs its pretty good and has all the essentials covered meaning you don't have to leave the area (or in my case, even drive) except for occasional purchases like fashion or electronics. Crime doesn't seem to be a particular problem in the area. Great parks along Moonee Creek and up around the border with Broadmeadows, great for jogging and cycling. And of course, cheap prices, on par with many much worse areas like West Heidelberg or Brooklyn. On the flip side, the area particularly around the train station still looks pretty tired and unattractive, which is a shame for visitors or people passing on the train. There can also be some sketchy characters around during the day, and no night life to speak of, but that seems to be the norm for most suburbs more than 10km out of the city (beyond just TAB/pokies venues). Overall though, great transport, walkable, plenty of shops/services, leafy and quiet residential areas, and attractive parks along the creek- I have to say a pretty pleasant surprise, and in no hurry to move out.
Pros
  • Great transport- train and freeways
  • Plenty of local shops and services
  • Very quiet and safe, leafy streets for the $$
Cons
  • Central area a bit ugly, particularly around the station
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
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
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"We're never moving elsewhere."

My husband and I bought our house in ANA Estate in December 2006 for $265,000, which was a good bargain at the time. We live near the border of Oak Park and Glenroy. We love the fact that we can see the city skyline from our front verandah, so we get to enjoy watching the fireworks display. We also like walking around the quiet neighbourhood or along the Moonee Ponds bike trail/creek nearby, especially during summertime. We're fortunate to have nice and friendly neighbours, whom we usually exchange hello's and good morning's with.

While there's a bus stop one street back from ours, my husband goes for a 3-minute drive to the Oak Park train station, leaves the car there, and takes an easy 25-minute train ride to the city for work. I drive to work and love the convenience of Citylink, with the entrance to the freeway only 5 minutes from our home. We're also spoilt for choice with travel to the beautiful northern and western parts of Victoria via the Hume, Calder and Western Ring Road highways. Travelling interstate and international is a breeze and never a hassle for us as Tullamarine Airport is only less than 15 minutes away.

We love going to the local Kebab House for a quick bite or Huyen Linh Vietnamese restaurant for a decent, good-priced dinner. We sometimes head to Dairy Queen for weekend brunch -- only $10 for a big breakfast with coffee, which I believe is good value for money. Marhis Cafe, Groceries and Takeaway along Menana Road -- in front of Penola Catholic College Junior campus and only 3 blocks from our home -- serves lovely Filipino meals. The shop sells cheese ice cream that's just to die for. There's also a green grocer nearby, Pascoe Vale Road Market, which is open everyday. For nightlife, it's just a short drive to the restaurants and pubs in either Moonee Ponds, Brunswick East or Carlton.

We're happy here and never moving elsewhere. ;)
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • 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 5/5
2yrs+

"Nice quiet area for families"

Nice quiet area with friendly neighbours. Many families with children and older couples. Convenient with buses, trains and freeway. Quick trip on the train to the city. Great for travelling to the airport for those early morning flights. Safe enough to walk around at night.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"A suburb in transformation"

Glenroy is a relatively quiet little suburb that is surprisingly close to the city. Distance-wise, it is on par with Sandringham, yet it is still in Zone 1. Citylink allows quick access to the city and further south, and Bell street gets you to the leafy east just as easily.

A growing list of eateries allows for variety when you can't be bothered cooking - although we rarely stray from Wheatsheaf Road's Veneziana, our pizzeria of choice. Glenroy is also home of the best Kebab I've ever had, bought from the Kebab House, on the corner of Pascoe Vale and Glenroy roads. They also have a great range of dips (the chilli one is awesome if you like it hot!)

There are three major supermarkets (Coles, IGA and Safeway), and a number of smaller grocers.

With new townhouses popping up all over the place it is clear that Glenroy is undergoing a transformation, and is becoming more and more popular for the affluent but not excessively rich.

Glenroy has everything you need and then some. The only sore spot - lack of any decent nightlife - is easily remedied with a short train ride to Essendon, Moonee Ponds or the city itself.

I couldn't recommend this suburb more.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
AdamS
AdamS Fantastic honest review, a WEALTH of great information. Nice one Rover83

AJ
2yrs+
MargieA
MargieA you think houses here will double in 10 yrs? thanks
Sep 27, 2015
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Best Streets in Glenroy

1

Morell St

3/5
"A very quiet Street to bring up children"
-37.7022378222 144.9499467169

Unranked Streets in Glenroy

Glen St

4.5/5
"Classical and Quaint"
-37.6961862746 144.927926187
"Tennis anyone !!!"
-37.7041366148 144.9316964515

Widford St

2.5/5
"A tale of two suburbs: Part I"
-37.70167 144.92353

Chapman Ave

3.5/5
"Best value buying in Glenroy"
-37.7046591243 144.9116703368

Ogden St

1/5
-37.7020807279 144.9487992452
"Trains, Speed Humps and Convenience"
-37.6957559727 144.9166836957

Isla Ave

3.5/5
"A great little street"
-37.7065818225 144.9310953948

Daley St

1.5/5
"Affordable homes needing families"
-37.6979245578 144.9348246781

John St

3.5/5
"Best value in Glenroy"
-37.695260784 144.9380485274