9.2 out of 10

Essendon

Ranked 33rd best suburb in Melbourne (Greater)
-37.7502524303649 144.919556977878
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Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
Oct 30, 2018

"Beautiful Town with Good Public Transport Connectivity"

Essendon and neighbourhood suburbs like Moone Ponds are very safe to live in and very close to Melbourne CBD just 7 kms and good public transport connectivity by train, tram and buses.
Very Good schools, DFO Essendon, Moone ponds Central, Airport West shopping centre, Village Cinemas, Hospitals, Cafes, Restaurant, close to Mooney Valley & Flemington Race Course.
Recommended for
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5/5 rating details
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
Aug 17, 2018

"Nice area with cafes, river and generally decent people"

Generally safe neighbourhood.
Recommended for
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5/5 rating details
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
Aug 09, 2018

"Lots to Like"

Close to the river, fantastic tree-lined streets, good cafes, close to the city.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
Aug 02, 2018

"The best of the best !"

Essendon unlike its neighbouring suburbs such as Moonee Ponds, Ascot Vale etc... has some of the best schools in Melbourne !! This is a contributing factor to the high price of housing in Essendon and so it should be. Buckley Park College is an amazing public school, it has a terrfiic reputation and yields great results. Many people who live in neighbouring suburbs only wish they were in the zone for Buckley Park College. The fact that Essendon has some of the best schools in Melbourne sets it apart from the other suburbs, and in my opinion, puts Essendon in a league of its own. There are a combination of beautiful Period homes, Modern and French Provincial inspired homes that add to the appeal of the area. The locals are spoilt for choice when it comes to cafes and restaurants with a great selection. There are many shopping strips with lovely little boutique stores, cafes etc... With its family friendly vibe, abundance of parks and recreational activities, it certainly makes Essendon an attractive area to raise a family and also for those seeking a safe environment to live in. Not to mention the prestigious pockets of Essendon including the Mar Lodge Estate with beautiful homes on large blocks of land with single dwelling covenants, adding to the prestige of the Mar Lodge Estate. It is so nice to drive through the Mar Lodge Estate and not see Townhouse development sites at all. What you will see though are family homes on lovely big blocks and lots of trees. Windy Hill is a beautiful pocket as well, not sure if single dwelling covenant applies to Windy Hill area as well. The single dwelling covenant in the Mar Lodge Estate is certainly rare these days but extremely attractive. Essendon simply is the "best of the best".
Recommended for
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
May 11, 2018

"Understated prestige on all fronts"

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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
Mar 23, 2018

"Magnificent Place to Call Home"

A very safe, historical and vibrant community to be apart of. Schools, shopping, architecture, community, and facilities are all first class. Not to mention being close to both airport and CBD . . . best of all worlds.
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4/5 rating details
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
Dec 06, 2017

"Family living"

Great safe area, with plenty of parks and playgrounds for the kids.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
Dec 06, 2017

"ESSENDON"

Great suburb. Overdevelopment is an issue.
Recommended for
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
Dec 06, 2017

"Essendon Rocks"

I have spent my life in the suburb of Essendon. It is a friendly, homely and vibrant suburb. Close to public transport links and is in close proximity to the city centre. I would love to spend my adult life here.... If I could afford it!
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
Dec 06, 2017

"Well Connected"

Essendon is perfectly located for travel into the city, to the Yarra Valley or to anywhere else in Victoria.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
Dec 06, 2017

"Amazing place to live!"

I love Essendon, lived here most of my life. All of my school friends still live here, so friendship aren't too far away. Great sporting groups and community too.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
5/5 rating details
  • Schools 5/5
Dec 06, 2017

"Great Public Schools"

Essendon is a great family place to live, so much better than Moonee Ponds as we actually have public schools in our zone!!
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
Dec 06, 2017

"Most Liveable City"

North Essendon - Great access to schools, cafes, restaurants and parks. Would recommend to any young family.
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4/5
Dec 06, 2017

"Traffic in Essendon"

Too many cars and buses on local streets!
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
Dec 06, 2017

"Farmers market, Close to shops, Public transport + more!"

Only negative, knocking down all the beautiful old houses and building new HORRIBLE square things. At least try to keep the character - Another 10 years and they will be trying to get that back again.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
Dec 06, 2017

"AMAZING!!"

Essendon is a quiet and calm area that has a lot of great places around it and everything is within walking distance. If you don't live here, then you are missing out on too much.
Recommended for
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  • Families with kids
5/5
Dec 06, 2017

"I Love Essendon"

I love Essendon, great location.
-shops
-schools
-public transport
-community
-close to city
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
Dec 06, 2017

"Peaceful Living"

Love the peace around. Family friendly neighbourhoods. Respect and socialisation. Good, easy access to public transport and groceries.
Recommended for
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5/5 rating details
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
Dec 06, 2017

"Quiet Streets of Essendon"

Essendon & Moonee Ponds has many quiet streets. Nice shopping villages like Essendon North and Moon Ponds. Growing number of very good restaurants. Great public transport access to the city and very good access to the Melbourne Airport, and key freeways such as Western Ring Road, Hume Highway and Princes Freeway.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
Dec 06, 2017

"Essendon is Great"

Great community. Excellent schools. Terrific shopping and public transport.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
5/5
Dec 06, 2017

"Perfect location"

Location. Lifestyle. Close to city/airport.
5/5
Dec 06, 2017

"Prime Location"

Good location for schools, shopping, the river, airport access and public transport.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
Dec 06, 2017

"Essendon Family Living"

Growing up in Essendon and now living here again, after traveling the world, I wouldn't raise my family anywhere else!
Recommended for
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  • Singles
  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
Nov 08, 2017

"Simply the best!"

So many positives, including; first class schools, open parklands and river, heritage streets and homes, friendly and safe neighbourhood, extensive shopping options, to name a few.
Recommended for
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  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
Oct 08, 2017

"The best suburb in Melbourne"

Recommended for
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
Sep 28, 2017

"Strong sense of community"

Essendon has an extremely strong sense of community.
Recommended for
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  • Families with kids
3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 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
Apr 21, 2017

"Nice town"

I lived in Essendon for 3 years with my husband. The positives are the shops, restaurants, parks and schools. The negatives are lack of community feel and the planes and traffic. Also I never felt really relaxed there as it was a bit too close to the cbd for my liking and the people were so pretentious. The houses are also really expensive and there are too many aprartments.
Pros
  • Close to Public Transport
  • Great food
  • Holds it's value
Cons
  • Expensive to buy in
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • 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 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Apr 16, 2017

"Distinguished, blue ribbon suburb"

Really lovely neighbourhood, highly recommend!
Pros
  • Low crime rates
  • Quiet and Clean
  • Distinguished and kind neighbours
  • Close to Public Transport
  • Great food
  • Holds it's value
  • Quality schooling options
Cons
  • Dont want to leave
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • 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 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
Apr 16, 2017

"Outstanding neighbourhood and everything's close by . . . including the CBD"

Lived in Taylors Lakes for about 5 years before moving out, loved the place to bits. There just isn't any fault to it, a lot of greenery, distinguished and kind neighbours, low crime rates, quiet, and clean. It has a very homely and yet professional feel to the place. The council looks after the suburb really well.
Only problem is the pricing. You need to have an above average income to live here (single person). Parking is a problem at the train station (so get in early!).
Pros
  • Parks
  • Safety
  • Great looking houses with beautiful leafy trees
  • Train station
  • Shopping complex
  • Great Sense of community
  • Schools
Recommended for
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  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
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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
Feb 01, 2017

"First class location."

Do yourself a favour and check out Essendon if you're looking for your next family home close to the CBD.
Pros
  • Restaurants
  • Parks
  • Safety
  • Close to Public Transport
  • Great food
  • Holds it's value
  • Quality schooling options
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • 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 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • 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 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Jan 10, 2017

"Incredible Place to Live"

If you are looking for a safe, family friendly, upper middle class neighbourhood, with incredibly beautiful Edwardian and Victorian homes, look no further than Essendon.
Pros
  • Friendly neighbours
  • Luxury homes and beautiful architecture
  • Parks and sporting facilities
  • Close to Public Transport
  • Great food
  • Holds it's value
  • Quality schooling options
Cons
  • Expensive to buy in
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • 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 3/5
  • 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 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Dec 28, 2016

"inner city family friendly sanctuary"

walking distance to everything; transport, shops, elite schools, restaurants, parks, and sporting facilities. easily one of melbourne's best areas for bringing up a family. only shortfall is it's becoming difficult to buy into. the area has such high demand and limited properties (houses) on the market.
Pros
  • Stately homes
  • Close to Public Transport
  • Great food
  • Holds it's value
  • Quality schooling options
Cons
  • Expensive to buy in
  • Dont want to leave
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • 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 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Prestigious and historic neighbourhood"

Increasing move towards new cafes, shopping options, and the always present beautiful architecture makes this the ideal spot for professionals wanting it all and still being a stones throw from the bustling CBD.

Families are also winners in Essendon, with some of Melbournes best schooling options.
Pros
  • Period Architecture
  • Safety
  • Expansive parks
  • Close to Public Transport
  • Great food
  • Holds it's value
  • Quality schooling options
Cons
  • Expensive to buy in
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • 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 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Inner Suburb with incredible appeal"

We have been lucky enough to recently purchase our home in Essendon and our children have both enrolled in Buckley Park.

The school has been an excellent choice for us, and we are absolutely delighted with the sense of community in the local area. Very much an area that looks for for one another.

As others have mentioned, the homes are a beautiful throwback to both stately Edwardian and Victorian estates, as well as restored Californian Bungalows of the 1920-30's.

So happy to have chosen Essendon to raise our family . . . Perfect!!
Pros
  • Close to CityLink
  • Shopping
  • Farmers Market
  • Close to Public Transport
  • Great food
  • Holds it's value
  • Quality schooling options
Cons
  • Dont want to leave
  • Expensive to buy in
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • 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 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Best of Melbourne's elite schools"

Wonderful suburb to bring up a family and lucky enough to have incredible restaurants and transport infrastructure. Also some of the best schools in Melbourne are all in Essendon.
Pros
  • Education
  • Close to Public Transport
  • Great food
  • Holds it's value
  • Quality schooling options
  • Fletcher Street nearby Cafes
Cons
  • Dont want to leave
  • Expensive to buy in
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"boring"

Not happy in Essendon as I do not like the neighbours and don't feel safe.
MaxxL
MaxxL I doubt you have ever set foot in Essendon. It's one of the most central, vibrant and safe suburbs of Melbourne.
2yrs+
JaneC6
JaneC6 Agree with MaxxL, Essendon is refined and certainly safe. The community bond is second to none.
2yrs+
stephr2
stephr2 Unsafe? Obviously this is a troll. Essendon has always been safe, and continues to be so.
Dec 28, 2016
michelleb43
michelleb43 Ridiculous to call Essendon boring . . . obviously never stepped foot there.
Mar 23, 2018
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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 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Victorian and Edwardian charm"

Recently back from living in London, and as our kids were nearing school age, we needed pick a suburb that would provide the highest standards in education as well as social and networking opportunities for myself and my husband.

With all the unsympathetic development going on around the inner eastern suburbs of Melbourne we decided to look at the Moonee Valley area as this was recommended by friends that had recently moved there from Kew.

We found the most beautiful Edwardian home on a large block in Essendon and fell in love! The neighbours are the most wonderful and welcoming people you could ever hope to live next to . . . we're so lucky to have found such a perfect spot in a perfect area.

Our kids have now both started at Penleigh & Essendon Grammer School (PEGS) and the we are delighted with the exceptional level of education, teaching staff, and student facilities.

In short, we extremely glad to have moved into Essendon and can't imagine a better place to live.
Pros
  • Edwardian architecture
  • Victorian architecture
  • Penleigh & Essendon Grammer (PEGS)
  • Close to Public Transport
  • Great food
  • Holds it's value
  • Quality schooling options
  • Fletcher Street nearby Cafes
Cons
  • Dont want to leave
  • Expensive to buy in
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • 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 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • 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+

"Great inner suburb option!"

Recently moved into Essendon from Moonee Ponds. The major change from the 2 close proximity suburbs is that the general character of the Essendon houses is more late Victorian. I am also pleasantly surprised by the street widths and lot sizes for this inner city suburb.
Highlights of this area is it's close proximity to multiple public transport options for young professionals working in the city, great schooling options for families, great shopping options being short drive to Moonee Ponds, Keilor Rd, Brunswick, Flemington and Footscray. Luckily the prices aren't too inflated yet as compared to the more asian dominated suburbs such as Box Hill, Glen Waverly and North Balwyn.
Overall I would say this is one of the best inner Melbourne suburbs to raise a family in.
Pros
  • Close to Public Transport
  • Great food
  • Holds it's value
  • Quality schooling options
Cons
  • Dont want to leave
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
TtleT
TtleT That's right
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 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 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Upwardly mobile!"

Having just moved into a new apartment on Mt Alexander Rd, I absolutely blown away with the shopping and cafe options - all fantastic for a young (20-something) single to get out and meet new (and very welcoming) people.

I'll be here for the long haul :-)
Pros
  • amazing cafes
  • great for meeting new people
  • Close to Public Transport
  • Great food
  • Holds it's value
  • Quality schooling options
Cons
  • Expensive to buy in
  • Dont want to leave
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • 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 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+

"Fabulous lifestyle"

In my opinion, the best parts of Essendon are between Cooper Street and Lincoln Road - this takes in Mar Lodge Estate and some other prestigious streets that surround the estate.

Very close to trains and tram stop as well as an elevated pocket toll so many homes have city views of they are built up.

Expensive to buy into, and people rarely leave so the hardest part is actually finding a property on the market to buy into. If you do get a chance to experience living in Essendon, I doubt you'll ever leave.
Pros
  • Friendly neighbourhood
  • Close to Public Transport
  • Great food
  • Holds it's value
  • Quality schooling options
Cons
  • Expensive to buy in
  • Dont want to leave
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • 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 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • 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+

"One of Melbourne's best"

Having grown up in the inner east of Melbourne (Kew and Canterbury), I have fond memories growing up in a leafy area with friendly neighbours.

Now that I am about to raise children I want the same for them however the Kew/Canterbury pockets are now changed and not where I want my children to be raised.

Lucky for me my partner and I recently acquired a property in Essendon where we are most delighted with our new home, beautiful streets, friendly neighbours, and high achieving schools. Being one of the original suburbs of Melbourne, the architecture of the homes in the area reminds me of where I grew up . . . better still, it has retained it's charm and character (unlike some of the inner east).

It's clear to see why they call it the Toorak of the inner north-west. We love it!!
Pros
  • Period homes
  • Parks and gardens
  • Close to Public Transport
  • Great food
  • Holds it's value
  • Quality schooling options
Cons
  • Expensive to buy in
  • Dont want to leave
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • 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 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+

"Elite schools are only the beginning"

The choice for schools is second to none. Private or public, the are both high achieving. Oh, and as for architecture, simply divine.
Very friendly area, and more importantly, quiet in the residential areas, while the strip is very lively!
Pros
  • Stunning period homes
  • Close to Public Transport
  • Great food
  • Holds it's value
  • Quality schooling options
Cons
  • Expensive to buy in
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
PureKrome
PureKrome @MichaelC6 - what are the schools you are talking about, please? I didn't know there was any private schools in that part of Melbourne?
2yrs+
JohnC7
JohnC7 Private Schools Include:
- Ave Maria College (Girls)
- St. Columba's College (Girls)
- St. Bernards (Boys)
- Penliegh & Essendon Grammar (Co Ed)
- Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School (Girls)
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 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 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Never leaving!"

Having only lived in Essendon for less than a year, my partner and I have already made the decision that we’ll never leave this incredible area. Not only does it offer some of Melbourne’s leading schools (private and public) but Essendon also provides a high level of quality and diverse restaurant/cafe options on Buckley St, Mt Alexander Rd and Keilor Rd . . . spoilt for choice!
We spend most evenings exploring the local area, whether that’s checking out the local pubs or just admiring the exquisite architecture of the Edwardian and Victorian homes on an evening stroll through the very safe and inviting streets.
Pros
  • Quality schooling options
  • Beautiful parks
  • Proximity to city
  • Close to Public Transport
  • Great food
  • Holds it's value
Cons
  • Dont want to leave
  • Expensive to buy in
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • 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 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+

"Mr Wood"

Great family atmosphere good food,parks,transport it has it all
Pros
  • Great food
  • Holds it's value
  • Close to Public Transport
Cons
  • Dont want to leave
  • Expensive to buy in
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Essendon - The jewel of the north!"

Moonee Valley’s largest and generally most affluent suburb, Essendon spans a sizeable area bordering Brunswick West and Pascoe Vale South to the east, Moonee Ponds to the south, Niddrie to the west, and Strathmore to the north. With its combination of quality housing, excellent recreational facilities, leading education institutions, public transport and array of shopping options, Essendon is the preferred choice for many families and is only 7-10 kilometres from the CBD. Architecturally, the area’s development spans nearly a century from the fine Victorian and Federation homes around Essendon Station / Windy Hill, the classic Californian Bungalows around the Mar Lodge vicinity, through to the 50s and 60s brick-veneers nearer Hoffmans Road. Although exhibiting a vast difference in styles, most Essendon homes have one thing in common – generous land components. Not an exact rule, but the family-friendly streetscapes of Essendon usually contain far bigger blocks than their Moonee Ponds or Ascot Vale counterparts. Specific highlights of Essendon include some of Melbourne’s most renowned private schools including Penleigh and Essendon Grammar, Lowther Hall and St. Columba’s Catholic College. Recreational areas include Woodlands and Buckley Parks. Trams, trains and buses provide excellent public transport options whilst easy access to the Tullamarine Freeway and Citylink allow fast transit to the city or airport. Shops and cafés are also in abundance around Essendon North Village and Essendon Station in particular.
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5/5
2yrs+

"Fletcher Street"

I have recently lived in Fletcher Street Essendon, what a beautiful location. Central to all amenties and public transport. I loved taking a walk to nearby Queens Park especially when the sun was out!
Pros
  • Fletcher Street nearby Cafes
  • Close to Public Transport
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  • Families with kids
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Crlz14
Crlz14 Hi, thinking about renting in Fletcher st.. Just wanted to know more about it, is it safe around that area? Thanks
2yrs+
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Beautiful Green and Clean Suburb"

I lived in Essendon for nearly 5 years and loved it!
Only thing is its a little expensive to buy there.
Its beautiful and green and has many great cafes, shops and schools. Good public transport too.
Great for every demographic (singles, families, couples, etc).
Highly recommended area; would love to move back there some day...
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