8.5 out of 10

Blackburn North

Ranked 170th best suburb in Melbourne (Greater)
-37.8020786957133 145.155565274351
Great for
  • Internet Access
  • Medical Facilities
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Schools
  • Public Transport
Not great for
  • Nightlife
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Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Students

Reviews

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 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
2yrs+

"A decent suburb of Melbourne"

We've lived in Blackie North for 3 years. Having lived in country and city prior to this, I can fairly say that Blackburn North is a fairly good suburb. It is quiet where we live, there are excellent schools and kinders, and neighbours are friendly (though most people keep to themselves). The shopping options are excellent as just about anything you need will not be too far away. Locally we have a small shopping centre, within a few km's radius there's Whitehorse Road with your large stores like Bunnings and Officeworks, Forest Hill Chase is not much further away and Doncaster Shopping Centre, to the north, which is massive.
Public transport from Blackburn in general is excellent; you have express trains to the city and buses everywhere.
There are a large number of ethnic people so from time to time language can be a barrier, unfortunately even from shopkeepers(!) but this also brings a lovely 'flavour' to the community as people learn to be more tolerant and accepting of others.
Housing prices are high as are rental prices, and this tends to keep out the lower socio-economic bracket, therefore there are few hoons or (dare I say it) bogans. There are large numbers of families and seniors. There's excellent bike trails in the area and a number of small play parks. Blackburn Lake (though not directly in Blackburn North) is lovely and not too far away.
As the area has been established for some time there are many large, established trees which adds attraction to the area.
There's not much in the way of eating out options directly in Blackie North but you don't have to travel far to bump into a heap of restaurants and take-away places.
Internet access - no problems for us at all. Parking - this can be a problem, especially when it's school pick-up times and coming home from work traffic. There's simply not the space for it, so you tend to have a glut of traffic at times. The Blackburn Road (Surrey Road) train crossing is a nightmare.
The crime rate is minimal, as far as I'm aware, though Blackie North Shopping Centre (Safeway) was robbed just a month or so ago, and about three years ago the Commonwealth Bank in there was robbed. Generally speaking though it's a pretty safe area, as far as I'm aware. We and our neighbours/friends have never had any problems.
In brief; I give Blackburn North a thumbs up as a quiet, safe suburb with excellent amenities.
Pros
  • Excellent public transport
  • Clean and green
  • Great schools
  • Great Parks
  • Lots of Childcare and Kindergardens
  • Tree filled leafy streets
Cons
  • Expensive to rent/buy
  • Cost of living
  • Traffic can get congested
  • no night life
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
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 5/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • 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+

"Great community feel"

A great place to raise a family, feels safe, great parks and schools and a real feeling of community. Nice little cafe's are popping up an so close to Doncaster Shoppingtown, Forrest Hill Chase and has the local North Blackburn Square as well.
Pros
  • Tree filled leafy streets
  • Great Parks
  • Lots of Childcare and Kindergardens
Cons
  • no night life
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish