6.4 out of 10

McCrae

Ranked 316th best suburb in Melbourne (Greater)
-38.3543411217548 144.934746770421
Great for
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Clean & Green
  • Resale or Rental Value
  • Safe & Sound
  • Internet Access
Not great for
  • Nightlife
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Tourists

Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • 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 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Best kept secret"

beautiful beaches, amazing food. Not big on quantity but definitely the best quality.
Pros
  • Bay views
  • Leafy
  • postcode
Cons
  • no schools
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
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 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"We made the sea change"

Moved to McCrae almost a year ago and so far very pleased with the area. It may not have huge shopping areas or schools but the non-beach side of the freeway is great as most of the houses are holiday houses and therefore little traffic in area and noise. Avoid buying on Bayview Road as it is a busy road and also runs along the freeway. The Rosebud Plaza is only 5 mins drive so there is access to shopping. Depending on where you buy in McCrae you will only be a few mins drive from the beach. Also having the McCrae Plaza is helpful for supermarket trips. As a youngish couple moving to the area we find it pleasant to live in. Had my 13 year old sister stay over Christmas and she loves the area.
Pros
  • Bay views
  • Leafy
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Beach Lovers
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • 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+

"Not much to offer"

Unfortunately I would have to agree with some of the other reveiwers. McCrae is definitely overpriced - even now that prices have dropped, houses are still overpriced considering what you get. The properties that do offer great views are too far to walk to the beach and units/townhouses are way too much. You may as well purchase in Rosebud if you want a unit - you will pay $100000 less and at least there is more shopping and accessibility to the beach. If you're willing to spend that much on a house with views, you're better off investing in Rye or St Andrews beach as properties will continue to perform better the closer they are to Sorrento & walking distance to the beach.
Pros
  • Bay views
  • Leafy
Cons
  • freeway
  • no huge shopping areas
  • no schools
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Too far!"

Looks lovely but no a great place to live. It is too far from the beach, shops and overall amenities. Whilst people boast about the views, they are distant views. We've just sold our house and it has depreciated since we bought 2 years ago. Invest your money elsewhere on the peninsula such as sorrento or St. Andrews beach.
lmrx2
lmrx2 House prices have gone down everywhere! They will go up again don't worry.
2yrs+
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1/5
2yrs+

"Overpriced!"

I bought here 4 years ago on the premise that it was a wonderful area to reside in. I paid substantial monies for my home. It appears that I will now stand to lose some $200,000 on my home as it has depreciated in value over the years. I would like to warn potential purchasers to not invest in this area - do not purchase a townhouse or unit as you will be paying too much!
Recommended for
  • Tourists
lmrx2
lmrx2 House prices have gone down everywhere!
2yrs+
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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 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • 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 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Nature - Views and great Beaches"

We bought right against the State park - a very sloping block but this means panoramic views that can not be build out. Mc Crae still has all the trees - so all I see are the trees, skye and the Bay which in most cases will be North facing. My 3 daughters are members of the Mc Crae Yacht Club -just the best ever - and the beach / save swimming is excellent. Behind us are great walking tracks that brings you right to Arthurs Seat.
Mc Crae has a great little shopping area - and fantastic cafe's - eg Trims, The Pavillion, Heronswood and the best Thai restaurant on the Peninsula - The Light House Cafe.
When you do buy however try not to get to close to the Freeway - noise can be bad. But I have been told they will erect sound barriers - Mc Crae is pricy but according the valuers - it is the place to be with up to 30% capital growth in 2 years. I paid $800,000 4 years ago - just been valued by Westpac at 1.2 Mill. Agent are talking round 1.5 Mill - So great place to live and a very nice nest -egg.
Pros
  • Leafy
  • Bay views
  • postcode
Cons
  • freeway
  • no huge shopping areas
  • no schools
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Love it!!!"

From an 8 year old. Great views, nice bird life and animals, very quiet, great dog park. Great secret spots to be discovered. Nice beach. Great to watch the storms and sunsets.

From the parents; Moved from Tootgarook to McCrae about 8 months ago. Have always driven through MCcrae but not really ventured up the hill over the freeway. It is stunning. The views are amazing, awesome sunsets and storms, lots of possums, parrots, rosellas, kookaburras.Outlook is mostly over tree tops to the water which is beautiful. Away from the Xmas crowds, with easy access to the beach and no so crowded. Feels extremely safe, great walking around the streets. I would say to anybody thinking of buying here, don't hesitate you will love it.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
5/5
2yrs+

"A nice place to be, secret spots that we don't want people to know about hee hee!"

We have lived here on the McCrae slopes for four years and have two young boys. It is quiet, safe, full of bird life, a few minutes walk from the huge Arthur Seat State Park and Carrington Park Golf Course, fifteen minutes stroll to the beach. If you like the beach, plenty of recreational activities and a relaxed lifestyle, this is the place to be! Our house has almost doubled in value since we purchased it! Not a bad investment return after four years... McCrae? McLoving it!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees