Reservoir, VIC 3073

3.9(43 reviews)

Ranked 294th best suburb by locals in Melbourne (Greater) Region, VIC

Great for

  • Internet access
  • Parks and recreation
  • Neighbourly spirit
  • Parking
  • Public transport

Not great for

  • Nightlife

Who lives here?

  • Families With Kids
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Students

Reviews of Reservoir, VIC

mashal
mashal
12th August 2021

"Great up and coming area"

I live on the north of Broadway, close to Reservoir Station (west of the leisure centre) and love it here. It's very convenient and close to the Reservoir Train station which recently had an uplift and is a bus interchange. It's a short drive to Northland, Preston market, Summerhill shopping complex, each which has its own charm. The leisure centre is very well run, communication during covid has been very clear and timely. The shopping strip along Broadway needs some uplift, but it's improving. I didn't expect to see so many brunch spots in the area, last I counted there were 4 just on the short strip on Broadway and they are well attended even on weekdays. One doubles as a bar at night.
There are plenty of schools to choose from in the area, Reservoir East Primary is fairly new (combination of multiple smaller primaries) and the school has a progressive view.
I'm glad we made the decision to move into the area before it became so popular!

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  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
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marki1
marki1
4th August 2021

"Lots of crime"

I live in Mcmahon Road and been experiencing lots of wonderful things. My car got broken into a few times, someone smashed the window. Happened to my neighbours’ as well. Someone even nicked the license plate and mower. I can hear people shouting yelling almost every night. Maybe just in this area due to government housing area?

sophi
sophi

You live in McMahon, a lot of poverty and commission houses in your small pocket . Im not surprised there is so much criminal activity. You cant hold reservoir to the same

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vinceb
vinceb
28th June 2021

"Great Suburb"

Up and coming suburb in Melbourne’s North

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  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
jessyoung1
jessyoung1

Can you please let me know which part of Reservoir is more desired and better? Thank you.

jessyoung1
jessyoung1

Hi, can you please let me know which part of Reservoir is more desired and "better" ? Many thanks.

angelal16
angelal16

Hi Jess, we are just near regent station/Gilbert Road/Regent Street. It's a great pocket and lots of lovely families. I grew up on the other side of the tracks and whilst it's improved significantly, it doesn't have the same feel.

zoeh17
zoeh17

Anywhere near Edward lake, coburg border

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johnn45
johnn45
28th June 2021

"Next best thing"

Not to far from the city
Lots of parks
Good public transport
Family friendly
Only going to go up in value

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
jessyoung1
jessyoung1

Hi, can you please let me know which part of Reservoir is more desired and "better" ? Many thanks.

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hellothere123
hellothere123
21st May 2021

"Huge suburb in Melbourne’s mid-north"

Reservoir is huge, with 3 (borderline 4!) train stations and the 86 (borderline the 11) tram/s, there is excellent public transport into the city and into Melbourne’s inner north. Actually all of Melbourne’s vibrant inner north is right at its doorstep, therefore absolutely no shortage of cafes, bars and restaurants just a short Uber away. Preston Market and Northland Shopping Centre are also handy, plus a really good Coles and Kmart at Summerhill Plaza on Plenty Road. Great access to the M80, airport, close to La Trobe University. Reservoir is traditionally home to many residents of non Anglo-Celtic descent, migrants and visa holders. Reservoir has many townhouses built in the last 10 years (usually 3-4 townhouses on a block), plus many renovated and un renovated family homes. There hasn’t really been an apartment block boom in Reservoir, which has been huge in nearby Preston and Thornbury. I’ve noticed there has been an increase in the more superior type design and quality towhouses being built. Everywhere in Reservoir you will find lovely, quiet streets with nice gardens and a mixture of new townhouses, renovated and un renovated family homes. The new Reservoir station and level crossing removal has revitalised central Reservoir but unfortunately the other stations are not on the list for rebuilding, Ruthven station is partularly in terrible condition, old, run down and has a gravel carpark. They’re currently not doing anything to Keon Park station, they’re just building an electricity sub station just south of the station, to facilitate extra trains on the Mernda line. The local pronunciation of Reservoir is “Rezza-vwore/vore”, used by most locals including the media in Melbourne. It’s very common to hear “Rezza-vuah” (something closer to the French pronunciation) by interstate media and by others, the further you get from Melbourne’s north.

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  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
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northsideash12
northsideash12
19th May 2021

"Great access to everything you need with a solid community feel"

We moved to a rental in Reservoir 3.5 years ago as we wanted a house with a yard and had been priced out of Thornbury/Preston. There were a few places we inspected that definelty seemed to be on streets that were a bit dodgy but every suburb has this (heyyy south Yarra and Richmond). We chose somewhere south of broadway/north of plenty road and love it here!

We have lovely neighbors who have either been in their homes 30+ years or are young families new to the area. In our time here there have been numerous cute cafes/bars/restaurants open up, especially the strip around plenty road/Tyler st. As were on the south side were also super close to preston and all it has to offer.

If only wed purchased a home here 3.5 years ago instead, like most of the sprawling inner north the house prices here are now really high and outside the budget of a first home

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  • Families with kids
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edelem
edelem
19th March 2021

"There’s a reason it’s the 252nd best suburb in Melbourne!"

Seedy and unsafe. The real estate which is generally of a low quality is only overpriced because the hipsters have been forced to go beyond Northcote. I grew up there, I know it well.

northsideash12
northsideash12

Curious to know if you still live here/when you left the area?

hellothere123
hellothere123

Yeah, how long have you been gone? I left my home town in country Victoria 20 years ago and the town is nothing like it was when I lived there, actually I would feel very insecure making a comment on what its like to live there even though I grew up there! Places change, fast!

edelem
edelem

I left Reservoir in 2020 and visit regularly

sophi
sophi

Please dont visit, youre obviously too good for reservoir.

yourm1
yourm1

Haters gonna hate, why so negative edelm

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scotth57
scotth57
12th September 2020

"Good value - just outside the magic - within 10km of the CBD"

One of Melbourne’s biggest suburbs by area e.g. it has four different train stations within it. As a result there is a huge difference in the range & quality of housing stock. As a broad guideline the further south you can be the better. In some of the southern sections of Reservoir - you are actually closer to Preston train station than Reservoir train station. You can effectively “turn your back” on Reservoir & utilise the amenities of Preston e.g. Preston Market, High St cafes/restaurants/retail. Reservoir is one of the few suburbs where it’s still possible to get a family house for circa $1m just outside the magic “within 10km of the CBD” marker - 12km re Reservoir. A lot of new townhouse development being undertaken - which necessitates being very aware of the risk of multi-unit bring built around you when you buy here. Good freeways access. Lady Bower Kitchen is a great local café & would fit right in in Fitzroy or St Kilda. I recommend it to my clients wanting an “inner city lifestyle at a relatively affordable price point”. Scott Hall Buyers Advocate 0457 513 124

Who lives here?

  • Families with kids
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sarahm36
sarahm36
23rd July 2020

"Has ended up being a great move"

We moved to the south-western part of Reservoir 4 years ago after living 10 years in Richmond. It was a big transition, but we wanted a sizeable, solid old home with a decent backyard for our 2 small children and were priced out of the closer suburbs.
Thank goodness we ended up here, we've ended up loving it. Quiet streets, fantastic primary schools with great communities, lovely parks close by, lots of diversity in ages and backgrounds which we feel makes for a really good community for kids to grow up in, lovely neighbours - the type that bring your bins in and have street parties with, people say hi when out walking - pretty much what I wanted in a place for the long term.
My husband works in the city and it's a great ride in, alternatively we have train station 5 minute walk one way (with reliable, incredibly regular services), and tram 5 minute walk the other! I travel a bit for work, it's around 20 minutes to the airport and easy to get on the freeway and ring roads to get anywhere in Melbourne quickly. Preston Market is a gem for fresh produce and a lively market scene. Northland shopping centre is not bad, handy to pop in to with the main stores and some of the decent high end chain stores. There's some truly great cafes and interesting small businesses popping up as well as old school bakeries, deli's and ethnic produce stores. Not much of a nightlife, but chilled bars and great restaurants are only 10 minutes down the road for date night.
That said, there is an area of Reservoir (it's a huge suburb, the biggest in Melbourne and can take 20 mins to get from one side to the other) that I definitely wouldn't want to live in and never need to go to, but apart from that corner, in speaking to friends and being out and about the rest is really great. We've never had safety issues thankfully, don't have an alarm, nor the dogs mentioned below and feel comfortable walking and exercising at any time of day.
Pretty excited to see how it keeps evolving!

Who lives here?

  • Families with kids
paulacamargo
paulacamargo

please, what areas in reservoir should I avoid?

sarahm36
sarahm36

The parts around Regent station, Oakhill, Edwardes Lake and further North on the Western side are really nice. The North-Eastern parts used to be less great, but now more families are moving in, it's changed a lot and is now really nice so you kind of have to see it for yourself, not listen to old hearsay. There's still a couple of streets that I'd avoid, it's well worth driving around and getting a feel for it, the dodgy streets are pretty obvious and honestly everywhere else is pretty great. It's all relative though!

paulacamargo
paulacamargo

thank you!! :)

vikramgill
vikramgill

I live in north east reservoir and its awesome here, very green,leafy and lot of parks. Close to two good universities and very family oriented.

abhishekg
abhishekg

Hello all.. I am planning to move near Peruvian Rd just north of Darebin creek reserve.. How is the safety in the area and overall community ?

vikramgill
vikramgill

Its awesome here.... very safe... family oriented and lot of parklands

abhishekg
abhishekg

Thanks a lot Vikram Gill.. Appreciate your prompt response.

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max_hodder
max_hodder
4th March 2020

"UP & COMING"

Reservoir has been an up & coming suburb for many years now. With new cafes & businesses opening up daily. Easy access into the city, close to public transport & shops.

Max Hodder - Real Estate Agent - Woodards

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  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
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emily-goumas
emily-goumas
9th January 2020

"Great location!"

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  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
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madeleine-cahill
madeleine-cahill
10th December 2019

"Quickly Becoming Desirable Suburb"

No longer is Reservoir a suburb to be overlooked. In recent years large amounts of developers have built quality and even luxurious townhouses in the suburb and infrastructure is slowly being upgraded. Many new eateries and cafes are popping up within the suburb, making Reservoir a much more liveable suburb. Works to the level crossing are underway and the suburb offers 3x train stations. Highly recommend for families, or people still wishing to live in a friendly and quiet neighbourhood.

Who lives here?

  • Families with kids
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moniqueh14
moniqueh14
23rd November 2019

"Peaceful, Lovely Suburb"

I stayed in Reservoir for a short time and found it to be a quiet, lovely suburb. Not much going on and you'd need a car to get around, but overall nice and tidy.

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  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
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amanda_compagnino
amanda_compagnino
24th September 2019

"Huge underrated suburb with plenty to see and do!!"

Lived here for 26 years (most of my life) so I know it inside and out. A very large and widespread suburb but a community where everyone knows you're name. There is a better side of Reservoir, and the Cheddar Road side. Although it has improved immensely. Bustling cafes and new infrastructure, great walking tracks and parklands, great schools and access to public transport. Reservoir will always have my heart!

Amanda Compagnino, Property Manager, REVOLVE REAL ESTATE, South Morang

Who lives here?

  • Singles
  • Families with kids
·higochumbo·
·higochumbo·

Out of curiosity, what's wrong with Cheddar Road? It's the only place where I can find nice, clean, affordable houses.

sophi
sophi

Lots of commission housing. Avoid the north east

sophi
sophi

I would also avoid the north west, high voltage power lines

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stevenmcdonald
stevenmcdonald
23rd September 2019

"So far, So good!"

We are a young couple and have recently moved to Reservoir and our experience so far has been nothing less than perfect. Easy access to the CBD, so many shops, great safety, and reliable train (Mernda Line) running every 7 minutes (no kidding!), our experience has been far better than expected. The suburb is multicultural, and has a community feel to it. Edwards lake is stunning with BBQ amenities. Even though Reservoir lacks night life at this stage, new restaurants are opening all the time, and with it's close proximity to high street and 15 minutes drive to pubs/ night life on st Georges road, we really don't mind! Preston market is right at your finger tips, without having to pay the price tag of living in Preston, as well as the suburb being so close to big shopping centres. We are hoping to be able to purchase in the area as it is definitely going to be the next big thing.

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
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mash
mash
27th August 2019

"Underrated area!"

Reservoir is a beautiful suburb with all the access you might need. It is close to shopping centres, hospitals and medical centres, schools, cafes, restaurants, universities (RMIT and La Trobe), markets, parks and leisure centres, easy access to the ring road, and with only 12km to the CBD, what else could you ask for. 3 modes of public transport available depending on which part you live in and where you are headed, all avail at your finger tips. It is a family friendly area with a family feel to it. My neighbours are super nice and we are always on the look out for each-other. With reservoir station also promising to become a hub, the suburb is yet to see huge growth.

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
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sarahk29
sarahk29
29th July 2019

"Perfect Suburb"

Been living in reservoir for some years and have been super comfortable. The location is brilliant, being so close to everything. New cafes and bars opening in the area all the time, so close to the city, and generally no issues with traffic. Edwards lake is stunning and is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon chilling by the lake. The suburb has a very homey feeling, and is multicultural with lots going on all the time. Plenty of investment is being made in the area including the reservoir station upgrades which is very promising. The suburb is certainly underrated, but it sure is starting to get noticed by younger professionals and families, and the house prices going above and beyond the 'indicative selling prices',the and auction clearance rates comparably in such a tight market, is absolute proof of strong demand and potential growth.

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
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tias2
tias2
25th July 2019

"LOVE Reservoir! HUGE suburb, HUGE potential!"

What's there not to love, really! With relatively lower prices compared to it's neighbouring suburbs at this stage like Preston and Thornbury and still large blocks of land avail, extremely close to the cbd, and shops all around, many schools and child care centres, access to the ring road and high street, close to the airport, it is truly an exceptional suburb and strategically located, with everything you need at your finger tips! Reservoir has absolutely everything needed for professionals or families, with recently younger generations moving in as well. The train line is reliable and delays and cancellations are minimal making it super attractive to young professionals needing to commute to the city for work everyday. With the brand new reservoir station on it's way and the 2030 plan already in place and working towards it, Reservoir has a bright and promising future ahead.

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
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lisawang
lisawang
19th March 2019

"House got broke in twice , been followed, strange people around"

I have been renting in reservoir during all my university times, first of all the streets and shopping centres were depressing but rental fees are relatively low so I have chosen to live there. Soon after I got a job, my rental house got broke in , all my chothing has been stolen, soon I moved to another rental house in the same suburb , very soon it was another broke in, all jewelleries, laptops etc all gone! It was one morning around 7am I was walking on the street , there was one guy slowed down his car and followed me and stared at me wanting to talk to me, he was not looking like an ordinary guy and I ran straight back to my house. My experiences in reservoir was not so good, ever since that I chose not to walk on the street ever by myself alone ...

explorer2
explorer2

which part of reservoir ?
shocked!

tias2
tias2

Been in reservoir for 8 years now and never seen or heard of such a thing really. wow.

edelem
edelem

Good to see an honest review, I grew up in Reservoir theres a lot of dodgy parts. I find it depressing when I go back there

sophi
sophi

Edelem, you must have lib

marki1
marki1

Sophi are you an real estate agent? Why are you so defensive?

sophi
sophi

Marki1 Im not a real estate agent. I think Reservoir is awesome. Edelem likes to bag on all the suburbs. Have a look at her/his profile, you will see how many suburbs this person has bagged. Couldnt have possibly lived in all those suburbs. Edelem is Just crazy or bored I guess.

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KatjaP
KatjaP
7th January 2019

"Lots to like, with some down sides....but that is changing fast"

Many positives about living here - there are a lot of houses and units at very reasonable prices, and it's not too far from the city (~30 min train ride). Reservoir is gentrifying fast with a lot of young couples, families and students moving into the area. All of my neighbours have been lovely people. La Trobe, RMIT and Preston market are nearby.

That said, it is still a bit of a dodgy suburb - the northern side of Reservoir has a particularly bad reputation. The south side is nicer, Edwardes Park and Edwardes Lake are a plus but you still want to try and avoid housing comission units. Even in the south side, you see dodgy looking people a lot and there are frequently police at the station. There is some crime, mostly theft - in my 4 years here, my car got broken into once. I (young female) never personally felt unsafe walking home at night and saw other women walking home on their own so it isn't a highly dangerous place, but you have to be cautious. I would some it up as - it's not the safest area, but it doesn't live up to its grizzly reputation these days.

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
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jeremybean-hodges
jeremybean-hodges
4th January 2019

"Changing - and changing fast!"

The first thing to know about Reservoir is that it's really two large suburbs in one behemoth, divided by the train line which bisects the suburb (there is only one crossing point, at a traffic junction co-designed by Satan himself). The western side is the wealthier side; it has the "nice" high street, the library, the higher house values and the lovely Edwardes Lake park. The eastern side is the poorer cousin (a quick glance at its high street - amusingly called "Broadway" - will immediately confirm this) - though the leafy streets and the Darebin Creek Trail are still nice. I've lived on both sides and enjoyed them both.

The suburb also changes from the more affluent south (which houses hipster refugees who can no longer afford Thornbury), to the more traditional working-class north near Thomastown. Geographically, Reservoir is an enormous suburb - so be aware that the train isn't a convenient option for everyone. The 86 tram is good for getting to Thornbury/Northcote, but don't bother trying to take it all the way into the city - it just takes too long. You really either need to be close to one of the train stations, a cyclist, or a car owner.

The suburb isn't quite as safe as its more gentrified inner cousins. I've never personally felt unsafe, but people have tried to burgle my unit before, the police aren't a completely uncommon sight, and hotted-up Commodores do enjoy burnouts on the eastern side of town.

As you can probably guess, the rising house prices in Northcote, Thornbury and Preston are pushing young people into Reservoir, and it's changing the face of the suburb. There's a smattering of nice cafes starting to appear (Gellibrand and Sycamore Meadows in the west, Lady Bower Kitchen in the east), as well as a very nice bar in Audacious Monk down in the south-west. This has only accelerated over the last year.

It is a really great suburb for young professionals, and certainly ideal for longer-term investment as people get squeezed out of more "desirable" suburbs - but be careful to pick your spot well.

Who lives here?

  • Singles
  • Families with kids
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"Not a bad spot"

Good for families

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"Great suburb for families, singles and couples close to city"

This suburb has a lot to offer, it has good train station and links into the city, Edwardes lake park is a lovely green spot for walks, picnics etc, and there is a good choice of primary schools and secondary schools. It also has a spacious feel which many suburbs don't have. Preston Market is a couple of train stops away or 5m drive and is excellent for food shopping, eateries and cafe. It's also well placed for La Trobe Uni, RMIT and if you travel for work you will like how close it is to the airport.

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
nicolasp1
nicolasp1

Great choice of primary schools? Nope this is not true, as a parent with primary school children we have been straggling to put our kid on the local primary schools with poor quality standard.

sarahk29
sarahk29

Struggling * ......

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"Best midring suburb close enough to city"

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
annab23
annab23

Anyone here with kids at the public primary schools? Just after an opinion on which ones people think are good. Thanks

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"Great location close to everything"

Ive lived in Reservoir for over 10 years and used to live in Brunswick before that its amazing how much Reservoir has changed. New cafes, wine bars and restaurants openning all the time. Great place to live close to the city, parklands, bike trails and the airport as well!

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  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
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"Reservoir is becoming a cool inner city suburb"

in 2016 the suburb of Reservoir had the largest amount of property, 451 sold from 598 auctions, making a healthy 75% clearance rate. The area is smallish, yet community driven, it's closer to the city than it looks.

Great for

  • Buyers Agent
  • Good public transport (still Zone 1)
  • Affordable property only 13km from the city
  • Multicultural community

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
tomj4
tomj4

No it is not.

tomj4
tomj4

Reservoir is not smallish at all.

yanap
yanap

It's not inner city.

reservoirr
reservoirr

Reservoir is the largest suburb in melbourne

edelem
edelem

Darren is a real estate agent so its his job to talk up the area. Go see it for yourself

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"Underated"

People are often shocked by how I rate Reservoir. Probably the worst part of this suburb is it's reputation. I may be biased because I grew up here, but Reservoir truly is underrated. It still has that old neighbourly spirit... I knew my neighbours by their first name, and could rely on them to watch on the house when I was away, and to collect the mail.
The streets are OK, we had a few potholes in our street and the gutters would flood, but I've noticed recently there has been a lot of street and stormwater improvements in the area. The "spaghetti" intersection at the Reservoir Station has always been (and feels like it always will be) a major traffic congestion problem, with promises at every election to make improvements, however Reservoir falls within one of the nation's safest seats and consequently nothing ever gets done about it.
Apart from that, generally traffic in Reservoir is OK... however there have been a lot of streets (like Broadway and Tyler Street) cut-in-half to allow for extremely wide bike lanes, causing a bit more congestion but it's generally OK.
The nightlife in the area is improving radically, with a new bar or caf opening up every few months along High Street or Plenty Road, which is exciting to see and great for the area.
The diversity of fresh food options are fantastic, with Italian and Asian grocers and independent supermarkets, as well as the larger chains. The new shopping centre in Summerhill has everything you need, and generally prices are competitive.
What I like most about it is the proximity to the city. Reservoir has an inner suburb feel, but without all the cars parked in the street. Allotments are large and most houses have garages and driveways which gives the area a feeling of spaciousness which is disappearing in neighbouring suburbs Coburg and Preston.
Unfortunately though, make sure if you are wanting to move to Reservoir to invest in good security for your house. We were burgled on multiple occasions, as were our neighbours. Even though the area generally feels very safe and I'm comfortable walking the streets alone, crime rate for some reason is still high.

Great for

  • Good public transport (still Zone 1)
  • Edwardes Lake Park
  • Multicultural community

Not great for

  • Reputation
  • Crime

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • LGBT+
  • Hipsters
  • Students
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"Best Choice is now Reservoir"

I moved to reservoir in March 2015 I stay on Colthur Street Reservoir, We bought a house with 330 sq mts beautiful location , friendly people, very easy access for everything and safe area I feel as of now. I have two small kids and non driving wife at home, But still I feel and recommend this area as we are living here with utmost safety and happiness in this area. Edward lake park is near by walkable, Early Journey Child care is also walkable, Insane Gym is walkable and Gellibrand kinder is walkable and Bus service is very efficient and with 300 meters we have more main bus stops and bus drivers also very friendly. Best part of this area is we got a property price hike of around 80k in first year itself. We bought for $400k and the similar house next door sold for $640k. Huge demand in the area of houses and also people love the area for renting also. With in 2 kms of the area you have lot of shopping, eating and education varieties. Reservoir recreation centre is near by . Especially for INDIAN community the area is very attractive as we have all that we need like Indian Grocery, good schools for kinds, good indian restaurants, nice parks , fresh air and safety no junkies.
This is my experience and I love this area. Welcome to all good descent family guys to Reservoir near Edward Lake on Colthur street.

Great for

  • Good child care and primary and kinder schools
  • Medical centre facilities are nearer
  • Reservoir recreation centre for kids and adults is very near
  • Good public transport (still Zone 1)
  • Affordable property only 13km from the city
  • Multicultural community
  • Affordable
  • Edwardes Lake Park

Not great for

  • Very soon the area is going to become unaffordable with the hike in the property price
  • The Broadhurst Garden need to be well maintained

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
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kadiveti-harshak
kadiveti-harshak

Hello Mr.Sunil Kumar. Thanks for the comprehensive review. Im moving to Melbourne from Bangalore. About to finalise a house in best street, reservoir. I work in Northern health. Id like to live in a safe place which is closer to the city and also easy to commute to my work place. I request your opinion on my choice of house location. Thanks in advance.

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"Nice suburb!"

I live on Thackeray Rd and absolutely love it. Beautiful street with lots of period homes, picket fences and rose gardens. We don't get any trouble with break in's but I suppose we have a good security system and soon to get a very big dog. I have a friend that lives a few streets away and says he leaves his shed unlocked and no one has ever taken anything. The best areas are Oakhill and regent. The fringes of both of these areas are really nice too. Edwardes park is meant to be really nice aswell and a little cheaper than Oakhill and Regent. The Areas that have lots of commission housing is Cheddar rd, over near northland shopping centre, and I think also near reservoir east primary. It's best to stay south of broadway and west of plenty rd and boldrewood. Just pick your area and do your research before moving to Reservoir. Its a great suburb with lots of facilities and parks. For transport you have the option of tram or train, and its still Zone 1. Its also nice and close to Preston market, the yummy asian food restaurants of high st, and coffee/ cafe central Thornbury. The demographic of Reservoir is definitely changing with more people being pushed out of Thornbury and Preston and into Reservoir. Our street has lots of professionals, retiree's and young families. Definitely one to watch over the next 5 years.

Great for

  • Good public transport (still Zone 1)
  • Affordable property only 13km from the city
  • Multicultural community
  • Affordable
  • Edwardes Lake Park

Not great for

  • Reputation
  • Not many cafes, restaurants or cultural hubs yet

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
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"Great up and coming family suburb"

I have recently purchased in Reservoir with my wife and 2 young kids after renting in the area for the past 2 years. I live close to Edwardes Lake and Reservoir Village and love the little pocket we have bought in. The neighbours have been super friendly since we moved in. There are two great Primary Schools for the kids in Reservoir West Primary and Reservoir Primary School. Our friends have their kids at Reservoir West Primary and they rave about it. We love taking the kids to Edwardes Lake and our eldest has just started at the lakeview tennis club which she is loving, A lot of people are renovating or improving old houses which is good to see. The council have been very active as well, they have planted trees on our street and have been doing upgrades of Edwardes Lake playground and gym equipment and also of the local library. They have a great structure plan for the future which will totally revamp the shops and sort out the spaghetti intersection. With the state government very keen to grade level railway crossings, this plan will likely go ahead in the near future, view the plan at this address- http://www.darebin.vic.gov.au/files/Reservoir_MAC_Structure_Plan_2012.pdf
It is great to be close to a zone 1 train station too, makes it easy for me to get to work. Only takes 20 min to drive from our house to Bourke Street too, so we love the central location.
There are some great cafes and more opening up all the time. The negative would have to be the lack of quality restaurants and good nightlife. This is some what negated by being close to brunswick, also I hear there is a new wine bar in Preston which is good, but I am yet to try it.
Overall, I think this is a great area for families and we are very happy with our purchase.

Great for

  • Good council
  • Great Community feel
  • Friendly neighbours
  • Good public transport (still Zone 1)
  • Affordable property only 13km from the city
  • Affordable
  • Edwardes Lake Park

Not great for

  • No Nightlife
  • Spaghetti intersection
  • Reputation

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
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"Reservoir - a convenient place"

i have migrated to the country 9 years ago, i've spent 5 years in quite & peaceful country town... lived in reservoir about 4 years when i have started my university. this place is a convient place where it has the train, tram, buses, not far from CBD& the majority of the eastern&western suburbs, i can pretty much drive to everywhere & dont need to worry too much about petrol usage. living expenses are average& affordable, the edward lake is a very nice area. the draw back about this area is the safety concern, my house has got broke into, stuffs put in the garden got stolen and etc, and this did not only happened to me. i'd like to say this town has got its reputation. A particular type of ppl you can see everywhere in public places. This is a place for young adults, students or young professionals who work in the CBD, it may not be a perfect place for families with kids or elderly people .

Great for

  • Good public transport (still Zone 1)
  • Affordable property only 13km from the city
  • Multicultural community
  • Affordable
  • Edwardes Lake Park

Not great for

  • Crime
  • Reputation
  • Some scary people about
  • Not many cafes, restaurants or cultural hubs yet

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  • Singles
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
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"Heaps of character, central location"

Great for

  • Good public transport (still Zone 1)
  • Affordable property only 13km from the city
  • Edwardes Lake Park
  • Close to CBD
  • Close to Ring Rd

Not great for

  • Crime
  • Reputation
  • Some scary people about
  • Not many cafes, restaurants or cultural hubs yet

Who lives here?

  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Students
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"Booming suburb & only 11km to the CBD"

Reservoir is starting to take control of the property market in the inner northern suburbs. Only 11km from the CBD, easy access to all major FWYs and lots of public transport (trains & buses) to choose from. Only a short drive to Highpoint or Doncastor shopping complex (15mins) and easy access to Lygon or Brunswick street for a bite to eat or a quality coffee. A University and a heap of schools to choose from plus the Ring rd will connect to the Eastern Fwy in the near future giving your young family a variety of elite schools to choose from. A very family orientated suburb majority with Italian (European) heritage. The professionals & wealth are starting to move in with the big blocks to choose from, quality built homes, location location plus the family friendly environment. A must for all to see & consider as the recent property investment indicates Reservoir is on its way up.

Great for

  • Good public transport (still Zone 1)
  • Affordable property only 13km from the city
  • Multicultural community
  • Affordable
  • Edwardes Lake Park

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
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"Choose carefully"

We moved in 12 years ago when the area was busy but it still had character. There were lots of period homes and the residents would stop for a chat. In the past 2-5 years this has all changed due to the developers moving in, dozing down houses and creating high density living. Due to the increase of new housing being built up the line and the changes in speed limits through Preston this has resulted in more traffic on the roads of Reservoir. Unbearable if you live on what was once a reasonable road that has been converted to a thoroughfare. The local Coles is small and not safe to visit after dark and unfortunately the staff at the IGA can be quite rude and unhelpful. There are a good selection of cafes opening up which is good, but not many restaurants unless you are into pubs, Chinese or Vietnamese. In regards to secuity and safety, I have been robbed and stalked in the past 5 years. So if you are moving in, make sure you have a good alarm system and a big dog and if you drive, off street parking will avoid the scratches and dents. We are looking forward to moving out of the area.
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Still here six months later... looking for the right house elsewhere. In the past six months I have seen the area deteriorate even more with regards to crime and safety, you only have to read the paper and watch the News to get those updates. I also work in this area serving the general public and I am sorry to say that I cannot see any family/community spirit and have encountered racism on several occasions.
However, glad to hear the the perception of Reservoir of those wanting to buy in the area is improving as it will increase my sale price when I'm leaving, which will hopefully be soon.

Great for

  • Good public transport (still Zone 1)

Not great for

  • Crime
  • Nothing to do - not many good parks, restaurants, etc.
  • Reputation
  • Some scary people about
  • Street parking is congested

Who lives here?

  • Singles
  • Students
tomj4
tomj4

Agreed

edelem
edelem

Great to see an honest review

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"Next Coburg (we hope)"

We moved here 18 months ago after being priced out of the inner North. Not surprisingly most of our neighbours are young families same as us. Res is a HUGE suburb - one of Melbourne's biggest. We're in the Reservoir West pocket on the border with Preston and there are two great coffee shops, schools look fine (kid not really old enough for me to comment yet), nice parks, and I love going to the Coburg Drive In, market and pool in Summer. The 112 Tram is always good, but it would be fantastic if it was extended - would make the train station much more accessible. And a good bar would be wonderful.

Probably the worst thing is the reaction from people when you say where you live! And it's not even cheap any more. We paid the Melbourne median price for a 3 bdm 1940s house. Still we have a lot more space than many of our friends, and you can see the suburb changing even since we moved. Fingers crossed it keeps improving.

Great for

  • Edwardes Lake Park
  • Preston West cafes
  • Affordable property only 13km from the city
  • Good public transport (still Zone 1)
  • Multicultural community
  • Affordable

Not great for

  • Reputation
  • Not many cafes, restaurants or cultural hubs yet

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • LGBT+
  • Hipsters
  • Students
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"Not the best suburb."

Growing up, Reservoir was always known as a pretty rough area, but it is close-ish to the city and affordable, so I didn't see the harm in moving here.

We live on a quiet street and have not had many issues, although our neighbourhood is a target for robberies. Our neighbours are friendly and are mostly families of very multicultural origins. There is always a lot of construction going on in Reservoir and units are popping up very regularly.

I think the issue about living in Reservoir is living too close to either Reservoir or Ruthven stations. Ruthven station is regularly covered in graffiti (and one time, the Myki machine was covered in faeces). The carpark at Ruthven station regularly has shattered glass in it, implying habitual car break-ins.

Another issue is the Reservoir shopping strip. I try to avoid it as much as possible, as quite often I will encounter loud, obnoxious arguments full of profanities between locals.

Reservoir is a place I don't feel safe in and would not like to raise my children in.

Great for

  • Affordable

Not great for

  • Nothing to do - not many good parks, restaurants, etc.
  • Crime
  • Some scary people about
MariosValiaAmpatzoglou
MariosValiaAmpatzoglou

Hello, do you know something about summerhill rd in east reservoir? I have a baby and we are moving to essendon in 2 months.

tomj4
tomj4

Agreed

edelem
edelem

Great to see an honest review

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"Affordable Established Suburb, Only 13km from CBD"

Its no accident Reservoir has become one of the fastest growing suburbs in the northern corridor.
From public transport, local primary and secondary schools and a variety of specialty stores along The Broadway and Edwardes Street, it is easy to see why so many people are moving here and have been residents here for many years.

Recently Reservoir was flagged as one of the top 10 most affodable suburbs within 15mkm from CBD so there are plenty of opportunities for first home buyers and astute investors to secure a property and reap the benefits and rewards Reservoir has to offer in the long term.

For me it was an easy decision to live in an established suburb like Reservoir, all the conveniences of transport, schools, shopping and recreation at your fingertips.

Great for

  • Affordable property only 13km from the city
  • Good public transport (still Zone 1)
  • Multicultural community

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • LGBT+
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
edelem
edelem

This review is written by a real estate agent

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"Affordable and close to the city"

I moved to Reservoir about six months ago and I really like it. It's great to be only a 30 minute train ride from the city, and the bike path means I can cycle to work in the city safely (Along the Epping line, then down the middle of St George's Rd). If the proposal to extend the Gilbert Rd tram line (No 112) goes ahead, public transport options will be even better.

Preston Market is close by and there are lots of great places to eat out in Preston as well. not to mention a great pizza place near Reservoir station! Jackson Dodds (Gilbert Rd) is the first trendy cafe to open up - I'm certain that it's the first of many as the coffee drinkers are priced out of Coburg and Preston.

There's an interesting mix of apartments, town houses and old Californian bungalows. Edwardes Lake Park is great for a jog.

Somewhat lacking in nightlife (apart from the TAB and the RSL!) but Northcote and Brunswick are not too far away.

I'm looking forward to see how Reservoir develops in the next few years.

Great for

  • Affordable property only 13km from the city
  • Multicultural community
  • Good public transport (still Zone 1)

Not great for

  • Not many cafes, restaurants or cultural hubs yet

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
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"Perfect!"

Moved to Reservoir about 2 months ago and am loving it!!
Excellent and affordable close to everything!!!

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
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"What's not to love about Reservoir?"

Living here for 2 years and I love it. It is not true that there are no good primary schools here, Reservoir Primary performed very well in the recent Myschool website. The Leisure Centre is the best in at least the Northern Region and public transport here is exellent 2 trams and one train. There are good parks and it is not far from the Austin hospital. Having the Preston Market nearby is a boon and there is also a lot of good eating in Preston. Add to that the direct and reliably smooth and flowing St Georges Rd into the city and you have Melbourne's best kept secret!

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
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"Big Suburb, Affordable House and Convenient Life"

I have lived in reservoir for 5 years and I love this suburb. Edwards lake is a very good place and my kid loves the old tank engine. Reservoir leisure center is good, membership fee is reasonable and you should try the group training session, it's awesome. Preston market and Northland shopping center are just five minutes away.

A lot of people are renting in this area and some of them don't care about their lawn. There are no good public primary school in reservoir, but there are couple catholic primary schools to choose.

Who lives here?

  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
CommunityMan
CommunityMan

But you can't water your lawn with the water restrictions! I think a brown lawn says that you care about saving water.

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"Reservoir,Victoria"

Reservoir is a great place to live with everything close to hand. Local Transport, Schools,Shops and the beautiful Edwardes Lake. In summer all you will see is families getting together for barbeques and fun at Edwardes Lake. There is also an annual fate at Edwardes Lake. The Kids love it. Great shops and cafes nearby. Very multicultural suburb with people from all walks of life.

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
edelem
edelem

How come your post on so many suburbs cutie pie? Im guessing youre a developer or Real Estate agent with your propaganda

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"A great place to live for anyone"

It's beautiful. It holds people from all walks of life. It's a rather cosmopolitan suburb, with many different cultural background local shops. The Leisure Centre, I think, is the main attraction. It would be great though if the council could buy one off fantastic fans so that the aerobics participants and staff don't die from heat stroke!, instead of purchasing cheap inefficient equipment that last for about a week!
There are wonderful parks and lots of cycle lanes. I love living in Reservoir!!!

Who lives here?

  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
royf1
royf1

I lived in Reservoir for a year and loved it. Across the road was a really good council swimming pool and gym which was next to a children's playground and a velodrome. It was also only a 20 minute walk to La Trobe university. I miss living there.

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