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Caulfield North

"A family paradise close to the city"

Caulfield North is a reasonable area not too far from the city with good public transport access.
Close by there are all the main shops you could need and if its not at the local then its not far to St Kilda Chadstone or the city.
If you like getting down to the beach then St Kilda isn’t too far.
The area has a good blend of people from young singles through to younger families. With Caulfield Park close by it’s a great spot for those that like to take their kids to run and run and run, and for runners and walkers it makes a reasonable spot to walk.
If you’re looking for nightlife, there are a few places close by.

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Balaclava

"Close to the beach and the city - not much better"

Close to the city and the beach with a great vibe, there is a lot to like about this area.
I have driven though here a few times on my trips to Melbourne and it always looks inviting. But as with a lot of areas it depends on the part you are in.
There are some parts that are quiet and family friendly with a number of younger families in the area. Then there are less attractive apartment focussed areas best suited to those that want the area for its proximity to nightlife, the beach and city.
With public transport servicing the area well it’s a good spot for everyone, but it’s a matter of choosing the right street.

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Balaclava

"Between the beach and the city, a great spot to be"

St Kilda east is ideally located between Chapel Street and St Kilda offering you more than enough places to eat drink and be merry.
There are some nice parks around the area and the streets have reasonable tree lining making it a nice place to be.
It is well serviced by public transport making it easy to get to the city. It is also not far from the beach which is worth a visit.
There are some nice houses in the area and a good mix of people. It would work well for younger people that want to get out and about but also for families.

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Prahran

"Close to everything, this is a real gem"

Shops close by, a good number of restaurants and cafés and nice and close to the city makes Prahran one of the premier inner city locations in Melbourne.
It is a friendly area and a great spot for young professionals, couple and families alike. For the young families it is a safe and quiet area and for the young couples and singles there are plenty of places to gte out and about. It’s a matter of choosing the right street in the area to suit your needs.
Easy access to the city and chapel street make for a great spot to get out and have a night out or a lovely meal.
The area is also well serviced by public transport.

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Cremorne

"Wonderful inner city locaiton close to the Botanic Gardens"

Close to the city there is a lot to like about Cremorne. It is a very short walk into the city for those that need to commute, only 2kms which is an easy walk for just about everyone.
However, if you don’t fancy the walk the area is well service by public transport including the train and tram. With the train line running right through the middle you will get a bit of train noise, however, you can adjust pretty quickly.
There is a real blend of buildings in Cremorne including older houses and modern townhouses.
Being bordered by main roads it is in the midst of a busy area but within the roads it is a great spot… once you get the hang of the one way streets.

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Collingwood

"Great inner city area with everything you need"

Collingwood is close to everything and has a wealth of its own highlights.
There are plenty of great little shops so you can get what you need. Although the city isn’t far, Lygon Street isn’t far and Brunswick street is right there making it ideally located.
If you want to get out for a meal or night out, you are in the heart of it here with many places in Collingwood and more within a short walk.
It's not a long walk to the city but there is also good public transport services making it even easier.
If you want greenery, Fitzroy gardens is close by making this one of the best inner city locations you could find.
Best for singles, couples and young professionals that want inner city living.

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Fitzroy

"busy inner city location good for singles and couples"

This is a busy inner city area but it is fabulously located. Adjacent Carlton you can get a great meal along Lygon Street or have a good night out. Its also go plenty of its own cafes and restaurants. It’s within walking distance of the city and the Victoria Markets and it’s not far from Melbourne University. Add to this the factory outlet stores and you are in a prime location.
There is also a public swimming pool in the area which is a plus.
It is very well serviced by public transport making it exceptionally easy to get around.
It is a great spot for young couples and singles that love the inner city lifestyle.

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Newport

"perfect for everyone not far from the city"

Close to the city and with easy access to the beach this is a reasonably nicely located area.
There is a large park in the area which makes for a good spot for the kids, take them there and let them run.
Public transport, including the train services the area well so it’s easy to get around without a car.
There is a good sized shopping centre (Altona Gate) close by which lets you get everything you need. There are also plenty of cafes and restaurants in the surrounding areas making for a good spot for a range of people from young professionals to retirees.

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Yarraville

"A vibrant area with a great feel."

The city isn’t too far and the beach is close making this a wonderful location. It is quiet and attractive.
Everything you need is close by including a good range of places to eat out.
It is a great place to raise a family as the streets are quiet and safe even though it’s close to West Gate Bridge.
Its good family living close to the city and with Yarraville Village there is little need to make use of the proximity to the city.
There are a few good parks and schools around the place making it ideal for young families.

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Toorak

"Close to the city with tree line streets...wow"

If you’re looking in Toorak you have a bit of money behind you. One of the most expensive areas to buy.
Plenty of shops close by, some lovely tree lined streets and it’s close to the city. It is expensive for good reason.
Its not too far from the Botanic Gardens if you fancy a walk, and the children’s garden is great for the kids.
However, as there are some major through roads the traffic can get a little busy through some parts of Toorak.
There is easy access to the city by public transport, shops and restaurants close by. This is a great location, no wonder it is so highly sought after.

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Ferntree Gully

"Schools, shops, parks, gardens, and close to a national park"

A beautiful name for a lovely suburb. It is far enough out of the city in the foothills of the Dandenongs to give a country feel but its close enough to the city to commute if needed. With plenty of well trees, walking trails and a national park there is a lot to like about Ferntree Gully. It is a good place to bring up a family and would suit those with an active lifestyle but not those that want to get out and have that inner city living. It is not far from a major shopping centre and there's easy access to public transport to get into the city.
There are also a number of reasonable places to get a meal close by.
There are plenty of schools in the area as well as kindergartesn and child care making it a reasonable suburb for family living.

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Wandin North

"A good way out of Melbourne, in a lovely green area"

Out in the foothills of the Dandenongs, this quiet area is ideal for those that love the lifestyle and feel of more country areas while still being part or close to a big city.
There are a lot of shops and eateries close by and a few good places to eat so you don’t need to roam far to get what you need. It is close to major shopping centres so whatever you need you should be able to get locally.
It is not one for young professionals unless you want a bit of a commute into the city. You can easily commute to the city but it is a reasonable drive. So it would suit those that are prepared to drive and want to live out of the hustle and bustle of inner city living. Young families and those that don’t work in the city.

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Monbulk

"safe area out of the hustle and bustle"

Very quiet and friendly. Well out of the city with safe streets it’s a great place for young families. Let the kids run the streets and be kids without the fear they’ll be struck as the roads aren’t busy.
Beautiful country, although it can get very cold, there is everything you could need close by. Sports grounds, supermarkets and a significant shopping centre makes for a nice place to be. My brother needed to buy a suit while here for a wedding and so it was good he didn’t have to go far.
With plenty of well established trees and an abundance of wildlife it is the best of both worlds, close to central Melbourne but a quiet tranquil and safe place to raise a family. There is also plenty of produce around the area - so if you want it you'll be able to get it fresh.
Good schools and parks = great family location

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Silvan

"A perfect spot for a bit of country living in the city"

Up in the foothills of the Dandenong range Wandin east is well out of the city but still within a reasonable commute if you work in Melbourne. Its not an outrageous drive but it could get frustrating for some.
This is a beautiful area and a great place to raise a family. There are some good shops around close by and plenty of nice little places to eat without having to go too far.
Quiet and peaceful, it would suit families and retirees but not those that want to party in the city all the time.
With plenty of greenery and a good chance you’ll see the local wildlife, this is a great place to relax.

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Bakery Hill

"a wonderful country town of a decent size"

Only an hour out of Melbourne and with a great range of shops, there is a lot to like about Ballarat. You can get just about everything you need in town and it has a great vibe to it. Its country living with everything you could need in town or close by.
There is plenty for retirees with all the necessary services right up to meals on wheels on offer.
There is a good blend of houses at reasonable prices here and if you don’t mind a bit more of a commute you could live in the country and work in Melbourne. The block sizes are reasonable and a rarity in the larger cities so this would make a great place for raising a family.
There are a number of childcare centres, day care and afterschool care, schools and playgroups to make it a great place for families.

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Stawell

"A reasonably major centre close to the Grampians"

Stawell is a nice country town. Famous for the Stawell gift which brings a lot of people into town it is a great place to stop. It has a wonderful friendly feel to it making it appealing to consider a change.
As it is a reasonably major centre there are a number of good shops to get what you need and a few good places to eat out as well as a Subway.
Its close to the Grampians if you fancy a walk or hike.
Some of the older building are simply stunning and a real highlight is the miniature tourist park. A great one for the visitors and making yourself feel like a giant travelling the world.
There is a good blend of houses around Stawell so you could easily find what you’re looking for.
Stawell has a number of good schools which service the lcoals areas so its a good area for kids.

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Horsham

"A nice life in a major coutnry centre"

There is plenty to do in Horsham and as it is a reasonably larger country centre it has everything. There are plenty of shops to get all the essentials and a good dose of local produce. A lot of people will come from teh surrounding towns to get what they need in Horsham.
To keep kids of all ages happy there is mini golf, ten pin bowling and an indoor adventure playground which is obviously good for something to do on those rainy days. Although there are also plenty of parks for the rest of the year.
There is a great golf course for the golfers making it one of the most appealing country centres you can find.
It has a great family vibe and there are some good schools in the area so you shouldn't have to drive for ages to drop them off, they can ride or walk.
There are some great houses on good sized blocks around town that make Horsham a great place to raise a family.

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Dimboola

"emus, alpacas and and a few olives"

On the train line from Adelaide to Melbourne, and access by coaches running between the two cities it is easy to get here and cheap.
There are a good range of shops to get what you need around town, including banks, however those out of the ordinary items you’ll probably need to head to a larger centre.
I like Dimboola, it has a nice feel to it and is a reasonably attractive town with friendly people.
There are schools in town which is great for families saving the trip over to Horsham but you may need to go there regularly anyway.
There is a good chance you’ll catch site of an emu or kangaroo in Dimboola which can be a real plus for many, especially those with young children.

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Nhill

"a nice little town in the Wimmera"

On the Road from Adelaide to Melbourne, I have stopped off here a few times. It is a quiet little town with a good smattering of shops and some good places to grab something to eat quickly.
The houses are reasonably attractive and it is an attractive country town. It had a much nicer feel than many other country towns I have visited.
It would make a great place to raise a family if you want to live in the country.
Like many towns, if you need anything out of the ordinary then it is likely you’ll need to take a trip to a larger centre.
There are some good schools in the area so you won't have to travel for ages to drop the kids off every morning, let them walk or ride
Don't expect a thumping lifestyle though, the nightlife is not big.

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Dunkeld

"South of the Grampians in lovely country"

I stayed here while travelling around in the Grampians and it was wonderfully peaceful and tranquil. It provided a great launch pad for driving through the Grampians and visiting the sights. It is only a small town and so there isn’t a lot around. We visited Halls Gap to buy what we needed while we were there as it didn’t seem to be available in Dunkeld. but even then you are only going to be able to get limited supplies. It is likely you'll have to go on the Stawell or Ararat for any real shopping.
It was beautiful country and would make a good spot for a tree change if you are a fan of the Grampians. Being out of the standard tourist destination and a bit out of the way it would be quieter than Halls Gap.But there are no schools without travelling to Stawell or Ararat and no restaurants to speak of. Its an area where singles and couples looking for party time are going to have a hard time.

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Shopping is fine for supplies, Anything more and Hamilton is only 30kms away... Coles, Woolworths, Aldi.
Schools Dunkeld Consolidated School (prep - grade 6) http://www.dunkeld.vic.edu.au/
Restaurants Royal Mail Hotel (http://www.royalmail.com.au/)

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