7.7 out of 10

Pakenham

Ranked 263rd best suburb in Melbourne (Greater)
-38.0712455342316 145.46848265317
Great for
  • Cost of Living
  • Childcare
  • Schools
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Pest Free
Not great for
  • Nightlife
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian

Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+
Editors Choice

"Cardinia Lakes"

We have recently built our new home in Pakenham. We live across for a lake and we are very happy.

It is a 5min drive to the station and only takes 1.10 door to door to work in the City. I only have to wait 10 min for the next train into the city. it is limited express which is a down fall coming from previous area where it was express all the way. Bonus is that the Vline is express for the early birds.

We bought here as we hear it will be a booming town with bigger shopping center and other developing projects on the go. As I hear more houses and properties will be built before they move to Nar Nar Goon. Pakenham will be the next hub from the city with large corporations investing to build their business in Pakenham. Chances of property increase in the area will be appealing like it was for Narre Warren.

I also can drive down the Monash to get to the city which is roughly 50min drive. No to bad with the traffic towards Melb can be bad anywhere you live. Fact of life.

If you plan to live in the area speak to the local agents to find out what is happening first.
The town center is clean and people are nice. We have had no trouble. Cross fingers. Like anywhere you go there is always some sort of young teenager hanging around shops and stations.

Where we live is very peaceful..... Love it. Some people may not like the peaceful nightlife as there is not much to do except pubs or restaurants.

it is only is 35 min to Chadstone Shopping center if you need a massive shopping fix. There are weekend markets, large fitness gyms, Different retail shops and ample of areas to visit locally.

For the kids there is sporting clubs, martial arts clubs in the living and learning center, swimming pools, and heaps more.

The restaurants are nice and cafes on a weekend a full. Main road has three cafes and a bakery which are nice.

Main shops like Coles, Target and Safeway are here and plenty of parking. Pakenham needs more Asian or ethnic Restaurants which are not westernized. There is a great thai Restaurant in Pakenham center which gives great service and food. The typical fast food is all in one area so it is convenient for people who want to have a junk fest. 3 three fish and chip shops located in the main area of Pakenham and one in Lakeside.

it needs more fun things for teenagers and children to do. More play areas and Cinema would be great.

Great for small families, professional and people who want decent house prices.

Prices are going up as you may have seen in the past. We looked hear in 2010 for land for $125k then 1 year later the we paid for $180k for a smaller block size. Current blocks are selling close to 200k. Buy while you still can. Developers are selling stage by stage and increasing price at the same time reducing the size of block.
Pros
  • Fresh, wide, open spaces
  • Great for families
  • Local shops
  • Close to towns that have infastructure
  • Young families
  • Parks everyewhere
  • Nice people
Cons
  • needs cinema more casual evening dining options
  • Higher concentration of bogans than other suburbs
  • Little Night life & resturant variety
  • Vicroads needs to widen the Pakanham Bypass lanes and/or add more lanes
  • Needs decent Asian restaurants
  • Needs faster trains
  • Not enough fun things for teenages and children
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Trendy & Stylish
sh86
sh86 Hi, my husband and I are thinking of moving to Pakenham. I would like to ask you if there have been any improvements in terms of crime rates, people (if there are still a high concentration of bogans) and facilities ( shopping, restaurants, cinemas). Also, which streets should we avoid living? Thank you.
Jun 14, 2017
sophh
sophh Yeah I'm considering moving to Pakenham as well with my partner hes a FIFO worker so I'll be on my own majority of the time so wondering if ill be safe ?
Jul 04, 2017
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3/5 rating details
  • Public Transport 5/5
Jul 30, 2017

"Not a small town any more I much preferred it as the small friendly country town that it used to be Too many subdivisions with not enough infrastructure"

Social problems are due to it being on the end of the suburban train system where youths from other areas who have nothing to do gather. Sad for local community
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • 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
Mar 30, 2017

"Ebony Drive Pakenham Review: Please stay away from this neighbourhood, You will find loud music during weekend and its n not peaceful at all."

Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Jan 11, 2017

"60km from the CBD"

An abundance of cheap house and land packages have urged landlords to make purchases in the area which has created poor supply and demand in the area for rental properties. It has also attracted only a reasonable demographic where people are of low income earning families.

Around 7 years ago when the suburb initially started subdividing the land, the average rental income for a 4 bedroom 2 bathroom new property achieved between $400 - $450 per week. Now that there are just so many options for tenants, the average rental; income for a 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom house is between $330 - $360 per week.

Monique Holgye - Property manager - Ray White Ringwood
Pros
  • Fresh, wide, open spaces
  • Great for families
  • Local shops
  • Young families
  • Close to towns that have infastructure
Cons
  • traffic in peak hour is very heavy
  • needs cinema more casual evening dining options
  • Little Night life & resturant variety
  • Higher concentration of bogans than other suburbs
  • Vicroads needs to widen the Pakanham Bypass lanes and/or add more lanes
  • Schools are under funded
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
jennifero5
jennifero5 The land has been getting subdivided for many decades not7 years ago That is totally wrong info
Jul 30, 2017
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2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Oct 18, 2016

"Glory days are gone"

Used to be alright once upon a time, with lack of things to do or see drives the teenagers wild in this town, could do with cinemas, motorbike tracks or something alike instead of drunk teenagers riding unregistered monkey bikes around town most nights. Lived here for 4 years and seen well enough to see the town for what it is and its discusting, dont get me wrong its a great place but theres a darker side to it.
Pros
  • Local shops
  • Young families
  • Close to towns that have infastructure
Cons
  • Level crossing nightmares
  • Ethnic crime
  • Illegal motorbike riding most nights
  • needs cinema more casual evening dining options
  • Little Night life & resturant variety
  • Higher concentration of bogans than other suburbs
  • Schools are under funded
Recommended for
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
Jul 19, 2016

"Happy to call home"

I love living in Pakenham, the majority of people are friendly, no matter of age, sex or nationality and quite often l will find myself chatting with somebody whilst waiting to be served at a local super market. People here tend to look after there own, so locals tend to support local business. Unfortunately new businesses can find it hard to break in to the market, because once folk here have a favourite they remain loyal. There are vast amounts of eating places from take away to the full monty and 70% are reasonably priced. A great place if you have a dog or bike with parks abundant.
There are a number of smaller shopping centres built within housing estates such as lakeside and heritage springs. Whilst these have your basics, supermarket chemist, hot bread, take away and two dollar style shop. They do take traffic from the main shopping centre at market place. Once l may have spent 20 minutes to find a park, now l can find a spot immediately
Perhaps one disappointing trend is the amount of smashed bottles on the ground, nearly everywhere l walk my dog, a bottle has been smashed onto the foot path okay to put that into perspective, if we have a 3km walk, i will noticed 1 or 2 smashed bottles.
Graffiti is fairly minimal, apart from the usual along train line, back of shops and damage to shops seems to happen every 18 months or so when some loony buys a hammer and practises using it on a few shop windows.
I feel completely safe here. Happy to leave the car window down while l pop into the shop, or walk the dog in the early hours when l return home from work and dont feel the need to lock the house when i go to sleep. If l am mowing the front lawn and run out of fuel, l know l can safely leave the mower on the lawn walk to the local servo and it will be there when l come home. Having said that, l have heard of things going missing in the newer estates here.
Pros
  • Far enough away, yet close enough when you need to go into melbourne
  • Council up keep of parks and roads is excellent
  • A community
  • Fresh, wide, open spaces
  • Great for families
  • Local shops
  • Young families
Cons
  • Not great for 18-35 year olds as far as night life goes
  • More train services needed especially from melb to pakenham
  • 3level crossings need to go
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
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 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • 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
Jan 10, 2016

"Lived here for 10 years and its only getting better and better"

Have lived here for 10 years and plan to live here for many more. Granted we wish to always live in the lakeside estate. It has to be the best of the new housing estates Pakenham has to offer but we are bias. Lots of schools and parks and shops. A generally quiet area and now with the new train station getting to the city is even easier. We have rented and are now buying our own house here. Wouldn't want to live anywhere else. Very ideal for families. I believe a cinema is on the cards for the neighbouring suburb of Officer and the new Club Officer on Cardinia Rd is due to open in 2016. The Lakeside Mill is also due to open and will be ideal for casual drinks and catchups.
Pros
  • Fresh, wide, open spaces
  • Great for families
  • Local shops
  • Young families
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
jennifero5
jennifero5 I think you mean the extra train station
Jul 30, 2017
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
2yrs+

"Safe and Quiet with good facilities..."

Pakenham has good facilities and ease of traffic. Friendly and quiet.
Pros
  • Fresh, wide, open spaces
  • Great for families
  • Local shops
  • Close to towns that have infastructure
  • Young families
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • 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 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Not a small country town anymore"

Pros
  • Close to countryside
  • Fresh, wide, open spaces
  • Great for families
  • Close to towns that have infastructure
  • Young families
Cons
  • needs cinema more casual evening dining options
  • Little Night life & resturant variety
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
2yrs+

"Pakenham - make it your own."

The great thing about Pakenham is it's as good as you make it.

I remember talking to an old friend about Pakenham. I said it was such a great rural community. With a puzzled look he turned to me and said "rural? Pakenham is suburban." From there we continued to discuss whether Pakenham was a rural or suburban environment. Eventually we concluded that the buzzing town can be both.

I live in Pakenham in a large seven-bedroom home set on two and a half acres that backs onto a creek, a walking track and surrounded by large gum and oak trees. My friend lives in a tight-knit community in Lakeside, Pakenham and he loves being able to walk to the shops, the lake, the gym and pop around the corner to catch up with mates.

Whatever your taste there is a good chance you can live it in Pakenham.

There are shops, cafes, gyms, sporting clubs, walking groups, elderly programs, disability services, transport and although it's not a Chadstone or Fountain Gate it is certainly a liveable town.

The Cardinia Shire has stated that by 2020 it believes everyone will have the opportunity to work, live and play in the Pakenham area from birth until retirement. So far all of my schooling and working life has been within the Cardinia Shire and I have no intention of leaving.

However, the town does have its detraction, namely its reputation. When I mention to others that I'm from Pakenham they laugh and assume I must carry a knife and stroll the Main Street in moccasins. I agree, Pakenham does have its fair share of "bogans" as can been seen on the Footy Show's segment Street Talk, but has increasingly become a classier place. The growth of areas such as Heritage Springs, Lakeside and Cardinia Lakes has lifted the reputation of Pakenham.

There is also a lack of nightlife/entertainment options. There have been talks of a cinema arriving in Pakenham for over a decade, but the truth is Pakenham's population doesn't warrant investments from the likes of Village. But all in good time.

The lastest figures released shows the largest population group in the Cardinia Shire stems from the 0-14 age group. This shows that Pakenham is a young town with plenty of potential. If you are someone with a family or someone who intends to start a family soon then you must consider the benefits of Pakenham.

PS literally as I was writing this I learned of a new laser tag/roller skating/mountain climbing centre to be open in Pakenham.
Pros
  • Fresh, wide, open spaces
  • Great for families
  • Local shops
  • Close to towns that have infastructure
  • Young families
Cons
  • needs cinema more casual evening dining options
  • Higher concentration of bogans than other suburbs
  • Little Night life & resturant variety
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
MichelleB2
MichelleB2 Hi I am looking at moving to Pakenham with a 10yr old boy, which I will have to get into a primary school. It all sounds great, however, the fact that you have mentioned a higher concentration of 'bogans' in the area has deterred me a bit. What is the crime rate like in Pakenham? and does it have a police station. I've been looking at a house online and noticed it has a security system? I look forward to any feedback. Regards Michelle
2yrs+
Gavin Staindl
Gavin Staindl Hey Michelle,

Thanks for the feedback. The crime rate in Pakenham has decreased steadily over the last five years and indeed we have a high presence of police and PSO staff based centrally in the emergency complex in Pakenham.
Like most places, Pakenham has its desirable and less desirable places. Where in Pakenham is the house you are looking at?
2yrs+
BobS2
BobS2 Hello Gavin,

I am now worried about what some people say that Pakenham have more bogans. I just saw the review done by kimj on Jul 14, 2015.. Is that true..!?

When people talk about Pakenham ,, is that about its centre area.. or certain areas.

I am looking to stay at lakeside.. is it the same.
Aug 19, 2015
BobS2
BobS2 How the same area is rated one time as Unsafe - unfriendly,, and then someone else (see Logie comment below) comment that pakenahm is Great place to live with family..! someone must be wrong .
Aug 19, 2015
Gavin Staindl
Gavin Staindl Hey BobS2.

I think Pakenham has changed incredibly over the last 10 years. While Pakenham used to have a reputation as a "bogan" area I feel the newly built estates, like Lakeside, have enhanced Pakenham's reputation.

I relate Pakenham to a teenager who has just turned 18. Pakenham is young town with much developing to do. You can see it has quite a bit of potential and while it has flaws it is a very exciting time as it continues to grow.

Pakenham's crime rate has been dropping each year and the town continues to expand its new urban identity.

You should feel very proud of where you live. I know I do.
Aug 22, 2015
BobS2
BobS2 Thanks a lot Gavin for this useful information.,, This is really helpful.
Aug 26, 2015
Gavin Staindl
Gavin Staindl Glad to help BobS2.
If you ever look at moving/selling, give me a call.
Sep 03, 2015
jennifero5
jennifero5 You sound like a real estate salesman
Jul 30, 2017
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3/5
2yrs+

"Nice area,but real estate prices seem to be dropping...why?"

I bought a 3 bedroom,2 bathroom unit in September 2010,and although I am happy with Pakenham,and live in a very quiet street,cannot understand why real estate prices here are so stagnant.If I put my unit on the market tomorrow,I am sure I would get less than i paid for it in September 2010...Anyone got any ideas why the market here is so flat..and will Pakenham real estate prices ever boom??
Pros
  • Fresh, wide, open spaces
  • Great for families
  • Local shops
Cons
  • Needs a K Mart
  • needs cinema more casual evening dining options
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Trendy & Stylish
jimtony1
jimtony1 I think year 2010 is the year that real estate market is much heated, the price could be higher. and the other reason is the first homeowner grant will be ended soon, no one at this momoment want to buy any property. It happened not in Pakenham, but in all melbourne.
Pakenham property value will be sure going up in the future.
West surburbs of Melbourne don't have good infrastructure plan, say, Melton, no Metro train, only Vline. the property in westen area always low valued. Talking about west, we just know the lowest price over there.West doesn't have a good image.(my personal idea, don't be mad with me, because I buy a house, I have to do a research and I have to take into accounts these factors.)
North melbourne, I feel like heaven.Before I bought a house in Pakenham, I visited all areas. I mean too many beautiful garderns, but no trees, so artificial,say,Morang. heaven means for dead people.(that's my personal idea, i have this feel).no industy in North, means less job opportunities.
South-west area, like werribee,it stays in the corner, not easy to travel to east or south-east.
East suburbs, it's the traditional good and rich areas. like richmond, hawthorn, boxhill, nunawading,blackburen, ringwood, lilydale, even belgrave.But it's now reaching it's bottleneck,due to the Dandenong Ranges. East development has reached to its limitation.No room for further development.
South-east area, like Frankston, I don't think theres any beautiful future, because it/s also no room to develop or extend due to the sea.
Pakenham area, is the only hub we can extend to Warragul, even all the way along to Sydney. We can put more population , more industry here. Pakenham got the future. It/s also an important hub to connect rural areas with Melboune metroplitan surburbs.
Many business opportunities lie here, some people come to melbourne and stop at Pakenham, then catch the train. or they find a hotel, because they save money for expensive hotel fee in the city.
Good transport system in pakenham, say Monash freeway.
Good living environment, less trouble here and very peaceful,but recently, it seems more population growth, more noise...(my personal feeling).
Pakenham is close to Dandenong, the future capital city of South-east.
Pakenham is close to Beriwick, the future education center of South-east.
Pakenham is the closest suburb to Philip Island.
In pakenham , you can get easy access to the East suburbs of Melbouren, to the city, to Frankston. That's very important, because you can easily go to important suburbs in Melbourne.Compared to werribee, you take time in werribee (it's in the corner position) to travel to Frankston, to the east.
In a word, I believe pakenham property value will boom in the future, it could take 10 years.
2yrs+
Gavin Staindl
Gavin Staindl Hass, it's a very good question and Jimtony1 hit the nail on the head when he said it's not just prices in Pakenham, but prices nationally and even internationally have dropped significantly.
I am an estate agent in Pakenham, but perhaps just as importantly, I am a born and raised local who owns property myself. Without question the market will improve and you will see the price of your unit not only reach the level it was in 2010, but surpass that.
If you can afford to hold onto your house, I suggest do. Prices will rise in the not too distant future.
2yrs+
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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 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 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Great place to live with family"

I am living in Pakenham in lakeside. It's beautiful. I don't think there is any other suburb like Pakenham where you can find schools, public transport, medical facilities, shops, shopping centers, Food, Lakes, Parks and beautiful views all close to your house.
Pros
  • Fresh, wide, open spaces
  • Great for families
  • Local shops
  • Close to towns that have infastructure
  • Young families
Cons
  • Vicroads needs to widen the Pakanham Bypass lanes and/or add more lanes
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Country Lovers
jennifero5
jennifero5 Did you know Lakeside is reclaimed flood land
Jul 30, 2017
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Getting better every day!"

After moving to Pakenham a little over 6 months ago, the only overwhelming thing was the extra distance to travel to get to work on the Freeway. With the current construction of the Westfield Shopping Centre off John Street (town centre) and so many shopping strips around the area together with the easy, multiple accesses to the Monash Freeway (Pakenham Bypass) and the Princes Highway, there is no better time or place to buy than the present. I love this suburb and you can't make me leave now! The driving, well you get used to it and you soon get to know all the little backstreets and the people are great!
Pros
  • Fresh, wide, open spaces
  • Great for families
  • Local shops
  • Close to towns that have infastructure
  • Young families
Cons
  • Vicroads needs to widen the Pakanham Bypass lanes and/or add more lanes
  • needs cinema more casual evening dining options
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Next stop, living like sardines..."

The affordability of Pakenham is only relevant when compared to purchasing a property that is closer to the city. I believe property in general is over priced and most new estates have people packed in like sardines.
Pros
  • Young families
  • Close to towns that have infastructure
Cons
  • Schools are under funded
  • Higher concentration of bogans than other suburbs
Recommended for
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Nice, quiet suburb full of friendly locals!!"

My fiance and I have recently purchased our first home in Pakenham and we couldn't be happier!

We have looked into various suburbs across Melb for 9 months before deciding to settle in Pakenham, and we are not disappointed at all. Great local shops, friendly neighbours, affordable living...what more can you ask for?
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"lakeside estate"

the lakeside estate in pakenham is just wonderful. there are schools (both primary and secondary) as well as kinder, and child care options. with new shops opening up, there is no need to leave the estate. (except for a tats, and post office)
the people are very friendly and look out for one nother (well our street does anyhow) there are many parks and playgrounds, and lots of beuaitful places to walk, like the lake, and the wetlands, with nice wide footpaths (great if you are walking with another person with a pram) there really isnt anything that lakeside doesnt have to offer.
Pros
  • Fresh, wide, open spaces
  • Great for families
  • Local shops
Cons
  • needs cinema more casual evening dining options
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  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • 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+

"A brilliant mix of modern living, excellent amenities and superb lifestyle."

My focus is on Lakeside, this is the estate that has put Pakenham on the map, with homes and living options at all levels, including large family homes on traditional blocks, low care high impact family homes on 400-500sqm blocks of land, townhouses,cottage homes, water front townhomes and luxury custom built homes.
With a primary school and a private college on site, we have children attending both and have found these to be leading education centres, the culture is magnificent.
With retail well catered and more on the way you are in a position were you do not have to leave the estate, cafes and dining options are vast.
Walking tracks and the centre piece 6 hectare lake is a talking point of the south east and attracts visitors for all over town and the district.
A true credit to the developer 'Delfin' on delivering an outstanding community. If you choose to get involved in your community this is the place with the "LDCF" a strong group offering wonderful activities and a great way to network with locals and traders.

This truely is the most wonderful lifestyle for all, first home buyers, retirees, families and empty nesters.
Pros
  • Fresh, wide, open spaces
  • Great for families
  • Local shops
Cons
  • needs cinema more casual evening dining options
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  • Retirees
  • Hipsters
  • Country Lovers
  • 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 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Great for families and understated!"

Great for familes, with wide, treelined streets on the north side. The new shopping centres are adding much variety and reducing the need to shop out of Pakenham. Great sporting facilities and parks. Great private school choices (and i hear the public schools are okay too). Public transport is good (esp. the v-line into the CBD). Pakenham is a really good entry point for young families and first home buyers, however once your in, i do believe the decision to leave the area will not be made lightly. We have been here over 7 years, and yes the 'boom' can be a little overwhelming, however the council and private investment is catching up. We are very happy here!
Pros
  • Great for families
  • Fresh, wide, open spaces
  • Local shops
Cons
  • Little Night life & resturant variety
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  • Country 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 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Pakenham a place for families and retires to enjoy life and relax"

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Adviser1
Adviser1 SarahC are you an estate agent? I think your comments reflect that of an agent.
I am a bit suspicious.
Recent activity in Pakenham. We had in our street a bunch of girls setting of fireworks and screaming through the streets late into the night. Go figure?
2yrs+
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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 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Diversity and space"

I grew up in the 'town' of Pakenham and have seen changes during this time too numerous to menton. One thing I love about Pakenham is the diversity of having something for everyone. If you are looking for a home with space for your family to grow, kick a footy in the back yard then the traditional '1/4 acre' block is still a reality. If you are looking for something low maintenance and trendy then a townhouse around the lake can give you the lifestyle you desire. And of course a stones throw from the town centre you can still find the lifestyle property you aspire for, allowing the kids to own their pony or listen to the bellbirds all day long. I love this town because of it's country feel but when I have the need to shop, dine, meet with friends or get away from it all I'm never more than 5 minutes from exactly what I need.

Nicole Miller, Jackson Real Estate Pakenham
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5/5 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 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"There is plenty to love about Pakenham!"

I am saddened to see negative reviews written about Pakenham. I am a married mother of two children (who are educated in local schools) and I have lived in Pakenham for the last 3 years and I can honestly say, I would not live anywhere else. I also work in Pakenham and find the town full of energy and potential as it grows to accomodate the many people moving into the area every day. Sure the area has some issues, but tell me what area doesn't??? What preplexes me is why people who live here would run it down?? What good does it do to focus on the negative? This attitude is just as unwanted, as the issues that are complained about.
Pakenham offers affordable housing, small schools with community spirit, country charm, local shopping, friendly local poeple who have lived here for years, proud sporting teams, new facilities such as the Cardinia Life Acquatic Centre and the Cultural Centre etc. The area is growing daily, with a huge retail development commencing soon, a brand new library and community hall is being built plus new schools are coming as are more housing estates offering pituresque homesites.
Pakenham is also handy to the freeways for the city commute, or it is an easy 15mins drive into the Dandenongs.
Before condemming an area for its for social issues that only exist in a minority of people who live here (and everywhere else too), come and have a look for yourself, there is plenty to love about Pakenham!
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jennifero5
jennifero5 Because we have lived here for many generations
Jul 30, 2017
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2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"A town of contradictions"

Pakenham is exploding with first time home buyers attracted to the town by the abundance of affordable new housing. (Average sized houses on tiny sections). Although there are some great people living in Pakenham, the township is spoilt by the large number of bogans. You can see this just driving around the streets. Although the local primary and secondary schools have great teachers, they spend most of the day dealing with a small minority of children who have appalling behavioural issues. The problems at the local secondary school have been well documented in the press. Fortunately there are some very good local private schools.
Pakenham has all of the sporting clubs you would expect for a town it's size and council are trying belatedly to catch up with communal facilities to cater for the increasing population: Recently opened skateboard park and tennis courts but work has yet to commence on the new library, civic centre and shopping centre....
The good news is the V Line train stops here so it's only 55 minutes to Flinders Street or 24 stops (1hour 20min) on the Metro zone 2 line. Fountain Gate is only 20minutes drive away and Pakenham is on the door step to some beautiful countryside and Phillip Island.
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3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Pakenham and our experience as a family"

We had previously lived in Pakenham within the lakeside estate before moving to Berwick.
After our first experience we thought it might be a good idea to move back.
Was it a good choice? After moving back to the lakeside estate we have seen and heard of trouble in the area and it is not safe for families with young children. We recommend speaking to the local police before making a move within that part of the estate or within the entire area.
Some neighbours are decent but others are less desirable.
We have now considered moving back to another part of Pakenham. Will check the neighbourhood and speak to the locals. Otherwise it's back to Berwick.
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BobS2
BobS2 Hello Adviser 1..
I am planning to move to Lakeside estate in Pakenham. .. but you made me worry by saying that it is not a good place for kids ! and not safe... and that few neighbors are not friendly. . etc. Is this still the case now. Can you please detail what are your concerns? .
Thanks
Bob
Apr 29, 2016
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Fastest Growing Suburb in Vic and still affordable"

I dont mind Pakenham except for the Pakenham train station being the worst in Victoria it needs more policing which they have been implementing lately. A few untimely sorts hang around drunk in the streets during the day.

Street life is buzzing a little more down the main St - buskers come from all over to tap the local people. Gelato at the local cafe is god sent .......

As far as bringing up young families it is a great suburb if you have young kids lots of primary schools, kindergartens and Daycare. I am hesitant about secondary years though as I have heard that the Secondary Colleges here are rough full of drugs, alcohol and kids having underage sex around 13yrs of age. I think I will be sending my children elsewhere to Secondary School unless they pick up their act here.

You have everything you need in relation to shopping and eating out. Lots of great parks and the local council put on free events a few times a year which is always a great day out for the children.

All in all Pakenham has so far been great for us and we have been here since mid 2006!
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BellaB
BellaB Hi Metamorphosis - We are from Perth and looking at moving to Melbourne in March 2010. How long does it take to drive to Melbourne city from Pakenham, both during peak time and on the weekends (to go to the footy)? Thanks.
2yrs+
MeaganC
MeaganC Hi BellaB,

Driving to the city on the weekends would probably take around 45 min to 1 hour. The freeway by-pass means that you're travelling directly on a freeway all the way in, so it's generally pretty good. In peak hour, however, it's very slow. Your journey times would vary depending on when you left, but if you're looking to work in the city you'd be better off on the train. The V-line (Country) and Metro (suburban) trains both serve Pakenham. The Vline takes around 1hr 10 mins and the Metro is probably like 1 hour 20 mins, provided you get a smooth run. It's also handy for going to the footy as you can get off at Richmond and stroll over to the MCG, or get off at Southern Cross for Etihad - saves the hassle of parking and no need to draw straws for who's driving! Hope this helps!
2yrs+
BellaB
BellaB Thanks for the responese Meagan. We checked out all the SE suburbs in the past week on a trip to Melbourne and have chosen Berwick as our preferred place to live. Pakenham was just a bit too far out for us. At least we know where we want to live now - just can't wait to move over from Perth!!
2yrs+
MeaganC
MeaganC Well done to you. I grew up around the Berwick area - it's a lovely area and I'd move back there without hesitation. It's grown like crazy in the last decade or so - it used to be pretty rural and quiet. Anyway, same applies - if I can help at all, let me know. :)
2yrs+
lehmo1987
lehmo1987 Does anyone drive to the city from Pakenham for work? I need to know what time I would need to leave to be in southbank by 8-8.30am?
2yrs+
TonyA
TonyA If you need to be at Southbank by 8am, leave by 6.30. You may get ther early but if you leave at 7 you will most definately be late. It takes around an hour on game day to drive to The G or Etihad. (15min of that on Punt Rd). Best bet is to take the train, although its pretty hideous and seems to take ages getting home.
2yrs+
lehmo1987
lehmo1987 I'm planning on building in pakenham soon and looking into Profine constructions for a house and land package. Would love to hear from someone who has built with them before or has any builders to recomend??
2yrs+
BobS2
BobS2 Hello. . Thanks for the detailed information... can you make an update for your comment .. especially about the high schools...? thanks. Bob.
Apr 29, 2016
jennifero5
jennifero5 If you are working in cbd at peak hour it will take much longer than an hour Stick to the train
Jul 30, 2017
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 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+

"Pakenham the best place to live in the south east!"

Pakenham is one of the fastest growing suburbs in Victoria! The buzz is Fantastic! With many upcoming projects developing in the area including new estates, shops, schools and business parks, the area is only going to get better!
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jennifero5 Typical you're a real estate agent
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Unranked Streets in Pakenham

Riley Court

4.5/5
"My friend lives in this street and I would dearly love a house to come on the market so I could live there."
-38.06882 145.45588
"Tyrell Place, Pakenham"
-38.072682 145.450864

Ebony Drive

0.5/5
"Stay away from ebony drive."
-38.06382 145.50153
-38.0625917726 145.47901317
"Quiet friendly street in new estate"
-38.068527 145.494318

Dudley Mews

4.5/5
"Beautiful living"
-38.0639065841 145.4812807928
"Quiet Court good for young families and first home buyers"
-38.07563 145.4988
"Great place for a family looking for more than a house but a home"
-38.0737693772 145.499121247
"Nice neighbourhood"
-38.0828637741 145.4771826793

Mason Mews

3.5/5
"Street very quite mainly for retirees and renters and buyers 10 mins from shopping center"
-38.0832599251 145.4756253962