9.2 out of 10

Donvale

Ranked 48th best suburb in Melbourne (Greater)
-37.7887644509261 145.1931181986
Great for
  • Internet Access
  • Parking
  • Clean & Green
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Schools
Not great for
  • Nightlife
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Country Lovers

Reviews

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 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Aug 16, 2016

"DONVALE - A place to call home"

D - Direct to the city on Eastlink
O - Ongoing new builds
N - Netball Club Donvale
V - Value in the Eastern suberbs
A - Aranga Reserve Dog Park - huge play area for dogs to run around enclosed
L - Leafy green and clean
E - Established East Doncaster Secondary College
Pros
  • Great dog parks
  • Brilliant Walking and cycling tracks
  • - proximity to eastern freeway, shops, schools
  • - very quiet, hilly and leafyy
  • clean & Green
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Safe & Sound
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
Jason Spencer
Jason Spencer Great review and I totally agree. I recently rented in Donvale for 18 months and loved it.
Aug 17, 2016
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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 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • 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
Oct 03, 2015

"Paradise in the East"

I have lived here for the last 30 years (my entire life). The people in Donvale are very friendly and warm, there are so few incidents of actual trouble in the neighbourhood, I could count them on one finger. The people make the suburb in my opinion, and based on that notion, Donvale is a great place to live.

It is very green, plenty of parks and open spaces for families and kids. On a summer's day, its absolutely wonderful, with lots of people out for walks and enjoying the weather.
One of the other big pluses is the multicultural diversity, with plenty of different races living in the area and most importantly living in harmony.

Tunstall Square is a short walk away, with Donvale Primary School and a kindergarten located nearby. The suburb has everything you would want other than pubs etc. But that is a good thing in my opinion, less drunkards wandering around at night :)

Donvale is a gem of the East, with rising house prices reflecting the demand in the area, I would seriously consider Donvale above other surrounding suburbs in the Doncaster area. You cannot go wrong!
Pros
  • - proximity to eastern freeway, shops, schools
  • - very quiet, hilly and leafyy
  • clean & Green
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Safe & Sound
Cons
  • Cost of living
  • Nightlife
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 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 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Very quiet and friendly neighbors"

Pros
  • Very good primary schools
  • Very good high schools
  • Very good for shopping
  • - proximity to eastern freeway, shops, schools
  • - very quiet, hilly and leafyy
  • clean & Green
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Safe & Sound
Cons
  • Cost of living
  • Nightlife
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
2yrs+

"Very safe and quiet place to live in."

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

"Train line going in"

a suburb that's about to get very expensive with the train line - i hear running along the eastern freeway (i have insider knowlege on this!) houses in the area - esp those that are positioned before doncaster road will be the ones people want. so best to buy in that area for long-term financial gain!
Pros
  • - proximity to eastern freeway, shops, schools
  • - very quiet, hilly and leafyy
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
smashbox
smashbox ha ha, yeah ok buddy... can anyone guess where this guy lives?
2yrs+
RyanS73
RyanS73 with train lines also comes vandals of grafitti along the rails, and potential crime around stations...
2yrs+
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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 4/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Wonderful and quiet family area, close to eastern freeway, shopping centres and schools."

i moved here from the (noisy and congested) inner south eastern suburbs and haven't looked back. in this area you have a lovely hilly and leafy area with some great views of the city. its very safe and is just lovely to see kids riding their bikes and playing on the streets - just like what i used to do when i was a kid growing up in the 70'/80's! every time i have gone for a walk (pushing the pram), people always say hello to me as they collect their mail or as they walk by which is so nice.
there are plenty of shopping centres to choose from - tunstall square, devon plaza, jackson court and the fabulous westfield - all within close range, yet far enough away from the traffic in central doncaster.
if you purchase before doncaster road, being so close to the eastern freeway (which flows 100% better than the m1 'carpark' :) i can get home from the city in 20 minutes in peak hour!
transport is really good and with the propsed doncaster train/rail link (my cousin works for the compay that is doing the feasibility project for the government - and the train/rail link is a goer - its just now a matter of 'when') watch house prices sky rocket. this suburb is a hidden gem :)
Pros
  • - proximity to eastern freeway, shops, schools
  • - very quiet, hilly and leafyy
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Good Property Value in this suburb"

Has lots of amenities: lots of shops, lots of restaurants & bistros, plenty of schools, parks, pleasant views, lots bus stops, walking and cycling trails, close to the Eastern Freeway, good Feng Shui, Westfield Shopping Centre.

Family friendly location: Daycare, childcare, aged care, primary & high schools
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • 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 2/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Great for young families ... close to everything and much cheaper than neighbouring suburbs."

Moved recently to Doncaster East from Hawthorn and loved the area straight away. So close to everything. You have great shopping areas (Westfield Shopping town ... forget Chadstone :-), many local shopping strips and big supermarkets and surprisingly a lot of great restaurants (was really surprised). A lot of parkland ...

Ok ... not ideal for nightlife ... there you need to live in Richmond, St Kilda or CBD.. But it is the perfect spot for a couple or to raise kids.

Your are 15km-18km out of the city ... but the Eastern Freeway is great. I take 15 min to Richmond (not in rush hour) and around 25 min in rush hour. Works perfect for me. Downside: Doncaster East has no train or tram station. They planned it so many times (it was even in the 1966 train network plan as under construction ... but never happened ... there is pretyy good express bus to the city (own lane on freeway). On the other hand the pricing is pretty ok for Melbourne ... much cheaper than Box Hill or Blackburn ... it is just over the freeway and gets cheaper ... crazy world.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
2yrs+

"Large blocks, quiet lifestyle, minutes to Eastlink and Doncaster Shoppoingtown"

Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5
2yrs+

"The Best Of Both Worlds"

Donvale is part 'leafy suburban' part 'bush retreat' depending on which section you looking at. Bordering Doncaster East, Mitcham, Warrandyte and Ringwood you get the picture. Public transport is accessed via Springvale Rd - one of Melbourne's most valuable arterials - the ambling Park Rd - a central road for this suburb - and Glenvale Rd - the road that leads directly to Ringwood. The blocks vary from your typical suburban blocks to large acres bordered by untouched bushland. Best of all is the proximity to shopping and services at Tunstall Square and Eastland as well as the existence of a quality school, Whitefriars Catholic College, right in the middle! So, you see, it is possible to have a leafy landscape AND all the modern services just minutes from all that you need.
The landscape is beautiful and the position perfect... for more information on this suburb or to view properties for sale in the area see www.philipwebb.com.au
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees