8.3 out of 10

Dandenong

Ranked 194th best suburb in Melbourne (Greater)
-37.9824524776818 145.214139844803
Great for
  • Medical Facilities
  • Public Transport
  • Cost of Living
  • Internet Access
  • Resale or Rental Value
Not great for
  • Nightlife
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Students

Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • 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 3/5
  • 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 4/5
2yrs+
Editors Choice

"A new resident to this rapidly changing town"

I did a lot of research before i purchased my first home in Dandenong. The area in which I purchased is very ideal for renting, it's extremely close to shopping facilities, parks, restaurants, a milk bar, a good private school and a pub (the Dandenong workers social club). Plus it's close to the M1 free way and princess highway if your heading towards the city for work. Dandenong is undergoing a massive facelift at the moment, and expected to be an important business hub by 2030, which will offer a city lifestyle with high rises and apartments scattered throughout the CBD. At the moment, prices are relatively cheap, and there is a high demand of people wanting to rent property in the area, due to all the amenities and facilities.

Originally i purchased this home as an investment for the future, and planned on putting the property up for rent. But as i've been currently living at the property i can't see myself moving away now, i've fallen in love with the place and love seeing all the new buildings being constructed on my journey to work each morning. There seems to be a bad reputation attached to the name 'Dandenong', but i'm positive it's all about to change. I've started to see a few business people walking around, 5 years ago this vision was merely impossible. The streets are more clean, and new trees have been planted everywhere. Old homes are being sub divided, or demolished and restored with brand new homes. In my street alone I've already seen 2 houses been knocked down, and being cleared out to be replaced with new dwellings, and alot of old homes are being replaced with apartments or townhouses to increase the population and demand Dandenong is seeing. What people don't know is, that there are quiet a few rich people living in the area, i mean i've seen alot of triple story homes to my surprise.

The CBD has seen massive improvements, with the whole length of Lonsdale street being improved, with new light works and new fancy pavements. And older building being demolished and replaced with new modern buildings. There has even been approved a new large screen, similar to the one at federation square, being built near the new library and civic centre. Also, the council/VicUrban are creating a new pathway which leads from the station all the way through the city centre to Dandenong plaza. A negative side to this is that there's a lot of commotion around the city centre, and traffic does build up, but it's not like its impossible to drive through or anything.

This town has a lot much potential, and i wont be surprised if Dandenong becomes one of Victoria's important hubs in the near future. It has almost everything, a shopping centre, a market, a hospital, a lot of parks, new housing estates, golf course, good private and public schools, a new city which is currently being built, a new library, a very good gym, heaps of employment opportunities, town hall for live concerts, cinemas, a Tafe and even a small Deakin University building which offers a couple of courses. Even plans about a new University being built right near the station precinct.

Believe me invest in this area before the boom hits, and read my words again in another 5-10 years and see whether you could of taken this opportunity or let it pass by. Dandenong has been considered a low socio economic suburb for some time, and with all these improves made by the government and council, it's only a matter of time people will be coming to move here by the bus load.
Pros
  • long term prospects for the heart of the Dandenong City
  • High potential
  • City Lifestlye for an affordable price
  • Multi-cultured and variety
  • Great value for money (still)
  • Unrivalled infrastructure
  • shopping
  • Great rental prices
Cons
  • Currently undergoing a lot of construction work
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
firsthomebuyr
firsthomebuyr Good stuff mate, really excited to see this suburb turn around, I think you did a great decision by purchasing in this suburb. I myself is considering in purchasing in this suburb, value is just great, and rental return is really high compared to other neighboring suburbs. Really excited with all that commotion in the city, everything is starting to look nice and coming together, and i think it'll really be something special in 10-15 years time.

Reading heaps on how the govt. is investing so much money and effort in helping Dandenong to turn around, and for the first time i can see progress and real signs of the city changing. People's attidutes towards Dandenong is changing also, I would never associate myself with Dandenong, but now with all the progress and change I'd be proud to call this place my home.
2yrs+
LucusC
LucusC can't agree with you more. Dandenong has changed a lot
2yrs+
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"A good second town"

Pros
  • Great value for money (still)
  • Multi-cultured and variety
  • shopping
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"A new dandenong"

I moved in bout year ago. Amazed Dandenong changed a lot. New Lib,new buildings. new market. just everything around doorsteps. almost another city. many cafees,restrants, the train station are lot safer now with PSOs on site every night from 6 to last train. You can access almost every gov agency in Dandenong even immigration dep I heard- only one of two in Mel.
I lived in Mulgrave, quite . In Dandenong, you can shop around hours and not bored.
The housing still affordable (yet). compared with a lot overpriced suburbs (sick)
Pros
  • Great value for money (still)
  • Multi-cultured and variety
  • shopping
  • Unrivalled infrastructure
  • Great rental prices
Cons
  • Currently undergoing a lot of construction work
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Beach Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Multicultural good value budget suburb"

Dandenong has an amazing mix of different cultures and food. There are lots of Afghanis, indians, sri lankans, chinese and africans. The shops reflect this with a variety of cheap and tasty food options from around the world.
Rent tends to be very cheap. Packs of young African males can be seen tralling the streets.
There are lots of great shopping options... dandenong market, the dandenong plaza, coles open 24/7, and the caribbean market not far away. There is not a great deal of entertainment options except places like video ezy and potter's pool hall.
There has been a recent development on the main street. Bizarre poles which light up were put into the ground along the main road in attempt to 'revitalize' the image of dandenong.
Dandenong is booming as people realise how great the culture and lifestyle is and how much it has to offer. It is not too far from the city (35 mins) and does not have problems with congestion and parking. It is well serviced by main roads. Prices are going up and up and the area is slowly becoming gentrified. Many of the criminals and junkies are being 'priced out' as prices go up.
Pros
  • Great value for money (still)
  • Multi-cultured and variety
  • Unrivalled infrastructure
  • shopping
  • Great rental prices
  • Very affordable shopping
Cons
  • Bad reputation (still)
  • Gang trouble
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Students
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
2yrs+

"Good multicultural food, but otherwise scary"

Great food options but otherwise is scary and since places victoria left, I'm afraid the limited progress will cease. You can try to dress it up as much as you like but the fact is crime is massive and it is the second most disadvantaged local government area in Victoria (reports online say "Victoria’s most disadvantaged LGA was recorded as the Central Goldfields followed by Greater Dandenong. The northern centres of Mildura and Loddon were ranked third and fourth most disadvantaged followed by Northern Grampians".

The Court is the busiest in the state and this is for a reason (and is only getting busier). Better to head to Berwick, toward the city or toward the bay if you want to live in a nice place.
Pros
  • Multi-cultured and variety
Cons
  • Gang trouble
  • High crime rate
5/5
2yrs+

"Dandy - Awesome value for money."

Perfect for first home buyers
Pros
  • Great value for money (still)
Cons
  • Bad reputation (still)
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"A small town with huge potential"

Went to Dandenong for the first time in years the other day, and i was blown away with the development i saw. Some wasn't so great, but some was, especially those modern high rise buildings in the heart of the CBD.It's not the concrete wasteland i once knew in the 90s, is almost transformed and completely unrecognisable. While Dandenong still has a long way to go, things are progressing well, with the city centre having heaps of developments going on. Brand new Library & places just to hang out with friends and family, this is a city with huge potential!!

I'd like to see more developments from private investors, rather than all these council building going up, would be nice to see a Telstra or similar company's head office come to Dandenong, would great a buzz and more employment. Just hoping there's enough employment in the area, so I don't have drive to the city for work everyday, instead drive down the road to Dandenong CBD to work, cut my travel cost by 90%!!

Can't wait to see more development from the council and private investors to come to Dandenong, rather exciting seeing an old run down town being freshen up and rejuvenated. It's a long time before I'll be inviting a girl out to dinner in Dandenong, but one day in the near future it looks possible. Would be nice to go there to watch a movie and then grab some food afterwards at a new restaurant in Dandenong.

It's only a matter of time where rent becomes to high and pushes out the lower socio economic people to move away from the city into other suburbs. Which will reduce crime and make the place more freiendly and safer to live and work in. I can't wait to see how things turn out, and it's definitely i place i'm considering to move to once the city is more developed. I always like to drive down to Dandenong once every couple months to see what has changed, its very exciting and overwhelming to see so much improvements. Dandenong has a very bright future ahead.
Pros
  • Bright Future
  • Multi-cultured and variety
  • Great value for money (still)
  • shopping
  • Unrivalled infrastructure
  • Great rental prices
  • Benefit in high house prices due to improvements of CBD
  • Becoming a place where a car is not needed, everything at your footstep.
Cons
  • Bad reputation (still)
  • Lack of entertainment
  • Currently undergoing a lot of construction work
  • long term planning, going to be 10-15 years before being completed. Still needs more apartments and Education around the city area to make the night time feel more safer.
  • very busy while construction work commences.
  • Alot of vacant land waiting to be developed on near the Train station, for a new University to be put in Dandenong.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • 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
2yrs+

"Best Value for money in the South east area"

If your looking for a cheap home which offers excellent value for your money, than look no further than Dandenong. It has everything at your foot step, and if your moving from a new location, it's quiet easy to fit in. Very multicultural area, and there's always something going on around the area. Shopping mall, train station, park and a market all within walking distance from each other. Even a new city being built with more restaurants and cafes, soon you wont even need to own a car cause you'll have almost everything within your foot step. Loving this place, cost of living is extremely cheap and rent is very low compared to everywhere at the moment.

You've probably heard Dandenong has a bad reputation, it was once upon a time true, but there has been heaps of positive improvements, however this is likely to diminish once the town is rebuilt and prices are too expensive for the lower-socio economic population of Dandenong to move out (probably to Pakenham or Cranbroune). Overall Dandenong is not half as bad as what people say. Most negative comments come from people who have only heard stories and never actually been there. I've lived here almost my entire life and just don't get why people think it's so unsafe, I mean nothing has ever happen to me and I'm never afraid. People still have a negative image of the suburb, which is fair enough, but i think that's the past and people really should come visit the area before they go and make any incorrect statements.
Pros
  • Very Affordable for young first homers (can buy a decent property)
  • Better location than Pakenham and Cranny
  • Unrivalled infrastructure
  • Great rental prices
  • Close to Shops, market, parks, station and employment.
  • Great value for money (still)
  • shopping
Cons
  • Still has a bad repuation
  • Alot of construction works happening
  • Only a couple of places to go out, which are pubs
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
jamessnowden
jamessnowden I think you might be trying to increase Dandenong's score Young Investor. Unfortunately once anyone goes there they will realise it's cheap for a reason. Better to head towards the city or the bay.
2yrs+
BhargavM
BhargavM Hey man are you saying its not good place to live there. Because for my course i have to go there as its in Chisholm.
Mar 22, 2016
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3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • 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 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"A starting place"

I bought my first place 18 months ago in dandenong as all l could really afford. in 18 months my value has gone from 188,000 to 280,000 so am happy with my return. Its a good staring area as cheaper housing and with all the major works happening here it will become a good investment. only issues here is there is no night life her. no cafes or bars/clubs that anyone other then gang members would go to.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
CommunityMan
CommunityMan Wow! Great investment!
2yrs+
younginvestor3
younginvestor3 that's awesome!! Can't wait to see how much prices will fly up once the city is completed
2yrs+
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3/5 rating details
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
2yrs+

"Great for young couples or families, very affordable, just avoid the CBD."

One of my favourite things about Dandenong is the choice of multicultural foods. I've not heard of any other place (aside from Melbourne CBD) with African, Afghan, Thai, Chinese, Indian and so on all within easy reach. I love Little India near the train station with all its quirky little shops, although I would not recommend walking this area at nighttime. I would also not recommend renting or buying in immediate vicinity of the station or main shopping areas. Although I have seen a huge improvement since I was a teenager the area is still not safe. Dandenong North is a nice, livable area away from the hustle and bustle and is a much better choice for families. There are some nice new apartment buildings going up around the place with modern security features which would be an excellent choice for working couples. I would not recommend singles live anywhere in Dandenong. Singles are better off further out in Cranbourne, Berwick or Langwarrin. If you are moving to Dandenong use your common sense, stay away from trouble-makers and don't walk around at nighttime.
Pros
  • Great rental prices
  • Very affordable shopping
  • Lots of places to eat
  • Multi-cultured and variety
  • Great value for money (still)
Cons
  • Currently undergoing a lot of construction work
  • CBD unsafe at night
  • Gang trouble
  • High crime rate
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
1/5 rating details
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
2yrs+

"One of the highest crime areas of Victoria."

Look at the Australian statistics for honest opinions. God forbid a family should judge whether or not they buy here on the opinions presented. A high rate of government homes, crime, gangs, hoons. Realistically any place where you can buy at the price houses of Dandenong you will deal with this. Cheap for a reason !
Pros
  • Multi-cultured and variety
  • Great value for money (still)
Cons
  • High crime rate
  • Gang trouble
  • Bad reputation (still)
  • Lack of entertainment
Recommended for
  • Singles
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Affordable city living!"

We moved into Dandenong (metro village 3175) just recently and we are loving it. The super fast internet via optical fiber, excellent public transport, easy access to M1 and M3 and great shopping precincts are some of many things that we enjoy since we moved here. With lots of new developmental works scheduled in forthcoming days, I guess things just get better and better.
Pros
  • Multi-cultured and variety
  • Great value for money (still)
  • shopping
  • Unrivalled infrastructure
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Students
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Dandenong"

Dandenong is a great place to live but the best street is Bruce Street or Cleeland Street. I never have to use a car, there is a hospital 2 streets away and doctors at the end of my street and in front of my house everything is really close.
Pros
  • Multi-cultured and variety
  • Great value for money (still)
  • shopping
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
kik kik
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Dandenong"

Pros
  • Multi-cultured and variety
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 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+

"Up and Coming- Vibrant and Diverse"

Have lived here for a long time, can only say that it is a great place to invest in now. Currently upgoing a major revamp- still has a long time to go, but will be fantastic.

Great multicultural and diverse area- good vibrancy and mix of people from all walks of life and parts of the globe.

In terms of shopping (fruit and veg etc) market is fantastic. Shopping for other things such as gifts, clothes and other items (especially if you are younger) I would suggest elsewhere- not much variety.

No nightlife- need to travel out of the area for entertainment. Dandenong still lacks in the 'things to do' category.

Still has a (unfair) bad reputation attached but nothing to take seriously, most places are safe although caution should be taken in central areas that are dark, quiet or when alone (as you would anywhere). Although I have many times walked through the area alone and have accessed transport late at night and have never come across any bad news (I am female).
Pros
  • Great value for money (still)
  • Multi-cultured and variety
Cons
  • Lack of entertainment
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
HR1 HR1
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"I know of the bad reputation of Dandenong, but..."

I bought into a new development nearby about 15 months ago for two reasons: 1. Stop the bleeding of paying rent to some landlord, 2. make a sound property investment.

I can safely and without hesitation say that I succeeded in both! I have witnessed property prices going up faster than elsewhere in/around Melbourne, the sheer amount of construction work everywhere visible is perhaps a temporary inconvenience, but it bears testimony for the big masterplan of VicUrban and the government starting to take shape, with tangible improvements like the completion of George Bridge, the rejuvenation and tree plantings along Lonsdale Street, and some architecturally ultra-modern buildings going up.

Public transport is absolutely top notch, the number of super-wide and fast (80 km/h) road connections around Dandenong leading in all directions is exemplary, there are many eateries from a vast range of different cultures, some top restaurants evolving also, showing the trend for things to come.

As for nightlife: it is non-existent unless you consider a pub your thing. Perhaps it is a blessing in disguise also, as can be seen with the example of Frankston, which has a lot of nightlife, but also all the usual associated issues with it.

Safety: I have used the last night train on occasions and must agree, the overpass leading towards Cheltenham St. needs better lighting, but since I am still able to write this review, it can't have been too life threatening as is often made to belief. This will be addressed for sure as part of the overall modernisation plans around Dandenong station.

Shopping: nothing that cannot be bought here! It's all there, from the market, to supermarkets (Coles, Woolworth etc.), to electric stores, major chain retaillers (Myers, Harvey Norman, Clive Peeters, Officeworks) all in short reach, furniture and bedding shops, bicycle stores, cars, bikes, simply the lot.

I agree with some comments made here, that Dandenong will see a major boost in property prices over the next couple of years, once the today hesitant investors begin to realise that this is still bargain land compared to the rest of Melbourne, yet with infrastructure and employment opportunities not easily found elsewhere.

I will be enjoying the many improvements coming on-stream, and in the long run probably won't even need a car anymore! I can walk to everything in Dandenong in 10-20 minutes, for everything else there is the train station, and the countless bus lines going virtually anywhere.

In short: Dandenong is on the rise, like phoenix out of the ashes ...! Read my words here again in a few years time...
Pros
  • Great value for money (still)
  • Unrivalled infrastructure
  • Multi-cultured and variety
Cons
  • Bad reputation (still)
  • Lack of entertainment
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
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 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • 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 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"gods own suburb"

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

"City Living and convienance"

I've lived in Dandenong for a couple of years now. Previously I have lived in expensive inner city suburbs and some outer ones also and to be honest I thought I'd never end up here. However in the end I bought here because you get a lot for what you pay.
Positives: Everything is so close and convienant, shops, shopping plaza, markets, cinemas, drive in movies, schools, hospital, library, parks, fantastic cycling tracks, swimming pool, ethnic food areas (indian, afghan, ughur..) theathre, huge electrical/furniture outlets.....the list goes on, it even has its own immigration office same as the CBD. Transport is excellent also, as it has a bus/train station and is close to both the monash freeway and eastlink . The center of Dandenong is being totally rejeuvenated with millions being spent by the local government and old properites are being demolished and replaced by attractive townhouses. In the next few years it will have been totally transformed and as such property prices are increasing quickly.
Negatives: Unless you like ethnic food there aren't many good restaurant choices apart from Cardans and the Pavillion. There is a huge pedestrain area beside the plaza, would be a perfect restaurant area with outdoor dining but its desolate at night. Restaurant food isn't cheap either, you can buy tastier food in an expensive suburb like glen waverley much cheaper, not sure why because fresh food is cheap here. Night life isn't very good, there are a few hotels/RSL's but nothing too exciting. Locals throw rubbish on the street regularly making the place look dirty. Neighbours can be noisy occasionally, but mostly its quiet; and blowing the car horn is second nature. The area around the train station isn't safe, I personally wouldn't walk there after dark.
In summary, its a decent working class area, with everything at your doorstep and you get a lot for what you pay. Its not perfect but overall the positives greatly out weigh the negatives.
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • 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 perfect multi-cultural city in the world.."

Dandenong is evolving to a new city. In five years the property prices in this city will be double. Now is the time to invest in.
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5/5
2yrs+

"Best Place to Live"

Dandenong is excellent. has all the amenities you could want.
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MHK MHK
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • 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+

"Excellent in all Respects"

2nd city after Melbourne with links to all (Stud road, Monash fwy, eastlink, Princess hwy etc)
1st city for Asians
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Great place to live but not enough places to hang out at night!"

I have lived here for over 5 years and can see alot of changes happening around Dandenong. Its a great place to raise your kids and plenty of bargains around every corners. Another good thing about Dandenong is all the easy access to all facilities such as variable of furnitures and house hold goods u can buy direct from the whole salers around the corner near dandenong by pass.

There are some things that is lacking, such as, good restaurants, outdoor nightlife and city square for people to just hang out... another problem is not enough good jobs around here, except blue collar jobs.

Overall, it is a great place to live and I will certainly live it for a longer period... wonder if Dandenong will one day have a street like took road? that would be so good!
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Dandenong,victoria"

Really good place to live. Close to may shops and freeways so very easy to get from A-B
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