I've read bad reviews about Reservoir. Someone who lives there could give me an opinion? Thanks

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Don't like Reservoir. Do not feel safe at all for myself & my family & have been living here since Jan 2015. No community spirit. No one seems to care about their fellow neighbour. Traffic is terrible, made worse by having that train line clogging all the traffic. Shopping isn't any good. Local Coles are inept at stocking their shelves & not a very good choice. No police presence. Even the police were rude to my husband when we had a would-be theif hiding in our front yard one night! When we buy our own home it won't be in this suburb I can assure you.

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Disagree. You may have had an unpleasant experience but Reservoir is going through a phase which Northcote, Thornbury & Preston went through over the last 10 years. Those suburbs are now untouchable. Reservoir is currently in the middle of the next suburb out and it's now time to get in before it's too late. A Multi million dollar reservoir train station upgrade has been budgeted for, the ring rd connection to East link budgeted for, Broadway is finally getting a face lift, new swimming complex, cafes, bars, library, community centre & not to mention the central creek estate - houses over the 1mil mark....yes you'll get scum bags in every area but don't miss the opportunity!

PaolaR

It will take more than 10 yrs to fix Reservoir. Many suburbs in the Western Sydney area have taken a good 20 years to come good & those suburbs were very much like what Reservoir is now. We haven't had just the one bad experience here, there have been others. The bus system here isn't good either. For my daughter to get transport to school, it will take her 1 hour, & she goes to Reservoir High. By car it's 15 minutes but putting up with the train-line is very frustrating in itself. Hoons at night don't want me want to stay here at all....I can go on. Those reading will get my honest picture. I've said what's fact right now & will not be hanging around to see if anything changes.

Your honesty is appreciated but for those considering Reservoir I can say that I have never experienced this - although Some streets or pockets could be worse than others. I forgot to mention the tram line from Regent is continuing through Edward st to Reservoir Station. For the transport - I couldn't speak highly enough Trams, buses, 3 train stations & one soon to be upgraded. I have lived in auburn, Western Sydney for 2 years & you can't compare the west of Sydney with the North of Melb. They are both unique in there own ways. Reservoir is an inner suburb & 10kms from the CBD.

PaolaR, I have lived in Reservoir for over 20 years now and love the place. I shop at the local Coles have no problem filling up my trolley. Reservoir is nothing like the Western Suburbs of Sydney and your comparison is ignorant. I visit Western Sydney for work on a regular basis and I can tell you that the traffic there is more chaotic than Reservoir's level crossing. I won't comment on the demographic differences between the two but Reservoir wins hands down. Reservoir has excellent public transport and Infrastructure, the area is vast in size and very well serviced. I don't know whereabouts in Reservoir you live, but Reservoir High School is no where near a train line. The school is serviced by buses and a tram. In terms of safety, Reservoir is as safe as houses. There are many young families and young professionals moving in to the area who have been priced out of the inner north. The fact that prices have boomed in the last two years is indicative of its popularity. I have many friends and family members who wished they had bought into the area when I did. They settled for further north and are battling bumper to bumper congestion along Plenty Rd and High St. I'm sorry to hear about your bad experience. I can only tell of mine. I have no Hoons keeping me up at night, it takes my children 15 minutes by Bus to get to school, it takes me 25-30 minutes by train to get into the CBD. Without a car I can access shopping and banking facilities, get a coffee at a local cafe, walk/ride to a park and feel safe doing so. For those wanting to live in Reservoir best get in now before its too late.

SweetRoses

Would someone like to share areas or streets to avoid?

MohammadH

When you buy your own home you probably won't be able to afford Reservoir

PaolaR

PenK, my comparison is not ignorant. I have lived in Sydney all my life before moving here, and traffic here is much, much worse. And that is because of train and tram lines on roads. It takes much longer to get from A to B here, than anywhere in Sydney. The Western suburbs of Sydney is not great traffic-wise, I know, but I am much happier driving in Sydney, than I am here. Too frustrating. Therefore I can make valid comparisons, because I have lived here 5 years now since my initial review above, and nothing has changed in my view.

thetravellor

PaolaR your comments have no merit, and have no idea why you are banging on about Sydney, it has zero relevance to the conversation about Reservoir. Perhaps keep your lies and broad generalisations to yourself as all you are doing is hurting the genuine people who live there. I lived in the Mack St near JC Donnath reserve, with a young child and my wife. - 50% of the properties were new, with 2-3 years old. - There were no druggies - The people on the streets were usually friendly old greek ladies who made a fuss over my little girl. - I saw (and heard) no hoon drivers. - I had a noisy greek neighbour who use to domestically abuse his wife, but unsurprisingly they divorced and it went quiet again. - The reserve on the west side is nice, the eastern side needs new turf (but is full of life with many east asian cricket games being played there on the weekend). The area is a little run down, but is rapidly going through urban renewal.

Agree, great to see honesty. I know because I grew up there and I visit family regularly. Always happy to leave

thetravellor actually PaoloaR is right. I should know I grew up there and visit old friends and its still seedy. Your comments sound more like propaganda than anything

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Reservoir has two separate sides the north east and the north west on the north west there will be some public housing along with flats all spread out but should have no problem during the day except for the night.
North east reservoir is extremely dodgy and most streets only have public housing and some streets flats but the main areas in reservoir to stay away from at night are any always near kfc subway coles Edward st Broadway strathmerton st boldrewood parade creveli st summer hill shopping centre and on the corner of cheddar rd and Mcmahan rd are tall flats those parts of reservoir are the most dangerous

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Can solidly back this guy's claims. I have relatives in this area and they all say the same things. Avoid the areas around the Summerhill shopping and towards Northlands. Lots of druggies that rob houses constantly.

PaolaR

Agree. Night-time anywhere in Reservoir is not safe. Northland and Summerhill have dodgy people all the time.

thetravellor

PaolaR, not true. The area of Reservoir I lived in was fine.

Hey thetravellor, I'm considering to move to Reservoir in Suffolk St, is it a safe place to live in? Thanks mate

I live in 1 of the streets across from summerhill. Have been here for 6years & have had no problems. If you want to associate with neighbours & events then do so. Look up the council's 'what events are on this month' & go for gold love. Me personally, i like to keep to myself. I've lived in St Kilda, Niddrie, MooneePonds, Airport West, Hillside, Mickleham, & even St Albans. Every suburb has its downside. Go to rathdown st carlton or chapel st prahran, Fitzroy etc all have high rise commission flats & are dangerous to be any where near them at night yet properties cost 2million +. Live anywhere but keep to yourself with an occasional wave, smile & how are you to your neighbours & you shouldn't have any problems. If you dont like living here Don't complain just leave, its as easy as that. Good luck with whatever you decide to do or continue to do.

micks6

My entire family and I grew up in and around the Crivelli and Kirby St area but moved to Epping in 1990 and that place was horrible . East Reservoir had a reputation for criminals drugs thefts fights etc back inthe day, but no one ever shit in their own yard.There was a strange sense of respect like that there Even among the rougher elements.For the last 20 years I've lived in Fitzroy, Thornbury and Northcote which are ex shit holes from years ago but million dollar neighbourhoods now... 4 months ago we bought a townhouse in Tyler St Opposite preston north east primary..now I really thought that due to all the development around the area that it would have changed ..honestly its horrible...we've had my new car broken into twice already while in my driveway ,once while my front door was open and I was literally 5 metres away and only just got home 10 mins before. we've had a burn out done in our driveway aswell ,there's constantly junkies walking the streets and dumped furniture everywhere...... 2 weeks ago while riding scooters with my son at 5pm on a Friday, a woman came running up to us ,asking if she could walk to our house with us because 2 scum bags were following her yelling out filthy comments...while there's good and bad in all suburbs, seriously, this place deserves its reputation.. I've got 65 years of feedback ...and I'm selling up. Weve made a mistake buying here because its still the Bronx, still little Chicago like it was always known and id never let my son walk these streets even when he grows up!

listerbarbuto

Onya SORAYAT1, i was born in crevelli st in 1980 and now I live off strathmerton since the mid 90s, ive never had any problems, it's quite a simple to live mind your own business and the rest will fall into place, people make things difficult with unnecessary actions. Careful of what you think coz your thoughts become your words and be careful of what you say coz your words become your actions and it's those actions that's making your life difficult.

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I have lived in Reservoir North for the last 10 years, between Massey Ave and Radford Rd. I could not be happier with the area, neighbours are friendly, no townhouse developments. Only problem I can see with people moving to the area would be the house prices, one around the corner from me sold for $895,000 and it needed to be renovated!!!

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andrew_guarino real estate agent

Agree with brentb3. I live in a similar spot between Massey and Radford and have been for about 6 years. Before that i was in Leamington St which has plenty of development. Both are great locations within walking distance to most things you need.....

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I live in Reservoir. Its a great place to live but it is changing, and it will not be nice for too much longer.

Beautiful well established character homes are being replaced with ugly developments left right and center. The council does not adhere to its character statement in any way, and just keeps approving cheap and ugly "modern" units. Which is a shame.

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Very true

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It can vary depending on which pocket of the suburb you live in. There are some wealthier classier pockets/sections of this suburb and some more run down or industrial pockets.

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After living there for 10 years (Oakhill Estate) I think its pretty hard to beat the convenience factor. There are cool bars, cafe's and eating places opening up all the time. I am not keen on the areas near Reservoir Station, or behind Summerhill, but the areas off Plenty Road (left going away from the city) are really good, and probably the best value in Melbourne.

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Worked in the area for the last 14 years, Reservoir has changed. There is a diverse demographic and higher property prices are bringing families from Eastern suburbs and inner city to the area. New cafes, restaraunts and upgrades to all infrastructure is only a positive moving forward. With a Median house price of $860,000 for homes and $585,000 for units/ townhouses its still ver affordable for a suburb 13km from the Melbourne CBD.

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Please be transparent and let everybody know that you are a Real Estate agent

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Lived in reservoir for some time. Great place to live...it's starting to get hard for families to get in due to the increase in property costs. A lot planned in the 2020 strategy...

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I am impressed with the reservoir north area on colthur street near edward lake. its safe and affordable and easy access to all the features of reservoir . Good gellibrand crescent kinder school and Early journey child care for kids and good bus facilities to reach railway station or tram station also. Just 2 kms for both train or tram by walk. Nice people around and no crime at all from last one year during my stay period. One best part is in last one year our house price with 330 sq mtrs has raised by $80k in value. Good for first investment i am not going or moving away from Reservoir. Renting also is easy and in demand in this Area.

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I have lived in Reservoir for 10 years, and while planning to down-size I am not planning on leaving Reservoir. It has everything you could possible need :-)

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ross_kontossis real estate agent

Great area, plenty of value and so close to all amenities. Ross Kontossis Barry Plant Real Estate

sophi

I upsized recently. Moved about 1.5 km south in reservoir.

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Ive lived in Reservoir and I serviced the area for 10 years. It has changed quite dramatically in this time. There are lots of parks, shops and easy access to transport from most pockets. It is one of the largest suburbs in Metro Melbourne and has a lot to offer. I would suggest when looking where to purchase or rent you do a drive around the area and maybe meet some of the neighbours. If you would like to discuss my favourite pockets to live and why give me a call 0403510286

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What areas/streets should be avoided? Between Plenty Road and Albert Street, is this any safer?

Gino is a real estate agent, I wish hed be transparent about it

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I don't live there, but i did spend all my school days in and around reservoir, there are some great pockets, suggest do some homework on where exactly in reservoir you may like to live.

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big suburb, not too crowded, closed to everything. 8/10

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Reservoir can be broken down to 2 areas.

North West, around Edwards Lake, is great, low crime, good neighbours.

Around Albert Road, its still full of government housing, lots of poverty, crime and drugs. Avoid at all cost.

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Hello. What about the area in between these two please. Purineun Road and Miranda Road. Many thanks!

I think your area is lovely, safe and quite, as is my area, that being the oak hill estate, I've been here 44 years and I love it, ummm, I don't have much to do with my neighbours, I am busy with my own family and life

ross_kontossis real estate agent

The Cheddar Road pocket has really changed , new townhomes are being constructed and are large enough for young families. Here has been a 30-40% increase in prices in that precinct over the last 2 years. Ross Kontossis Barry Plant

Mate I got a 1/4 acre in Reservior Hobbs cres . You try buy it for unde 400k bet u rent GOVERMENT assistance

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Demographics are changing - young professionals with families are moving in. I've heard a lot about the new Central creek estate, pocket of Reservoir booming. House sold just before Xmas for 950k.

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No house in reservoir is worth over $400k

What are your reasons for such a low value?

Overinflated housing market in general. In terms of Reservoir, most of the old homes have very little character or the new ones are built to low standards, not enough street parking, not close enough to beach or mountains

sophi

Edelem stop trolling reservoir. You grew up in the low socioeconomic part of reservoir, which I agree is dodgy. But 95%of reservoir is great. Anyone reading this, stay away from the areas with high density commission housing. anything near northland or east of cheddar rd. The rest is fine. Ive been in reservoir 20 years and I love it. All professionals, dr, lawyers, scientists and execs. Still affordable inner city living.

Totally agree - Ive been in Reservoir for the last 7 years and cant speak highly of it. Growing suburb - yes you have your dodgy areas like all suburbs but you need to keep in mind that Reservoir is one of the largest suburbs in Melbourne, has an inner city feel with a burb style about it. If people are still ranting about Reservoir move on.coffee, cafe, parks and 3 train stationscan even ride my bike to the cbd / 11kms out!

melinda-cookm

Reservoir is still shabby and dodgy. This is why rentals are comparably cheap compared to other inner-city suburbs of Melbourne. It will always be for the dogs!

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The value of homes in the area are steadily climbing. The demographic of people buying and renting in the area is improving accordingly. Many old commission areas are being renovated and given a face-lift improving the overall image. There are plenty of schools & parks in the area and services such as; the South Morang train line (in or, bordering zone 1), Latrobe University, RMIT, Preston Market, And Northlands Shopping center are all major features in reach of residents. The metropolitan ring road runs along the north boundary of Reservoir and offers easy negotiation to the rest of the city as well as a quick exit for the weekend getaways.

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