6.8 out of 10

Heidelberg West

Ranked 311st best suburb in Melbourne (Greater)
-37.7375404635134 145.038467059021
Great for
  • Internet Access
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Clean & Green
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Cost of Living
Not great for
  • Nightlife
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Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Students
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

Reviews

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 4/5
  • 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 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
4 days ago

"Changing Suburb. Future Fitzroy. Perfect suburb for first home buyers."

Great place to live. Buy now and reap the benefits in future.
Pros
  • Close to University, Hospitals and Shopping centres
  • Proximity to city
  • Council dedication to improve area
  • Quiet
  • So close to city
Cons
  • Some areas look in need of an update
  • Old buildings
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
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1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Jan 21, 2017

"Rough suburb"

Grew up in this suburb and never felt safe walking the streets alone. It is the worst suburb I've lived in.

Stay away from Ramu Pde as it is one of the worst street to live. It is a very rough street with hard rubbish and litter dumped on the side street by mostly the tenants who live in public housing.

I have experienced abuse, racism, theft, vandalism to my home, hard rubbish and litter litterally dumped on my driveway and front lawn strip, exposed needles /condoms put in my letterbox and property. The list goes on.


Sure Heidelberg is close to hospitals, shops and city but the only transport available within walking distance is the bus. You will generally need a car to get anywhere.


After so many years of living in this depressing suburb I am so glad I got out of there.
Pros
  • Close to University, Hospitals and Shopping centres
  • Proximity to city
  • So close to city
Cons
  • Old commission places
  • Some areas look in need of an update
  • Old buildings
  • Education and living standards
  • Poverty
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
5/5
Oct 03, 2016

"Do Your Own Research"

Yes. This is some part of Heidelberg West is rundown. Yes. You will come across unpleasant people on the street. Yes. It is not ideal for owner occupier to purchase the first home. And Yes, a lot of home owner and agents are all saying Heidelberg West is improving and you need to be aware of what they say. But does that mean, it is still a suburb you need to stay away from? Definitely no. Just take a brief look at census data, public renting number dropped from 1100 in 1991 to 800 in 2011. The selling momentum slowed during 2006 - 2011, I suppose that was mainly due to the financial crisis and government does not wish to dump their stock at bottom level price. Currently I feel government accelerated sales process a little bit. 2016 census will be very important to see what government had done in the past five years. And government will use the proceeds to rebuilt some of the dilapidated properties anyway. Considering increasing private developers' interest in this area. Just imaging ten years from now, what heidelberg west will look like and how its median price will be compared to median house price of Melbourne. ( Currently still has a 10- 15% discount, but in a long run, I think it will have 10-20% premium over Melbourne median price.)
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • 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 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Feb 22, 2016

"Way better than I originally thought"

Before I moved into Heidelberg West, I was a bit scared by the review on the internet. But my limited budget left me with no other choice. After living there for a while, I find the neighborhood is way better than I originally imagine. Really recommend for people who with a tight budget.
Pros
  • Close to University, Hospitals and Shopping centres
  • Proximity to city
  • Council dedication to improve area
  • Quiet
  • So close to city
Cons
  • Old commission places
  • Some areas look in need of an update
  • Old buildings
  • Education and living standards
  • Poverty
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Feb 21, 2016

"Huge investment potential"

Government continue to sell public houses in this area. Most of the tenants living in public houses are quiet, friendly senior people. I have not come across any trouble in the past two years. When you see the number of development sites in this Heidelberg West, it is not hard to image the suburb will be entirely different in 5 -10 years. In my opinion, it is one of the best suburbs from an investment perspective.
Pros
  • Close to University, Hospitals and Shopping centres
  • Proximity to city
  • Council dedication to improve area
  • Quiet
  • So close to city
Cons
  • Some areas look in need of an update
  • Old buildings
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
Aug 02, 2015

"Better than we expected"

We moved out her as we wanted our own little house with a backyard. Bought a little 2 bed that had been renovated on 600m2 and have really easy mortgage payments even though we didn't have the 20% deposit.
It's true that the neighborhood is patchy, eg some pockets that are grubby and seem like there is bad folks there. However when we moved in all the local neighbors came over and introduced themselves, they even threw a BBQ so we could meet everyone!
Our mini neighborhood is wonderfully quiet with trees and birds.
It seems that the commission housing is being sold off by the council? It may all have been sold by now though I could be wrong about this?
I was worried about crime and parking my car outside and all that but after nearly a year we haven't had any problems.
Mahalang reserve is a big nearby park with nice facilities but yeah some of the kids up there are pretty badly behaved and sweary, I would definately supervise kids up there
Overall though it's a much better lifestyle than we had in a swanky Richmond appartment and we will stay here for the foreseeable future
Pros
  • Nice wildlife and trees
  • Close to University, Hospitals and Shopping centres
  • Proximity to city
  • Council dedication to improve area
  • Quiet
Cons
  • Old commission places
  • Some areas look in need of an update
  • Old buildings
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Students
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Apr 12, 2015

"Just moved in and pleasantly surprised!!"

Like most people we thought of the suburb as "Dodgy" but it was the only place left (northern suburbs) that is affordable and has great investment opportunity. We used to live on Liberty Parade in Ivanhoe, literally across bell street. That pocket is safe as anything but townhouses are selling for mid to high 800K. Jump across bell street to Ebony Parade and we get a big block 600+ M2 for 450k. So far so good. Of course there is a mix of young professionals and riff raff but it will certainly change with the blocks being subdivided for new units and homes being renovated. Not to mention council is selling off commission flats. Only time will tell.
Pros
  • Close to University, Hospitals and Shopping centres
  • Proximity to city
  • Council dedication to improve area
  • Quiet
Cons
  • Old commission places
  • Some areas look in need of an update
  • Education and living standards
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
2yrs+

"Close to everything we need/want"

Affordable, quiet, always improving. Good parts and 'bad' parts (just like every other suburb). Great annual festival in the local park. Close to everything (2 minute trip to shopping in Ivanhoe, Heidelberg or Northland in Preston). Great access to ring road and Bell St (both handy for getting to the airport), close to La Trobe Uni (lots of students live in the area), well serviced by buses to city or 5 minute trip to train (Heidelberg or Ivanhoe) or tram (Preston). Glad we are not spending every cent servicing the mortgage - we have a great lifestyle here, as do several of our artist friends and our house has almost doubled in value. No regrets on leaving noisy, drunken, grotty Brunswick or dull Northcote (with its noise-complaining, middle age parents of primary school age children) all those years ago. Not to mention, the luxury of having off-street parking!!
Pros
  • Close to University, Hospitals and Shopping centres
  • Proximity to city
  • Quiet
Cons
  • Some areas look in need of an update
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Hipsters
  • Students
LaurenD
LaurenD Could you please elaborate more on the bad parts - like perhaps give me specific street names and pockets? It would be much appreciated :)
2yrs+
CK
CK I totally agree with TaneC. I have lived in Heidelberg West for over a year now and really like it. There are a few dodgy streets, but the rest are fine. If your coming from Thornbury or Northcote, this suburb will look a little shabby in comparison. But, that is only on the surface. Heidelberg West is changing dramatically for the better. Nearly every street has some sort of private housing development (e.g. sub-divisions or small units), which is great. I've never encountered any problems with any people living here. On the contrary, I've discovered an amazing community of people. Even within the same street there are some good and not so good parts. For example, Ramu Parade west of Oriel Rd is not the nicest, but I'd happily live in Ramu Pde between Oriel Rd and Waterdale Rd , that section is really good. I find Heidelberg West quiet & full of trees. It is only a few minutes drive to Rosanna Station and has amazing public transport bus system. I've lived all over Melbourne (including Northcote, Thornbury & Preston) and I'm really happy with Heidelberg West. I'm hoping to buy a house here very soon whilst the property prices are still low in comparison with neighbouring Ivanhoe, Preston and Rosanna.
2yrs+
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1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
2yrs+

"Skip this place, come back in a decade."

In a word, horrid.

In general the suburb is quite run down, there are a lot of commission places with less than ideal tenants.

If you are familiar with the processes that have to be followed to have someone evicted you would know that it is near impossible now. The tenant has to be taken to court in most instances and face their accusers. The worst tenants of the area are extremely violent, abusive and downright psychotic. Some of them are a problem every single day and know they will not be evicted. Smashed windows, vandalism, abuse, violence, drugs.. it never ends.

The kids in the area are among the worst I have ever seen and the police are useless. It took the cops nearly a YEAR to confiscate the cheap chinese motorbikes the local kids were using, turning the local area, including the mall, into their own personal motorcross track. The kids break shop windows.. everyone just knows nothing will be done. Wait till the kids get older, it'll get worse.

Don't risk it. This suburb isn't worth your life. You will get robbed. You will be subject to vicious abuse and insults for merely walking the street.
The council are as pathetic as the police, they have consistent reports about particular people with evidence.. but they do nothing. You'll need to be close to the hospital for when one of those drugged kids puts a knife in you.

Heidelberg west is the worst place I have ever lived in.
Pros
  • Close to University, Hospitals and Shopping centres
Cons
  • Severe antisocial behaviours
  • Vandalism
  • Racism
  • Old commission places
  • Some areas look in need of an update
  • Old buildings
  • Education and living standards
  • Poverty
LaurenD
LaurenD Could you please elaborate more on the bad parts - like perhaps give me specific street names and pockets? It would be much appreciated :)
2yrs+
TaneC
TaneC We are a small ( working) family who live in Heidelberg West and yes it can be rough at times and I do miss Fitzroy but I our little house was affordabele and in a nice quiet part of the suburb. We live close enough to the places we work to either ride a bike or walk, what a luxury! Our children are highly intelligent and well behaved as are a number of other children in the area. I would say the main area to avoid is Ramu parade there are a lot of housing comision houses and this long street is always littered with house hold rubbish, things like old furniture and clothes. Perth street seems a little dodgy too. A suburb is only what you make of it, if you get involved and get to know like minded people in the area you will come to like Heidelberg west. I would saying buying in Heidelberg west is a worthy investment.
2yrs+
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Affordable and Convenient"

Heidelberg West has a rich history which includes the 1956 Olympic Games Village for athletes.The area is close to Northland Shopping Center and Latrobe University.Many residents have lived there for years and enjoy the convenience of local transport and shops and also its close proximity to the CBD.
Homes in the area offer good value and an opportunity to renovate or re develop which has been quite popular in recent years and continues to update the area.
Pros
  • Close to University, Hospitals and Shopping centres
  • Proximity to city
  • Council dedication to improve area
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Be wary of people using the same old line of its on the up- do your research"

Although the rent/property prices here are cheaper than in nearby suburbs, trust me, they aren't cheap enough, especially if you have kids. Go to Reservoir, go to Glenroy, go to Altona- none of these are great but I've lived in them all and they are infinitely more preferable. Heck even country towns are preferable if you're that worried about saving money on rent. As many posters here have already mentioned, the area looks rough, sounds rough and is rough. Way more yelling, drug dealing, sirens etc. here per capita than is normal. I have to admit I was never the victim of crime myself in Heidelberg West, but I know the statistics, and my old housemates car has since been broken into and her backyard entered, a few clothing items stolen from the line and her pet rabbit let loose/stolen (wtf, right!?). It's more of a 'filler' suburb, between the major suburbs with actual services and transport. Lots of drab buildings and houses, no nice period (ie. pre WW2) buildings and few modern ones- area mostly developed in the 50s and 60s with automobile dominance in mind, meaning there is no real centre, and therefore few shops within West Heidelberg, and restaurants, bars, cafes? At least a decent pub? Forget about it. Some posters here have mentioned proximity to the city/public transport as pro's- but even this is not really true. I'd consider somewhere like Ascot Vale or Northcote to be pretty much the outer limit of 'so close to the city'- West Heidelberg is at least 12 km away. Crap freeway access. Additionally, within the suburb itself there is no train station, no tram line, no direct link to the city at all, meaning you must either own a car, or be wiling to catch a bus (bus passengers in West Heidelberg? eugh) fifteen or twenty minutes to the nearest station, then wait to catch the next train, just to get to the city- just commuting via train alone can be bad enough. Also, if you're not used to living in crappy areas, it can be kind of embarrassing to invite friends and family over to visit when you know they will be seeing/hearing what you force yourself to ignore.
If you're seriously thinking about moving here, if you rent make sure you have a car and a high tolerance for putting up with the ugliness and crime and feral people for the lower rent. The only redeeming feature is it is quite close to really nice suburbs like Heidelberg (3084) and Ivanhoe, as well as Latrobe Uni. And if you're thinking of actually buying here- for gods sake do your research and find out what its actually likely to return, and don't believe the same old line used for all crappy areas of 'its on the up!'- the area would need to get rid of its housing commission houses and get a train station/rail line for it to really be on the up, and they're never going to happen.
Pros
  • Close to University, Hospitals and Shopping centres
Cons
  • Rough people on the streets
  • No public transport to the city
  • Few local shops & services, no nightlife & places to eat/drink...
  • Old commission places
  • Some areas look in need of an update
  • Education and living standards
  • Poverty
Recommended for
  • Students
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"A suburb built for desperate hosing choices"

OH MY GOODNESS,This is the worst place i lived at, apart from my individual,unit i am surrounded by a lot of trouble and very disrespectful people. It is a low social economical background with a tone of public housing who most of the residents do not have any pride in where they live at all. ( i myself have government housing but am very house proud) I have been here 2 1/2 years and am already dying to get out of here. The area has only gotten worse even in the short amount of time i've been here.There are drug deals to witness regularly and i see at least one cop car or ambulance every few days. A lot of vacant housing becoming available and just left empty so people tend to set them on fire or shoot up in them and squat. Living on a very busy main street, i witness insane drivers daily whom seem to go at a ridiculous speed.They don't wear helmets on bike or motor cycles here and living in an area where there are heaps of large families i find it quiet dangerous.The only reason i stay is that the location is great. its close to shops and easy access to public transport and i have fantastic neighbours in my block of units. Seeing too many dramas, i now think its time to move on!!!!!!!
Pros
  • transport
  • Close to University, Hospitals and Shopping centres
Cons
  • high crime area and drug related incidents
  • Old commission places
  • Old buildings
  • Some areas look in need of an update
  • Education and living standards
  • Poverty
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Students
2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
2yrs+

"Worst one year experience!"

What I learned from living in Heidelberg West is we have to really review the place around before living in any house. Lot of noise and fights at night from government houses around. Some street drivers at night very noisy. Not very friendly people but some good parks and shopping experience around.
Pros
  • Proximity to city
  • Close to University, Hospitals and Shopping centres
Cons
  • Old commission places
  • Old buildings
  • Some areas look in need of an update
  • Education and living standards
  • Poverty
Recommended for
  • Singles
2/5
2yrs+

"So very glad we got out."

There are a lot of great people in this place and a lot of deeply entrenched problems. I lived there with my young family for a number of years and never felt safe.
There are people who want change.
There are young families.
The parks are fantastic.
But there is a lot of screaming in the streets, burglaries, stolen vehicles, things set on fire, children roaming unsupervised, and alcohol and substance abuse. I could never, in good conscience, advise anyone with a family to buy into the area.
Pros
  • Proximity to city
  • Close to University, Hospitals and Shopping centres
Cons
  • Alcohol and substance abuse
  • Burglaries
  • Old commission places
  • Some areas look in need of an update
  • Education and living standards
  • Poverty
Exar
Exar Hey Brad, we 100% agree with you. We were keen to get on the property ladder in a modern standalone house within close distance of the CBD where my wife and I both work. The plan was to give it five years, which we did, before upgrading to wonderful, peaceful Macleod. It served it's purpose.
2yrs+
Nattyyt
Nattyyt I think I prefer Heidelberg west
2yrs+
TylerSanderson
TylerSanderson i believe it's a fine neighbourhood to live in, if you have a problem with the dodgy looking people around there, just keep to yourself, they only start a fight with the people who confront them or piss them off. stay away from the troubled areas and you will be great
2yrs+
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • 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 5/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Great start"

Cheaper suburb located within 12km of city. Perfect for young couples after their first home. Very walkable, lots of green parks and walking/bikes tracks that take you right into the city via a very scenic route! Little rough in some areas, but definitely improving.
Pros
  • Close to University, Hospitals and Shopping centres
  • So close to city
  • Proximity to city
  • Council dedication to improve area
  • Quiet
Cons
  • Some areas look in need of an update
  • Old buildings
  • Old commission places
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • 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 5/5
  • Parking 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+

"Best in the west"

Heidelberg West has been good to our family and selling our house will be our biggest regret, in 5 years the average Joe will no be able to buy here. Lots of things going for the suburb but location is king!!!
Pros
  • Proximity to city
  • Close to University, Hospitals and Shopping centres
  • Council dedication to improve area
  • Quiet
  • So close to city
Cons
  • Old commission places
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Students
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Pretty Good Actually"

This suburb gets a bad rap, but as an owner/occupier, I can say that it is definitely on the improve. SO close to the city! Public transport is a breeze, and a focus on the parks in the area for the kids. Weekends are pretty quiet in the area too. If you work night shift and need to sleep during daylight hours, then this area is definitely the place for you! Banyule are working hard to clean the area up, and rates are really low. We have enjoyed a very comfortable life here for more than 5 years, a great way to get us on the property ladder! Totally agree that this suburb will one day be a big name!
Pros
  • Proximity to city
  • Close to University, Hospitals and Shopping centres
  • Council dedication to improve area
  • Quiet
  • So close to city
Cons
  • Old buildings
  • Old commission places
  • Some areas look in need of an update
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
2yrs+

"Cheap place to live if you don't mind the crime"

We've lived in this area for the last 7 years.
When living South of Bell Street we had not trouble with the neighborhood. When we moved above Bell Street, particularly West of Oriel Rd we have had trouble with hoon driving, drunks, assaults and drugs near our house.
I love the parklands nearby and it easy to walk to Northland Shopping Centre.
Also Ivanhoe and Heidelberg are very close by and have some lovely places to eat.
Public transport OK, easy to catch buses, but trains are further away.
The cost of rent is reasonably cheap, that'[s why we moved here.
There is a great playground nearby for kids of all ages.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"The next boom suburb....................Just watch it grow............"

We bought here in 2002 and the Suburb is on the up and up. More young families are moving in and rebuilding/ renovating. Remember Collingwood, Carlton and parts of Hawthorne.....? All working class suburbs and now look at them.... Be smart.... at 11 klms from the CBD you'd be stupid to over look this suburb due to cosmetic reasons. A hop, skip and a jump from universities, hospitals and retail....a must buy/ invest. You can still get in under the Median house price. Blocks of land on average are in the mid- 600's.
Just watch it grow.....the next boom!!!!!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
Treesnleaves
Treesnleaves Is it possible you are predicting it will boom because you bought here and you want to justify your own purchase?anyway your wrong, it hasnt boomed it has just got worse, terrable suburb with bad stagnant growth, this place is a poker machine, it eats your money!
2yrs+
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
2yrs+

"A neighbourhood on the improve"

My partner and I bought in January because this area was so affordable and was still fairly close to the city. We were surprised to find out how much green space there was along the Darebin Creek which is great for walking our dogs. This area has had a poor reputation in the past but there are many signs of improvement. Many new houses are being built and there is a local Neighbourhood Renewal project that is working to tackle local issues.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"a quiet achiever."

I've lived here for around 4 years. Gets better and better as more people with a purpose in life move in (by that, i mean students, professionals, creative types etc...) For a suburb that is 11 kms from the city, this place is excellent. Off street parking is an absolute bonus in this suburb - you certainly cant do that in many homes closer to the city. Our four bedroom home cost $250,000. We could probably sell it now for around $5-$600,000. Not that we plan to!! A little gem of a suburb whose colourful and historic past ('56 Olympics) will one day be a badge of honour.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Close to the city"

Steadily improving neighbourhood. Council are demolishing the older commission homes.
More first home buyers/young couples as elderly couples move on. Excellent parks, real draw card for kids. Bike tracks that go straight into city. Really quiet throughout day/weekends-limited traffic noise. Very central area-close to/ easy access to the freeways/Ring road.
Pros
  • Proximity to city
Cons
  • Old buildings
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Students
5/5
2yrs+

"On the up & up!"

This little suburb, historically known for being the site of the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games is like the little suburb that could! Haivng bought into the suburb back in early 2006, we have seen marked improvement in the area, and in house value! Being only 11km outside the city, it is one of thelast left secrets of melbourne. Quiet streets, excellent parks, lots of parking available. This is one of those suburbs set to boom within the next 10 years. Still a couple of hundred thousand below Melbourne's average house price, get in fast! Dedicated council program to address the unwanted aspects of the suburb, the unsavoury parts are slowly, but surely disappearing.
Pros
  • Council dedication to improve area
  • Quiet
  • Proximity to city
Cons
  • Old commission places
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Students
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"In the Ghetto"

According to the current Banyule Council web site’s statistics (http://profile.id.com.au/templates/profile/Clients/132Bany/PDF/160.pdf), on page 5 Heidelberg West has 6786 residents, and on page 6 there are 2946 private dwellings. This differs to the latest Australia Bureau of Statistics, which put the number of people as 12923, and 5619 private dwellings (go to the ABS web site http://www.abs.gov.au/websitedbs/d3310114.nsf/home/census, then on the right hand side under the small QuickStats Quick Search, you enter the Heidelberg West post code of 3081).

A key figure not mentioned in Banyule Council’s web site is that in Heidelberg West there of the total of 2133 private dwellings that are rented, and of these those that are owned and run by a State or Territory housing authority, that is public housing, is the number of 1133. So that is 2133 out of 5619 private dwellings are rental, or 37.96%, and of these rental properties, 1133 are housing commission, or 53.1%.

In a 2001 report tabled to the Parliament of Australia on the poverty rates by electorates, Jagajaga (which Heidelberg West is part of but not exclusive to), rated 23 out of the top 150 electoral regions deemed as those with the highest poverty rays (http://www.aph.gov.au/library/pubs/rn/2004-05/05rn49.htm).

According to the ABS statistics, as outlined in the above mentioned Banyule link, it states on page 29 there was, ‘smaller proportion of households in the highest income quartile, but a larger proportion in the lowest income quartile’. Also according to the same statistics on page 31, for those people living in Heidelberg West aged 15 and over, at least 53% had no qualifications, and 11.2% of people were not stated.

For many public housing dwellings, and there are numerous reports of slum like conditions, one example can be found at http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/slum-conditions-in-public-housing-exposed-20100227-pa91.html). West Heidelberg residents that live in these conditions are not that happy with their housing or their treatment, according to this article http://heidelberg-leader.whereilive.com.au/news/story/finally-a-vow-to-help-in-heidelberg-west/.

According to the Victorian Police web that allows you to check crime by postcodes, if you type in 3081 for Heidelberg Wes, you get a total of 5632.2 offences recorded in 2009, and 5400.7 in 2010 ( http://www.vicpolicenews.com.au/myplace.htmlhttp://www.vicpolicenews.com.au/index.php?option=com_statistics&task=search). Property damage, assaults, and a variety of theft types make up the top reported crimes according to these statistics.

I have lived in Heidelberg West now for 4 years. Like many, it is not by choice, but by necessity. I have heard a person brutally stabbed, see http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/tjay-tuncak-charged-over-heidelberg-west-stabbing-death-of-rowan-briam/story-e6frf7jo-1225805569949, and heard of a mother killing her 3 children before setting the house on fire, see http://www.f4joz.com/news/newspage.php?yr=11&id=4.

By my own accounts, and by the police statistics, pretty much at least every weekend I can hear and see quite easily people yelling, being abused, screaming, being drunk and disorderly, being assaulted, perpetrating violence, and driving and operating vehicles dangerously. I challenge any person who disbelieves the facts, to take a walk up Alamein Rd, from the start at the southern end to the end in the northern end, on a Friday or Saturday night after 11PM.

I have seen families robbed, and terrified. And I can whole heartedly say that if you have a family or children, please visit these areas outside of business or weekend hours. Go there late at night, drive around the suburb and the streets, or walk around these areas if you are game, and open your windows and eyes, and then consider whether this is the best choice for you and your loved ones. Even the kids around Heidelberg West are pretty scary, and they can easily be seen during the day (and not just on the weekends), yelling abuse at cars, while riding bikes, scooters, or just walking down the middle of the road.

Heidelberg West is cheap, it is close to major shops, hospitals, schools, public transport, and other amenities. However, as someone that has lived here, and someone that has called the police more times that I care to imagine, take it from me, keep looking!
Pros
  • Proximity to city
  • Close to University, Hospitals and Shopping centres
  • So close to city
Cons
  • Poverty
  • Education and living standards
  • Crime
  • Old buildings
  • Old commission places
  • Some areas look in need of an update
Notsobad
Notsobad We have lived in this area since 2006, and to be honest have seen both good & bad. However, the area does seem to be steadily improving. With regard to those that live in community housing and compalin about the conditions-I have to say that it is my experience that the occupiers themselves are to blame for the conditions in which they live.
My husband & I own our house, and have not been robbed, broken into or harrassed in any way since living here. Yes, sometimes there are unsavoury people in the area of a night time...but having lived in Watsonia, Greensborough, Reservoir & Elwood, I can also say that I have experienced that everywhere.
With regards to the postcode 3081, you will find that that covers Heidelberg, Heidelberg Heights & Bellfield, so to attribute such high crime figures to one suburb is a bit out of proportion.
In response to the "brutal stabbing", I also heard that. The accused was not from Heidelberg West, or anywhere nearby, and was visiting someone in the area that night. Further more, the victim left the safety of his house to very angrily tell people to "F%^& off". While I think it is a tragedy that he died, and that it never should have happened, this is a one-off event, and had he stayed inside & called the police instead, he would be alive, there was no other threat to his safety on that night, and definitely no need for him to venture outside.
As to the mother who killed her own children & set the house on fire, that actually occurred in Heidelberg Heights, which is generally considered a good area. Someone with mental health issues can live anywhere, so it is unfair to suggest that this is in anyway indicative of the type of people that live in a suburb.
Generally, we find that if you keep to yourself, you get left alone. We park our cars in the driveway everynight, again, they have not been broken into or damaged at anytime in our 5-plus years in the area. The area is a great place to start out. It is close to public transport, hospitals, universities, schools, the freeway, and is only 11-12kms outside of the city.
One day this area is going to boom, but for the time being is a very affordable way to get into the property market. It allowed us the freedom of having our own home, while still being able to travel the world & enjoy our lives. I have read some of the other reviews below and see that there are other like-minded people in the area who enjoy what this improving suburb has to offer.
As mentioned below, the community renewal program that Banyule are currently conducting in the area to improve safety, asthetics and the parks in the area, and to make it more family friendly, are paying off. I can also vouch for how quiet the streets are during the day & on weekends- it is great!

If you're not happy living in the area, then move. It is that simple.
2yrs+
Treesnleaves
Treesnleaves This is a great honest review, People who own a property in this suburb will not tell the truth, they have vested interest and then there is "Human Nature" we all want to defend decissions we have made, esspecially about where we live.
Honest answer about heidelberg west is, It is not nice at all.
2yrs+
CraigKirby
CraigKirby I have lived in Heidelberg West for the past 14 years, now whilst the area is not always perfect, generally my family are very happy there.
It is normally very quiet with many of the residents elderly, many of the residents have lived in West Heidelberg since the homes were built in the early 50's.
The area is very convenient to Northland shops, hospital, schools, employment and the University and it is an easy place to get to and from with the two main roads, Bell street and Southern road reducing traffic congestion. The parks are good and getting better all the time, the old houses are being knocked down and re-built, and many young families are moving in all the time.
I know there are pockets of West Heidelberg that I would not like to live in, but you could say the same about many areas
It has taken some time, but the area is definitely on the improve, people are taking a lot more pride in the appearance of their homes.
I have personally never been robbed or threatened and feel safe there, and would be happy to recommend the area to anyone wanting a great location with everything at your fingertips and very affordable homes.
It has been a great start for my family and I think the suburb will boom in the not too distant future, after all its all about location, location.
2yrs+
LaurenD
LaurenD Could you elaborate about what the bad pockets are? And are there any improvements since writing this?
2yrs+
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5/5 rating details
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
2yrs+

"cheap but improving place"

northland shopping centre, a few parks, expanding la trobe university, oriel road shopping mall, easy to rent out, more and more quality couples moved in.
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  • Professionals

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