8.3 out of 10

Preston

Ranked 196th best suburb in Melbourne (Greater)
-37.7426159047843 145.017191240285
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  • Medical Facilities
  • Pest Free
  • Shopping Options
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3/5 rating details
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
Oct 03, 2015

"Could be a great place to live, if you choose the right part of the 'hood"

Preston's a bit of a mixed bag. Depending on where you're living/staying, you could be a lengthy walk from the tram line, plus a 30-45 minute tram ride away from the CBD - or, you might be lucky enough to live close to the train station, which is just a 20 minute ride to the city centre. If you're on the eastern side of the suburb, the most interesting thing nearby is the Northland Shopping Centre. The fast-developing Plenty Road runs through this side of the 'hood, but unfortunately this stretch of it has more shuttered storefronts than lively establishments. Thankfully the western half of Preston has a lot more to offer. On High Street you'll have your pick of Vietnamese restaurants, cheap salons, and op shops. There's a Lentil As Anything here as well. But perhaps best of all, just off High Street is the Preston Market, where you can snag insanely cheap produce after 2pm on Saturdays.

The bottom line? Preston's pretty ok, depending on what you're looking for in a neighborhood. Young singles should aim to live in the southwestern part of Preston where there's more going on, while families might be more comfortable in the quieter, less developed parts of the neighborhood.
Pros
  • Transport
Cons
  • Few parks
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JoeT
JoeT I've lived in Preston for a couple of years now and the rate of change has increased drastically over the last 8 or so months. Two great new bar/eateries have opened up - Stray Neighbour in an old smash repairs shop in Plenty Rd, and Dexter an incredible BBQ joint on High St. Both are North of Murray Rd and are a sign of things to come. The empty storefronts are the perfect place for enterprising and energetic young businessmen and women for whom Thornbury is now too overpriced but who need tram access for their customers.

They are coming. Give it 2 years and the strip of Plenty Rd just north of Murray will be the new Thornbury. Super exciting times for the area!
Oct 04, 2015
GB1
GB1 Hi,

I agree whole heartedly on your comment Joe. I have lived join Preston for 2 years and its evolving before your eyes!

As for Lindsay's statement as a CON being few parks. I think you may need to explore a bit more- there are some great parks in Preston (Mary St Park, Zwar Park) but perhaps best of all the easy access to the abundance of parkland and bush around Edgars Creek and Merri River.
Nov 06, 2015
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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 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • 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 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Close to the city, superb shcool and lots of shopping options"

It's quite busy in the mornings - lots of people going to the city. I live 15 mins walk to the train station, so sometimes when it's not raining I bike to the city - I was skeptical before I tried it - but it's safe and quicker that by train :-)
Shopping is great - there is everything you'll ever need and some great cafes along High St and Plenty Rd.
I have a kid I'm going to send to Bell Primary School. I liked Preston West Primary as well but Bell seems to have upgraded facilities is closer to my home. Good schools was once of the criteria when I was choosing a suburb to buy in - I'm very satisfied with those two.
Pros
  • Close to the city
  • Transport
  • Schools
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4/5 rating details
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • 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 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Born In Preston Now Live In Preston"

Currently I'm lucky enough to call Preston home. Easy access to East Link, Airport and CBD a massive bonus for us. To top it off lots of good places to eat, my favourites Ditsy Dani's Cafe for food and coffee in the Preston Market and C Culture Chinese restaurant on High Street Preston. Very easy and convenient place to live.
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"A great place to live a full and cheerful life"

Fantastic proximity to city, well-serviced by PT with a vibrant multicultural population, down to earth neighbours and the fresh food at Preston market. Great place to hang out and raise your family.
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3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Honest and down to earth"

Great place to live. Young people can enjoy the cheap and cheerful High St eateries, Sth Preston shopping, growing collection of cool cafes and depth of afforadable rental options avialable. Families can enjoy the numerous childcare and schools, fantastic-value family homes and great spread of parks. Everyone can take advantage of the proximity to the city, excellent access to PT and the vibrant Preston Market where locals and visitors alike mix. A friendly place where everyone is welcome and can feel at home.
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Preston's got it all"

Preston is fantastic for so many reasons. We live in central Preston and have the train station, tram and buses all within minutes. fantastic for choice when it comes to shopping with the market, Aldi, Woolworths in the centre and then there's always Northland as well. Plus it's 10 km within the CBD. The schools in the area are now really picking up and things seem to really be happening.
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5/5
2yrs+

"Great Potential"

Regent is an up and coming suburb that is only 10kms from the city and is starting to attract young professionals and families. It is a nice little pocket of Reservoir that has beautiful period homes.
There is Zone 1 public transport, the Preston market, plenty of take-away and dine in restaurants, and a shopping centre all within a 5 minute drive.
I see a lot of potential in this area.
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
2yrs+

"Nice and green suburb"

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

"I love Preston, it's the new Box Hill!"

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3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Close to everything."

With Northlands 5 minutes away the shopping is great. Lots of schools nearby mean very little travel in the morning and so many public transport options you can't go far wrong.
Sometimes neighbours can leave you feeling a little cold but mostly they are warm and welcoming.
Unfortunately because it is a wide street and fairly short we do get hoons every now and again but the police are seen frequently in the side streets and are ready to catch them.
Being right on the border of Preston and Thornbury the house prices have steadily risen over the last 5 years that we have lived here although we certainly have no intention of moving
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2

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