6.9 out of 10

West Footscray

Ranked 312nd best suburb in Melbourne (Greater)
-37.7990520623831 144.870654199246
Great for
  • Parking
  • Public Transport
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Internet Access
  • Neighbourly Spirit
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Trendy & Stylish

Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Sep 06, 2016

"Getting there, a few more years"

Family oriented spot with easy access to the city and solid public transport links. The suburb continues to modernise and provide a wider range of options to residents, however at the moment there's an over saturation of Indian restaurants/shops and Barkly Village needs a bit of a facelift. We just need a bit more diversity, which is slowly coming and businesses are being rewarded. Still a few undesirable characters around, but they're in most suburbs thes days. Hopefully with the influx of families the council comes to the party and freshens and cleans up where needed. Overall though it has character and charm without the huge price tag. Would love a pub!
Pros
  • Up and coming
  • Cafes and parks
  • multi-cultural flavour
  • less than a 15 minute train ride to the CBD
  • many young families with children
Cons
  • The land council clean ups forgot
  • Some undesirable characters around
  • No pub!
  • divided by railway line into two distinct sectors, north and south
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Mar 16, 2016

"Great Suburb"

Bought a townhouse and moved in to West Footscray 2 months ago and we couldn't be happier. Its close to the city and takes us less than 20 minutes door to door on the train to get to work. Hansen Reserve is close by and having two dogs is just perfect for us as its a great exercise ground for the dogs and us. Our street is tree lined and although its close to Old Geelong Road, we can hardly hear and see the traffic during the morning and afternoon peak hour. We love going out and doing the cafe circuit on the weekends and WeFo has great local cafe - Brother Nancy. Butcher 128 is just across the road from us and Footscray has great cafes/restaurants which recently opened up. It takes us less than 5 minutes by car to get to Yarraville, Seddon and Barkly Street village so we are spoilt for choice when it comes to cafes, restaurants and eclectic shops.
Pros
  • An inner city suburb with great cafes, coffee and restaurants
  • Tree lined streets
  • Nice Victorian / Edwardian renovated homes
  • less than a 15 minute train ride to the CBD
  • many young families with children
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
Mitch van Psych
Mitch van Psych Hi David, thanks for your great review of this great area. My partner and I just moved to WeFo (South side of the tracks) and we're loving the friendly tree lined neighbourhood. I would have had no idea Butcher 128 existed if it wasn't for your review, we'll definitely be checking it out this weekend! Cheers - Mitch
Aug 17, 2016
Edwyne St Joseph
Edwyne St Joseph No worries Mitch. Have you guys tried Dumbo?
Sep 28, 2016
Amy Topalovic
Amy Topalovic Hey guys, looking for some advice on location. Looking at renting a place on Waratah street north of the creek near Beaumont pde.
Is it okay here? Clean and safe?
Moving from the other side of the city so not familiar with the area and hear mixed opinions!
Wanting a good pocket!! Thanks so much
Mar 19, 2017
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"West Footscray- Sssshh!- gentrification is 'a comin' folks!"

I have lived in West Footscray for nearly two years and already, capital growth is exceptional and the area is moving onwards and upwards in all manner of ways.

For a whole host of reasons, this is an area that young families should be settling in! Whilst a 'rogue element' of the former seedy underbelly still lingers, in time this will be driven out by a new breed of settlers with taste and style. Remnants of an industrial past linger but this gem of a suburb should not be overlooked; it will soon rise to rival its neighbours Seddon and Yarraville whilst retaining a genuine multicultural cred.
Pros
  • good transport access to city
  • many parks and green spaces
  • exceptional capital growth
  • Barkly Village restaurants and food stores
  • multi-cultural flavour
  • less than a 15 minute train ride to the CBD
  • many young families with children
  • great Indian supermarkets and food
Cons
  • graffiti tagging
  • proliferation of cheap town houses and high council rates
  • traffic/trucking
  • social problems
  • many contaminated, old quarry sites in the area
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Trendy & Stylish
2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"A regret to have moved here"

My partner and I moved in little over 5 months ago. We were hoping to live in peace abducted quiet since our last place was on a busy and polluted main road. We certainly did not get peace and quiet. Every morning without fail at 7-8am our neighbours seem to be out front having 'sticky beak' conversations at full volume. We are both people woodwork at night so it makes it hard for us to sleep. A few months ago I got home from work and someone had dumped hard waste RIGHT in front of our bedroom window. Without knocking and asking to see if it was okay. We have been quiet and polite neighbors and it seems that because we don't partake in their little group discussions about everyone on the street we are being treated as lesser neighbors. I doubt we will continue living here for long
. I'm drained. Not that long ago we saw a neighbours pulling bags out of our rubbish bin and showing the other neighbor best door (who complains if you park anywhere near 'his' nature strip) and complaining that our bin hadn't been washed in a while. Really? Get a life. We are busy people. Working two jobs each just to make rent and live a decent life. I wouldn't recommend this suburb for someone who is private. People want to know you and your business. The whole street seems to be obsessed with rubbish day too. Complaining profusely if the rubbish man comes late. It makes me feel sad to live in a community where they only want to see what's happening ob their street and hold little to no value in the happiness and privacy of others. The shopping is adequate and for public transport it is shocking. Trains are frequently being cancelled for days on end on the Sunbury line. But I probably wouldn't mind if my neighbours weren't crazy.
Pros
  • Sticky nosed neighbours
  • Obsession with rubbish
  • Barkly Village restaurants and food stores
  • great Indian supermarkets and food
Cons
  • rude gen-Xers (and I'm also a gen-Xer)
  • social problems
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
melondon
melondon Hi Camelfonze, may I ask what street you moved to? (So we can avoid!)
2yrs+
bennopia
bennopia I'm from the southern side of the rail line and it's not like that here. Quiet, leafy streets and neighbours who respect your privacy. I've joked about living "on the right side of the tracks" as we have Hanson Reserve, the swimming pool, and the tennis courts.
If my neighbours tried that on me (the hard rubbish dumping) I'd complain to council and the police. I'm sorry that yours are so terrible!
2yrs+
Mitch van Psych
Mitch van Psych Sounds like you had a bad experience with your neighbours and have blamed the whole area. So happy I didn't listen to your review before we bought here, we absolutely love it here!
Aug 17, 2016
Amy Topalovic
Amy Topalovic Hey guys, looking for some advice on location. Looking at renting a place on Waratah street north of the creek near Beaumont pde.
Is it okay here? Clean and safe?
Wanting a good pocket!! Thanks so much
Mar 19, 2017
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Lived here since 1950 and it's getting better!"

Walk to everything
Great people
Convinient location, 20 min to CBD
Good value homes
Maribyrnong river not to far
Pros
  • Good pubs
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"A great community feel..."

The best part about west footscray is that people talk to each other,you feel like the 70's/80's are still here.
Very attractive homes of all types. It's a great location, major shopping centre Highpoint is 5 minutes away CBD is 15 minutes drive. Great neighborhood feel, west Footscray primary is a great school also and plenty of good daycare around. Plenty of good cafes now and heaps of restaurants around of all varietys. Train station is about to get a massive upgrade which will add great value.
Pros
  • Major shopping centre only minutes away.
  • Great transport
  • Barkly Village restaurants and food stores
  • multi-cultural flavour
  • less than a 15 minute train ride to the CBD
  • many young families with children
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Can't wait to move away"

These were some of the comments we received when we said a quick, friendly and non-intrusive hi to neighbours not long after moving in: 'If you are looking to make friends in the area, people are very busy here'; 'Do you think you made the right decision moving here?'; and 'I have more in common with my friends that have kids [confusing, because she invited us in for a coffee]. Thanks so much - it all coincided with a breast cancer scare, and my husband's first wife died of leukemia so it was an even more stressful time with all the "neighbourly" comments. I can't wait to move out of this suburb.
Pros
  • Barkly Village restaurants and food stores
  • multi-cultural flavour
  • great Indian supermarkets and food
Cons
  • many contaminated, old quarry sites in the area
  • social problems
  • rude gen-Xers (and I'm also a gen-Xer)
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"A great place for families"

We have lived in West Footscray for about four years and have seen so many positive changes take place. There are many young families and the neighbours are friendly and we have found it a great place to live with with our young family. Barkly Village continues to improve and we are very pleased with our choice of suburb.
Pros
  • Barkly Village restaurants and food stores
  • multi-cultural flavour
  • less than a 15 minute train ride to the CBD
  • many young families with children
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Who wants nightlife and the riff raff it brings with it"

No issues about West Footscray not having a night life. Who wants drunks making noise and peeing on your front fence at 3am. The culture is great and the food is fantastic. This is the up and coming suburb of Melbourne because of its proximity to the CBD
Pros
  • less than a 15 minute train ride to the CBD
  • Barkly Village restaurants and food stores
  • multi-cultural flavour
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Ssshhhh...its a secret."

West Footscray is a great suburb to live in and I rate it as 'highly livable'.
Pros
  • multi-cultural flavour
  • many young families with children
  • Barkly Village restaurants and food stores
Cons
  • divided by railway line into two distinct sectors, north and south
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students

Best Streets in West Footscray

1

Fontein Street

3.5/5
"Small village yet to be discovered, good value for money"
-37.8009750369 144.8668779562
2

Barkly Street

3.5/5
"Allegro Apartments - Fantastic!!"
-37.7964197 144.8685303

Unranked Streets in West Footscray

Gwelo Street

3.5/5
"Gwelo Gusto!"
-37.8012584897 144.861741654
"Great place for couples that want inner city lifestyle"
-37.8118965093 144.8667003713
"Nice quiet wide street"
-37.79157 144.87056
"Quiet street, a good mix of new and old homes"
-37.793947 144.87937
"Robbs Road - the family Street"
-37.80464 144.87675
"Quiet, friendly and upcoming."
-37.8065689618 144.8680527488