Lately, Melbourne is Aussies' favourite city to start a family in. More and more people define Victoria's capital as the perfect place for family life, and small business start-ups. It is true the city has its prerogatives, it has incredible infrastructure, convenient transport, fancy trams, lovely cultural and artistic setting, etc. But if you have come to the decision to move to Melbourne, which of its picturesque suburbs should you choose? Here are the top five most attractive and preferred neighbourhoods, determined in consideration with house prices, average number of bedrooms, and proximity to facilities:
The North-Western suburb has a population of just above sixteen thousand people, and a median house price at just below $500,000. Its beautiful houses, surrounded by tall and leafy trees, have an average of 3.7 bedrooms. The suburb has a convenient train station, which serves as a great link to the city, and the two huge shopping centres are more than enough to serve the needs of its residents. The unique community feeling Taylors Lakes possesses is a perfect setting for young families.
Moving to North-East, there is the lovely suburb, called after the Yarra River tributary, which flows through the region. Its houses are generally bigger and offer an average of 3.5 bedrooms. Diamond Creek has a more rural-like image, and is wonderful for families looking for more secluded dwellings. The neighbourhood has an easy access to the town centre, which makes it perfect for working professionals as well. If you are looking for community spirit, you will be quite satisfied with the annual Diamond Creek Town Fair, organised by the local Rotary Club.
This suburb offers nice big houses with spacious land areas, and at low prices (the median price goes at $335,000). But before you pack your bags, consider if you will manage the distance from the city of Melbourne. Cockatoo is located at 48 kilometres South-East of the Victoria's capital. If you are willing to prolong your commute time, you will be set up for a treat in this peaceful and pretty suburb. Additional bonus point is the proximity to the reserve of Wright Forest, which will allow you to reconnect with mother Nature.
If you prefer a location closer to the town centre, you should consider moving to Ringwood North. However, the price of houses in this area might be a bit spicier, with an average of $600,000. It's worth it though, since the neighbourhood is full of spacious pretty houses. What's more, the streets are lined with trees, and you'll have a number of parks and reserves in the area at your disposal. If you choose Ringwood North, you will benefit from its many amenities, schools, small businesses, and shopping centres.
Safe, clean, quite and peaceful. This is how Greenvale residents describe their neighbourhood. The area offers lovely spacious houses with an average of 4 bedrooms. The price tag is decent too, median cost is $540,000. The suburb is in a great location as well, 20 kilometres North of Melbourne's city business district, and in a close proximity to the airport. Not many places to eat out, or amenities in the area, but if you are looking for some peace and quite for your family, this is the right place to go.