8.2 out of 10

Highett

Ranked 204th best suburb in Melbourne (Greater)
-37.9515353862415 145.039482994808
Great for
  • Shopping Options
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Internet Access
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Resale or Rental Value
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  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Singles
  • Beach Lovers

Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 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 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Mar 20, 2016

"Highett coming of Age"

It depends which part of Highett you are intending of living in. It has many nice areas - but if your looking to buy, I would recommend buying underneath the Nepean Highway line (beachside of Nepean Highway), preferably around the Bay Road area which is close to Sandringham College and the Sandringham College Junior Campus. Its the area which borders on the Sandringham suburb boundary edge.

Close to shops including Coles, Woolies and Aldies and other shops and not forgetting Southland, easy access into the Melbourne CBD and close to the beaches along Beach Road - only about 5 minute drive, this place has everything, including a reasonable price tag - Still!

If you can get into one of the quieter streets around the Sandringham Junior College Area its excellent. It would be better if it had more parks and I feel council should look to buyout land in areas where there isn't residential development and implement a green strategy ie, for example on Advantage Road.

So its excellent - just more parks would be nice and it would be a great area. The prices for homes seem reasonable, especially compared to Sandringham and Hampton so its an option for families looking for something cheaper but still getting the 'Bayside Lifestyle'. Highly recommended Suburb for mine and it should be much higher up the suburb ratings than it is in my opinion. A secret that probably will get out as people are priced out of much more expensive suburbs like Sandringham, Hampton and Black Rock etc.
Pros
  • Amenity and quality of life
  • The community
  • Great schools for young families e.g St Agnes PS
  • Great cafes on the shopping strip.
Cons
  • A few of the old shops on the shopping strip are old crap Chinese restaurants from the 70s or $2 shops
  • Lack of nightlife
  • Too many barking dogs.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
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 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 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"A wonderful community, great for families. Transport, shopping, parks and only five minutes to the beach!"

This once-quiet suburb seems to be undergoing rapid change. The village is springing to life with new shops and cool cafes, along with the essentials - not one but two local butchers, delis, bakeries, newsagents, doctors, dentists, physios etc. And the convenience of the new sharp shopping centre if you don't feel like driving down to nearby Southland. The trains run every 10 mins and there are plenty of buses. A library on the high street and a community centre with playgroups and classes a short walk away. But the best thing? The wonderful sense of community. Where your neighbours know your name, and the sweet old ladies walking their dog stop to say hello, the barista at your local knows just how you like your flat white, where your local wine store stocks a fantastic and affordable range of decent reds to go with the award winning sausages made on premises of the award winning butcher. A quick drive to Sandringham and Black Rock beach on the weekend to enjoy a walk and the sunset.

We live on Rowans Road and it's brilliant. We were worried about the potential traffic at first, but it's not even noticeable. A short walk to the station and a quick scoot to the Nepean Highway to drive in to the city. REALLY useful if you have to commute.

It's still relatively affordable compared to Sandringham next door, but others seem to have cottoned on to this little gem and prices are starting to skyrocket. Unsurprising really, you can't argue with the geographical location. Probably more of a wonder that it stayed afforadable for so long.

The downsides? The lack of nightlife! Oh, for a decent bar / restaurant. Or three! Although judging by the growing number of hipsters spotted down the village, this is probably imminent.
Pros
  • Quick drive to the beach
  • Amenity and quality of life
  • The community
  • Great schools for young families e.g St Agnes PS
  • Great cafes on the shopping strip.
  • Parks and recreation facilities
Cons
  • Lack of nightlife
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
EmmaJ1
EmmaJ1 What a lovely review of a wonderful suburb! I have grown up in the area around Parkdale and also love the sense of community and the feeling of belonging you get from such communities. I am interested by your comment about the lack of nightlife in the area, I am looking at opening a bar in the area and would love your thoughts on what the locals are looking for. Do you have any tips for someone coming into the area?
2yrs+
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Great bayside living great value bright future"

I lived in Highett and started our family there we lived in Peterson street and loved having the park and playground over the road from our home. We enjoyed walks to the skate park on highett road and the little park at the end of ashwood ave. The area is constantly on the improve with renovations, new homes and units being built. You only have to look at the prices of property in Hampton to work out that Highett is great value bayside of the train line and has a great future, I am a true believer and still own property in Highett. The new shopping centre is excellent. Buses run along Wickham and Highett rds and the train from Highett shops so transport is pretty convenient. A trip to the beach is best by bike or car but still convenient. Southland sc is close by also highett values are slightly cheaper on the east side of nepean hwy. Quiet friendly place to live.
Pros
  • Amenity and quality of life
  • The community
  • Great cafes on the shopping strip.
  • Parks and recreation facilities
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Gay & Lesbian
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 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • 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 3/5
2yrs+

"Next suburb down the Frankston line to come of age"

Our young family bought here recently on Rowans Road. Unfortunately that's noisier than we expected. However, most streets when we go for walks are very quiet with lots of character. Access to great parks, rec facilities and the beach is a big plus. The biggest thing for us is the regeneration of the shopping strip. It will be great when the Woollies is finished and even more cafes and food shops, in addition to the great ones we already have, move in. It's still a pretty WASP suburb, but one presumes it will be the next suburb down the train line that gets more multicultural - if Ormond and Bentleigh are any indication.
Pros
  • Parks and recreation facilities
  • Great cafes on the shopping strip.
  • Amenity and quality of life
  • The community
  • Great schools for young families e.g St Agnes PS
Cons
  • A few of the old shops on the shopping strip are old crap Chinese restaurants from the 70s or $2 shops
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
  • Beach Lovers
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 4/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"Busy Busy Busy"

Noisy, dirty and smelly
Recommended for
  • Students
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
2yrs+

"Highett, a changing suburb."

Highett has undergone a lot of change in the last ten years. It is one of the more affordable bayside suburbs, but like everywhere else, house prices have increased over this period of time. Many properties have been bought and subdivided, especially corner properties. Larger houses (double storey) are now appearing in what was previously a suburb of mostly single storey houses. There are currently several large developments being built - apartments and a supermarket. Traffic through the shopping strip is often congested, and it can be difficult to find car parking.
Apart from that, Highett is a good suburb to live in. If you rely on public transport the train is nearby and the buses are good. Southland is not too far away. The people are nice and there is a village feel to the suburb, brought about by the friendliness of the shop keepers.
Pros
  • Amenity and quality of life
  • The community
Cons
  • Too many barking dogs.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Beach Lovers
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 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+

"The secret is out"

Highett is a great place to live for many reasons, only 14km to the CBD, easy access to all freeways, 5 minutes to Southland, 5 minutes to the beach, a quiet suburb that sits behind all of the expensive and up market suburbs. You have the best of both worlds in Highett, the cost of living and shopping is cheaper in comparison to Hampton and Sandringham, but only 5 minutes away if you want the exclusivity of the more up market shops. It has everything a family needs and or couples and young professionals could or would want. The street i live in is full of friendly families and older couples, we are not far from Nepean highway and honestly the only time i might hear it - is at night when lights are out and in bed and the local fire brigade go out on a call ( which is rare ). Great suburb - nothing to complain about (except that the secret is out) about Highett. Most people use to ask me where it is! and now i don't get asked anymore!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • 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 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 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Highett has it all!"

Close to the beach, 15km from the city, close to Southland and excellent delicatessens on Highett Rd - what more could you ask for? We've rented and now bought in Highett and find the locals to be very friendly - a real old-style community. There are plenty of parks and fitness centres too including Fitness First and Waves!
Pros
  • Amenity and quality of life
  • Great schools for young families e.g St Agnes PS
  • The community
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
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 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"A family environment"

We live in Dalmont St, and have the best neighbours. Everyone in our street is friendly and if you need anything people are always willing to help, Not only that but we have three parks within easy walking distance and also three schools within a kilometre!!! We love Highett
Pros
  • Amenity and quality of life
  • Great schools for young families e.g St Agnes PS
  • The community
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
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 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • 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+

"Quiet Highett, a friendly community"

The thing we most love about living in quiet Highett is the friendliness of the people and the strong sense of community. Our neighbours have been welcoming and always up for a chat or some excuse for a catch up. Rich friendships have been formed over book club (six of us and counting) and our rollicking conversations accompanied by bubbles! The people are real - all of us from different backgrounds, all with mortgages and household budgets, some with kids and some without but all sharing in our coveting of family and appreciation of our good fortune. Our street is so quiet and beautiful and green. Mornings are delightful and heralded by the clear as a bell calling of birds shortly before daylight. Summer is just great. A couch to 5 walk at least twice a week, and this to the beach and back, a cool drink on the deck late afternoons looking up to a pink sky. Christmas day, a walk to see the Christmas lights at Dalmont street an absolute must!

Highett has regenerated with many young families coming into the area and why wouldn't people want to come to Highett? Close to everything that you could need, health services, shops, parks and transport. The wonderful St. Aggies Primary school, a local treasure and just a stone's throw away in Petersen street. Many stylish new houses are being built as part of Highett’s transformation and the Highett road shopping strip is being polished up. It is a place that we are very lucky to call home.
Pros
  • The community
  • Great schools for young families e.g St Agnes PS
  • Amenity and quality of life
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
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 2/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Jillian Avenue - Almost Sandringham"

Highett is a great place to live, it has everything Bayside has to offer except the price tag. Jillian Avenue is one of Highetts better streets, close to Sandringham and it facilities and close to Highett Shops and its facilities. Great for families, transport, the beach, schools and shopping.

Transport - being right in the middle of both Sandringham and Highett stations you have a choice of what line to catch. From Jillian Ave you walk straight down Abbott street to the station(15mis) or from the end of the street you can catch the bus to Highett station from Highett road. The Highett road bus also takes you to Hampton Station and shops.

For the families -at the end of the street is Peterson Reserve with activities for young children at the play ground through to young teenages with the junior skateboard park. For the older teenages there is the skate park near the Southland. Ashwood Avenue park is walking distance, as is Sanrdringham Primary, Sandringham East Primary and Sandringham College.

Shopping - Walk to Coles and take aways and milk bars, or ride your bike to Sandringham for the Saturday coffee, Highett shops and cafes are equally as close. Southland is 5mins as is Hampton street.

Highett is a friendly place to live with a great community spirit. Not alot of houses turn over as families don't want to leave. !
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 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"A Great place to live with a young family"

Close to shops,Transport,beaches, bike paths,Parks and Schools without the price tag.

You are on the edge of two of Melbournes finest suburbs Hampton and Sandringham.
There is still a reasonable entry into the Bayside area through Highett to enjoy what the surrounding
suburbs have to offer with out having to pay outragious prices for property.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids