8.6 out of 10

Hampton

Ranked 142nd best suburb in Melbourne (Greater)
-37.9377848532514 145.00815729716
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  • Parks & Recreation
  • Resale or Rental Value
  • Shopping Options
  • Schools
  • Gym & Fitness
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Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
Apr 21, 2018

"I still call Hampton home"

When I moved interstate after living in Hampton it was upsetting to be leaving such a wonderful place. The beach is beautiful, the shopping and restaurants in Hampton Street fabulous, public transport terrific and the community second to none. I come back to Melbourne on a regular basis and always stay in Hampton.
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
Mar 19, 2018

"Nothing Compares to You" Hampton""

This suburb is a unique and bespoke little pocket of the world. Growing up no one knew where it was - but now its a hive of activity and its like a lightbulb moment for those who have only just discovered how gorgeous it is. I might be biased as I grew up here, but having lived elsewhere - nothing compares to what is has to offer, beach, train, infrastructure, a proud Council, wide streets, rural feel. On an on I go because I know. If your not sure of the dynamics of the community it can be challenging to navigate and understand, but once entrenched, its hard to leave it. I still love it. Whats not to love?!
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
Feb 27, 2018

"Dog loving suburb, friendly neighbours, the beach and really nice local cafes with excellent service"

We moved into our home a year ago, after apartment living in South Melbourne for many years, and have never looked back. We're surrounded by lovely warm neighbours who from day one have always been welcoming to us. It's also very pet-friendly along Hampton Street, with lots of passersby stopping to have a chat with us about our furbaby friend and giving her a cuddle. There's also a good range of cafes (SIPP and Sebastians FTW!), tapas bars, Italian, Japanese, Indian, Thai and Chinese dine-in/takeaway joints which serve up really good food at reasonable prices. The local Hampton Market has good quality meats, and again, friendly and warm customer service. With Woolies along Hampton St, and Coles just over at Bluff Road, we honestly are spoilt for choice most of the time!

The bayside lifestyle of Hampton is what really captured our hearts when we were searching for a suburb, and for those who like relaxing at the beach with a walk, cycle or a swim with the dog, this place is perfect. Very down to earth vibe and never overly crowded along the shore, even during summer. Most of our neighbours are established couples in their early 40s with kids, or those in semi-retirement in their 50s and beyond. We also feel very safe in our neighbourhood, and walking the dog after dinner around 9pm has never been an issue, with us even bumping into others doing after dinner walks. The Council has put in quite a lot of good street lights, and most of the neighbours do up their lawns and driveways with beautiful lights to showcase their front gardens.

Hampton does seem to be quite a fenced/gated community, with many home owners preferring to have higher fences or gates that run around the border of their property. We don't mind this at all, and also installed a gate on our property when we moved in. We also do see many security cameras installed so there is sense of unity amongst neighbours to deter break-ins and burglaries. So far the neighbours around our streets who have been living there for years have said there aren't major issues, with just a couple of naughty kids doing some graffiti or stealing loose change if you forget to lock your car when it's parked outside.

Some other reviewers have mentioned the cost of the homes as a con, however we feel it's important to stay in an area where there are others from a similar background who might pay a little bit more to get into this neighbourhood. To us, the main con would be the number of apartments that seem to be popping up closer to Hampton Street and the train station that may introduce an influx of cars, public transport users etc which would then impact that relaxed vibe that it currently has. Hopefully we don't have a big 'mall' type development spring up in the near future, given we can always drive to close by Southland or even to Chadstone for our shopping fix!

All in all, we really love living here and are so pleased that we chose it as our home. Friends have also commented that they really like the vibes they get when in the area, and we've never been prouder. Keep it up neighbours!
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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 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Fantastic community to live in"

I have lived in Hampton for 16 years and have found it to be a fantastic place to raise a family. There are a mix of people who live in the area ranging from commission house residents to 'yuppies' mentioned in previous reviews. I have always found people to be friendly and have never had the impression of being looked down upon when I walked down Hampton Street. There are plenty of Saturday sporting options for the kids and these are community focused. Hampton Street has a wonderful selection of cafes and restaurants which cater for all budgets. House prices have increased dramatically over the years but that's because it is such a sought after suburb due to the location, amenities and community.
Pros
  • Amenities
  • Quiet local streets
  • Bayside
  • Services
  • Vibe
  • Quality restaurants and cafes
  • Safe
Cons
  • Traffic along Hampton Street
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
2yrs+

"Quality public school systems, relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere: bicycling, beach, hiking trails"

Pros & Cons with suggestions for Bayside to improve itself:

The quaint Victorian homes, sunshine by the bay, good customer service & small neighborhood feeling of the downtown for groceries, bakeries, and affordable, yet impressive little places to meet up for breakfast, lunch or live music is here. Teenagers could pick up a smoothie, get ice cream, or have burgers at the Urban Burger or Red Rooster.
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  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Beach Lovers
melrich
melrich A seriously weird "suburb review". If you want a feel for Hampton read elsewhere, this is just a blurt.
2yrs+
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
2yrs+

"Decent area with quality restaurants and cafes but overpriced and filled with yuppie snobs"

Pros:

1) Quality restaurants and cafes. There's many quality restaurants and cafes on Hampton Street and not all of them have inflated prices.

2) Safe, although I'm aware of one instance of a break-in near a laneway. Hampton Station is on the Sandringham Train Line, which is one of the safest train lines in Melbourne.

3) Traffic isn't very busy and it takes less than 25 minutes (stopping all stations) to reach the city by train.

4) Close to the beach. Hampton Beach is a great beach. Nearby Black Rock Beach is great as well.

5) Nice parks and reserves and the air that comes in from the beach is really fresh.

6) Not many riff raff.



Cons:

There aren't too many cons but the cons that do exist are major in itself.

1) Even though Hampton is located close to the beach the area is quite overpriced. I'm not just talking about the many original two bedroom dwellings in Hampton either but many of the shops on the main street (Hampton Street). A lot of the restaurants and cafes on Hampton Street are overpriced even taking into account that they're quality establishments. Even the Video Ezy on Hampton Street charges more for DVD rentals than many other Video Ezy stores!

2) There's a lot of yuppie snobs in Hampton. A lot of them have an insecure and arrogant attitude and when you walk past them a lot of them will look at you (whether they're on foot or on a bicycle) in a way that portrays that they think they're better than you. This includes teenagers and 20-somethings as well. I wish Hampton residents were more friendly, less insecure, less arrogant and less focused on money and materialism. Many houses having high wall front fences is intimidating as well. Many businesses who overprice in Hampton remain open because Hampton's yuppies are willing to fork out more money (oftentimes for inferior products) when they don't have to.

3) Spending excessive ratepayers' money on functions is just one aspect that makes Bayside Council one of the worst performing councils in Victoria.
Pros
  • Quality restaurants and cafes
  • Safe
  • Not too much traffic, close to the beach, nice parks and reserves, really fresh air coming in from the beach, not many riff raff
Cons
  • Overpriced
  • Yuppie snobs
  • Bayside Council (spending excessive ratepayers' money on functions is just one aspect that makes Bayside Council one of the worst performing councils in Victoria)
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Beach Lovers
hamptonhome
hamptonhome This a very strange review, they probably don't live in Hampton and have a very strange view of themselves. The cons listed are untrue. We are not snobs. I have lived in many different areas and Hampton is the best place by far.
2yrs+
gdewing
gdewing I agree, I have lived there, and most people are normal. The opposite seems to be my view - there are many people who seem a bit rough around the edges. Coffee is normal prices, Network Video does great deals with vouchers. Houses are VERY expensive tho', and that is why we cannot buy there, only rent.
2yrs+
SimoneYoung
SimoneYoung I find this a strange review also. I have lived in Hampton for 16 years and it has been a fantastic, friendly community. I agree that houses are expensive but that doesn't affect the community values found here. Whenever I am in Hampton Street to do shopping it usually takes longer than expected because of the people I bump into and stop to have a chat with.
2yrs+
ninaa
ninaa I grew up in this area and lived in other areas around Melbourne and Regional Vic. (on Land, no neighbours which is why we moved there ). BY FAR, Hampton is the best suburb for amenities, safety, infrastructure, proximity to Melbourne and the foreshore. It has a great cafe' society not to mention dinner establishments. Living here like no other place. Anyone who feels uncomfortable living here possibly doesn't understand the unique dynamics of the community and its culture. It is quaint the streets are wide and there is a nice 'rural' feel to the suburb. I can't fault it and probably never will - its my home town and still is home.
Mar 19, 2018
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"A family suburb and transport is great- (much quicker sandringham line than moorabbin if u work in city)"

Pretty houses, and hasn't lost the character that Brighton East has with McMansions.

So many parks. That's the nicest bit, that it has leafy streets and parks.
The shops were becoming a bit dull until recently with Mozzi, and other cool unique brands relocating, Hampton street vibe is much better in last 6 months.
Pros
  • Bayside
  • Services
  • Vibe
Cons
  • none!
Recommended for
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  • Families with kids
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • 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 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Love this suburb"

Ooo, what's there not to love! Close the beach, transport, major roads, eateries and shops to name a few. Its a great suburb with a great mix of people. Hampton street has everything you need. Lots of top schools and child care options. With the Sandringham train line it is only a 25 minute train ride into the city. Southland Shopping centre is about 4km away. Lots of medical centres and doctors around. If you are looking for a Brighton alternative, well I think you may have just found it.
Pros
  • Bayside
  • Services
  • Vibe
Cons
  • none!
Recommended for
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  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • 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
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"On holidays at home!"

Living in Hampton is like being on a beach holiday without leaving home - Fabulous restaurants cafes, shops and of course the beach! Well serviced by the Sandringham train line (25min to city) and buses, it really does have it all - if you can afford it!
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5/5
2yrs+
4/5
2yrs+

"Nice place on the beach and not far from everything you could need"

A great beachside location out of the city.
There are some great tree lined streets and some beautiful character homes around the area, as well as some newer homes. For the golfers the local golf course will keep you happy and it just adds to the green feel.
There are plenty of schools and kindergartens close by which makes it an ideal place for families. There are also child care facilities. With the beach and a few nice parks, there is little more a family could want.
With the greenery comes the birdlife which adds to the vibe.
There are plenty of shops within walking distance including milk bars and supermarkets.
If you want to get out for a meal there are a few nice places not too far away.
There is easy access to the city up the Nepean Way.
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3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Great place to live"

This is a great place to live. I grew up in the area but is nicer now. It was very dominated by Ministry of Housing homes back then. The area has changed for the better!
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Unranked Streets in Hampton

"Perfect for families"
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Beach Road

3.5/5
"A well-known street with a mixture of house types and great access to shopping, beach and transport."
-37.9320156312 144.993277437
"Our family grew up in this area we lived in Barnett St for 19 years then moved in to Ivy st next street to the west. as we didnt want to leave our great neighbours and friends! We had kindergartens within walking distance and great parks to take the children to and also lots of children the same ag"
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"Great for family life"
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Linacre Road

4.5/5
"family friendly haven"
-37.9440982358 145.0195873257
"So close to everything"
-37.9347989333 145.0060089096
"An absolute kids paradise!! Great commute to city (25 minutes) via Hampton Station and Shopping Strip"
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"Walker Avenue"
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"Quiet and Family Friendly"
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