7.7 out of 10

Hawthorn

Ranked 267th best suburb in Melbourne (Greater)
-37.8255907192256 145.022437582833
Great for
  • Internet Access
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Public Transport
  • Schools
  • Resale or Rental Value
Not great for
  • Cost of Living
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Trendy & Stylish

Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
Apr 19, 2017

"So central to... everywhere!"

Hawthorn is a mix of many parts. There are the large, established period homes mixing with old and new apartments. Long term Hawthorn residents mixing with a transient student population. This diversity is what makes Hawthorn shine. We have an aquatic centre, parks and open spaces, pretty good parking and lots of 'cheap eats' on Glenferrie Road - you will never be short on choice. However, you need to be OK with high density living and traffic 7 days a week. Sometimes Saturday is busier on the roads than weekdays. The trains through Glenferrie Station service three lines so usually you don't wait long at all and we are only mere kms away from the CBD with the options of heading down Burwood Rd / Bridge Rd or Victoria St (as main thoroughfares).
Pros
  • Boroondara Council are on board with plastic bag recycling.
  • Amenities and parklands aplenty
  • Centrality, close to CBD
  • Good investment purchase-wise
Cons
  • Having a transient population means certain streets look like a hard rubbish collection has been booked - all year round.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
2yrs+

"Handy location, good transport, varieties of acient and mordern properties"

Hawthorn is a great suburb where you find victoria period type of houses and mordern built units and apartments. It has nice st Jame park, churches, private schools and cafes and restaurants along Glenferie road. Living within walking distance to Hawthorn and Glenferie train stations are very handy as it is just 6km to CBD. Yarra street & the surrounding one are nice streets in Hawthorn with beautiful houses and leafy european trees. It's 5 minutes walk to Hawthorn train station and tram 75, suprisingly the streets are quiet at night.

Living along & off Riversdale road, you can walk to Yarra river (with bike path) and walk to shops, cafes/ restaurants on Glenferied road in addition to catching trams. To fully appreciate Hawthorn suburb, you need to know what streets to buy or rent the property to suit your style, age and family circumstances.
Pros
  • access to Yarra river
  • Amenities and parklands aplenty
  • Centrality, close to CBD
  • Good investment purchase-wise
Cons
  • A bit "seedy" in certain areas
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
AmyT1
AmyT1 Which areas are best for couples in their late 20s that like quieter safe streets? Looking at moving to hawthorn. Have seen apartments near the tafe?
Nov 18, 2015
JudyT
JudyT Yarra street and those side streets which are close to St Jame park. They have mixture of large period houses Vs apartments. They are within 5 mins walk to hawthorn station (1 train stop b4 Glenferie stn) and easy access to tram 75 (15 to 20 mins walk to Swinburn Tafe)
Nov 19, 2015
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2/5 rating details
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
2yrs+

"Not what it used to be"

Hawthorn used to be the nicest place to live that you could possibly imagine. The sort of place where it wasn’t snobbish to think, “Why on earth would anyone want to live anywhere else? Or move out once they moved here?” A lovely little oasis in the inner east of Melbourne, nearly as close to the city as Richmond but without the grunginess, and with beautiful houses, affordable rentals, plenty of parks and not too much traffic.

As someone who has lived here for 15 years and thought they’d never want to leave, let me say something I thought I’d never say: I’m desperate to leave. The place has been ruined by overdevelopment, plus so much through-traffic that you’d have to stand by and watch it to believe it. Problems in brief:

1. Be very wary of Power Street. Since late 2009 it has turned into a trucking route. The tracks come off Burnley Street, Richmond, turn right into Swan Street, left into Power Street at Wallan Rd, then go up Power Street. Trucks, freight trucks, cement mixers, more freight trucks, more cement mixers, etc … it did NOT used to be like this. Power Street used to be a minor road. Now it’s a major road with cars and trucks whooshing by almost non-stop, where “peak hour” is all the time except Sunday morning until about 10.30 am.

2. Constructions site everywhere. Don’t rent until you’ve made sure the house next door hasn’t been bought by a developer and isn’t about to be knocked down and turned into apartments. Renovators are a selfish, maddening, noise-polluting nuisance too – sometimes even on Saturdays. What used to be a peaceful suburb is now one big fat construction site.

3. Noisy Swinburne students. I’ve rented in three parts of Hawthorn. The first was near Swinburne (in Auburn Road), the next two weren’t, but the current place (Power St) has nonetheless got really bad since 2009. Noisy students throwing parties late at night with loud thumping music, coming out on their balconies and yacking and laughing at 12.30 am or yacking at the top of their voices next to an open window at 4.45 am (no joke), oblivious to the dozens of flats around theirs or the effect that their behaviour might have on normal human beings who are trying to sleep. Two other horror stories: last November I was woken up at 4.43 am by one such student using a communal washing machine in my building at that time; when I got up and confronted her she said she didn’t think anyone could hear it, even though it sends sound waves throughout the whole building that everyone can hear. On another occasion when I got up at 6.40 am (not woken up by her, thankfully) I heard her using the vacuum cleaner (I checked in the hallway that it was indeed coming from her flat). What sort of freak vacuums at 6.40 am? These sort of students also enjoy driving into the carpark late at night with incredibly loud music blaring in their cars – again, oblivious to the fact that there might be people metres away trying to sleep. Maybe they come from countries were noise restrictions don’t exist. I’ll leave it at that, but if you encounter similar troubles don’t say you weren’t warned.

4. Skyrocketing rents. My landlord has put my rent up eight times in six years. I’m paying $255 a week – and, as they keep reminding me, the rent is still below the market rate. This much for a crummy little 1 bedroom flat that doesn’t even have a balcony, living cheek-by-jowl with people in other blocks of flats nearby, just isn’t worth it. How landlords persuade new residents to pay $290–350 a week for one bedroom flats I don’t know – I’ve seen decent looking one bedroom flats advertised from $290 a week in Brighton, one of the most expensive suburbs in Melbourne (plus they’ve got a beach, and probably very little through-traffic). Even West Hawthorn, the nicest part of Hawthorn – from Power Street over to the Yarra – has construction sites now, ruining the ambience there, which used to be lovely (I lived there 2000–2003, in Elm Street). The developers got ‘in on the secret’ of what a great place Hawthorn was, started building like mad and in the process wrecked what made it such a desirable place: it was peaceful and not over-developed.

Hawthorn is no longer the sort of suburb where you don’t have to be rich and live in a mansion in order to enjoy it. You do – or else be a heavy sleeper and/or hard of hearing, plus have no objection to ingesting several stomachs-full of truck fumes every time you walk to the shops (assuming you don’t travel there in your BMW 4WD, as so many do). If you can afford a huge house on a large block well away from a main road, with no renovators next door, then go for it. If you’re looking for a flat then unless you can find something that’s (a) nowhere near a main road and (b) in an area that’s too expensive for Swinburne students to afford (even with several packed into one flat – they tend to do that) then I recommend you don’t bother. If you want this locality maybe try Kew, East Kew or Balwyn (but not North Boring, which is horribly dull and suburban). And, as another reviewer put it, Glenferrie Road is getting ‘dirty’ these days. I used to go there about twice a week – now once or twice a month. Too many 4WDs barging their way into traffic (eg opposite Glenferrie Station, coming out of Grace Street) and engaging in driving that’s generally life-threatening (except to all the other people in tanks), crowds of students, noise blaring from speakers outside shops (eg over the footpath, not inside the shops), too much traffic in general, etc. Blame ‘Big Australia’. The whole of Beautiful Boroondara will probably be ruined eventually, although at least the revolting Camberwell Station redevelopment has been canned.

If you’re still considering moving to Hawthorn, particularly to a heavily built up part, then if you know someone who lives here already I recommend seeing if you can stay overnight to check whether the noise levels are bearable, particularly on Saturday nights, when the students are at their worst. One the plus side the public transport in Hawthorn is fantastic, particularly now that they’ve improved the trains on Saturday and Sunday mornings and made them run every 10 minutes (in the past they ran every 20–30 minutes, and even the 9.17 am from Hawthorn Station to the city on a Sunday morning could be ridiculously crowded). One tip: the No. 75 tram can be maddeningly slow along Bridge Road in peak hour, so if you’re going all the way to the city it’s best to get out at Hawthorn Station and get the train, which is only 10 minutes to Flinders Street.
Pros
  • Amenities and parklands aplenty
  • Centrality, close to CBD
Cons
  • Trucks using Power Street non-stop
  • Buildings full of noisy Swinburne students
  • Expensive, over-priced rentals
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Students
georgem6
georgem6 Jesus Christ can you complain anymore?
Youre simply forgetting that the suburb is very close to the cbd and Melbourne is a growing city embrace it or ship off/out whereever!
Dec 02, 2016
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2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Great area but becoming crowded."

Hawthorn is a suburb of mixed livability. In some parts streets are leafy and filled with nice houses, on the flip side it is becoming a cramped student ghetto full of cheap, high density apartments without adequate car parking or transport options. The only thing that is consistent in Hawthorn is the dangerous driving from the Soccer Moms in German SUV's brigade.
Cons
  • A bit "seedy" in certain areas
  • Congested, high density living
  • Expensive
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
2yrs+
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • 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 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
2yrs+

"Central to most of Melbourne"

Hawthorn's position in Melbourne is very handy as it comes off as more or less central. Most neighbours seem to be a bit withdrawn socially but if you say hello to them and make the effort, they will always be friendly towards you, and you can make good friends of neighbours. Sometimes the neighbours are party animals but it is not all the time, so it's takeable. It is best to know at least two neighbours close handy and you can do neighbourly things for each other such as lend a cup of sugar! Lots of students abound with schools and Swinburne close. Have been a victim of crime in this area so that tainted my experience but still here for the moment as the positives outweight the negatives. My family and friends love coming here. Good for singles. Love this suburb!
Pros
  • Centrality, close to CBD
  • Amenities and parklands aplenty
  • Good investment purchase-wise
Cons
  • Congested, high density living
  • Expensive
  • A bit "seedy" in certain areas
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5
2yrs+

"A beautiful green suburb."

It's a beautiful greeny suburb with a sense of comfort within walking distance of all basic amenities.

There's a bike trail, an Oval, a park, local shops etc, and most of all it's safe for all age groups and I'll highly recommend it to anyone.

I'm renting here at the moment but some day I wish to own a property here.
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 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
  • 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+

"I have family friends here. Good shopping strip and good living"

A Bubbly suburb, great restaurants and I just love this place.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • 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 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Leafy but expensive inner eastern suburb."

Hawthorn contains a lot of diversity.
From apartments to huge mansions, it's got it all.
Great stores and restaurants. However Glenferrie road is a bit "dirty".
Hawthorn is very close to the city but has a lot of traffic on the main roads.
This suburb also contains some of the most exclusive schools in Australia like Scotch College.
It certainly is a great suburb to raise a family, if you can afford it.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
5/5 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 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"An ideal locale for families and students"

We moved here about 7 years ago with two young kids and are close to Glenferrie Station. Perfect spot. 5 mins walk to creche next to the library, 5 min walk to Glenferrie Primary (great state school) and 5 mins to Glenferrie Station, which is a major hub. We used to leave our house at 8am, drop kids off at creche/school, get to the train and were at our desks in the CBD at the latest by 8.45am! Can't beat that. Now they are older and it's an easy commute for them to any of the schools around. For us, it's still easy to get into the CBD for work or a stroll down to all the great shops in Glenferrie Rd, or a quick drive to Camberwell. People are friendly and it's nice to walk the dogs around the neighbourhood, either along the leafy streets gazing at all the lovely houses or letting them run around the nearby off-lead parks.
It's also a nice eclectic mix of families with kids, empty nesters and students. Quiet (for the most part) yet vibrant.
But what would I change? Only one thing: less pubs/clubs around and the issues from licensed venues and <30s roaming from venue to venue in the wee hours. State Govt have labelled Glenferrie Rd an activity hub and that brings some issues with it but as long as you don't live in the immediate vicinity, it's terrific.
I doubt we'll ever leave the area.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 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+

"Characteristic Leafy Location ideal for Families, Couples, Singles and Retirees"

As an Investment:
As a property buyers agent at Capital Property Advisory specialising in property investing for large portfolio holders, we have seen immense growth and recommend certain style properties in carefully selected streets to astute investors. Hawthorn is a well known affluent suburb which always outperforms the averages.

As an Owner Occupier:
Hawthorn is located 6km east from Melbourne's central business district and is home to some of Melbourne’s most prestigious residential addresses.

Hawthorn is always bustling with many residents enjoying the high standard cafe and restaurant lifestyle. The highly used shopping strips are Glenferrie and Riversdale Roads which offer many specialty stores.

Hawthorn is also home to a number of private schools such as Erasmus School of Primary Education, St. Josephs Primary School and Scotch College, the latter being one of the oldest and most prestigious schools in the country.

The area gives good geographical access to private schools in Camberwell, Malvern, Hawthorn East, including Alia College and Bialik College, as well as those in Kew, such as Xavier College, Carey Baptist Grammar School, Methodist Ladies' College, Ruyton Girls' School, Genazzano FCJ College and Trinity Grammar School. Just west of Hawthorn (in Richmond) is the Melbourne Girls' College.

I would rate Hawthorn in the top 10 places to live in Melbourne of all people looking for an affluent exciting lifestyle.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • 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 4/5
  • 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+

"Lovely Leafy Hawthorn"

We bought an apartment in Hawthorn 4 years ago, and it is one of the best decisions we have made. We are lucky enough to live opposite St James Park which provides us with a lovely green view. We have the Yarra River at the end of our street, and we get plenty of excercise walking and cycling along the Yarra trails. We love walking around our neighbourhood and admiring some of the beautiful homes and leafy green parks of which there are an abundance. Public transport is first rate, and for those with children, there are a lot of good schools in the area. Shopping is great too. Glenferrie Rd has an eclectic mix of shops and places to eat. Overall, Hawthorn is a really nice place to live. We certainly are happy here and what a great investment!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5
2yrs+

"Green suburb not far from the CBD"

Hawthorn is a lovely area with a lovely blend of houses from the older character homes through to more modern homes, townhouses and apartments. This means there is a bit there for everyone.
The area is very well serviced by public transport so it’s easy to get where you need to go without a car. If you work in the CBD it’s a short trip in.
There are some great parks, including St James Park, for family picnics, a morning run or just a nice walk amongst the green. There are other walking and cycling paths close by for the active among you.
There is a good range of shops close by including an IKEA. You should be able to satisfy all your buying needs close by.
If you an to get out for a meal or a night out then there are some nice restaurants, cafes and pubs close by so you won't have to go far.
For families there are some good schools in the area.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
vanessak3
vanessak3 Has anyone lived on park street? Really want to know if noise is bad with student parties etc.
Feb 21, 2017
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