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"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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"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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"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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"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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"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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"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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"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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"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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"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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"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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"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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"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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"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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"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
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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"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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"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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"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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"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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"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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"Ideal location for professionals working in Geelong"

An ideal location for anyone working in Geelong city centre or for families seeking a suburban neighbourhood with all the conveniences of the city on their doorstep, North Geelong is bordered by Bell Park, North Shore, Hamlyn Heights, Corio Bay and Norlane. Playing host to a football team, soccer team and golf course, this relatively small suburb is home to just over two and a half thousand residents. There is a train station in the local area which provides public transport links into the city centre and surrounding suburbs and the brand new Geelong Ring Road will see heavy traffic from Melbourne bypassing North Geelong from 2009.
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"Commercial and residential hub on the city fringe"

A commercial and residential suburb of Victoria’s largest city, Geelong West is an ideal location for families and professionals. Home to over 12,000 people and situated amongst suburbs such as Hamlyn Heights, North Geelong, Drumcondra, Manifold Heights, Newtown, South Geelong and Geelong itself, Geelong West plays host to a girls’ secondary school and an Aussie Rules football club. It is also the home of the annual Pako Festival, which aims to promote cultural diversity. The average cost of buying a home in Geelong West was $287,500 in 2008.
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"Vibrant alternative to Melbourne"

The second largest city in Victoria, this suburban hub is home to over 160,000 people and is home to some of the country’s best-known companies, including Ford, the Geelong Football Club and the CSIRO. There are a number of shopping centres in the city including a Westfields shopping centre and a number of pubs and clubs are scattered around Geelong also. Families will enjoy the fact that there are both public and private schools in Geelong as well as a TAFE and Deakin University. A horse racing club, harness racing club, basketball team and athletics centre provide an outlet for sporting enthusiasts, and there are facilities for water skiing, rowing, fishing and hiking as well. For entertainment, Geelong plays host to a variety of festivals every year and is home to a performing arts centre and an art gallery.
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"Country town suited to families"

A rural looking town sitting 50km south east of Melbourne, Devon Meadows has a population of approximately 1600 and is most suited to families and retirees. Nestled between Junction Village, Cranbourne East, Clyde, Pearcedale, Cannons Creek and Tooradin, this country town boasts local bus services, an Aussie Rules football team and a tennis club. Other features of Devon Meadows include a fire station and a community hall, as well as a primary school which currently holds about 300 students from the local area.
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"Great tourist spot on the way to Mt Buller"

Alexandra sees many tourists passing through it on their way to Mount Buller ski resort but for the 2000 or so people who reside here the town has much more to offer. Perhaps best suited to families and retirees, Alexandra is based roughly 140km from Melbourne and provides brilliant access to the Goulburn Valley and Maroondah Highways. Home to a community radio station, an Aussie Rules football team, a horse racing club and two golf courses, Alexandra contains the Timber Tramway Museum and the National Trust Classified Post Office and Law Courts. The town also boasts its own railway station, a monthly bush market, an annual art show, an agricultural show and the Truck, Rod and Ute Show.
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"Excellent shopping and public transport links"

Though the border of Bayswater and Bayswater North lacks distinction, this suburb is indeed a separate location from Bayswater. Based almost 30km from Melbourne city and home to a small local shopping centre boasting various supermarkets and specialty stores, Bayswater North has a population of roughly 8,000 people and an average property price of $380,000. Excellent train and bus services link Bayswater North with nearby commercial precincts as well as surrounding suburbs including Croydon South, Kilsyth, Boronia, Heathmont and Ringwood East.
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"Barely a town at all"

What was once a mining locality seemingly riddled with an ever decreasing population, Gaffneys Creek is, today, barely a town at all. Threatened by bushfires in 2006, the area was all but completely burnt to the ground. The nearby popular A1 mine settlement was also destroyed and only a few houses survive in Gaffneys Creek today. The location itself sits at the junction of Gaffneys and Raspberry Creeks in a steep valley amid mountainous terrain.
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"Lots to do for families and professionals"

Despite its name, this unusually-titled suburb does not play host to an airport but is based near to one. Situated 14km north west of Melbourne and bordered by towns such as Tullamarine, Gladstone Park, Gowanbrae, Essendon Fields, Keilor Park and Niddrie, Airport West has a population of less than 7,000. It has fantastic transport links including trams, buses, trains and access to nearby freeways and would make an ideal home for families or professionals who need access to the city centre but want to return home to the calmer suburbs. There are two primary schools and one secondary school in the local area as well as an Aussie Rules football team. A Westfields shopping complex and direct factory outlets are also present in Airport West, which is a great location to live if you work at Essendon airport or in that industry.
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"Once voted Australia's tidiest town"

Winner of Australia's tidiest town in 2001, Horsham has a population of over 14,00, making it one of the largest towns in Victoria. Situated almost mid way between Melbourne and Adelaide in South Australia, Horsham boasts two well-equipped gyms, a large indoor stadium, an aquatic centre, both harness and greyhound racing clubs, a horse racing club, a football and netball league, three Aussie Rules football teams, a cricket association, hockey and volleyball teams. It is ideally suited to families and retirees who would enjoy features such as the Wimmera River and botanical gardens. The town has a railway station and offers coach services to several highways that link Horsham with the rest of Victoria. Horsham is also home to the Horsham airport.
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"Solid reputation and high property prices"

Situated 11km east of Melbourne's CBD, Balwyn North is a lovely area with a solid reputation and high property prices. Popular among families, Balwyn North's homes generally fetch around $483,000 for apartments and $832,000 for houses. The area is home to several primary schools, a golf course, a main shopping strip and a number of bicycle tracks along the Yarra River. Buses service the town and link it with neighbouring suburbs such as Ivanhoe East, Bulleen, Doncaster, Balwyn, Kew and Mont Albert North. Balwyn North is home to some 20,000 residents.
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jarman
jarman The price range $483,000 and $832,000 are not realistic. A house usually exceeds $1,000,000 in this area.
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"One of Melbourne's most prestigious suburbs"

One of the most prestigious suburbs in Melbourne, Ivanhoe makes for ideal living for families seeking an affluent neighbourhood. Based roughly 10km outside of the CBD, Ivanhoe is home to 10,000 residents living in period housing that often fetches over $1 million when sold. Ivanhoe plays host to two private schools, a football club, a cricket club, a golf course and an architecturally beautiful town hall. The town centre boasts a supermarket, newsagent, book store, real estate agent, various banks and a number of cafes and restaurants. There are two railway stations in Ivanhoe which link the town with Melbourne’s CBD as well as neighbouring suburbs such as Preston, Bellfield, Heidelberg, Thornbury, Eaglemont, Alphington and Kew East. The actress Cate Blanchett also grew up in Ivanhoe.
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"Tiny rural town for those seeking a remote location"

A tiny town set in the Latrobe Valley in central Gippsland, Yinnar is home to less than 600 residents. Ideally suited to retirees and families seeking a quiet lifestyle in a rural setting, Yinnar is a great town in this part of Victoria for sporting activities. It plays host to an Australian Rules football team as well as a cricket club. With Melbourne city centre based almost 160km away, nearby large towns include Morwell and Churchill, which are 20km and 10km away respectively.
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"Affluent, family-oriented town"

Based just 13km from Melbourne, Mont Albert is a town that boasts a cross section of stunning homes and a main shopping strip that resembles that of an old small town. Home to roughly 4,500 residents, Mont Albert is most suited to families and plays host to a single primary school. The centre of town boasts various specialty shops, cafes and supermarkets, and there is a railway station here which services nearby areas. Neighbouring towns include Balwyn, Box Hill and Surrey Hills but Mont Albert itself is a picturesque neighbourhood where property sells for an average of $870,000.
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"Cultural heritage at its best"

Sitting at the foothills of the Great Dividing Range in Central Western Victoria, Ballarat is a well-known city due to its gold mining history. Still popular today among residents and tourists largely because of its cultural heritage, architecture and stunning wide boulevards, Ballarat is Victoria’s largest inland settlement. The town is popular for its various sporting facilities including clubs for golf, horse and dog racing, football, cricket, basketball and rowing. It is also home to two universities and a large number of secondary and primary schools, making it an ideal location for families and young professionals. The town also boasts a number of local radio stations and newspapers, an art gallery, a number of theatres and restaurants, a cinema complex, a mid-week ghost tour, a wildlife park and botanical gardens. With a growing population of almost 90,000 people, Ballarat has a fantastic public transport system with trains, buses and regional coaches servicing local towns and the Melbourne CBD and a local airport. The area is also home to the award-winning tourist park and gold mining settlement recreation, Sovereign Hill.
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"An area best suited to families"

A suburb in the Dandenong Ranges, located east of Melbourne, Ferntree Gully is home to almost 25,000 people. An area best suited to families, Ferntree Gully plays host to several kindergartens and primary schools as well as a secondary school for boys. Local residents can enjoy a large part of the Dandenong Ranges National Park as well as a library, community centre, two pubs and a shopping centre housing supermarkets, a bookstore, bakeries and a newsagency. There are a number of churches in the area as well as various sporting clubs ranging from cricket, netball and football to swimming, tennis and gymnastics. A local railway station provides links outside of town and buses also service the area. Nearby suburbs include Knoxfield, Upway, Boronia, Rowville, Lysterfield and Tremont.
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"Great winter getaway"

A beautiful resort town located 200km from Melbourne, Mount Buller is home to just 250 permanent residents but sees thousands of visitors to the area during the winter months when skiing, ice climbing and snowboarding are popular activities. The largest snowfields in Victoria, Mount Buller boasts loads of accommodation options, the National Alpine Museum and a community centre which houses a gym, sports hall and a cinema. Mount Buller is also the location of the annual Victorian Snowsports Championships, which attracts a crowd of approximately 3000 people.
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"Idyllic seaside town"

An idyllic seaside town based south east of Melbourne, Rosebud is as pretty a town as it sounds. The second largest town on the Mornington Peninsula, Rosebud is home to about 12,000 people. The area plays host to a handful of primary and secondary schools, making it an ideal location for families. As it is a quiet town it would also suit retirees seeking an affluent seaside lifestyle. The town’s sandy beaches, various local shops and takeaway outlets provide all the necessities for local residents as well as the thousands of tourists that visit the area every year. A number of golf courses also exist in Rosebud for those seeking local sporting activities.
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"Upmarket and fashionable"

Sitting on the edges of Melbourne’s CBD, Prahran is a bustling suburb ideal for professionals and families. Filled with shops, restaurants, cafes, bars, bookstores, clothing stores and music shops, the area is also home to many delightful hidden gardens. It has an upmarket and fashionable reputation and plays host to a large collection of brilliantly architectured buildings. Trains and trams both service Prahran and property in the area consists mostly of Victorian and Edwardian terrace houses, the average cost of which is around $700,000. Prahran’s 10,000-strong population are just a stone’s throw from areas such as South Yarra, Armadale, St Kilda and Windsor.
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amy11
amy11 I have to disagree that Prahran is good for families with kids. There are very few kids in Prahran, as most families are priced ot of the market or decide to go to the more family friendly places in the suburbs. I think its best for kids to be raised around other kids for socialization, so its best for families to go to the quieter family friendly areas.
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MelbGal
MelbGal The demographic of the area is changing, professionals are having kids and extending
their homes to stay in the area given the amenities available and they don't want to give up the lifestyle to live further away in the suburbs.
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"Ideal for families who enjoy sports"

Located just nine kilometres from Melbourne, Aberfeldie has a population of three and a half thousand – most of whom are families. A attractive location with an abundance of park areas, Aberfeldie sits among suburbs such as Essendon, Moonee Ponds, Ascot Vale and Maribyrnong, home of the Maribyrnong River. Young families are attracted to this area because of the range of sporting activities for children in the area, though there are also many adult sporting teams. Aberfeldie plays host to a bowls club, cricket club and sports club as well as one public primary school, two catholic primary schools and a catholic secondary school. Local buses service the area and link it with surrounding areas but for those who enjoy a relaxing walk, the Maribyrnong River Trail provides the perfect location. Property in Aberfeldie ranges from inter war Californian houses to post war dwellings, with the average cost of buying a home sitting at around $700,000.
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"Small town with lots to do"

Queenscliff is a small town based in southern Victoria on the Bellarine Peninsula. Located 30 kilometres from Geelong, this well populated town sits between Swan Bay, Port Phillip and Point Lonsdale. It is well connected to local areas such as Sorrento and Drysdale by ferry and train, and is also home of the ‘blues train’, which features live music most Saturday nights between October and May. An ideal location for families and retirees, Queenscliff also plays host to an annual seafood feast, a music festival and numerous hotels, as it is a popular destination for tourists.
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"Stunning location on the picturesque Great Ocean Road"

Popular among surfers, Aireys Inlet is a beautiful area with a handful of stunning beaches. Home to just over 1000 permanent residents, this small coastal town is located along the picturesque Great Ocean Road, roughly 120km south west of Melbourne. Features of Aireys Inlet include stretches of uninterrupted sandy beaches, secluded swimming areas, a horseshoe shaped reef and the Split Point Lighthouse. Sitting pretty between Anglesea, Lorne and Fairhaven, Aireys Inlet boasts some lovely homes, many of which have fantastic ocean views and are becoming extremely sought after. Some properties have recently sold for over a million dollars.
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"Popular among families and professionals"

A residential area and small suburb based 13km west of Melbourne’s city centre, Albion is a well known suburb with a population of less than 4000. This location is best suited to families and professionals working in the CBD as a local train station and bus services make the commute easy. There are two primary schools and a kindergarten in Albion as well as a local Aussie Rules football team, a baseball club, a cricket club and a bowls club. Albion is also home to a number of churches and boasts features such as the Kororoit Creek and trail and Stony Creek. Properties in the area include Californian bungalows and weatherboard houses from the ‘40s, the average sale price of which is $325,000.
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"Beautiful, affluent city fringe suburb"

Characterised by wide streets, heritage buildings, open air cafes, parks and mature exotic trees, Albert Park is a beautiful looking suburb located just 3km outside of Melbourne’s CBD. With almost 6,000 residents it is an affluent area well suited to professionals and families. Albert Park boasts a reserve, the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, Kerferd Pier, an award winning burger place, St Vincent Gardens and the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre. Home to a predominant mixture of Edwardian and Victorian homes as well historic buildings which have been converted into apartments, Albert Park’s properties average at a cool $1.1 million.
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"Residential and industrial suburb adjacent to the Geelong CBD"

A residential and industrial suburb based near the Barwon River, South Geelong sits adjacent to the Geelong CBD and is therefore ideally suited to professionals working in the area or families. The area boasts a 32km walking and cycling track as well as an athletics field and public park. The Kardinia Stadium is home to the Geelong Football Club, which all but every one of the 15,000 people living here supports. South Geelong plays host to two railway stations and is situated between Newtown, Newcomb, Belmont, Breakwater and, of course, Geelong. The average property in this area sells at about $312,000.
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"Quiet, coastal town"

Sitting on the very attractive coast of Victoria, Swan Bay is nestled between Mannerim, Marcus, Marcus Hill, Point Lonsdale and Queenscliff. Located opposite Swan Island, this rural town forms part of greater Geelong and is home to Duck Island and a section of the Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park. It is ideally suited to retirees or families seeking a quiet, coastal lifestyle.
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"Retail hub best suited to families"

Based in north west Victoria on the Murray Valley Highway, Swan Hill is an historic pioneer settlement and tourist attraction with a population of almost 10,000. Often considered a retail hub for the area, Swan Hill boasts a range of varied outlets as well as pubs and nightclubs, two football clubs, a junior soccer league, a horse racing club and a golf and bowls club. It is an ideal location for families and is linked to Bendigo and Melbourne by train. There are a total of nine schools in Swan Hill, catering for children of all ages and the Sunraysia Institute of TAFE is also based here.
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"Heavily populated residential area"

WIth over 16,000 residents, Taylors Lakes is a heavily populated area located over 20km north west of Melbourne. It boasts great bus and train links to neighbouring suburbs as well as the CBD and is therefore ideal for professionals working in the city. Families would also enjoy living here as there are many facilities available including shopping centres, cinemas, parks and gardens, sports grounds and football, cricket and tennis clubs. There are schools and kindergartens in Taylors Lakes, where the average cost of housing is $435,000.
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"Small town with fantastic access to freeways"

A small town located along the South Gippsland Highway, Alberton is ideally situated for professionals who travel by car a lot. A more ideal location for families, this tiny suburb sits over 200km east of Melbourne. With only 160 or so residents, Alberton is a cattle grazing community boasting features such as the Albert River and the Victoria Hotel, which was built in 1890.
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"Sizeable residential suburb ideal for professionals and families"

Sitting amongst Macleod, Yallambie, Montmorency, Lower Plenty, Rosanna, Heidelberg, Bulleen and Templestowe Lower, Viewbank is based just 15km outside of the city centre. With almost 7,000 residents, it is a sizeable residential suburb ideally located for professionals and families. Boasting features such as part of the Yarra River, wetlands and a number of parks and reserves, Viewbank is also home to a couple of public schools and a small commercial strip. The average cost of property in Viewbank is $485,000.
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"Well connected to Aussie music ties"

A well connected town to Australian rock music, Violet Town has had a song named after it by The Church and has been home to Killing Heidi's Ella and Jesse Hooper. Situated over 170km from Melbourne, this tiny town of less than 700 people sits along Honeysuckle Creek and is an ideal location for retirees or families. Violet Town plays host to a bi-weekly community market, an Aussie Rules football team, a golf club and a local train station.
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heraldrise Violet Town is a unique town which has retained some heritage buildings. It has a strong community, and sporting spirit. In the summer, the local pool is a green oasis for the town. It is an easy commute to Benalla, Shepparton and Euroa and close to the scenic Strathbogie ranges.
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"Small town with lots to offer"

Best known for its recognisable bluestone buildings, Mortlake is a small rural town with lots to offer. Home to a golf course, horse racing club, facilities and clubs for football, netball, cricket and tennis, and the Annual Australian Busking Championships, Mortlake is an ideal location for families with children but would also suit retirees. There are two local schools for children of all ages and Melbourne's city centre is over 200km away. Thousands of street performers visit the area every year, adding to the less than 1000 people who live here permanently. Mortlake is nestled between two major agricultural districts providing the local area with a solid supply of wool and dairy.
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"Home to some fantastic features"

Ideally suited to professionals working in Melbourne's CBD as well as families, Moonee Ponds is a recognisable suburb based 7km from the city. Boasting the Moonee Valley racecourse, Queens Park and The Clocktower Centre, this delightful residential suburb houses over 12,000 residents. The town sits between Essendon, Brunswick West, Parkville, Aberfeldie, Ascot Vale and Meribyrnong, and has excellent public transport links, including buses, trams and trains. Moonee Ponds plays host to many shops, cafes, supermarkets and department stores as well as football teams, a river trail and a creek trail for nature enthusiasts.
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"Great suburb on the outskirts of town"

Located just outside of Melbourne's CBD, Caulfield South is home to over 11,000 people and, although it does not house its own railway station, there are three stations within a short distance. This makes the area ideally suited to professionals working in the CBD and families who would take advantage of brilliant transport links and the many parks and gardens adorning the suburb. Caulfield South boasts a medical centre, cemetery, sports clubs and playing fields, playgrounds and many walking or dog walking tracks. Home to a primary school also, Caulfield South has some beautiful architecture ranging from early 1900s style properties to Edwardian weather board homes, Californian bungalows and high density apartments.
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"Great suburb and affluent lifestlye"

An ideal location for anyone who needs fantastic access to public transport, including families or professionals, Caulfield North is home to over 14,000 people. Boasting Australia's largest Jewish community, this busy suburb plays host to Caulfield Park, schools, an extensive tram network and Labassa - a mansion owned by the National Trust which was used as the filming location for the movie Queen of the Damned. Caulfield North is surrounded by suburbs such as Prahran, Armadale, Malvern, St Kilda East and Elsternwick and has an average property price tag of almost $890,000. It was the home town of TV personality Graham Kennedy, who attended what is now Caulfield Junior College.
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"Central location and great transport links"

Situated just over 10km from Melbourne's CBD, Caulfield East, along with it's northern, central and southern counterparts, is a great location for professionals working in the city or families seeking easy access to public transport and shopping. Home to the Caulfield Racecourse, a railway station, a Monash University campus and Glen Eira College, Caulfield East is bordered by Carnegie, Malvern East and Glen Huntly. There are almost 1500 people residing in the town and the average cost of property here is $560,000.
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"Well regarded suburb"

Home to some 5,000 residents, Caulfield is a well regarded suburb that sits roughly 10km south east of Melbourne's CBD. Along with its Southern, Northern and Eastern counterparts, Caulfield is an expensive area to live and properties here fetch an average of almost $800,000. It is one of Melbourne's best serviced towns in terms of tram and train networks, which link Caulfield with the CBD as well as neighbouring towns such as Elsternwick and Glen Huntly. Ideally suited to professionals and families, Caulfield plays host to an Australian Rules football team.
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"Small rural town ideal for families"

One of the towns destroyed by the Ash Wednesday bushfires in 1983, Beaconsfield Upper is today a relatively small rural town with approximately 3,000 residents. Based 45km south east of Melbourne city, Beaconsfield Upper plays host to a golfing country club, primary school and community centre, and enjoys sweeping views across beautiful countryside. It sits between Narre Warren East, Emerald, Dewhurst, Harkaway, Guys Hill, Officer and Pakenham and includes features such as Stoney Creek, tree-lined streets, eucalyptus forests, wetlands and fern gullies.
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"Picturesque living in the Victorian countryside"

Set against a backdrop of stunning rolling hills and beautiful rivers and creeks, Beaconsfield is a delightful community located around 45km from Melbourne. Bordered by towns like Harkaway, Guys Hill, Officer, Clyde and Berwick, Beaconsfield is a great location for young families or retirees seeking picturesque living in the Victorian countryside. It is home to almost 4,000 people and boasts its own railway station, a small shopping centre with an Aldo supermarket, an Aussie Rules football team and both a primary school and college.
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"Best suited to young families"

Typically a middle class suburb in Melbourne's outer east, Bayswater sits 28km from the city and houses over 10,000 residents. Home to four primary schools and a secondary school, the area is best suited to young families. Other features of the town include playgrounds, parks and reserves, football and cricket ovals, netball and tennis courts, a number of shopping centres and supermarkets and a train station. Bayswater sits between Wantirna, Heathmont, Bayswater North, Boronia and Wantirna South. It is 5km from Croydon and has an average property price tag of over $280,000.
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"Ideal for the older generation"

Located over 130km east of Melbourne, Icy Creek is situated amongst towns including Vesper, Fumina, Tanjil and Toorongo. The town boasts mountain retreat accommodation for tourists while locals reside in family houses, half of which are owner-occupied. Eighty per cent of Icy Creek's residents are Australian born but a small community of Germans and Britons reside in the area also. The town is best suited to those aged over 40 and sixty per cent of Icy Creek's population falls into this category.
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"Loads of attractions and a diverse population"

Home to a diverse mixture of people from farmers and artists to commuters and tourists, Hurstbridge has a population of about three and a half thousand and is situated roughly 30km north east of the Melbourne central business district. Boasting attractions such as wineries, walking trails and markets, Hurstbridge is a fantastic location for families, retirees, professionals and those just passing through. The area has excellent train services that link it with the CBD as well as local football and cricket teams. The birthplace of race car legend Peter Brock, Hurstbridge is nestled between the towns of Doreen, Nutfield, Cottles Bridge, Panton Hill, Wattle Green, Diamond Creek and Yarrambat.
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"Relatively small suburb within reach of the CBD"

With less than 6,000 residents and an average property price of $250,000, Albanvale makes a great location for families and professionals seeking life in a relatively small suburb but within easy reach of Melbourne's CBD. Bordered by Burnside, Kings Park, Deer Park, Cairnlea and St Albans, Albanvale is located just 19km from the city and boasts a primary school and college for those with children. Sports enthusiasts can join the Albanvale Football Club and naturists will enjoy Kororoit Creek and the Kororoit Creek trail.
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"Small farming town in south east Victoria"

Bordering towns such as Agnes, Hazel Park, Port Franklin, Cypress Grove and Mount Best, Toora is a small farming town in south east Victoria. An ideal location for families in the dairy farming industry, Toora is surrounded by national parks and reserves and plays host to picnic and BBQ areas, a wind farm, a caravan park, motel accommodation and a railway station. With a population of less than 700 residents, Toora has quite a lovely outlook and is home to an Aussie Rules football team for local sporting enthusiasts.
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"Sweeping views of the Victorian countryside"

This rural town based almost 200km south east of Melbourne is a small suburb with sweeping views of the Victorian countryside. Home to a railway station and within easy reach of the South Gippsland Highway, Agnes is well placed for those seeking links to other areas in the region. Neighbouring towns include Welshpool and Port Welshpool, Toora and Hazel Park. The main attractions in the area include the Agnes River, Agnes Falls and the Agnes Falls Scenic Reserve, which boasts picnic areas, BBQs, walking trails and bird feeding.
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"Small rural town for those seeking the quiet life"

A small town located about 30km north west of Ballarat and 140km from Melbourne, Addington is an old location with roots in agriculture. Bordered by towns such as Learmonth, Mount Bolton, Waubra, Weatherboard and Ercildoune, Addington is home to a state school and a few local shops. Addington is a location most suited to families or retirees who are seeking a quiet, rural lifestyle.
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"Ultimate in country living on the city fringe"

A modern town in a rural locality, Eynesbury is a brand new town which saw its first residents move in early in 2009. Based just 40 mins from Melbourne's CBD, Eynesbury is an ideal home for families seeking an affluent lifestyle or investment opportunity. Combining modern housing, local shopping, recreation and entertainment, Eynesbury plays host to a golf course with a cafe, restaurant and function centre, football and soccer ovals, an equestrian centre and both tennis and basketball courts. It provides residents with sweeping views of country Victoria and is bordered by Parwan, Exford, Mount Cottrell, Balliang East, Quandong and Wydnham Vale. This beautiful town offers the ultimate in country living on the city fringe and will eventually play host to a school, a number of nature trails and a nature reserve.
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"Ideal for families and professionals"

An ideal setting for young families and professionals, Kew is a well-renowned area bounded by the Yarra River. It plays host to a primary school and a secondary school and is home to a small local shopping village. Kew East’s population of over 6,000 can enjoy two local golf clubs, four churches and easy access into Melbourne’s CBD. The Eastern Freeway also runs across the centre of the suburb, so it makes an ideal location for those who travel a lot. Trams and buses service the area and link it with its neighbours, which include Alphington, Kew, Balwyn North, Bulleen and Ivanhoe. The average cost of property in the area currently sits at around $840,000.
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"Notorious lack of available property in this affluent area"

An affluent suburb ideally suited to professionals or families, Eaglemont is based just 10km outside of Melbourne and is home to almost 4,000 people. The average property in the area sells for almost $1.2 million and are some of the highest property prices in Melbourne. A notoriously difficult area to get into due to the lack of available properties, Eaglemont plays host to a small shopping centre which houses food outlets, specialty stores, newsagencies, a post office, a book shop, grocery stores and a bar. The area is also well serviced by buses and trains, which link directly to Melbourne’s CBD. Other features of Eaglemont include a few local parks, landscaped streets, neighbouring parklands and two kindergartens. There are no local primary schools in Eaglemont.
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"Good with splashes of bad"

Located 12km north east of Melbourne’s CBD and bordered by the Yarra River, Bulleen is home to some 10,000 residents. Its neighbours include Heidelburg, Viewbank, Templestowe Lower, Doncaster, Balwyn North, Kew East and Ivanhoe East but Bulleen itself is ideally suited to families, though some semi-legal adult entertainment operations are known to exist in the area. Boasting sporting grounds, reserves, playgrounds and park areas which provide residents with bike and walking tracks, picnic areas, BBQs, billabongs and an archery range, Bulleen is also home to a main shopping complex with a library, post office, medical centre, business centre, supermarket, takeaway outlets, cafes and restaurants. There are also catholic primary and secondary schools, a specialist school and two pre schools in Bulleen as well as a cricket club, model aeroplane club, football club, golf club, women’s basketball club, tennis centre and swim centre. Buses service the area and link Bulleen with the CBD and the nearby Eastern Freeway.
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"A great town with all the necessities"

Neighbour to the much larger suburb of Ivanhoe, Ivanhoe East houses almost 4,000 residents roughly 10km north east of Melbourne city. Home to a great town centre with all the necessities, Ivanhoe East plays host to a strip of retail stores, a church, a newsagent, a fruit store, a butcher, a milkbar, a supermarket, a bakery and a community bank. This small town is an ideal place to live for families – as it boasts two primary schools – as well as professionals, given its proximity to the CBD. With properties selling for an average of $870,000, Ivanhoe East is an affluent area bordered by Eaglemont, Bulleen, Kew East and Balwyn North.
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"Small town near to the South Australian border"

A rural town bounded by the Princes Highway and Glenelg River, Dartmoor is a small old town with a population of just 200. Best known for its pine plantations, which give locals occupation in the timber trade, Dartmoor sits amongst suburbs like Winnap, Greenwald and Mumbannar in south western Victoria. Based not far to the South Australian border, Dartmoor plays host to a football club and golf club, a train station and a small town centre.
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"Relatively young suburb ideal for families"

Based in outer eastern Melbourne, Croydon Hills is a relatively young suburb that has only been a residential location for 20 years. With over 5,000 residents, Croydon Hills is a good sized town best suited to families. The area boasts many parks, walking trails and native bushland as well as several churches, a community centre and a number of primary and secondary schools. Property in Croydon Hills is typically single storey brick veneer homes with large allotments and the average cost of buying a home in the area is $365,000. Public transport is limited to buses, which link Croydon Hills with neighbouring towns such as Warrandyte, Wonga Park, Croydon North, Warranwood, Ringwood and Croydon.
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"Suburbia at the foot of the Dandenong Ranges"

Based 30km east of Melbourne, Croydon South is a relatively small town of almost four and a half thousand residents. Ideally suited to families or retirees, Croydon South is home to a small shopping strip which houses over 20 retail outlets as well as a post office. Based near to the foot of the Dandenong Ranges and Mount Dandenong, Croydon South plays host to a single primary school, an Aussie Rules football team and two cricket teams. It is bordered by towns such as Croydon, Kilsyth, Ringwood East and Bayswater North and has an average property price of $278,000.
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"Ideal for escaping the city rat race after work"

Croydon North is a smaller town outside of Croydon and Croydon Hills with almost 8,000 residents. Based 30km from Melbourne’s CBD, it is an ideal location for families and professionals who work in the city but want to come home to the suburbs to escape the rat race. Croydon North is serviced by buses which link Croydon North to neighbouring towns such as Ringwood, Croydon, Chirnside Park and Lilydale. Other neighbouring tows include Wonga Park and Croydon Hills. Property in Croydon North sells for an average of $335,000.
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"Bustling location and retail hub"

A lovely neighbourhood with over 20,000 residents, Croydon is a thriving shopping hub boasting restaurants, a cinema, hairdressers, supermarkets, toy stores, clothing shops, chemists, bakeries, florists and more. An ideal location for families, Croydon plays host to a leisure centre, public pool, community arts centre, youth centre, golf course and cricket and football clubs. There are also a number of primary and secondary schools in the area as well as a technology university. A train station and various bus routes service the town and link Croydon with neighbouring areas.
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"Modern mixture of rural and suburban living"

A cross between rural and suburban, this very young town sits 17km north west of Melbourne and has a growing population of over 6,000 residents. Developed in 1999, Cairnlea boasts several man-made lakes as well as open park spaces, a croquet club, a sports club and a community hub and town centre. Bordered by Deer Park, St Albans and Ardeer, Cairnlea is ideally suited to families seeking modern homes within proximity to Melbourne’s CBD. Average property prices in the area currently sit at just $370,000.
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"Aeronautical town ideal for local employees"

An aeronautical town based 55km from Melbourne and 22km from Geelong, Avalon is notable for its airport and speedway. With over 1,000 employees working in the area in defence, manufacturing, maintenance, testing and at the airport, Avalon and its surrounds are popular locations for professionals and families. Properties in Avalon sell for an average of $260,000. Sitting between Little River, Lara and Corio on the western shore of Port Phillip Bay, Avalon is home to the Avalon International Airshow and is set to become the site of a Disneyland theme park and a direct factory outlets shopping centre.
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"Inner city living ideal for professionals"

Fitzroy is Melbourne’s oldest suburb as well as one of the smallest, and is based just outside of the CBD. Serviced by trams but not trains, it is an ideal location for families and professionals seeking easy access to shopping strips, restaurants, art galleries, live music venues and pubs. A highly desirable suburb, Fitzroy is inhabited by roughly 8,000 people from various ethnic communities. It is home to many sporting clubs and is bordered by Carlton, Richmond, Collingwood and Clifton Hill. With average property prices sitting at $620,000, Fitzroy plays host to a diverse range of residential architecture, from fine Victorian houses to public high rises. The entire area is a heritage precinct, making it popular among residents who value quality architecture.
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"Popular area for quality village living"

A popular suburb due to its areas of unique character and quality of village life, Yarraville sits 6 km outside of Melbourne’s CBD amongst suburbs such as Brooklyn, Spotswood, Altona North, Seddon, Kingsville, West Footscray and West Melbourne. The area is best suited to families as it boasts four primary schools and a number of sporting clubs including a tennis, soccer, lacrosse, hockey, bicycle, Aussie Rules, cricket and baseball club. Yarraville plays host to a number of churches of differing faiths, an aquatic centre, a shopping centre, a film society, community centre, weekend market and a number of award winning cafes and restaurants. The annual Yarraville Festival is also held in the town and attracts more than 10,000 people to enjoy its masquerade ball, carnival, street performances, art exhibitions, poetry readings and market stalls. Yarraville has a suburban railway station which links the town with Melbourne’s CBD as well as several bus routes which service the area.
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"A great location for families"

A popular suburb north west of Melbourne, Ascot Vale is home to some 12,000 people. It is a great location for families and plays host to 3 primary schools. A train station and several tram routes provide fantastic public transport links to various locations including neighbouring towns such as Aberfeldie, Flemington, Kensington, Travancore, Brunswick West and Maribyrnong. Ascot Vale is bordered by the Maribyrnong River and Moonee Ponds Creek and also boasts a golf course. The average property in the area is valued at $686,000.
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"A beautiful, peaceful place to visit"

Red Hill is a small, rural town with just over 1000 residents. Based in the hinterland of the Mornington Peninsula, it is ideally suited to families and retirees who enjoy the quiet life. Nestled between Safety Beach, Mount Martha, Main Ridge, Shoreham, Flinders and Point Leo, Red Hill is also just an hour’s drive south of Melbourne. It is a beautiful place to visit on holiday but living here would only suit those seeking something quite remote. The town has an Australian Rules football team for those seeking a sporting outlet.
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"Stunning neighbourhood if you can afford it"

Perhaps Melbourne’s most affluent neighbourhood, Kew is a stunning example of upper and upper middle class living. Adorned by beautiful gardens and tree-lined streets, Kew is an ideal location for professionals, families and the aged, with property ranging from Victorian and Art Deco mansions to townhouses, duplexes and large retirement-living complexes. There are brilliant schooling facilities in the area as well as excellent train, tram and bus links into the CBD and surrounding towns. Property prices in Kew are more than double the average in Melbourne at $975,000. Kew was the home of former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam.
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"Affluent neighbourhood suited to professionals and families"

Richmond is a popular area among families and professionals seeking inner city living and access to social and sporting activities. Nestled between Collingwood, Abbotsford, Hawthorn, Cremorne and South Yarra, this affluent area offers residents access to the Yarra River, many shopping centres and factory outlets, entertainment venues, pubs and popular Vietnamese restaurants and takeaways. It also has three main commercial strips and is well known for its textile industry. Richmond’s housing market is made up of an eclectic mix of swanky converted warehouse apartments, public housing high rises and Victorian terrace houses. There are three high schools and various primary schools in the local area and an established public transport system provides a choice of five train station and seven tram routes, making it an ideal base for anyone needing fast access into the CBD.
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"Rural town suited to Ned Kelly enthusiasts"

Perhaps most famous as being the location of Ned Kelly’s last stand, Glenrowan is a relatively small town based north east of Melbourne. With less than 1000 residents, Glenrowan is more popular as a tourist spot or resting spot for those travelling along the Hume freeway than it is as a place to live. Ideally this town is suited to retirees or perhaps families who enjoy rural living. If you’re ever travelling through, you can enjoy visiting the famous Ned Kelly siege sites.
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"Well populated city with a great vibe"

A cathedral city with a population of 16,000, Wangaratta is located at the junction of the Ovens and King rivers and near to Falls Creek and Mount Hotham snowfields. An urban area which has been home to famous residents including Nick Cave, author Isobelle Carmody and Aussie Rules footballers Steve Johnson, Ben Reid and Alipate Carlile, Wangaratta is an ideal location for professionals and families. Home to a number of local radio stations as well as three secondary schools, two colleges, two TAFE campuses and three high school campuses, Wangaratta is also a popular sporting town and plays host to various football clubs, cricket clubs, golf courses, a horse racing club and a greyhound racing club. This northern Victorian town hosts the annual Wangaratta Festival of Jazz which attracts thousands of people every year. Train services run to Sydney and Melbourne from this area and there is a small regional airport as well as several bus services.
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"Something for everyone"

Bendigo is the type of city that really does have something for everyone. Suited to families, professionals and retirees, the area plays host to art galleries, a performing arts centre, cathedrals, a tramway museum, sporting grounds, an ice rink, both horse and dog racing clubs, public parks, a gold mine, an airport and a science and technology centre. An historical town best known for its gold mining history, Bendigo is a major provincial hub and minor financial centre, as well as being the home of the Bendigo Bank and the Bendigo Stock Exchange. The area also boasts a TAFE, secondary college, catholic college, private school and university. But while Bendigo is a rapidly growing area, its neighbours – including Elmore, Rochester, Inglewood and Bridgewater – are in steep decline. Train services run from Bendigo to Melbourne, Ballarat and Geelong.
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"Perfect for young professionals"

One of the most populated suburbs in Australia, Glen Waverley has almost 40,000 residents. Its proximity to Melbourne’s CBD, lively social scene and business hub make this a hugely desirable location, especially among young professionals. Glen Waverley plays host to many restaurants, cafes, cinemas, night markets, hotels, shopping malls and department stores. It is also home to the head offices of BMW, Nestle, Toshiba, Ansell, NEC and Adidas as well as the Holmesglen Institute of TAFE, a number of primary, specialist and secondary schools and various sporting clubs. It has great public transport links and a vibrant Chinese dining and entertainment area in the main street. Property prices average at about $600,000 and neighbouring towns include Notting Hill, Mount Waverley, Burwood East, Vermont South and Wheelers Hill.
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"Typical small, rural town"

A small town based near to the Maroondah Highway and Goulburn River, Acheron sits over 100 kilometres from Melbourne city centre. Remembered as one of the towns affected by the 1939 Black Friday bushfires, Acheron was developed following the discovery of gold in 1870. Like many rural towns, it is home to a small number of local businesses including a caravan park, an art gallery and a bedroom furniture design store. Neighbouring areas include Taggerty, Thornton, Alexandra and Whanregarwen.
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"Popular among professionals working in the CBD"

The ideal location for professionals working in Melbourne’s CBD, Abbotsford is a well-populated town just outside of Melbourne and surrounded by areas such as Richmond, Collingwood, Hawthorn, Kew, Fitzroy and Clifton Hill. While much of the town’s old industrial area has been regenerated as residential homes, there are still an abundance of old Victorian terraces in this area which are in need of repair. Property prices have skyrocketed recently but the area still has a long way to go. It has a high crime rate and its 4,000 residents include a large Vietnamese community as well as Greek, Italian, Chinese, Arab and African communities. This working class town plays host to Carlton United Breweries as well as many heritage protected homes and some stunning public buildings. Locals can enjoy a number of public parks, a golf course, sports ground, library, church, schools and the Yarra River. There are two train stations in Abbotsford and trams also run through the town, making it very easily accessible.
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"Famous for John Williamson and tractors!"

Located along the Avoca River in Northern Victoria, Quambatook is an old, small town with a population of 250 – 300 residents, one of whom included musician John Williamson, who was born here. Most famous for its annual tractor pulling competition, Quambatook has a small town centre with a golf course and a train station which links the area with neighbouring towns such as Cannie and Oakvale as well as Lalbert, Gredgwin, Meatian, Barraport, Ultima and Boort. Based roughly 300km from Melbourne and 160km north west of Bendigo, this rural town lies in the heart of Victoria’s wheat belt and is recognised also for its sheep farming.
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"Quiet and laid back living"

A tiny town set against the rural backdrop of central Victoria, Quantong – not to be confused with Quandong, which is based near Wyndham Vale closer to Melbourne – is ideally suited to retirees or families. Connected by the Wimmera highway to Horsham West, Natimuk and Tooan East, Quantong provides a quiet, laid back lifestyle to its residents. Nearby you’ll find state and national parks but the town itself plays host to a netball and football club and a cemetery and will soon be the home of a multi-function community centre, which will replace the existing community hall.
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"A stunning and very relaxing location"

This small rural town is set amongst beautiful bushland on the Mornington Peninsula and offers residents and visitors sweeping views across the ocean. A stunning and very relaxing location in southern Victoria, Fingal is an ideal place to get back to nature. Located between Rye, St Andrews Beach, Bass Strait, Boneo and Cape Schanck, Fingal is home to some 450 residents but attracts thousands of tourists every year. There are a number of hotels in the area and its surrounds as well as golf courses, wineries, beaches and national parks. There are plenty of sporting activities available such as horse riding, fishing, boating and golf, and it’s just a 90 minute drive to Melbourne.
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