AdamS

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  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
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  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
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  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
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  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
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  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
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  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
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"Culture, nightlife and restaurants - Carlton has it all"

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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
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"St Kilda is the place to be for amazing nightlife, restaurants and social scene"

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  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
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  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
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mottey
mottey Love going down to St Kilda beach...
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4/5 rating details
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
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"Stunning bayside suburb, friendly people, with the beach nearby. Can't go wrong."

Pros
  • Beach is on your doorstep
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  • Retirees
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"One of the premier Melbourne suburbs for those who can afford it"

Albert Park is an amazing suburb. The beach is on your doorstep while being only a 5-10 minute commute to the CBD. The community is well established, very friendly and welcoming. Great cafe's and restaurants on Bridport St and Victoria Avenue as well. Albert Park generally has wide leafy streets with renovated stunning townhouses (some of the best in all of Melbourne). Those that aren't yet renovated are a developers dream as Albert Park has some of the most expensive real estate per sq meter in Australia. And that's the only downside really, the cost to buy a house.
Pros
  • The beach is on your doorstep
  • Friendly community feel
  • Fantastic cafe and restaurant lifestyle
Cons
  • Very expensive to buy real estate
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pkerr
pkerr No mention of drunks at 2 am smashing stubbies on way home ?
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AdamS
AdamS Albert Park would have to be one of the safest areas I have ever lived in. If there are drunk people walking the streets, it is no more than any other suburb within 15km of the CBD.
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RPM1984
RPM1984 Great review AJ!
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arnela Nice review!
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
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"A great coastal town, with an interesting mix of people"

Pros
  • Great beach culture
  • Friendly locals
Cons
  • Tourists flooding the city at certain times of year
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  • Tourists
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  • Country Lovers
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Pros
  • Great Neighbourly feel
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
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"Fantastic on weekends for breakfast"

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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
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Editors Choice

"The iconic street of Port Melbourne!"

Bay street connects the beach to the city, and is full of shops, restaurants, pubs and more. It's a great street during the day, with some fantastic eateries, but there always seems to be way too many motorbikes hooning around.

It's a little too noisy for my tastes, but some of the apartments would be really nice to live in such as the Bianca building. Great if you can afford it.
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
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"Fantastic suburb, a little heavy on the traffic at times though"

Balwyn is a fantastic suburb, especially for those who cannot afford the extreme luxury of Canterbury. Great amenities, even better schools and a vibrant culture especially on weekends.

Only downside is that some streets can get very busy around around the school hours. It's a blessing and curse I suppose. Very close to schools, but you also get the traffic associated with parents dropping off their kids.

Overall a fantastic suburb, and I highly recommend it to young families looking for proximity to the city, cheaper house prices than Canterbury and a great community atmosphere. You can't go wrong in Balwyn.

AJ
Pros
  • Close to great schools
  • Resale value of homes
Cons
  • Traffic can be bad during peak school times
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"Good, but not perfect"

I went for a drive just this morning down Medbury Avenue to see why it's been so highly rated. As it turns out, it is a very pleasant street. Some of the houses look a little run down though, so I can't say it is perfect. There is also a large section of Medbury Avenue that backs onto a car park, so again, that's not great. BUT on the whole a very pleasant street.

AJ
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
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"A busy beach side street with a lot to offer"

One the main streets in Port Melbourne, Beaconsfield Parade connects the suburbs with Albert Park and St Kilda. In summer, this street is ALIVE with people walking along the beaches with their dogs and families.

Only downside it that is can be a little noisy. While generally free flowing, there are always a number of motorcycles hooning up and down.

Other than that, it's a great street with beach views in Port Melbourne.
Pros
  • The beach of course
  • Sunsets are amazing
Cons
  • Traffic sucks
  • Motorcycle noise
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"One of the best streets in Port Melbourne, hands down."

I've been in Port Melbourne for a while now, and I can honestly say that Johnston Street is a rare gem in the area. Why? Because it ticks all the right boxes for a place to live by the bay, without many of the drawbacks of some of the other streets in the area.

So here are some of the great aspects:

The street itself has been completely developed. There won't be any new buildings going up, so you don't have to worry about loud constructions noises or large trucks blocking the street. Unlike some of the other streets on the west side of Bay Street (Rouse), you will have peace and quiet.

No noise whatsoever. Some parts of Port Melbourne can be a bit of a thoroughfare with lots of noise - eg Beach St\Bay St. But there is absolutely no noise AT ALL along this road. Dead quiet.

Close to the Beach, yet not too close. I personally wouldn't want to live on Beach St as it's right on the beach. Johnston street runs just off the beach, and walking down there in 2 minutes is great, but it's secluded enough not to draw the noise or crowds from the beach on a summer day.

Everyone is very friendly in the street as well. As it is high density living, some people can have neighbour problems. I don't at all. I think there is very little turnover in the street as well. I never see "Auction" signs outside any of the homes. So if a house comes up, I would jump on it.

The only downside? The houses\apartments can be a little expensive, but I guess that's Port Melbourne for you.

So If you are looking for an amazing place to live in Port Melbourne, Johnston Street should be on the top of your list. Quiet, friendly and close to the beach, you just can't go wrong.
Pros
  • On-Street Parking is great
  • Fantastic Beach Lifestyle
  • Great Community
Cons
  • Very windy at times
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  • Families with kids
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
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"Fantastic suburb to raise a family if you can afford it."

Camberwell is a great suburb right in the heart of the Eastern suburbs. Nestled in between Hawthorn, Canterbury and Kew, it is the suburb of choice for many people living in Melbourne. Not quite as expensive as Canterbury, Camberwell offers a great lifestyle for growing families and many single renters.

Shopping is surprisingly good for a suburb in the location, with the Burke Rd shops being redeveloped recently with a JB-HiFi, Borders books and many more. There are also some fantastic restaurants in the area, especially in Camberwell Junction.

Houses can be very expensive in certain parts however, and therefore the demographic is generally wealthier people. As I mentioned previously it is great for raising a young family as it is also so close to some of the best schools in Melbourne.

You can't go wrong here...if you can afford it!

Highly recommended.
Pros
  • Great family atmosphere
  • Great house resale value and growth
Cons
  • Traffic can be hectic at peak times
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
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Editors Choice

"Port Melbourne is second to none in all of Melbourne"

Port Melbourne is the quintessential social suburb in Melbourne. Full of rich socialites and celebrities, Port Melbourne offers up some of the very best restaurants, pubs, bars, clubs, cafe's and hotspots in the entire state of Victoria.

Port Melbourne is generally suited to younger people, or younger families looking to raise their kids near the beach. While the suburb is considered expensive, I think you get what you pay for. Close to the Melbourne CBD with ocean views is worth paying for in my book.

Most nights in the summer months, you will see people dining out and having a casual outdoor drink. It has such a great atmosphere to it, with people seeming generally happier while having a nice cold beer over a stunning summer sunset.

Overall Port Melbourne is a very desirable place to live. You really cannot go wrong here, unless you don't like the beach or heading out for breakfast lunch or dinner!
Pros
  • Fantastic Beach Lifestyle
  • Great Community
  • Good Restaurants
  • Great singles bars
Cons
  • Very windy at times
  • Motorcycle noise
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AliceM
AliceM AJ are there good and bad parts of Port Melb? We're looking at buying in the area.
2yrs+
PortPower
PortPower You will find the area is slowly improving from its industrial past. Some people in Melbourne recall Port Melbourne being a hub of crime and industry so if you talk to older generations they have a negative view however in recent years Port Melbourne is going through gentrification. Being closer to the city and with development still to occur the area has potential to catch up and even pass inner city areas such as Albert Park. Docklands will also help as Docklands grows. In short it is hard to go wrong with a medium to longer term view.
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AdamS
AdamS @PortPower Port Melbourne is hardly slowly improving...rather it has already improved well beyond what you might think. The current state of Port Melbourne is a beautiful suburb by the beach, with no crime, very friendly people, fantastic amenities and fresh sea air :) Yes the older generation might think less of Port Melbourne, but that was well over 15 years ago. Port Melbourne is one of the most desirable place to live for people between 18-35 for all the reasons I have mentioned. One of the biggest surprises about Port Melbourne? It is VERY quiet. Before I moved in, I was expecting a lot of noise as there are many places where it is high density living. To my surprise, I never hear anyone. Of course it depends on where you live in Port Melbourne but on the whole, it is very quiet.

@AliceM it completely depends on who you talk to as everyone has their preferences. I personally prefer the area to the east of Bay Street all the way to Pickles Street. Very quiet area, and it has already been developed, so you won't be getting any construction noise. Also closer to the best parts of the beach. The west side of Bay Street leads up to Beacon Cove, which is nice, but there is a little bit of construction going on still just behind Bay Street, and the Beacon Cove area is a little too 'lego' land land for my style. You can't really go wrong though :) The only thing I would recommend is being as close to the beach as possible. I know it gets more expensive the closer you look, but the streets do get better the closer you are.

Are you looking at buying an apartment, townhouse etc?
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AliceM
AliceM Thanks for the info AJ & PortPower. Looking for a Victorian cottage - renoed or otherwise. Agree close to the beach as possible and the lightrail for easy access to the city. There's plenty that come on the market - just have to wait for mine!
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AliceM
AliceM looks like i've found my home! Looking forward to becoming a port melb resident in time for summer!
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AdamS
AdamS Sounds awesome AliceM!! Where did you buy (perhaps PM me)
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miremax
miremax totally agree...Port is the best place in Melbourne.
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PureKrome
PureKrome Great review AJ - cheers!
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Katharine
Katharine Excellent review AJ!
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AdamS
AdamS Katharine - thanks, I love Port Melbourne as do most people. You can't beat living by the beach, and only being a short drive from the CBD.

ozzy2000 - of course you are entitled to your opinion. It encourages great discussion. I would welcome a Mosque in Port Melbourne, multiculturalism is what makes Melbourne such a great place to live!!
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AdamS
AdamS I've lived in Port Melbourne for almost 3 years now, it is one of the safest suburbs in all of Melbourne.
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LouiseS3
LouiseS3 Great place to live .....BUT beware of settling down here and raising a family here which you WILL want to do cos it's great BECAUSE the one and only primary school is FULL to overflowing AND NO SECONDARY school funding by anyone? Albert Park Secondary college is the ONLY and NEAREST secondary school and is nearly FULL ,,,, JUST saying....no infrastructure or planning if you want to stay.
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  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
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"A great suburb, especially for families."

Pros
  • Easy access to CBD
  • Green
  • Many parks, great place to raise kids
  • Shopping Options
  • Schools
Cons
  • Poor public transport
  • Trains
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  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
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"Fantastic Family Living!!"

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Kellyd2R
Kellyd2R Where does one go once you sell and move out of this magnificent suburb??!! I've extensively researched cheaper suburbs (Montmorency, Eltham, Briar Hill, St. Helena, Macleod, Greensborough) and sadly, they do not come within "Cooee" of Doncaster!!! If you own property in Manningham ... Dare NOT sell. You're sitting on a gold mine of real estate. There is yet bigger dollars to be had in the foreseeable future. Owning a home in this Blue Chip suburb is tons better than superannuation. Instead of money in the bank, you have dollars galore in bricks and mortar!! Annual Capital Growth of 25.5% is a phenomenal gain. This leafy, well-serviced and affluent neck of the woods is a delight to live in. I would like to see what property values will be like in 10 years' time ... $1.2 million will pale in significance in the near future. The BEST location is West Doncaster, where neighbouring, North Balwyn, quick and easy ccess to the Eastern Freeway, Park and Ride, etc., are right at your doorstep, and not forgetting the breathtaking views which face West of the city!!! I've considered selling several times over the last 18 months but it clearly appears that I'm stuck here forever because where in Melbourne are you so spoiled for choice, comfort and security?
Nov 23, 2015
Kellyd2R
Kellyd2R I agree with you Kellyd2R. We purchased our modest home in 2009 and we shake our head in disbelief ... our property has been valued at $1.1 million plus and no improvements were added to the property. Our mortgage has been paid off twice over in such a short time. Not to mention that Doncaster is, in my opinion, the best suburb to work in, raise and educate our children in and the recreational parks, gardens, vistas, professional suites, facilities and shopping etc. in this suburb makes Manningham a self-contained but expansive haven for all to enjoy. We love it here.
Nov 23, 2015
privateuser
privateuser The best part is anywhere close to Westfield and PT links to Box Hill and the CBD. however if that's not that important, the suburb has several perfect locations with a good choice of views and lifestyle. Council really needs to get its act together when it comes to street trees though. Especially on High St. and Wetherby Rd. which have been completely neglected from year dot! Not sure why but can only assume apathy.
Sep 12, 2016
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5/5 rating details
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  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
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"Alexandra Avenue - Amazing street, great location, even better investment!"

One of the very best streets in Canterbury, Alexandra Avenue offers high class living, with access to Bourke Road shops, the best schools in Melbourne, and property prices that keep on rising year in year out. If you can afford to buy here, it makes an amazing home, and an ever better investment. Highly recommend!!
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
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"Great street in Templestowe, highly recommended"

Serpells Road in Templestowe has a great feel to it, great neighbours, people walking their dogs all the time, and best of all, the house prices have gone up significantly along here. Mostly due to the high quality of new houses that have gone up over the past few years. Can't go wrong here.
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  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
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"Not bad for shopping and people watching"

One of the main cities in Melbourne CBD, Collin Street connects one end of the city to the other. With shops, restaurants and more, this iconic strip is more of a business district than anything else. Great for people watching as well, hard to miss if you are visiting town.
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  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
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"Inner city living, with a touch of social flair"

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  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
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  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
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"A great suburb for young couples and singles"

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  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
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  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
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  • Pest Free 2/5
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  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
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"A city street, with traffic and lots of noise."

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  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
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"A long multi-lane road, not much to love"

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  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
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"Great weather, great nightlife, and great food!"

Sydney is one of those cities that many people have a love\hate relationship with. Most of those people tend to come from Melbourne (as the two cities have an intense rivalry) and complain about how rude, busy, go go go Sydney is.

I on the other hand love Sydney for what it is...a busy persons city. If you don't like the 'glitzy' in your face attitude that Sydney has, then probably best to stay away. But if you like a city that's alive and up front about it, then Sydney is for you.

The good things about Sydney? I love the bustling nature of sydney, similar to New York (on a much smaller scale). It's a little pretentious, but that's part of it's charm. The food is great, and the nightlife is great as well. The people are friendly enough as well from my experience.

Of course there is the touristy nature of the city as well that has to be taken into account, but then again all great cities have this aspect. The lifestyle in Sydney is more expensive than most, but a city by the harbour is always bound to cost a bit of cash.

Overall I love Sydney, and recommend it highly!

(Disclosure - I live in Melbourne)
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"Great for shopping!"

A small shopping area with all the must have's when it comes to weekend groceries. Brendan the butcher is the best meat in town too, so if you need some meat for the weekend BBQ, look no further!
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"A beautiful stretch along the Sunshine Coast - highly recommended"

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  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
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  • Schools 4/5
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  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
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"A shoppers delight, except it can get a little dicey late at night"

Chapel Street in one of those iconic streets in Melbourne that has many faces. In the middle of the day it's a great 'people watching' scene as some of the Melbourne's beauties come out and shop in the sunny street. You'll also find many people having an afternoon wine at one of the many bars here, it's quite pleasant.

Later in the day, people head out to dinner which is where Chapel street shines. My fav is a cute little Mexican restaurant called Amigos (http://www.amigos.com.au/) that always pleases. After a night out for dinner, many migrate to the funky bars and clubs along the strip, another fav of mine is Mother's Milk or even Tryst Bar just behind Chapel.

But past 2:00am the street takes a nose dive into drunk and disorderly's. It can become quite unpleasant with many of the drunk party goers flocking to the nearest KFC or Souvlaki place. A mention has to go to the traffic issue here, as it is always very busy, especially when you get young teens driving their souped up cars doing "chap laps" to try n show off their new rides.

Overall though it's mostly pleasant, and I think it's one of those places where the saying "It is what you make it" really applies. Shop till you drop and eat till you pop, just don't stay out too late or you'll really start to hate :)
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"A very busy street that leads straight into Doncaster Shoppingtown"

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  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
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"Quiet street in suburban Pascoe Vale"

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  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
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  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • 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 1/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
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"A delight to wander and shop!"

Chapel Street in St Kilda is one of the most iconic and well known streets in all of Melbourne. With its amazing fashion boutiques, cinemas, restaurants and much more, it's hard to think of Melbourne without it.

I've known a few people who have lived here, and most have loved it. It's great for younger people seeking a great lifestyle, however it is a little cramped for some.

Overall, it's a great street. I would just avoid it at night times if you are sober, it can get a little hairy at 3:00am!
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"A great street for shopping and socialising"

Glenferrie Road in Hawthorn has been the place to go for shopping and socializing for years. With a wide range of shopping from fashion to bikes stores, Glenferrie Road has most of what you could want. There are some good eateries, my favourite being the Grilld burger shop. There is definitely a younger feel to the area, most likely due to all the schools being just around the corner in Kew (actually MLC is on Glenferrie!).

There is also the Glenferrie Road Festival that happens once a year at the end of summer, and is a great day for the whole family with rides, stalls and of course sausages on a BBQ. I have posted some pics from the 2009 Glenferrie Road Festival, so be sure to check them out in my profile, or in the photo section.

There are also a few good bars and clubs in the area such as Room and Casey's. Both are more of a younger crowd, but still good for a night out.

Overall a great street that has been an institution for years in the area, and worth the stroll for shopping or just a coffee and cake.

AJ
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"Art in itself, a qaint little laneway. A must see!"

Hosier Lane in Melbourne has undergone quite a transformation over the past few years. What used to be a run down dirty laneway has now been transformed into a piece of art in itself.

Thanks to one of the most famous restaurants in all of Melbourne, Movida Tapas Bar, Hosier Lane is now home to some fantastic bars, and smaller restaurants. It's most notable features are however the graffiti covered walls, which in fact add to the lovable and almost romantic feel of the cobble paved lane way.

It's just a short walk, and I think it's a classic example of how Melbourne has something unique around every corner. Also be sure to check out Degraves St as well, especially if you want a good taste of what Melbourne streets have to offer.
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  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • 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
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
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  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
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"Kew - The Place to raise a family"

Kew has long been regarded as a very well off suburb in Melbourne and associated with some of the best schools in the entire state. For this reason alone, Kew is home to a lot of families. Being so close to the city has also driven up house prices considerably, and the advent of Kew Junction (some good shopping options), the suburb has become even more popular.

A great suburb for people looking to raise a family, if you can afford it.
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  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
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"Melbourne is the most liveable city in the world"

I've lived in the Melbourne for a very long time, and whether you are talking about just the CBD or the extended Melbourne, it's amazing either way.

First of all, I've been to many cities worldwide, and Melbourne hand's down it the best city out there. Sure I've called Melbourne my home for all my life, but i am extremely open to other cities and if you compare all the features of a city that makes it desirable, Melbourne just about tops all of them.

Here's why:

Melbourne has a restaurant, bar, or club on just about every alleyway...and they are all fantastic. Most people are extremely friendly unlike some Sydney places. Also, I've never felt unsafe in Melbourne. In major cities like San Francisco, Rome, Barcelona, Chicago or New York I have always felt a little unsafe in certain place...but not in Melbourne.

Overall Melbourne is a very safe, welcoming city with a booming social scene and some of the friendliest people you will ever meet. If you are looking to move to Melbourne, I highly recommend it!!
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  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
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"Traffic blocked, but well worth the shop"

Burke Road in Camberwell would have to be considered the lifeline of the suburb containing most of the shops that Camerbwell has to offer such as JB-HiFi, Safeway, EBGames, Borders etc. Burke Road in Camerbwell has something for everyone, with great restauratns like Georges, Sophia's Pizza and Pasta as well as number of Indian, Chinese and other Italian restaurants.

In a nutshell, great for shopping, not so great for traffic, so if you are after a coffee or a feed, then it's great, but traffic on the way home can be a nightmare. Avoid at all costs if driving as trams make it incredibly slow.
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  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
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  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • 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
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"Has it all, especially location"

How to describe Richmond...business district? eating district? crime district? I think a little of everything to be honest.

Bridge Road, Swan Street and Victoria Street are the main shopping\restaurant areas of Richmond, all of which are wonderful. Bridge Road has some of the best retails shopping outlets in the area, and is second only to Chapel Street. Swan Street has some funky little bars and pubs, while Victoria Street is like Little Vietnam, with it's superb restaurants, all very cheap. Victoria Gardens is also on Victoria and Burnley Street and has Hoyts Cinemas, Kingpin Bowling and lots of retail shops. Richmond is hard to beat on the eating and shopping front.

Living in Richmond is complemented by this shopping aspect, but moreso by the fact that a lot of young people live here. There are many townhouses and smaller apartment complexes that offer great close to city living. Some cheap, some not so cheap, but needless to say there a lot of students living in Richmond. If you are young and single, then you really can't go wrong with Richmond, especially with the social scene at bars such as Public House, Holiava and The Terminus Hotel.

Also, Richmond as a suburb is likely to boom in terms of property prices in the next 5 years. If you take into account the relative prices at the moment, combined with Victoria Gardens Shopping center and the proximity to the city...this is one suburb to watch out for. One other aspect is there is such scarcity of land in Richmond. With another three or more large commercial office buildings being built in the area, people often want to live near work, and as such will want to live in Richmond....watch the demand for the area shoot up in the next 5 years.

A few negative aspects of the suburb are the crime and the traffic. Often you will see "smack heads" walking in the back streets, and while it's not considered to be a major issue, it is present. Also, traffic can be a bit annoying at peak hour, especially on the major roads with Tram lines.

BUT overall, Richmond is a fantastic suburb, especially if you are looking to buy an investment property in. Consider yourself lucky if you live here!!
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KateH2
KateH2 Can ask which areas in Richmond are unsafe as I have a young country girl looking to move to richmond for work and need to find a safer spot for housing for her and would it best best to get a car or use public transport and how safe is the transport system.
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  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
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"If you can afford it, Canterbury is perfect place to raise a family"

Canterbury is considered to be one of the best suburbs in all of Victoria. Home to some very expensive homes, Canterbury holds some of the most beautiful homes in Melbourne, mostly situated in Alexandra Avenue, Monomeath Avenue and Victoria Avenue...The golden mile of Canterbury.

Most of the people living in Canterbury are large families, or elderly retired folk as it is such an expensive suburb. The reason for it's pricey nature is quite simply location. It's very close to Melbourne CBD, close to schools in Kew (Xavier College and Trinity College) and Burke Road is just around the corner which has some fantastic shopping, restaurants and cafe's. Safeway is on Burke Road and is quite handy...in fact I think it is the most lucrative Safeway in all of Victoria.

The only problem with Canterbury that I can think or are the nosy neighbors. As a lot of the people in the area are elderly, so expect to get a lot letters complaining about noise, car parks on the nature strips etc.

Apart from that however, it's a great family friendly suburb, and with house prices increasing every year and not looking to go down, it's one of the best suburbs in all of Victoria.
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PureKrome Nice review AJ - makes me want to live there.
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HomeM thanks for the review its really helpful
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  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • 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
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"My favourite suburb of all - Templestowe"

I have lived in Templestowe most of my life, and it's the one place I will always call home. I think the best part about Templestowe is the peace and tranquility (cliche i know). Some people think Templestowe is out in the sticks, but I disagree. There aren't cows and farm animals on every block...in fact there are large family style homes, very family friendly streets and a park on every corner.

Shopping is actually quite good as well. The Pines shopping center on the corner of Reynolds and Blackburn road has been renvated a lot over the past couple of years...and I'm always up there eating Nando's or getting a DVD up at VideoEzy (yay they have Blu Ray now!!). Also, Doncaster Shopping town is now almost complete, and that is only a 5 minutes drive away. It's getting a David Jones, already has a JB-HIFI and a fantastic food court with China Bar and a lot of boutique shops.

There is so much to be said about Templestowe...from the great parks, to large family style homes...but one of the best parts of Templestowe is the value for money. Many people see it as a great alternative to Toorak, Brighton or Canterbury. The reason for this is you get amazing value for money in Templestowe. You can buy a 3 million dollar mansion in Templestowe, 120 Squares, Tennis court, indoor pool etc...while 3 Million dollars in Canterbury will buy you a 45 square home, with a small backyard. Templestowe is also accessed by the eastern freeway, so being close to city becomes irrelevant when you can be in the city in 20 minutes.

This is a suburb I can't recommend enough. It's the place I call home, and I recommend you call it home too.
Pros
  • Great parks - Westerfolds, Ruffey Lake
  • Great shopping - Doncaster Shoppingtown, Pines
  • Large blocks - quarter acre, acre sizes
Cons
  • Poor nightlife options
  • Far away from the CBD
  • Public transport not as good as other suburbs
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MyStudio
MyStudio It's home to me too and I love it.
I'm within walking distance to some of the best parks, restaurants and shopping precincts. I couldn't ask for more.
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nimagoharpey
nimagoharpey Couldn't agree with you more! Very well summed up
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"Generally nice, but watch out for the occasional flooding and speed cameras."

Lynwood Parade in Templestowe is a VERY steep and VERY hilly road that connects Lower Templestowe to Templestowe.

It comprises mostly medium sized houses with both brick and rendered frontages. There is a high proportion of Italians and Greek families living here, and virtually everyone here keeps their front yards in check which is great. It is also home to Lynwood Parade Reserve which is a nice park for the kids to play in on a Sunday afternoon.

It also is very close to shopping, with the Macedon Square shops being just down the road. There is also the Manningham road shops just around the corner with McDonald's, Red Rooster, Golden Dragon Chinese and Doctors surgery.

There are two major issues with this street however.

1. It is a big-time thoroughfare! It connects two main roads essentially, and at peak hour, there is always a steady flow of traffic. To top it all off though, as it is quite a steep and hilly road, people tend to speed a lot.

2. This street is also prone to flooding. A few years back it was flooded very badly because it's so steep. I'm not sure if the problem has been fixed, but it's something I would take into account.

Overall though, not too bad.
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"What every main road should be...liveable!"

High Street in Doncaster connects the Eastern Freeway to Templestowe and Lower Templestowe. It's a main road, 4 lanes across...and based on that description, you might think it to be incredibly undesirable....NOT TRUE!

Upon closer inspection, this would have to be one of the best in it's class. Visually, it's very appealing. The houses over the past couple of years have really been done up and "modernised" and most if not all keep their yards very well maintained. Also, the road itself was repaved recently, and it makes a huge difference. Drive down it and you will see...although don't get stung by the speed cameras...they are always parked on this street.

The location of the street is hard to beat as well. It connects directly to the eastern freeway so it's a breeze to get into the city. It also connects to Doncaster road which leads directly up to the new and improved Doncaster Shoppingtown, which now has a JB Hi-Fi (im soooo happy about that), an Apple Store and soon to have massive cinemas!

Directly on High street is The Village Shops which has a nice cafe\restaurant called Brunelli. It's not a major shopping village, but is very convenient for bread and milk etc. Finally, just up the road on Manningham Road you have great access to Safeway, Baker's Delight, McDonald's, Red Rooster and Golden Dragon Chinese Restaurant...THE BEST CHINESE IN THE AREA!

And to top it all off, if you are hurt (touch wood) you are within walking distance to Manningham Medical and Doctors Surgery.

The only negatives would be that it can be a little noisy, but the houses are set back a little bit on their blocks, so it's not a problem for most. While it is a main road, traffic does flow pretty well.

Overall, taking into account it's a major road, it's very good. I would live here, and I would not be deterred by the fact that it is a main road because it has so much going for it!!
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"High traffic, noisy and not much more."

Doncaster Road in Balwyn North is the main heartline that connects Kew to Doncaster and the Eastern Freeway.

It is as you would expect a main 4 laneway road to be, very busy at peak hours of the day. Visually, nothing special. Most of the houses along here are all brick facades, although some have been renovated\torn down. It still has a long way to go in terms up competing with some of the more secluded streets in Balwyn North. It is however very close to the entrance of the Eastern Freeway, a big plus for commuters.

Doncaster Road in Balwyn North does have some other benefits though, the obvious being so close to Greythorn Shops. Surprisingly, Greythorn shops has quite a lot...dry cleaners, hair dressers, wine and beer cellars. I'm still devastated that Nick's Chicken Shop isn't there anymore though, I always loved NIck's Chips after school on the bus.

As it is a main road, living here would be slightly annoying. It's very noisy, and parking and reversing onto a main road from your driveway is always difficult. More often than not you can always see people waiting in their cars, trying to reverse out of their own driveway...something I would not like to do.

NOTE: THERE ARE ALWAYS SPEED CAMERAS ALONG THIS ROAD, so slow down!
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"One of the Golden Miles in St Kilda"

This is a gorgeous Street. The first thing you will notice is the tree canopy overhead. The next thing you notice are the old style MASSIVE homes. I could go on and on about the great architecture in this street, but you must visit to see for yourself. One of the great things about Tennyson St though is that there are a few "pulldowns". I get the feeling there is a bit of money to be made in this street over the next 10-15 years through reno's and redevelopment.

On street parking is not a problem, and one of the best parts about this street is its proximity to the always amazing St Kilda Public Gardens. This is primarily the reason why there are such stunning homes here, as St Kilda Public Gardens makes your lifestyle that much better.

If you can afford it, then buy in this street!
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"Close enough, yet far away enough as well."

Deakin St is one of the better streets in the area. It's just far enough away from all the hub-ub of Fitzroy Street so you don't get all the young hooligans walking and parking in the street, yet close enough to Fitzroy street to enjoy all it has to offer as well such as the restaurants, bars and clubs. It's also very close to the beach, and has a nice park that you can visit with the kids on the weekends.
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"A bit of a speedway"

King Street in Templestowe extends from Williamsons Rd to Tuckers road, and is a little bit of a speedway. While the speed limit is 70 in some places, I often see people speed down the hill from Williamsons Rd to ramp up for the hill leading up past Ruffey Lake Park. While this is not the ideal place to live (I actually don't think there are many houses in the Templestowe end), it has great greenery being right next to Ruffey Lake Park, and is close to schools.

HOWEVER, there are a number of BEAUTIFUL streets surrounding. Like many major roads, this one is in a great area, but just not the best to live on.

AJ
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"A main traffic street, but great location"

I stayed here on the weekend at Cottages by the Sea on Flinders Street, and it was fantastic! The location was right next to the beach, literally 3 minutes walk, and the street is wide enough not be bothered by neighbors on the other side of the road. It is also the main street leading into town, and is also good in terms of location for walking to the shops. Overall for a street that leads in the main queenscliff town, it has a relatively welcome environment. Great ocean breeze as well!

There do seem to be a lot of elderly people living in the street as well, so I don't recommend this for your people, but if you are looking for a quiet street in a great sleep town, Flinders street is quite nice.

AJ
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goku Hi AJ, great review, ill have to check it out! Am heading down to Queenscliff this weekend.
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"Both good and not so good"

Most people in Melbourne will have a love hate relationship with Chapel St. The reason being is because everyone in Melbourne at some stage has been shopping on Chapel, and for that reason alone, it can be great. On the other hand, every person in Melbourne has had at least one seedy night out at a dodgy nightclub in Chapel St...and had the pleasure of walking it at 3:00am when every drunk man and drunk dog is out on the streets looking for food and fights. It can be really nasty.

But, the reason I'm giving it 4/5 is because of the good memories I have of Chapel St. Sure it can be dirty and disgusting, but on the other side it can glamorous, fun and sexy. There is the Jam Factory cinemas, complete with Borders Books (I love Borders Books!), and there is also Amigos Mexican restaurant which I highly recommend, and TGI Fridays. There ARE a few good nightspots on Chapel St, mostly up toward the Windsor end like Mother's Milk and Blue Bar...and there is always Tryst Bar(just off Chapel St). Tryst is one of my favorite nightspots in Melbourne. Not pretentious, and always fun.

So, if you are visiting Melbourne, come to Chapel St. It's an icon of Melbourne, and won't disappoint.

AJ
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"WOW! Forest Place is a beautiful hidden gem in Templestowe."

Ever driven down a certain street and thought to yourself "I'd really like to live here on day"? Well this is the best way I can describe this little hidden gem in the heart of Templestowe. As soon as I drove down this little secluded street, I thought what a beautiful place to live.

The reason I call it a hidden gem is because it really is hidden, and i suspect that is the way the residents want it kept...hidden. It's a little street off the main "Forest Court" and you would drive straight past it if you didn't know it was there. The houses are all quite large, and the street is amazingly clean.

If you live in Templestowe, I urge you to go for a drive down "Forest Place". It's one of the most loveable little streets around...and while the photos look nice, it really doesn't do it justice.
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"A fantastic street that is VERY private...although a bit steep"

This is a great street located in the best part of Templestowe. The houses here are extremely secluded and anyone living here would be extremely lucky. Houses are normally quite expensive in this area anyways, and Robhill Rise would be one of the more expensive streets, purely because of how secluded it is.
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"Stunning during Summer"

I have been here a couple of times during the summer months and I think it is absolutely amazing! I had a few casual beers down at the sea baths, took a stroll up past luna park, and it was simply gorgeous. I highly recommend this strip to all visitors, especially in the summer months. It would be fantastic to live around this area as well.
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"Depending on the time of day, it goes from gorgeous, to horrible!!"

Swanston Street in Melbourne, like any street in the Melbourne CBD, has it's good parts, and not so good parts.

During the day, walking from Flinders Street Station at one end, right down to Latrobe Street, can give you a fantastic taste of Melbourne city life. From beautiful architecture, to fantastic shopping and more, Swanston St in Melbourne has many highlights. You will often see street acts in between Little Collins Street and Bourke Street which are always entertaining, and all too often you will find some amazing chinese\vietnamese cuisine up around chinatown. Also keep an eye out for the Horse and Carriage that frequent Swanston St, as they can be quite romantic :)

On the flip side, Swanston Street in Melbourne at night goes downhill. There are a lot of homeless people hanging around between Flinders Street and Flinders Lane. Late at night all the revelers from the clubs, seem to congregate around the McDonalds, KFC and Hungry Jacks, and as such can be quite dangerous and rowdy from midnight to 5 am. Something to avoid if you don't need the late night feed.

Overall, Swanston Street is the pinnacle of the Melbourne CBD, and I guess that is why is has become Swanston "Walk". It's a must for tourists, shoppers and those who want a taste of Melbourne city life...just try and avoid it at 3:00am in the morning :)
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"Not my favourite street in the Melbourne CBD"

Bourke Street in Melbourne spans the good portion of the Melbourne CBD, and has many faces. On one hand, it can feel a little dingy and dirty from Exhibition Street to Swanston Street with what seems like "gangs" hanging around the corner at Hungry Jacks, but from swanston down to King Street where it turns from Shopping beautiful architectural buildings.

The shopping in Myer and David Jones is fantastic, and we recently just had the christmas parade, and the christmad windows which were fantastic this year.

I would love to give this street a better rating, but to be honest, some areas (around the Hungry Jack's) really let it down.
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"A good sense of what Melbourne has to offer"

Beach Street in Port Melbourne seems to have it all. Great beach lifestyle, amazing views of the ocean, popular culture, eateries, bars, clubs etc etc. I suspect Beach Street may be a little noisy to live on, but to be honest, i think it would be worth it to live so close to the beach. I have a some great pics to upload, which i think will sell you on just how great it is :)

I highly recommend this street to anyone living in Melbourne.

AJ
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"A very nice street located in the heart of Templestowe"

This really is a beautiful street. It's located just off Meredith Avenue in Templestowe, and is a hidden little gem. There are some moderate sized houses here as well. I have uploaded some pictures to give you an idea of what it is like. Great schools such as St Charles are just around the corner, and it is very close to The Pines shopping center, not to mention how clean and green the street is.

Some of the other reviews however have given it 5 out 5 for nightlife, and clearly there are no pubs or bars in the vicinity, so it isn't perfect...however I really do not think you could go wrong buying in Tatterson Court in Templestowe.

If you have any questions about the street, just ask away!

AJ
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"Cafe's and more"

Anderson Street in Templestowe is a great little street to get your coffee fix before work, or have a relaxing dinner on the weekends. I really love anderson street. It has great cafe's such as Degani's on the corner (and the staff are really nice) and also there is Carlucci's which has great Italian food and amazing deserts as well.

Overall, I love going to Anderson Street in Templestowe because it feels like one those "Local" streets where everyone knows everyone else! I also managed to take a few happy snaps for everyone to have a look at!

Highly recommended!!

AJ
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4/5
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"A great freeway to get to work on"

I don't mind the Eastern Freeway. I think overall, it's a great freeway to get to work on. It's free, and the bottom line it, is has a "transit lane" for people who want to take advantage of car pooling!

What more can I day? As freeways go, I think its great!!
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"I admit it, I love this street"

Bridge road in Richmond is the kind of street you have a love hate relationship with. Similar to Chapel Street and Brunswick Street, Bridge Road in Richmond offers so much for everyone!

It has great shopping, great eating, and great atmosphere. There are a few gyms here as well, and a good food market. I highly recommend the Japenese Ramen Restaurant, and all night maccas :)

There are a few bars on Bridge Rd as well, my personal favorite is The Collection (i think there is a photo posted), and has many pubs to keep everyone happy. There is also a 24hour florist that has come in handy on many occasions!

On the downside, it has terrible traffic, is only 40kmph at certain times of the day (which is a good thing I suppose, but somehow just annoys me) and can feel a little dirty.

But at the end of the day, I fell like Bridge Road is an old friend. I've had alot of fun here, and would recommend it to anyone!
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"A cute little street, hidden just enough to be a hidden gem!"

Jacov Gardens in Templestowe is a gorgeous little street situated just off Sarah Crescent. The whole street is located on a downward sloped hill, and is home to some beautiful houses. I do think some of the houses are little underdeveloped and old, and would be great for someone to buy and do up and return a tidy profit on sale. On the flip side there are a number of rather large new houses that are very impressive, especially one located at the bottom of the hill.

It's a PERFECT street to raise a familiy as there are a number of families who live in the area. It's very quiet and virtually no traffic at as it is a dead end street.

I HIGHLY recommend this street for anyone looking for peace and tranquility in the best part of Templestowe!!
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"Bars, clubs, booze and more!!"

Fitzroy Street in St Kilda is a great street to have a fun night out with friends after a hard days work on Friday or Saturday. There are so many clubs and pubs on Fitzroy Street that you will always find a cool place that suits everyone.

On a Saturday night, White Bar is a great drinking hole to get the night started, and then you can move on to The Saint across the road. Robarta Bar is just down the road as well, as is Prince of Wales and Mink Bar. There are just too many places to mention.

While this is a great street to have an energetic night out on, it really is in the thick of Melbourne's nightlife, and as such im not sure i would want to live here. There are a number of homeless people living here, and you will always get the rowdy crowds on Friday\Saturday nights.

It is close to the beach and I think there is a large shopping center going in just around the corner.

Overall, it's a great street for singles\young couples and tourists! It's something you really should visit at the very least and get a good tast of what Melbourne is all about!
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cbarkla do u live there AJ?
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AdamS Hi cbarkla,

No I don't live there, but I do spend A LOT of time on Fitzroy street, so I know it quite well. Also, one of the new features on StreetAdvisor is to do a review as a "Visitor\Tourist" so if you know streets really well, but don't actually live on them, you can still write a review! You can tell the reviews written by residents or visitors by reading the tag next to the review header!

Having read your review, you sure must be excited for the potential of summer of coming up. Fitzroy Street sure does pump of over summer!

Thanks cbarkla!!!

AJ
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cbarkla thanks AJ!!! grealt!
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2/5
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"Shocking at peak hour"

I drive up the street most mornings on the way to work, and to be honest, its a really annoying street. The traffic is shocking at peak hour, and all the traffic leads to either Kew Junction, or the Freeway, both of which are heavy bottlenecks.

I can't imagine living on this street would be a joy either with such heavy traffic at most times of the day.

On the flip side, being so close to Kew Junction and the Freeway does have its benefits, such as close to shops, and close to the city.
4/5 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 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"A little gem in the heart of Richmond"

I spent a lot of time in this street a while back, and I still think it a beautiful little street. There really is only a couple of apartment blocks here, but everyone in the apartment blocks seems friendly enough. Being in the heart of Richmond, there are a lot of places to eat out, especially with Victoria Street and Bridge Road nearby.

Nightlife is quite good in the area, with the Terminus pub just up the road, and Chapel street just a tram ride away. Retail therapy has to get 5 out of 5, as Victoria Gardens is just next door, and attached is a Fitness First gym (which can get a little busy if you ask me). The street also runs down to the Yarra river, so walking\running tracks are right at your doorstep.

You really cannot go wrong in Elaine Court, it's the perfect place for singles\couples\young families to rent or buy and HIGHLY recommend it to anyone!!
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"Busy Street, a few good cafe's but nothing to rave about"

Burnley Street in Richmond is mostly a very busy road that people commute on. It is not a street you would want to directly live on as it is quite noisy and has very heavy traffic at peak hour times. It is close to Victoria Garners shopping center, which is a big plus if you need some retail therapy, but on the whole, it's a street I generally try to avoid if I can.
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"Fantastic place to dine, walk and see cooked headless chickens in windows!"

This is a great street get your favourite (and cheap) vietnamese, chinese or any asian cuisine you like! I wouldn't want to live on Victoria Street, but if you want food at very cheap prices, and great food as well, then look no further.

Traffic is hell at peak hour times, and it's best to go the back streets if you want to avoid. The street doesn't smell the best either, but most of the shops are open air, and at the very least it's a great cultural experience.

Overall, I recommend visiting Victoria Street for dinner with partner, or the family!!
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  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • 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 1/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"The best street in Templestowe"

I've lived in Sarah Crescent in Templestowe for about 15 years, and I would higly recommend this street to live in, especailly for growing famililies. Lots of space, and closeness to parks and walking tracks is a huge benefit.

It's generally considered one of the wealthier streets in the area. Most of the houses are large, two to three story houses, most with tennis courts and pools. I wouldn't say there is much in the way of neighborly interaction, but most of the people living in the street probably want their privacy anyways, if the tall gates are anything to go by. I dont even know who my neighbors are, mostly because I never see them!

Oh, mobile reception in this street is horrible, so make sure you have a LAN line :)

If your looking in the area this street is an amazing place to live...highly recommended.
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MoreDots Whats a lan line?
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PureKrome Yeah - what is a LAN line - u mean LAND line?

stop dots :)
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MoreDots
MoreDots yeah! What's a lan line?
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beyondbig
beyondbig As far as i know LAN stands for Local Area Network ie. a system for linking computers, printers, private telecommunications equipment etc with each other within an office building for example.

I'll hazard a guess and say AJ meant land line.
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AdamS Yep, that's what i meant. Thanks for clearing that up beyondbig.
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"A nice street to live in."

I grew up in 16 Kelly Street. I remember growing up it was a fantastic street with alot of neighborly spirit. There were a whole bunch of kids in the street who we always played with on weekends.

It's really close to Doncaster Shopping town for good shopping and also quite close to St Gregory the Great primary school, which mind you is a very good school.

It's also a relatively quiet street with not alot of traffic, so a really nice lpace for young famililes to raise their kids.
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3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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