8.0 out of 10

Albion

Ranked 237th best suburb in Melbourne (Greater)
-37.7763877834141 144.81105573438
Great for
  • Internet Access
  • Cost of Living
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Public Transport
  • Neighbourly Spirit
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Eating Out
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Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Singles
  • Retirees
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Reviews

3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"A little pocket that itself is a Renovator's Dream"

Surprisingly to some, Albion is one square mile of post-WWI period-era suburbia in the middle of the western suburbs. Basically part of Sunshine, Albion is comprised mainly of Federation-style weatherboard houses and California bungalows, as well as a mix of houses from the 1950s, also mainly of weatherboard. It is close to the supermarkets & shops in Sunshine town centre and Albion train station is the last station in Zone 1 on the Sunbury line.

It is very suitable for young families and has two primary schools and a kindergarten. Albion's local sports ground, Selwyn Park, is used for soccer in the winter and cricket in the summer. Defining the western border of Albion is Kororoit Creek which is very peaceful and is in a fairly natural state, lined with eucalypts.

There is not much anywhere around here in terms of nightlife, though a new dance school, Montanasa Studios, opened up next to the train station in October 2013. On Perth Avenue there is a music shop which gives music lessons and also there is the excellent Polish delicatessen Mitko Deli where you can get a very decent coffee on a Saturday morning.

Some streets can be busy with cars cutting through, though in mid-2013 the local Council installed speed humps and other devices to slow and restrict traffic. Hopefully this trend will continue.

Albion needs some TLC but I think it will eventually come to be seen as gem, an attractive little pocket in the western suburbs. I expect this will probably start to happen once the disturbances and works for the Regional Rail Link are complete in 2016-17.
Pros
  • Nice period homes
  • Everywhere is walking distance to the local Zone 1 train station
  • Undervalued house prices
Cons
  • Very quiet in terms of cafés or nightlife.
  • Too many houses rented, with lawns often unmowed
  • Quite a lot of cars cutting through
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Undiscovered pocket of the West"

Quiet with homes on comfortable blocks of land. Every house if different, so lots of variety on each street. Suburb is well established with a mix of victorian weatherboards, californian bungalows and more modern timber and brick homes. Roads are safe, some with speed bumps. Zone 1 Train station and frequent buses. 2 significant schools on Adelaide Street, plus a kinder. Large park with a creek, plenty of space to throw a ball and walk the dog. We've lived here for over a year and are very happy!
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • 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 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Great place to be"

Nice and quiet, two train station in walking distance. Three Bus going from City to Sunshine (10/15 mins Walk from Albion) . Bus 903 going to Most major shopping center in Melbourne. Parks around Albion is too small.
3/5
2yrs+

"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.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids