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Bacchus Marsh

"Ideal for sporting families"

A fantastic area for families, Bacchus Marsh has a lot to offer in terms of transport, recreation, sport and education. Located 50km west of Melbourne, this suburban area is home to over 13,000 residents and is situated along the Werribee and Lerderderg rivers. Traditionally a small local farming area, Bacchus Marsh produces a large proportion of the area’s fruit and vegetables. It also plays host to four primary schools, two secondary schools and a community college, and is home to two golf clubs, an Aussie Rules football team and cricket, netball, soccer and korfball clubs. Public transport in the form of trains and buses link Bacchus Marsh with Melbourne and surrounding towns, and the Western Freeway provides a link to both Ballarat and Melbourne. Other features of this area include an airfield, a state park with 4WD tracks and bushwalking, a gorge, a recreation park with picnicing facilities and the Avenue of Honour, which is an avenue of trees planted along an old main road from Melbourne in dedication to those who served in WW1.

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Irymple

"Fabulous area for families with children of all ages"

With a population of over 5,000 people, Irymple is located in far north west Victoria, around 5km south of Mildura and over 500km north west of Melbourne. Known predominantly as the birthplace of IPC Sultanas, Irymple is a fabulous area for families who enjoy living in small community in a rural setting. Home to a kindergarten, two primary schools, a secondary school and a P-12 school, Irymple is ideal for those with children of all ages. It also plays host to two fish and chip shops, provides excellent access to the Calder Highway, and is rich in sporting facilities. Irymple boasts a football club, netball club, soccer club, lawn bowls club, bocce club, swimming club and a basketball club.

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Talbot

"Once a gold mining settlement, now a charming but desolate town"

What was once a gold mining settlement with a creek running through the town is now 10 acres of undisturbed paddock with little or no sign of Amherst’s significant history. Located north west of Talbot, this desolate town was destroyed by bushfire and all that remains of the village today is the Amherst cemetery. It’s quite a lovely looking rural area that maintains the charm it exhibited in its heyday and would probably be a great location for families if it were redeveloped. Amherst sits around 60km north of Ballarat and over 170km north west of Melbourne.

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Trentham

"Small, alternative town"

A small town which has become popular for its alternative lifestyle practices, Trentham plays host to an alternative lifestyle publishing company which is one of the biggest employers in the area. Boasting the highest single-drop waterfall in Victoria, Trentham Falls, the area is also home to the Coliban River, several hot springs, an Aussie Rules football team and a golf course. Based roughly 90km from Melbourne and 70km from Ballarat, Trentham has a population of over 600 people and sits between Lyonville, Spring Hill, Woodend, Bullarto, Greendale, Darley and Korweinguboora. Given its Irish heritage, Trentham throws big St Patrick’s Day celebrations.

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Panton Hill

"Charming historical rural town"

Bordered by Panton Hill, Christmas Hills and Kangaroo Ground, Watsons Creek is a small country town based about a 40-minute drive from Melbourne. Ideally suited to families and retirees, the area has one main business – the Watsons Creek Antiques and Café – which specialises in Edwardian and Victorian furniture and china and offers accommodation for tourists and visitors to the area. The gateway to the Yarra Valley, Watsons Creek is a charming town and delightful location in central Victoria.

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Coldstream

"Delightful small country town"

Home to one of Victoria’s first wineries, Yering is a delightful suburb based roughly 40km from Melbourne. Bordering Christmas Hills, Tarrawarra, Yarra Glen, Bend of Islands, Coldstream and Gruyere, Yering is home to a lot of history and features a mansion built in 1854, part of which is today a restaurant, a group of self-contained cottages, the Yering Gorge, an equine centre and part of the Yarra River. Yering also plays host to a dairy and is serviced by both buses and trains, with Yering Railway station based locally.

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Knoxfield

"Perfect for professionals"

Scoresby is situated not too far from Melbourne so it’s a good location for those working in the city, but with a number of industrial estates in the area – many of which are home to major national and international companies such as Nintendo – it is also ideal for those looking to work locally. With two primary schools and a secondary college based in the area, Scoresby is also well suited to families. The town features an Aussie Rules football team, a roller skating rink and an entertainment precinct which is open twice a week and includes eateries, live music, computer swap meets and the buying and sale of various goods. Scoresby sits between Wantirna South, Glen Waverley, Wheelers Hill, Rowville and Knoxfield and properties in the locale fetch an average of $452,000.

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Altona North

"Family-oriented area suited to professionals"

A family-oriented area based around 10km from Melbourne’s city centre, Altona North is also suited to professionals working in the CBD who don’t mind a bit of a commute. It is home to over 10,000 residents and offers a variety of local attractions and activities including a golf club, soccer teams and a creek and walking trail. There is a shopping centre based in Altona North as well as two oil refineries. Properties in this area sell for an average of $415,000 and neighbouring suburbs include Laverton North, Brooklyn, Yarraville, Newport, Williamstown North, Altona and Laverton.

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Altona Meadows

"Middle class suburb near Melbourne"

Traditionally a working class suburb, new housing developments are moving Altona Meadows nearer to a middle class area home to over 18,000 people. Based almost 20km from Melbourne’s CBD, this well populated area sits between Laverton, Altona, Seabrook, Port Phillip and Point Cook. It is best suited to families and currently attracts an average of $315,000 per property sold. Altona Meadows features a large wetlands park which is popular among birdwatchers and those who enjoy walking, and plays host to a primary school.

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Altona

"Family-oriented area with sporting and outdoor opportunities"

Named after the German city of the same name, Altona sits 13km south west of Melbourne and is home to almost 10,000 people. A large suburb suited to families and professionals, Altona offers residents lots of sporting opportunities, outdoor activities and public transport options. The suburb plays host to Altona Beach, many parks and gardens, wetlands, a library, a city theatre, two Scouts groups, a golf club and both walking and cycling trails. There are also football, hockey, baseball, basketball, cricket and lacrosse clubs in Altona, and an annual festival offers a street parade, arts and crafts exhibitions, competitions, fireworks and entertainers. Altona boasts three primary schools, three secondary schools and as many train stations as well as various bus services which operate within the town.

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Alphington

"Lovely area within proximity of Melbourne's CBD"

An expensive area within brilliant proximity of Melbourne’s CBD, Alphington makes for an ideal home for families and professionals. Sitting 8km north east of the city, this residential suburb comprises 1970s brick veneer homes, modern townhouses and period weatherboards and has an average property price tag of $785,500. Bounded by the Yarra River and Darebin Creek, Alphington boasts lots of green spaces as well as a golf club, senior and junior football clubs, wetlands, a bicycle path, three local schools and an enterprise centre. A railway station sits within the area and links it with the CBD and neighbouring towns, including Thornbury, Ivanhoe, Kew East, Fairfield and Kew.

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Ringwood North

"Residential suburb with rural neighbours"

This residential suburb is a hilly area that manages to retain a sense of suburbia, unlike its neighbours which are much more rural looking towns. Home to a shopping centre, plenty of parklands and reserves, three primary schools and two secondary schools, Ringwood North is an ideal location for young families. The are boasts an Aussie Rules football team and was once home to sporting celebrities such as Pat Cash, Steven Johnson and Nick Malceski. Ringwood North sits 25km north east of Melbourne and has a population of almost 10,000. Surrounding suburbs include Park Orchards, Warrandyte South, Warranwood, Ringwood, Donvale and Mitcham, and the average cost of property in the area is roughly $442,000.

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Ringwood East

"Great escape from the city"

Ringwood East is a suburban area situated near Croydon, Ringwood, Croydon South, Bayswater North and Heathmont, just 25km from the Melbourne CBD. A fabulous location for families and suitable for professionals who don’t mind a commute, Ringwood East houses almost 10,000 residents at present. Boasting loads of native trees and wildlife, this suburb is a great escape from the city after a long day’s work. It has a railway station, a football team, cricket and tennis clubs, access to the Maroondah Highway and a shopping precinct at Burnt Bridge, which is a locality within Ringwood East. Homes in this area sell for an average of just over $300,000.

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Ringwood

"Large shopping hub"

Set for major redevelopment this year, Ringwood is a large suburb with a population of over 15,000 people. Based over 20km east of Melbourne’s city centre, Ringwood is home to a Cadbury production factory, ConnectEast and the Eastland Shopping Centre. It sits alongside the Maroondah Highway and Eastlink and borders towns such as Donvale, Mitcham, Vermont, Wantirna, Heathmont, Croydon, Ringwood North and Ringwood East. Properties in this area sell for an average of around $310,000 and the area would be suited to families or retirees.

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mimi

Lauren's comment that "Properties in this area sell for an average of around $310,000" is ridiculous!Are you referring to just the land? The average price of a home in this area is $540,000 - $580,000 and that's an average, many sell closer to $650,000.

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jaypeirce

goodness gracious me that is absolutely f**king insane thank you very much

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Whitfield

"Small agricultural town"

An agricultural town in north eastern Victoria, Whitfield sits among state forest and the King river, roughly 245km from Melbourne. Home to a very small population of less than 300, Whitfield is a delightful community based outside of Wangaratta and Mansfield. Local features include Paradise Falls, Mount Cobbler, Lake William Hovell and Wabonga Plateau, giving residents access to stunning views of the Alps, waterfalls, mountain streams, wildflowers, bushwalking, 4WD tours and camping. Local bus services operate in Whitfield and link it with neighbouring communities.

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Doveton

"Suburban location with cheap properties"

A great suburban location based not too far from Melbourne’s CBD, Doveton is well situated for professionals and has a lot to offer families as well. Although the properties in the area are among the cheapest in Melbourne, Doveton is an older suburb and therefore attracts less first time buyers. Based near to Dandenong, the Monash and Princes freeways and both Dandenong and Eumemmerring creeks, Doveton plays host to four primary schools, an Aussie Rules football team, a soccer club and a softball club and three churches. An annual show is held locally and a big attraction for the area is an interactive animal farm for children.

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Meadow Heights

"Large Turkish community; ideal for families"

Home to a large Turkish community, Meadow Heights has a population of almost 15,000 people and is situated roughly 21km north of Melbourne’s CBD. A relatively young town that was established in the ‘80s, Meadow Heights is serviced by a number of local bus routes. And while it offers little in the way of local attractions, neighbouring towns have all the necessities for adults and children alike. Meadow Heights does, however, play host to several youth centres and sporting clubs as well as a shopping centre, a skate bowl, a number of public parks, a bike trail, soccer fields, picnic areas and wetlands.

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Whittlesea

"Charming rural community"

Bordered by Clonbinane, Hazeldene, Pheasant Creek, Kinglake, Humevale, Arthurs Creek and Strathewen, Kinglake West was one of the towns substantially devastated by the Black Saturday bushfires earlier this year. A charming rural town with a small population of roughly 1500 people, Kinglake West is located in central Victoria, over 80km north east of Melbourne. It is a delightful community which would be well suited to retirees and families.

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Kinglake

"Great place to get back to nature"

Forming part of the Great Dividing Range, this rural suburb is home to almost one and a half thousand people. Boasting features such as forest and farmland, views of the Melbourne skyline and Yarra Valley wineries, a camping and nature reserve and a national park, where visitors can walk along trails and tracks, enjoy a picnic or camp overnight, Kinglake is well suited to families and retirees. It was one of the worst affected towns of the Black Saturday bushfires early this year as were some of its neighbours, including Glenburn, Toolangi, Castella, Steels Creek, Christmas Hills, St Andrews, Strathewen, Kinglake West, Pheasant Creek and Kinglake Central. Based roughly 60km north east of Melbourne, Kinglake plays host to a local Aussie Rules football team and a junior basketball team.

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East Geelong

"Residential suburb on the city fringe"

A residential suburb with a population of almost 4,000 people, East Geelong sits just outside of Geelong city centre and is therefore a great location for professionals but is also suited to families. Bordered by Corio Bay, Geelong, Newcomb, South Geelong, Breakwater and Whittington, East Geelong boasts an Aussie Rules football team and a golf club to keep sports enthusiasts entertained. Home to the Geelong Botanical Gardens, East Geelong has an average property price of $210,000.

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GarethR

This sounds like a robot! Looks like you have never lived in this area. You probably just got this off the City fo Greater Geelong's suburb profile. Not helpful at all and way off - Average price is no where near 210k!!

Dunloemanor
Dunloemanor

Nowadays the average price in the Inner East areas, say bordering Lomond Tce, Humble St, Myers St, Walter St and Garden St up to the roundabout, you'd be looking towards $400K for the standard house. Recently an unrenovated house in Connor St sold for $720K, although on a substantial block, Connor St being only a short distance to the CBD.

The increasing gentrification and the now excellent Garden St/Ormond Rd shopping precinct too is adding greatly to the desireability of East Geelong as well, it's come a long way in the last 10-15 years.

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