8.0 out of 10

Kensington

Ranked 234th best suburb in Melbourne (Greater)
-37.7918649605969 144.922170172042
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  • Eating Out
  • Parks & Recreation
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Full of lovely community spirit and nice tree-lined walks!"

Kensington has a wonderful village feel. We have lived here for 4 years and it feels like home. People are friendly when you're out walking your dog and there are lots of smiles from familiar faces. The old Stockroute walkway is particularly nice to walk on a daily basis. The trees and gardens are very relaxing and well-kept. Maribyrnong River has nice spots to walk/ride to including Footscray Park and Footscray Arts Centre where you can get breakfast. JJ Holland is another favourite with sports teams always on the go, beautiful trees and a BMX park filled with kiddies. Easy to walk to train stations and buses, as well as the 57 tram/supermarkets. Highpoint is a really quick drive. Loving all of the new restaurants opening up (e.g. Mexican tortilleria.. also keen to try the new Korean) and Hardimans is a great local pub. Especially love the trivia nights there. I'm not sure if some of the previous comments about safety are relating to the Flemington side of the tracks, but we feel very safe in Kensington and love walking around the area. I've found the old stigma about the area means you can get much bigger and nicer apartments/houses on this side of town than the East/South side for your money (I've lived on both sides). Eastern suburbs friends have been really surprised when they see how nice the area is for how much we pay.
Pros
  • taking the Dynon Rd route means you can drive into the city in no time
  • Friendly Neighbours
  • Asian Cuisine
  • Proximity to Capital City Trail
Cons
  • above ground crossing at Kensington/Macauley stations can lead to backed up traffic in peak times
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
2yrs+

"Close to everything"

Great place to live! Multiple supermarkets, gyms and parks. Cafes, Hardimans, White Rabbit Record Bar in Kensington. Laksa King/Chef Leganda/Spicy Tofu in Flemington. So close to everything, 2 train lines, buses and a tram: $15 cab to Brunswick/Lygon St/CBD/North Melbourne.

Community based, unpretentious, hipster-free zone. Could do with a few more places to go get a drink and would be better if there were more things open on Sunday.
Pros
  • Friendly Neighbours
  • Pin Oak Crescent
  • Proximity to city
Recommended for
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  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Students
3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Close to the city!"

I like Flemington, because its close to the city. Nothing better then that. Everything else is bad, the neighbors are nice, I met a few ppl for a year living here. 2 weeks after we moved someone broke in to our car, a few times when we walk on the street after 7pm, we've seen person with a sharp metal stick in his hand waking around the cars and the buildings with the underneath parkings (of course we called the police). During the day, I feel safty.
Pros
  • Friendly Neighbours
  • Proximity to city
Cons
  • Craigieburn line is one of the busiest
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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 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Affordability so close to the city!"

Perfect Area to live - close to everything
Pros
  • Pin Oak Crescent
  • Asian Cuisine
  • Friendly Neighbours
  • Proximity to city
  • Proximity to Capital City Trail
Recommended for
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  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"A good option"

Kensington has a good community spirit. There are are good and bad aspects, like all suburbs, but some of the less desirable aspects add character. The high street has everything you need and proximity to public transport and bike tracks is great. We have a young child and we are not concerned about raising him in this area. We understand the local primary schools have a good reputation.
We have had our house burgled once but our level of security wasn't too good.
Pros
  • Pin Oak Crescent
  • Asian Cuisine
  • Friendly Neighbours
  • Proximity to city
  • Proximity to Capital City Trail
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  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
KEG KEG
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Flemington - the next big thing."

Don't let the high rise housing commission and dodgey looking chinese food put you off. Beyond the perceived negatives (and I say perceived because the chinese food is actually really good, make sure you try the lemon chicken at Chop Chop!) is an up and coming area with a real sense of old school community. You know - neighbours who know your name, take you bins in, and invite you to the neighbour hood party in the local park - no? Well, believe it, it's here, it still exists, here in Flemington.

It's the real sense of community along with beautiful old houses, tree lined streets, and great cafes (not to mention i get to sleep as my train trip each day to the Docklands is only 15mins!) that's going to make Flemington the next big thing.
Pros
  • Pin Oak Crescent
  • Asian Cuisine
  • Friendly Neighbours
  • Proximity to city
Recommended for
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  • Families with kids
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Convenient lifestyle, leafy streets, friendly neighbours, afforable for an inner city suburb"

Having previously lived in Prahan, Collingwood, Fitzroy and East Melbourne when we were looking to buy a house approx two years ago Flemington was not initially at the top of the list. However, having lived here for the last two years we have discovered that Flemington has a number of the benefits of each of these locations (specifically – it is close to town, well serviced by public transport, close to shops and supermarket), but also we have the added bonus of living in a double fronted house on a tree lined street with back yard! It does have some of the cons of other inner city suburbs (high rise towers) albeit that there was a much more noticeable presence of "undesirables" in Collingwood... Over the last two years we have certainly never witnessed any of the issues referred to by other reviewers. We regularly walk through the area (including Kensington) at night and feel entirely safe. One thing we have witnessed has been the progressive "professionalization" of this suburb. A number of houses in our street have been renovated (or are in the process of) and there are also number of new restaurants on Pin Oak and Race Course Rd. With further passage of time I expect Flemington and Kensington to continue attract more young professionals and families and take on the popularity of a number of other inner city suburbs.
Pros
  • Proximity to city
  • Asian Cuisine
  • Friendly Neighbours
  • Pin Oak Crescent
Recommended for
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  • Families with kids
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
2yrs+

"easy access to City link, the freeways, bikepaths, parks, cafes & all this with quiet leafy streets. What more could you ask for??"

I will admit the proximity of high density council housing made me a reluctant entrant to Flemington but despite living just a block or two away we have never experienced any harrassment or crime. Many reviewers mention undesirable behaviour on trams, and the street but I beleive any inner city suburb has an element of this and have found it no worse in Flemington than the others. The council housing brings a cultural diversity to the suburb that many other inner city suburbs lack, not only are there great cafes but a multitude of different cuisines to choose from.
Pinoak crescent has some great little cafes and shops - thoroughly recommend the bircher at Made!
There is a great community spirit.People are friendly, we know our neighbours, passersby will say hello, a dropped wallet is handed in untouched, some water for the dog as you sit outside the pub or cafe is never too much trouble. This to me has been a big contrast to other melbourne suburbs I have lived in.
Along with many public transport options (2 trams, 2 trains) you're right by the capital city trail bike path, a leisurely bike to work takes me all of 15 minutes! Head the other direction on the trail and ride through Royal park, past the zoo & enjoy lunch in one of the northern suburbs. Royal park is right on your doorstep and Princes park easil accessed.
You have easy access to City link, the freeways, bikepaths, parks, cafes & all this with quiet leafy streets. What more could you ask for??
Pros
  • Pin Oak Crescent
  • Proximity to Capital City Trail
  • Royal Park
Cons
  • Craigieburn line is one of the busiest
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G03 G03
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • 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+

"Great Village"

After living abroad for 5 years, coming home to Flemington was a welcome relief. All the new cafes and restaurants along Pin Oak crs are a welcome addition to a great suburb. The upgrade of the park in Farnham Street is another big plus to a young family.
Recommended for
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2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
2yrs+

"A neighbourhood in need of change"

Flemington when talked about by realtors will talk about the beautiful quiet treed streets with the quaint houses (which is true). What they will miss is the lack of good social, cultural integration in the area, and complete lack of proper policing. Flemington is a suburb left to languish in effect, and when walking down racecourse road at night or day, the presence of people sniffing glue, on drugs, drunk (or getting there), is quite obvious. The large public housing community at 120 racecourse road is a large source of this problem, not completely due to the people in it, but more due to the lack of community services or integrative facilities. The local council and police force has really made a mistake in how they have handled the situation in this community. The large somali community in the area is also not been handled effectively, and needs to be dealt in a manner that will give immigrants a sense of purpose and pride in the local area and country they move to; not to be shoved into public housing given welfare payments and left to fend for themselves, leading to some of this gang culture in flemington. Not a safe place for lone women.

Strict examples of the drug problem would be, glue sniffing seen at the townhouses behind newmarket supermarket, also right along racecourse road. Drunk and offensive behaviour on the 57 tram, people even drinking out of wine casks on the tram. Paint sniffing on racecourse road. Homeless people drinking next to the public toilet all day in the main centre of racecourse road. No noticeable police presence.
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"Not safe"

Flemington is not safe for your family. last year I rented here and my car got its windows broken two times.(nothing was stolen). Gangs constantly walk the streets and is not safe for women to walk any time due to constent sexual harrasment herbally and physically.

They only plus to flemington is its public transport and vacinity to the city
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G03
G03 I spent the entire day out and about in Flemington today and all I came across was a lovely grandmother taking her grandchild for a walk, a guy running with his dog and some Salvos collecting for a boxing day appeal. All were friendly and said hello. Didn't see any "gangs constantly roaming the streets", nor have I ever seen this. There are some sorry souls at the public plaza on Racecourse road at times, but this is not so much intimidating, but more sad. Your post is no reflection of a great suburb.
2yrs+
Lidia
Lidia I dont know about you G03, but I agree with Mrrich 100%, we moved last winter in Flemington, from Carlton and this was our big mistake, 2 weeks after we've moved someone broke in to our car. Yes, most of the ppl are friendly, but for me is not safe in Flemington.
2yrs+
G03
G03 I'm sorry to hear about your experience Lidia, but I think you will find crime anywhere. Nearly 10 years off and on for my wife and I in Flemington and never have I felt unsafe. Maybe get to know your neighbours better and look out for each other - might make you feel safer. I lived in Carlton in my uni days an had my house broken into twice and had issues with the junkies down the street. Everyone will have bad experiences from time to time in any suburb, I guess it is about taking positive measures to make you and your family feel safe. Good luck and hope you enjoy our wonderful area.
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 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+

"London calling"

WOW, What a Gem in the Rough, this place is trully amazing, London all over it, I lived in the UK for some time and this place makes me feel like I'm still there. The tree Lined streets, to the delightful cafes, the people, the streets its all here, Im blessed to have bought here a place not known to mankind, Timeless Character fills the place, the Family feel is superb, I have 2 boys 9 and 4, they have all the foundations for a great future, the local school is a diamond Harry Potter look out ! To all looking to buy, buy now or forever hold your piece.............Property here does not come around everyday....GOLD GOLD GOLD.
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"A beautiful suburb with a village feel"

On the Melbourne landscape, few suburbs have gone through such a dramatic transformation in recent times as Kensington has. The sale yards re-development (Kensington Banks), the popularity of Macaulay Road shops and Bellair Street’s delightful boutique cafés makes Kensington a unique and highly desirable suburb – and only 3-4 kilometres from the CBD. Sharing the same 3031 postcode as Flemington, the two suburbs are now neatly divided by Racecourse Road – Flemington to the north (City of Moonee Valley) and Kensington to the south (City of Melbourne). Distinctly Victorian in style, Kensington offers an abundance of single-front homes – ideal for first-home buyers and professionals whilst larger double-fronts provide families the opportunity to experience this unique inner-urban lifestyle. The medium-density townhouse-focused Kensington Banks development of the 1990s has seen the population expand dramatically in the suburb giving local traders a much bigger local market to service. There’s also great access to the Maribyrnong River with its reserves and numerous bike trails. Public transport is also a key feature of the area with Kensington, South Kensington and Macaulay Stations providing quick access to the city.
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"A faster pace suburb"

Although the suburb of Flemington occupies a substantial area, more than half of this can be attributed to the world-famous racecourse and adjoining showgrounds precincts – complete with their own railway stations. The residential area of Flemington though is surprisingly compact with its main borders being Ascot Vale Road (west), Kent Road (north), Mt Alexander Road (east) and Racecourse Road (south) – not much more than a square kilometre. What it lacks in quantity though is more than compensated for in the sheer quality of Victorian homes and elegant tree-lined streetscapes that dominate the area. From compact workers cottages to stately residences on a grand scale – Flemington has it all. Being just 3-4 kilometres from the CBD, this is an area where location is paramount to its residents. Everything is within easy reach – Newmarket Station and shopping centre, Racecourse road trams and cafés, plus quick access to Citylink. With an abundance of smaller homes and newer medium-density developments (such as the townhouses along Newmarket Way, Flemington is a popular choice for professionals, investors and first-home buyers looking for an affordable home close to the city.
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • 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 4/5
2yrs+

"Best home yet"

So close to the CBD, great cafes, and beautiful tree-lined streets. Great parks for children and wonderful neighbours - such a diverse range of people. This is the best place I have lived. The only thing I would say is the tavern near the Supermarket should be closed down - it really ruins an otherwise lovely suburb.
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • 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 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Good place to rent, too expensive to buy"

It has everything you need.
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1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
2yrs+

"SCUM CITY"

Flemington- beautiful racecorse- filth suburb.
if you wish to be threatened, assaulted and scared for you life every night ont he way home from wor, flemington is the town for you. an un-policed and unstoppable army of drugged drunk and croming criminals roam the tramlines freely every night of the week. please under no circumstances allow your young sons and daughter to travel alone on the 57 tram.
G03
G03 Though you are entitled to your opinion- your comments about Flemington are sensationalistic to say the least! The 57 tram line can have an undesirable element on board, but that is no reflection of the suburb as a whole. There is a perfectly safe tram alternative along Mt Alexander road and the train station at Newmarket is well lit and has a bustling cafe trade down Pin Oak crs for added security. It sounds like you may have had a bad experience on the 57 tram line. Maybe you should use an alternate route so as to give you a better opinion of a great suburb.
2yrs+
Kevan
Kevan I absolutely agree with G03. Any inner city suburb will always attract all walks of life - particularly on public transport where a road like Racecourse Rd leads to many outer suburbs. Just because there are undesirable people on that line, doesn't mean they all live in one particular suburb. And personally, I'd rather travel on a busy tram in the inner city than on some empty train carraige out to a remote suburb where no-one can hear you scream.
I have had no such experience with Flemington as described by foofoo. Flemington is a beautiful suburb - we love living here. I love wandering the beautiful streets, catching the train to work at Newmarket and grabbing a coffee at Made on the way. We walk the dog at Debney, let the kids play at Farnham St park - and we can be in the city in no time at all.
I do concede that there is another side of Flemington - the drunks and drug addicts (but isn't this the case with every inner-city suburb??) and the evident poverty around the high-rise flats - but there are also lovely families that live in those flats who have introduced us to different cultures and add a colourful landscape to an otherwise white middle-class demographic. Open your eyes, foofoo.
2yrs+
Lidia
Lidia Offf, I love Flemington too, but like you saying Kevan: "I do concede that there is another side of Flemington - the drunks and drug addicts (but isn't this the case with every inner-city suburb??)” Let me answer you, NO IT IS NOT EVERY SUBURB. We’ve been lived in Carlton for more than 2 years and we never saw drug addict or drunken person on the streets, plus that our car was parked on the street 24/7 and no one broke in to or does something to our car. Now I live in Flemington, I am not saying it’s really bad area, just when you moving in to a new area, you don’t expect someone to break in to your car in the first 2 weeks, you don’t make house insurance just like that-but we did. About the public transport-I cannot say anything, just because I don’t use it!!
2yrs+
Flemingtonres1
Flemingtonres1 I've lived in both Carlton and flemington too and saw plenty of drunks and drug addicts there. Plus my car was stolen in Carlton and house broken into twice. I was pleasantly surprised moving to flemington that insurance for car and home is significantly cheaper. So far we have not experienced any crime here in flemington, and hopefully it stays that way, but inevitably we will as we would in any other place in Australia, particularly in the city.
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • 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 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 5/5
2yrs+

"no better place to live"

We've lived here for 14 years in a number of different houses and bought in 2001. Moved here to go to uni from a country town and stayed. The neighbourhood and facilities are better than any place I've lived in Australia. The Venny, community garden, YMCA pool and gym, toy library, shops, coffee, Hardimans Hotel, Tonik, cleanskins, 3 train stations on 3 different lines, a bus accessing 5 major hospitals and a number of Uni's, tram at one end, the list is endless. Most importantly, the people are fantastic.
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
2yrs+

"Poor internet access"

I lived in the Kensington Banks area for over three years. When this area was established phone lines were "split" or shared between neighbours. This means you can have your own private number however you cannot sign up to an ADSL internet connection giving you the choice of the inferior dial up product or the more expensive wireless product.
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  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"All round great place to live - everything you need right at your fingertips."

Flemington is just one of those suburbs that is so easy to live in. Its close to everything and has a chilled out feel about it. Lots of good local cafes like Pepper and MADE. Its good because its friendly, down to earth and not pretentious. The mix of cuisine is great - African, Asian, Modern Australian - its all here.
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"A secret city-side pocket full of tree lined streets, great coffee and a sense of community."

This niche suburb nestled in between Kensington and Ascot Vale is a real little gem. Quiet, friendly, gorgeous tree lined streets, beautiful village feel with all the great coffee, eclectic food, homewares shops, flowers, bakery's and deli on Pin Oak Crescent and around on Racecourse Rd. And all perched on the edge of the Melbourne CBD. Great community parks on Canterbury Street and Farnham St really make this suburb a 'home'.
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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 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • 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+

"Beautiful Gem Spot ~"

I have been living in Kensington for 3 years and it just keep getting excellent.

I love the restaurants on offer near the Kensington Station, during the weekends especially during the Melbourne Cup season, you can just relax at the coffee shop and seeing all these "beautiful" communters going pass. Also around the corner, there is a beautiful and friendly flower shop where you can buy your flowers for all occassions.

The Kensington community is a co-operative and kind place. Great multi-cultural events from time to time and Sunday service for everyone and it is run by the Christian Hope Church. if you look furhter, there is even a Kensington Community Garden, where you can have your own Vegie garden for free and all the tools are provided.

Other main attratctions are the number of Gardens and parks arond the Kensington area, there is the Woman's Peace Garden, which can almost see the whole Kensington Bank, the JJ Holland Park and the amazing Footscray Park along the Maribyrnong river and dring the Royal Melbourne Show, that's where you get to see the best view of the Fire Works for the family.

All in All, come and live in Kensington and you will find out it is probably the greatest surburb in Melbourne!!
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Kensington Convenience"

Kensington has a fiercely loyal neighbourhood community as witnessed earlier this year by the vigilance of supporters who successfully protested against the development of a road tunnel staging site at JJ Holland Park. Located 5 kilometres from the CBD, Kensington has several excellent access routes - Macauley Road/King Street, Dynon Road/Spenser Street, Footscray Road/Docklands. There's Kensington and South Kensington train stations, and well paved bike tracks along the Maribyrnong River and Footscray Road into the city. There's a brilliant Kensington Community Garden located on Westbourne Road, and new gym facilities at Kensington Community Centre. Close to shops, schools and medical facilities, Kensington is a great place to live for singles, couples, retirees and families.
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  • 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 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"I'll miss this cute lil' hideaway."

It has been amazing to watch Kensington come of age over the last few years... Blue stone lanes are being replaced, trees are being planted along its streets and there's a community spirit to rival any small town. It now hosts plenty of all-too-cute cafes, local designer markets, acoustic sessions on sundays and lots of shops to give your credit card a good work out. You can walk to parks, trains, trams, cafes and pubs. On a winter's afternoon Kensington can feel like a quaint English village with its grand train station and dappled light through the plane trees, and in spring it opens its arms to the racing festival and an annual flurry of frocked-up women and their fellas. I have felt entirely welcomed since i moved here, and with 4 more sleeps left till i leave, i miss living here already.
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2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Not Very Safe in terms of high crime rate"

Have lived in Flemington for several years now, don't feel very safe around the neighborhood at night, several 20-storey public housings deteriorate the environment and led to hightened crime rate. My car windows got smashed once even though parked in an underground car park overnight... also heard of an armed robery at a local restaurant, can often seen drug addicts on the street. Don't find police very helpful except giving out parking tickets...am thinking moving out of this area soon.

Public transports though are very convenient with a short train ride to city and tram ride to Highpoint shopping centre. Traffic can get busy during spring race season.

Local cafe and eateries are nother big plus.

However wouldn't send my kids to local schools...
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Nelson
Nelson Its sad to hear you have had this experience in Flemington. Its the exact opposite to how I have found living here. Friendly people, lots of local parks where families meet, great little cafes and good locals. A few rough spots, but its close to the city and all city suburbs have some small bad elements.
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weiwu128
weiwu128 Hi Nelson, guess you're right, probably being too negative here due to my very bad experience...the main problem is that police nowaday is either not trained to cope with the increasing number of real crimes or they just don't care. You hear about robbing, stabbing in media everyday, but when was the last time you heard a bad guy get caught? One thing I know is the bastards smashed 10 car windows and stole several GPS devices in one night in my by building car park are still at large...and that's not gonna stop in Flemington....
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family6 Could you explain your final comment refering to the schools. The ... does not really suffice for an explanation. Do you have children at school or did you attend any yourself? I am very hopeful the little snide remark at local schools is not a potentially racist dig at the fantastic multicultural nature of this suburb. Maybe you could elaborate on your opinion and it's basis. My children attend a local school and have amazing and extremely dedicated teachers there.
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  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
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  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"The country in the city"

Kensington was a suburb i stumbled on after first moving to Melbourne 3 years ago, and after looking to buy in other inner city suburbs it offered great proximity, leafy streets, a village atmosphere and yet still only 4km from the CBD.

People are very friendly, neighbours are neighbourly and the old parts of Kensington are extremely well preserved. But look out as there is so much renovation happening it wouldn't be surprising to see prices starting to match those of other inner city hot spots.

If you want to live in the city, but still feel like you're away from it all, there aren't many suburbs that are better!
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  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
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  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • 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+

"Gee we miss Kensington..."

Having moved overseas for work around 12 months ago we certainly know exactly what we miss about living in Kensington. The freedom, the proximity, the coffee, the food, Willy Beach down the road, Flemington (especially at this time of year) and the City nearby make it the most convenient spot to live. Nice and quiet, peaceful and friendly we cannot wait to be moving back home in the near future.

Property prices tend to be nicely shielded from any wild value fluctuations seen elsewhere. It is not over the top but it certainly is no longer a 'rock-bottom' suburb in Melbourne. The rent we are receiving while we are away is good from an income point of view.

I'd say that if you were willing to get your hands dirty it is a great place to pick up a reasonably priced house with a bit of history and make it into your own restored but modern masterpiece. It took us a long time but it was worth it in the end!
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CommunityMan Great review - I like Kensington too and visit friends there.
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  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
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  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Fantastic village culture, great cafes, brilliant area for kids."

Having lived in the outer suburbs, I expected more of a "city" feel, but Kensington somehow manages a "country" feel - with friendly people and lovely safe culture within the neighbourhood and local school. Small backyards are made up for with the fantastic outdoor playground/park areas. Access to the city is brilliant - being a 50-minute walk or a 10-minute train ride.
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2yrs+

"A good residential suburb close to Melbourne and famous for horse-racing"

Flemington is just 6 kilometres north-west of the Melbourne CBD.

The suburb is well-known for the Flemington Racecourse, which holds horse-racing events throughout the year. The area really comes to life in the Spring Carnival week which includes Australia's most famous horse race the Melbourne Cup.

It has a range of residential options, from large homes to modern townhouses to large apartment buildings offering cost effective high density living.

There are a number of schools in the area, and the CBD is at your fingertips and easily accessed by train. Racecourse Road is a popular spot, offering a huge range of cuisines and dining options.
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2yrs+

"Friendly area with plenty of parks"

Flemington is a great area. It is a friendly area with plenty of parks around the area for the active people who love to go for a walk or run. It’s good for kids too as you can take them and let them run free. For the families there are some good schools in the area.
There are some great tree lined streets in the neighbourhood with a good combination of old and new houses.
The area is well serviced by public transport with train providing easy access to the city.
There are plenty of good shops nearby so you can get all you need without having to go too far.
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2yrs+

"Close to the city with everything you need close by"

It’s a short trip into the city from this area making it ideal for those that work in the CBD but don’t want to spend hours on the train. The area is well serviced by public transport.
It is also well serviced by shops and some good restaurants around the area or close by.
If you want to get out for a few drinks there are some pubs close by as well and it’s also easy to get to a few of the bigger nightspots around town.
There are plenty of parks close by for young families.
There is a good blend of houses from apartments to townhouses to attractive homes. There are a lot of newer apartment blocks which are more attractive than the older style apartments often seen in inner city areas.
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