9.3 out of 10

Kew

Ranked 31st best suburb in Melbourne (Greater)
-37.8067 145.0309
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  • Parks & Recreation
  • Internet Access
  • Resale or Rental Value
  • Clean & Green
  • Public Transport
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
Dec 18, 2015
Editors Choice

"Beautiful, friendly and safe suburb. Perfect for families or people seeking peace and quiet."

Close enough to the city to be convenient, far enough away to get out from the hustle and bustle of closer suburbs. Kew is a safe and friendly suburb with a lot of grocery shopping and heaps of great restaurant options. There is a nightlife in terms of eating out, but if you want entertainment or clubs/bars etc this is not place for you. The parklands are beautiful and the area attracts a lot of wealthy families and elderly people. Great community spirit, often have Christmas get togethers for our streets and neighbours always waving hello/goodbye etc. It is an expensive suburb when compared with Hawthorn/Armadale etc, but well worth it in our opinion. The traffic gets quite congested around peak hours (avoid the Kew Junction if you can), and although we have the 48 and 109 trams running through very frequently, a train station in Kew would make travel to the city so much quicker. There aren't any nearby gym options other than the Boroondara Aquatics centre, which is a bit poor. Many many medical facilities with dental centres, psychologists, physios and doctors throughout and surrounding the junction area. Very safe, been living here for 1.5 years and haven't felt unsafe at any point walking the streets at night etc. All in all would highly recommend Kew. Get off street parking if you can though, since you do need a residential parking permit for central streets.
Pros
  • Safe
  • Beautiful
  • Peaceful
  • Nice Houses
Cons
  • No train line
  • Parking permit zones
  • Bad traffic around peak hours
  • Expensive Houses
Recommended for
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  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
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 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • 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 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
Nov 10, 2016

"Why would you want to leave here"

after moving 4 suburbs to different apartments while my new house is being built i have experienced many different living environment's. i can truly say now that Kew has been the worst. compared to ascot vale, Kew has bad schools, has rubbish in most gutter systems and its public transport system is a joke. my advice, Do not live here
Cons
  • Jacko crook dosent live there
  • Expensive Houses
  • Bad traffic around peak hours
  • No train line
  • Parking permit zones
joshs5
joshs5 your wrong, have you ever lived here?????
Nov 10, 2016
stevem6
stevem6 yeah Oscar Braner-Nucci the II get called out by Marcus Dibble
Nov 11, 2016
stevem6
stevem6 Yeah, why do you want to leave, you great speller, donkey
Nov 11, 2016
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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 5/5
  • 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 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Nov 10, 2016

"kew is the best"

Kew is just the best and there is nothing wrong with it.
Pros
  • dion leaves here
  • Nice Houses
  • Beautiful
  • Near the Home of the Mighty Hawks at Glenferrie!
  • Public Transport Options
  • Safe
Recommended for
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  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
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 5/5
  • 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 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Nov 09, 2016

"Best Suburb Ever"

Kew is the greatest suburb ever. It has plenty of schools and public transport, perfect for young families and the elder residents. Kew Primary School is the best primary school in the world and notable people include Kyrie Irving, Glenn Maxwell and Gough Whitlam
Pros
  • Nice Houses
  • Beautiful
  • Near the Home of the Mighty Hawks at Glenferrie!
  • Public Transport Options
  • Safe
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
2yrs+

"Kew - The Place to raise a family"

Kew has long been regarded as a very well off suburb in Melbourne and associated with some of the best schools in the entire state. For this reason alone, Kew is home to a lot of families. Being so close to the city has also driven up house prices considerably, and the advent of Kew Junction (some good shopping options), the suburb has become even more popular.

A great suburb for people looking to raise a family, if you can afford it.
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5/5 rating details
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
2yrs+

"Very Good Suburb in Melbourne!"

Very good place to live in Melbourne!

Lots of Private Schooling Options ( Xavier College, Trinity Grammar School, Ruyton Girls School, Methodist Ladies College, Genazzano FCJ College and Carey Baptist Grammar School), Great Shopping Options in Camberwell, Melbourne CBD & on Bridge Road in Richmond. Lots of great Public Transport Options with great access to the CBD.

Given that my favorite AFL Team is Hawthorn, this is my 6th Preference of Living in Melbourne!
Pros
  • Near the Home of the Mighty Hawks at Glenferrie!
  • Nice Houses
  • Public Transport Options
Cons
  • Expensive Houses
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Students
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 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • 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+

"See how the gentry live"

Kew has always been well known for being home to some of the wealthiest and colourful identities in Melbourne society - from John Wren and Archbishop Daniel Mannix through to Dick Pratt. Stately mansions set in tree lined streets with all services at your fingertips - what more could the aspiring buyer hope for? A bastion of the conservitive elite, Kew has long been considered the heart land of the well healed. Don't let that put you off though, Kew is still very much home to some of the most civilized people in this nation. You will love it here and you will never regret it. After twelve years, I certainly haven't looked back.
Recommended for
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  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"One of the best in Melbourne, great schools, transport and huge resale values."

Until recently Kew was underrated against some other high profile luxury suburbs in Melbourne like Toorak and Canterbury but it has now reached an average price far in excess of $1 million for a home.

I put this down to proximity to the city (trams/buses run in all directions and the Eastern Freeway is minutes away), private schools and shopping/restaurant options provided around Kew Junction.

I wish I could afford it!
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Kew Kew
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 5/5
  • 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+
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • 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 2/5
  • 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+

"Kew Rocks"

A lot of the streets are tree-lined and full of beautiful houses, there are a lot of great places to eat and its all extremely close to public transport. It takes me about half an hour to get into the city on either a tram or by walking to Glenferrie train station to catch a train. The area is very green and bike friendly as well, lots of tracks around and the wider parts of Barkers Rd mean there is plenty of room for all of us.
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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 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 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Great Lifestyle!"

Great shopping, great access,great transport,great restaurants,great looking area and safe - what's not to like? Live and work here and very happy.
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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 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 5/5
2yrs+

"The Best suburb in Melbourne. Kew has everything."

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2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Schools 5/5
2yrs+

"Not loving Kew at all!!!"

I work in Kew. There is a well known private school on just about every street in the area making it a horrible time drain to be on the road any time after 7:15 till about 8.45 in the morning - add 5 minutes per street block. The food in the area is poor - I only know of one decent restaurant in the area and they only open in the evenings. I have yet to find a place that can make a decent salad roll. Subways is the best Kew has to offer, which is pretty sad. Cafes in the area think they are high class but the food on offer is too civilised for a healthy pallete - all mayonaise and grease. I buy pre-packaged lettuce and bread from Leos (a fairly ok supermarket) and make my own lunch. Scenic bike paths and walking tracks are lacking if you are looking for an alternative to driving a car. If you want to be environmentally friendly, then grow accustomed to crappy scenery and car exhaust fumes. And the residents of Kew see no reason to clean up after their dogs. When you find the walking tracks, you need to watch your step!!! Looking at moving to the area to be closer to my work, but then found the tram to city into the city would take 45 minutes for my life partner. I wouldn't want to live in Kew and hope to not be working there for much longer.
freeman
freeman What a negative miserable review and so factually inaccurate!! if you choose to eat at Subway's rather than the fantastic restaurants in Kew, including Centenove which has just been awarded a hat in the Australian Good Food Guide, what do you expect?! If you are fed up with sandwiches at lunchte, try the wonderful sushi bars (there are 2 at the junction) or the fantastic noodle bar, or the pizza parlours, or the smaller Italian and Indian restaurants that all serve deliciuos food and offer lunchtime deals. The private schools are all in 1 contained area well away from the high street and don't start until 8.20, so the 7.15am traffic is all the annoying drivers using Kew as a short cut through to the city instead of taking the freeway in! And Kew is renowned for some of the best natural scenery in the area - have you heard of Studley Park? It's that big green area with the Yarra running through it. I don't know of anyone that would allow their dogs to foul and not clean up after them. I'm surprised you would be an authority on this assuming you spend your working day inside one of the offices rather tha the walking tracks which you suggest you have had trouble finding. If you follow the river through Studley park. You'll see an enormous number of walkers,joggers and nature lovers enjoying the beauty that you obviously can't appreciate. Yours is a completely unbalanced and factually wrong review. and completely unhelpful to anyone seeking an honest appraisal of the area.
2yrs+
robgoldy
robgoldy I dont know which part of Kew you are looking at but it doesnt even sound like Kew, except that you mention Leos (which by the way is probably the best supermarket in Victoria and you have listed it as "ok". If you think you know food, you should know how to spell "palate"). The parks and walking/bike riding tracks are renowned by bike riders, of which I am one and a quick google search would have found Studley Park, the boathouse and the Convent for great walking, riding and awesome cafes.
If you want good restaurants in Kew, try Centonove, Oanhs Kitchen, Royal Siam or [email protected] During the day go to the QPO, Fred Young or about half a dozen other decent cafes. There are also a couple of good food pubs in the Kew and the Skinny Dog.
The tram into the city takes about 30 minutes on a bad day but if thats too much, teach your "life-partner" to ride a bike. You clearly have no clue what you are talking about.
2yrs+
chiteira
chiteira LOL!!!!! I am the ultimate authority on my own opinion and my own experience. A balanced view doesn't mean one that coincides with yours and because my opinion doesn't coincide with yours it doesn't mean I 'clearly have no clue'. I am glad to not be working in Kew any more. The times I have taken the tram into the city it has taken me 45 minutes from Kew. The days I have used the train to get to work, I have found the pathways from Glenferrie Station to Kew covered in dog poo. You can't deny my experience. Maybe it doesn't coincide with yours, but it is still my experience, and no-one knows my experience better than me. Maybe you could take the feedback and do something about it - like take a brown paper bag with you next time you are out riding. I stand by my comment that I have never found a decent salad sandwich in Kew, because that has been my experience. Maybe another reason to not like Kew - personal opinions are not allowed unless they support what the locals want others to think. To say my review is 'factually wrong' is absurd given it is my personal opinion based on my personal experience. Having done a lot of contract work, I have worked in many locations. Kew stands out as the one place I would not work again, and I imagine there are other people like me who would have the same values and opinions. Just because you love Kew, doesn't mean everyone does. My suggestion to anyone thinking of buying anywhere - know what your priorities are and do the appropriate due dilligence to ensure the area is what you want before buying. If you want walking paths, go to the area, take a walk and see what it is like. If you want to ride your bike from home to work, do a few trial runs and see how it goes. If your experience is different to mine and you love the walking and riding facilities, I am happy for you and I welcome you to your own experience. But beware, it seems not everyone in Kew would be happy for you to share your experience.
2yrs+
DogL
DogL There are LOTS of good restaurants in High St Kew. Sure the traffic sucks but thats what you pay for if you are surrounded by best private schools in the state. This suburb is one of the BEST suburbs in Melbourne. Lots of beautiful period houses, parks, shops and Glenferrie Road shopping is just next door. Studley Road and boat house is just around the corner too with amazing bicycle tracks. Streets are neat, people are educated.
Nov 10, 2015
HeidiOost-Lasa
HeidiOost-Lasa This is the most hilarious pessimistic review I have ever read in my life.
Dec 18, 2015
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5/5 rating details
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
2yrs+

"A Desired Location"

Kew is only seven kilometres east of Melbourne’s CBD and its' diverse housing stock, plentiful parks, public transport, quality schools, shopping, golf courses and easy access to the city and freeway offer an attractive lifestyle.

Many people want to live in the area because of the wealth of quality education options. Families from all over Melbourne send their children to non-government schools Xavier College, Trinity Grammar School, Ruyton Girls School, Methodist Ladies College, Genazzano FCJ College and Carey Baptist Grammar School all located in Kew. Others seek to reside in the area so they can send their children to Kew High School or nearby Balwyn High School.

There are plenty of public transport options as the area is serviced by two trams and multiple bus routes which provide transport to Kew’s many schools and the main shopping precincts along High St and Willsmere Road.
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5/5
2yrs+

"Stunning neighbourhood if you can afford it"

Perhaps Melbourne’s most affluent neighbourhood, Kew is a stunning example of upper and upper middle class living. Adorned by beautiful gardens and tree-lined streets, Kew is an ideal location for professionals, families and the aged, with property ranging from Victorian and Art Deco mansions to townhouses, duplexes and large retirement-living complexes. There are brilliant schooling facilities in the area as well as excellent train, tram and bus links into the CBD and surrounding towns. Property prices in Kew are more than double the average in Melbourne at $975,000. Kew was the home of former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam.
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Best Streets in Kew

1

Rowland St

4/5
"An absolute gem in eastern suburbs of Melbourne."
-37.8121936226 145.0555551019
2

Barkers Rd

3.5/5
"A Perfect Place for Families with School Children"
-37.8128834717 145.0218959296
"Nice but boisy...it's a main road. I would buy elsewhere."
-37.8009545463 145.0057220417

Unranked Streets in Kew

Peel St

2.5/5
"Peel street"
-37.7929256589 145.0352557797

Franks Gve

3.5/5
"Franks Grove, Kew"
-37.8099977168 145.0389304214

Carson St

3.5/5
"Gorgeous tree lined tranquility...but busy at peak hour."
-37.8102879998 145.0194234012

Cobden St

4/5
"excellent location to kew junction shops, restaurants and public transport"
-37.8000290557 145.0363895911

Sackville St

3.5/5
"A Great Address in Kew."
-37.8132727925 145.054079781
"Lots of open space and great views from my home. The Estate is called Kew Gardens."
-37.7929324891 145.0234805335
"Shocking at peak hour"
-37.7924714513 145.0316631002