8.4 out of 10

Altona Meadows

Ranked 181st best suburb in Melbourne (Greater)
-37.8827917755318 144.783251413019
Great for
  • Parking
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Public Transport
  • Schools
Not great for
  • Nightlife
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Singles
  • Beach Lovers

Reviews

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

"Western gem ready for a new lease of life"

We're first home buyers (in our 30s) and bought in Altona Meadows recently. We both work in the city and are very happy with our decision. It's our first house and we could afford a free standing house here with a big garden which is saying something these days. Laverton train station is just a walk up the road, which feels safe and busy and gets us to the city in 30 minutes. There are two platforms heading to the city the express and the regular train but you're guaranteed a seat on that one. There is access to the freeway nearby too. Driving to the cirty takes 20 minutes on a good run, 40 minutes rush hour. We deliberately moved to Altona Meadows instead of Point Cook to avoid the horrendous traffic situation there, and it has paid off. Point cook is only 5 km up the road but would have added an extra 30 minutes to our commute.

5 minutes drive down the road we have the swimable beach (can't wait for summer!) and heaps of coastal parkland and well maintained bike trails.
There average shops and family restaurants (fish & chips, bakeries, pizza, etc). But we get the train to Yarraville or Newport for a night out. It's a 1 hour drive to the surf coast which means a weekend morning surf is easy.

I agree with someone elses comment here that with a bit of targeted investment from the council (more streetlights, spruce-up some of the inland trails and parklands, modernise central square shopping centre) could make a big improvement.

I see hoons mentioned here but we haven't experienced this at all. Maybe because we're not on a main road.
Pros
  • House and land size
  • Proximity to city
  • Proximity to water
  • Peace and Quite
Cons
  • Poorly developed and guided by council
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
2yrs+

"We like it!"

We moved here 18 months ago, the benefits to us were reasonable prices near to the beach and lots of other options for shopping, eating out etc. since we moved in we've loved how quiet our Court is and our peaceful, private, green backyard.

The Medical Centre is fantastic, 7 days per week and open til late. Has been very handy for us.
Pros
  • House and land size
  • Proximity to city
  • Proximity to water
  • Peace and Quite
  • Medical Facilities
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Great value for money!"

It is not perfect and famous like most of eastern leafy suburbs, but it is one of the best value for money suburb ! You hardly find another place collect so many good things at such price. you don't need spend $800k to get a postcode at Altona but you can enjoy everything at Altona only need to drive 5 mins, for me that is really not bad ! That is Great !
Pros
  • House and land size
  • Proximity to city
  • Proximity to water
  • Peace and Quite
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Beach Lovers
Byrnecore
Byrnecore I think you've hit the nail on the head. In addition, there are still plenty of opportunities to build as there are still many vacant lots around. Right now is a great time to buy (Sept 2012)
2yrs+
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • 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+

"A great place to raise a family"

My wife and I moved to Altona Meadows in May 2011 and haven't looked back ever since. Initially we thought about moving to Point Cook/Sanctuary Lakes but when we realised how small the blocks were and what they were selling for, we immediately changed our interest to Altona Meadows. In less than 2 months we found our dream home, newly renovated an sitting on almost 800 square metres in a quite court and selling for almost half the price of homes in surrounding suburbs. Altona Meadows has the peace and quite you would typically find only in a small country town and still less than 20km to the city. The public transport, medical and sporting facilties are second to none. A few people have mentioned traffic issues but we have found traffic to be quite good even during peak hour. A great place to live and raise a family and we don't see ourselves moving for a very very long time if ever at all.
Pros
  • Peace and Quite
  • Medical Facilities
  • House and land size
  • Proximity to city
  • Proximity to water
  • Sporting facilties
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • 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 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"First resident in the whole of Altona Meadows."

I believe it or not AM the first resident in Altona Meadows.

I have lived in the same house since 1978 and still staying.

It is a great place and 2 kilometres from Altona Beach.

I have everything I need at my door step so to speak.

If you want a clean, family, social suburb, then look no further than Altona Meadows.
It takes me 19 minutes to get to the GPO in Bourke Street on a normal day. Its fabulous!!!!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"A developing suburb - needing council support"

Altona Meadows seems to have come a long way over the past 10-15 years. It's quiet and clean. People are very working class, with a few issues such as hoons and people leaving shopping trolleys on streets. Council is letting this suburb with huge potential down. The shopping centre is tacky compared with the newer development in point cook, with dirty bathrooms and dated below average stores. Council is also doing nothing to keep residents new skeleton creek from doing what they like in the park way, building retaining walls, compost bins, fenced off areas, and non native planting in public land. Few playgrounds for children, many without shade. If council ever get their act together they could do something quite spectacular with the seaside suburb and parkland near the creek and bay considering what the suburb will someday become. Investment, education and nurturing local knowledge of indigenous planting, particularly near the creek is essential.

The location, land and house sizes are fantastic. Potential is fantastic but will need some real help from Council to create a wonderful suburb with wonderful indigenous park areas and educate and support locals. Should have a groovier shopping centre and well thought out and protected park areas. Wonderful potential as a natural haven with well used sporting and recreation facilities. Council needs to think seriously about the future of the suburb and provisions for cafes and a few restaurants. The dodgy shopping centre just won't cut it.
Pros
  • Proximity to water
  • House and land size
  • Proximity to city
Cons
  • Poorly developed and guided by council
  • Very working class
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"busy town with hoons"

altona meadows is a great place for people starting over although prices have gone up a lot since l bought here 10 years ago.Hoons and traffic are a problem and as we just returned from france where there doesnt seem to be any hoon driving we realised how awful aust drivers are and that is especially evident in western subs.Altogether though houses are on big blocks and the suburb is well catered for with great shops etc.
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
Treesnleaves
Treesnleaves Great Review.

Honest and trustworthy from a local resident, I commend you
2yrs+
23greentrees
23greentrees Very true about those hoons. I lived in Altona Meadows but I'm in the UK now and drivers around Victoria especially Altona Meadows are terrible. There's some real bullies on the road in that area.
2yrs+
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Nice big blocks"

I have a Roof Restoration company and often quote and work in Altona Meadows.
The roofs in this area are starting to need some attention as the houses are getting on to the ten year old mark.
I like altona Meadows for the block and street sizes. Also shopping is not too far away, and the bay beach only a short drive away.

The only draw back for me would be the traffic at times.

Cheers,

Phil
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
gized
gized Phil, yes traffic can be a problem. In terms of the roofs, I had my roof recently done after 32 years.
2yrs+
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Fantastic Value for Money !!!!!!!"

Great Suburb,
Moved here 2 years ago , narrowed down to here after comparing all the suburbs for the value proposition, on criteria like , safety , shopping centers, Freeway , and public transport distance from city , schools, etc etc

Meadows wins big time on all these counts, being in Zone 1 with decent public transport, excellent freeway access from both sides. a healthy sized shopping center , good schools and nearby medical facilities in Werribee Mercy and Super Clinics.

We moved in here last year and have never regretted the decision. Best place for new starters and for people who want the best value the money can buy.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Great Place to Live"

Altona Meadows and the whole of the Municipality has a huge sporting culture. The Meadows itself is home to a modern 8 court basketball/netball stadium which caters for Domestic, Representastive and BIG V and State Basketball & Netball games and tournaments. Set on acres of parkland the stadium is easily accessible and has an additional 4 outdoor netball courts. The completeion of an excellent modern extension to the stadium in 2009 added extra indoor basketball and netball courts mand a showcourt complete with quality grandstand, large entertaining/multipurpose room, additioonal change rooms for top league games, child care facilities, etc. A little league training comp. for 5 years plus is also a strongly supported weekly program and much loved by the kids to learn basketball skills.
At the other extreme there is an excellent Bowls club which the local council has recently installed the latest state of the art synthetic turf too, ensuring that the club can host top pennant games all year round. Public tennis courts, the State Softball/Baseball stadium a BMX track ,skate park, soccer, football ovals & cricket pitches, cycling & walking tracks are also available in the suburb within walking distance of one another. Night & Day Hockey field to cater for State games is in Altona itself - 10 minutes away. Great parks, several schools, community centres, etc. all available. Add beaches and it is a Great Place to live and entertain for singles, retirees, young professionals and families alike!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
gized
gized Very nicely said and I agree.

Gized also of Altona Meadows, first resident to move in.
2yrs+
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
2yrs+

"Peaceful, healthy lifestyle"

Excellent access to walking/cycling tracks, parks/recreational areas and the beach. Friendly but quiet neighbours.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5
2yrs+

"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.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids