8.3 out of 10

Northcote

Ranked 202nd best suburb in Melbourne (Greater)
-37.7734468495475 144.994816744257
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3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Oct 05, 2016

"Retro, hipster, alternative, busy, youthful"

I find that there is a touch of yesteryear about Northcote. For this reason, it's not my kind of area as I prefer modern and fresh. I can appreciate that people would like the area given it's proximity to city and interesting shops and cafes. Unfortunately, driving is not a pleasant experience if you take any of the main roads.

I'm also put off by areas where drinking is a top priority. Too old for that!
Pros
  • great city views
  • vibrant shopping choice
  • lots of cafes
Cons
  • Most major streets have only one traffic lane
  • Never any parking
  • Busy busy busy
Recommended for
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  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
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5/5
2yrs+

"Best of both worlds..."

Northcote feels like an up and coming suburb. A lot of change in the last couple of years; new cafes, new bars and development (most of these are positive). At the same time, let's hope the change is kept at a reasonable pace so that the older aspects of the suburb are retained. Westgarth shops have improved, and the "old world" cinemas remain a highlight. It's not hard to get out of the hustle and bustle; merri creek provides refreshing respite from the streetscapes and traffic as it curls its way towards the yarra. Great for a run or bike ride. Amenities are good, plenty of gyms, shopping, etc nearby. When including the surrounding suburbs, dining is excellent.
Pros
  • great public transport
  • great bars!
  • lots of cafes
  • lots of parks
Cons
  • Most major streets have only one traffic lane
  • Never any parking
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
2yrs+

"Busy and expensive"

Once the outer limits of the city Northcote is now almost considered the inner city. Overblown housing driven up by investors and rental houses in desperate need of repair despite their high costs. I currently live off High Street and we have a minimum of 4 garbage/delivery trucks each morning. They start from 3am. Great place to come and have a coffee if you can even get a park.

Forget dashing out to get something from the supermarket before dinner, as the traffic gridlock and lack of close supermarkets will see you back by 8pm.

Great access to public transport, cafes and parks, but if you are looking for a place for families and kids, look somewhere else.
Pros
  • great public transport
  • great bars!
  • vibrant shopping choice
  • lots of cafes
Cons
  • Never any parking
  • Most major streets have only one traffic lane
  • Busy busy busy
  • parking can be tricky sometimes, but you can just about walk everywhere as there's nothing you can't find on High Street
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
2yrs+

"Vibrant & friendly"

Having lived in Northcote for 4 years and then moving to the inner bayside suburbs, I really miss the laid back and relaxed atmosphere that Northcote has. I lived right on High Street down in the Westgarth area and was within 5 minutes walking distance from 2 train stations and the tram stop. The cafe's along High Street are mostly of high quality without being being pretentious and there is quite a range of other specialty shops. And the view of the city from the top of Ruckers Hill is amazing, especially on a night when there are fireworks on in the city.

I never found parking in the area an issue however being right on High Street was quite noisy with the traffic and the trams. You do tend to get used to the noise though.

In terms of safety, I never felt unsafe in Northcote as there are always people around. In saying that though, our house was broken into once (after someone left the door unlocked) in the 4 years we were there. I guess that can happen in any suburb.

I would definitely move back to Northcote in a heartbeat.
Pros
  • lots of cafes
  • great public transport
  • great bars!
Recommended for
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  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
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
2yrs+

"Centre of the universe"

I once had a bloke knock on my door in northcote and run away....to the house across the road.....presumably to rob us all if no one was home. I retrieved my large umbrella, intercepted the chap and promised to ram the umbrella into a very dark space and break his arm in several places if i ever saw his ugly face again. Security has been fine since that date for me and for all of my neighbours.....maybe the chap i interviewed passed the message on to his mates.
Northcote has otherwise been all 5 star living in my 12 years there. The cafes and restaurants have taken off big time. Combine that with the trams, reduced traffic in high street, proximity to the city, views from ruckers hill..... the mix of old and new residents, multiculturalism. Parking can be tricky now and then, but it's never been a problem in my driveway. capital gains to die for!! its got a sense of the old st kilda about it. love it!!!
Pros
  • great public transport
  • vibrant shopping choice
  • great bars!
  • lots of parks
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • 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
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Unbeatable combination...something for everyone!"

I have lived here for 12 years and I still can't get enough...I honestly can't think of anywhere else in Melbourne I would rather live! 5 stars!
Pros
  • great bars!
  • great public transport
  • vibrant shopping choice
Cons
  • parking can be tricky sometimes, but you can just about walk everywhere as there's nothing you can't find on High Street
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
2yrs+

"Something for everyone"

I lived in Northcote for 5 years prior to moving to Woodend. I missed the place so much I returned 3 years later (minus a husband!) Northcote has so much to offer, its close to the city, and connected to the rest of Melbourne with great public transport and road access.

If you want to stay close to home for entertainment, there are a number of great bars on High St - Open Studio and Northcote Social Club in particular! The thriving eateries on Lygon St in Brunswick East are close too!

For families, there are great parklands and Merri Creek and Darebin Creek are so close for nature lovers.
I dont have kids, but there are many good schools to choose from. And the streets are friendly. Neighbours bring in the bins and collect mail for each other. People greet each other on the street and dogs play together in the parklands.

Sumner Estate has great californian bungalows. There are lots of gorgeous little terraces abound. There could be better street trees though, the streets don
Pros
  • great public transport
  • lots of parks
  • vibrant shopping choice
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Northcote"

It's pretty gay.
Recommended for
  • Gay & Lesbian
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
2yrs+

"Love Northcote"

I just moved to Northcote a couple of months ago after having lived in Burwood and North Melbourne. Northcote is for me and my partner the perfect location in Melbourne. It is close to the city with two train-lines going through Northcote, a tram line and several buslines. Fitzroy is close by and Highstreet is a great mixture of chilled out bars and restaurants and musicvenues and galleries.
We just love it here.
Recommended for
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  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
2yrs+

"Westgarth - Great pocket in Northcote"

When Northcote is mentioned, most would think of the area around High Street.

However, there is a nice pocket in the south east which borders Fairfield and Alphington. The activity centre is Station Street and it is close to the Fairfield boat house, river and parkland.
Recommended for
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  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5
2yrs+
4/5
2yrs+

"A good blend of houses close to the city"

This is a great area not far from the city with a good blend of housing available making it a good place for a wide range of people.
There is a good coverage of public transport that get you into the city within 20 minutes.
There are plenty of places to eat out close by and with good variety. If you want to get out for a drink then there are a few places close by but plenty a bit further afield.
There are plenty of shops nearby, and quite possibly within walking distance.
The local All nations Park provides facilities for just about anything you could want at your local park including, skating, basketball and tennis. There are also playground for the younger kids and plenty of open spaces to run.
Recommended for
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  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

Best Streets in Northcote

1

Bird Avenue

4.5/5
"The best street in the suburb!"
-37.76117 144.98677
2

High St

4.5/5
"High St, Northcote - Unbeatable"
-37.7804844693 144.9968427958
"Community spirit that others long for"
-37.7655092796 144.9950669466
"Busy during peak hour"
-37.7833872997 145.0143963819
5

Reid Street

4.5/5
"Everything you need is around the corner"
-37.7637983172 145.0042330605

Unranked Streets in Northcote

"Great place to retire."
-37.7629172228 144.987102946
"Fantastic locale! Close to all that's great about Northcote"
-37.7664586759 144.9956406825

Elm Street

4.5/5
"Quirky green mostly Edwardian and Victorian self owned cottages opposite newly revised herb park with gated play area and kinder with strong community spirit!!!"
-37.7668514118 144.9876220404
"Street with good potential"
-37.782782828 145.0114047591
"Easily one of the best streets in Northcote..."
-37.77419045 144.9908595501