If you’re thinking about moving to Melbourne or just want a change of scenery, these seven questions will help you figure out which Melbourne borough should be the focus of your new home search.
From leafy inner city streets to lakeside cottages and bayside mega mansions, you’re sure to find your perfect fit in one of Melbourne’s most hip and happening burbs.
1. Your favourite style of home architecture is:
A. Sleek and modern apartment complexes.
B. Charming two-storey terrace houses.
C. Hamptons style beach houses.
D. Renovated Victorian cottages.
E. Loft style warehouse conversions.
2. On a Saturday morning you’ll be found:
A. At a Bikram hot yoga sesh.
B. At the local market.
C. Walking your dog on the beach.
D. Cycling around the lake.
E. Out to brunch with your best buds.
3. Your drink of choice is a/an:
A. Espresso martini.
B. Fine pinot noir.
D. Green smoothie.
E. Craft beer.
4. If you found $200 you would spend it on:
A. A facial, manicure and pedicure.
B. Fresh oysters.
C. Glasshouse candles.
D. A bike service.
E. Vintage vinyl, a beard comb and a flannie.
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5. Your favourite items of clothing are:
A. Manolo Blahnik stilettos and oversized sunnies.
B. A timeless trench coat and silk scarf.
C. Ralph Lauren cashmere jumper and Tiffany & Co. bling.
D. Lululemon tights and Nike Free Runs- so comfy.
E. Your vintage leather jacket and Dr. Martens boots.
6. On a Friday night you’re:
A. Late night shopping then hitting the clubs.
B. Being wined and dined at the city’s latest hotspot.
C. Hosting a cocktail party.
D. At a soccer game- Go Victory!
E. Listening to live music at a local dive bar.
7. Your go-to afternoon snack is:
A. Kale chips.
B. Dim sims.
C. An acai bowl and soy latte.
D. Frozen yoghurt.
E. Cruffin and cold brew.
And your Melbourne suburb match is…
You chose – mostly A: South Yarra
Popular with young professionals and students, South Yarra is a bustling cosmopolitan area with no shortage of cafes, pubs, cinemas, restaurants, swanky cocktail bars and lively clubs. If you’re a shopaholic and into designer labels then South Yarra’s boutique heaven Chapel Street is calling your name!
You chose – mostly B: South Melbourne
Known for its leafy tree-lined streets, rows of pretty Victorian terrace houses and its ever-popular market, the suburb of South Melbourne is old Melbourne charm at its finest. Foodies need to try the famous dim sims, oysters and deli cheeses at South Melbourne Market. On the main drag, Clarendon Street, the cafes, gastropubs and bars will not disappoint for a laid back afternoon or night out. Best of all you’re only 3kms from the CBD!
You chose – mostly C: Brighton
This posh beachside suburb is home to the iconic colourful Brighton Beach boxes, sea baths and Icebergers club. Geared towards families, retirees and professionals, there’s a lot of great schools, village style shopping strips and green spaces, all only 11km from Melbourne CBD. Sporty folks will love the picturesque cycling paths, ocean swimming and smorgasbord of water sport opportunities (yachting, wind surfing, paddle boarding and water skiing, just to name a few!).
You chose – mostly D: Albert Park
Get ready to get physical. As the annual host of the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix, it comes as no surprise that sport, health and fitness play a huge part in the Albert Park lifestyle. Residents are spoilt for choice with the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre, beach volleyball, driving range, tennis club and Albert Park Lake walking tracks all on their doorstep. Once you’ve worked up a sweat, soak up the sun and delicious but nutritious eats in one of Albert Park’s numerous open air clean eating sidewalk cafes.
You chose – mostly E: Fitzroy
Hipster haven, aka Melbourne’s answer to Brooklyn, Fitzroy is the humming home to artists, hippies, professionals, students and foodies alike. There really is something for everyone in Fitzroy. If you’re a lover of salsa dancing, galleries, street art, dive bars, vintage clothing, book stores, buttery croissants, smashed avo and micro brews you’ll fit right in! Head to Brunswick Street and Smith Street for a taste of the lively local nightlife, gourmet restaurants, and stellar vintage and designer boutique shopping. Bonus: As Melbourne’s second most walkable suburb you can leave your money-guzzling car at home.
Image: Klaus and Fritz
For more insights into the best places to live in Melbourne take a look at our suburb reviews, Melbourne’s six fittest suburbs, and the best places for foodies and coffee addicts to live in Melbourne.
Happy house hunting!