8.0 out of 10

Mernda

Ranked 240th best suburb in Melbourne (Greater)
-37.6121633595241 145.087857729877
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  • Parks & Recreation
  • Clean & Green
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Cost of Living
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Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
Sep 24, 2018

"Beautiful suburb with a country feel!"

Great place to raise a family, only drawback is commute to the city, but things have improved with the new rail line and stations.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
Aug 10, 2018

"Beautiful, Serene and visually stunning - Mernda"

We moved to MERNDA early Jan 2018 and we have thoroughly enjoyed this neighbourhood. I can see a few negative reviews but haven’t experienced any trouble so far and never felt unsafe . This place is a perfect one for families looking for affordable homes with good schools, parks, transportation and a diverse community. There is a train station that is to start in Aug 2018. Some big shopping centres being constructed including Bunnings. We have also been fortunate finding some great doctors for our kids. The place is visually appealing to your eyes with lots of greenery around. I am very particular about the safety of my family and this place has not made us feel unsafe or have had a bad experience with the people around.We have bought our first home in MERNDA and don’t regret it at all. My elder son goes to MERNDA central which is a decent high school and am pretty happy with his academic progress.

If you are looking for a beautiful suburb for your family, then this is where your search ends. Unfortunately, the prices of the property are a bit high with all the infrastructure and development being done. Very excited about the new railway station which is about to go functional in Aug.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
Aug 02, 2018

"An excellent investment or place to raise your family"

I bought in Mernda in 2011 and moved in 2012. Our block is just under 500sqm and with a double storey my total outlay was $463k I think the land was $200k. This is my first home, I had previously rented in East Hawthorn for 12 years. So anyone who knows the area will laugh at this, my wife and mother visited the area and were told on the day of their visit we could secure land but it was the last block left and we would need to make a deposit that day. We did have friends who had moved to the area and loved it. So sight unseen or site if you love a pun, I ageed to the deposit. Needless to say when I made my way out here, there was heaps of land everywhere, how my wife, then gf, was fooled by Stockland I still don’t know.

So we did s decide on a double even though it added an extra $30k to the build. This was because although my rental in Hawthorn was of similar size, I still wanted a backyard. Our block is north facing too. We had amazing neighbours on both sides. In my previous house we never ever spoke to the neighbours. That really wasn’t uncommon. I didn’t speak to my neighbours growing up in Mont Albert either, but Mernda is different. I often have long chats with my neighbour and we sometimes have a beer. He collects my mail when we are away and vice versa. My other neighbour leveraged his mortgage to buy another property in Greensborough, but he had a love,y family too. That house is now rented to professional couple and I don’t hear from them much but we do say hello when we see them. The homes across the road are newer but the young couple in one is very friendly and the other a teacher is also friendly.

After moving to Mernda I initially worked I Surrey Hills the drive was about 45 mins. I took a leap of faith and decided to go into business for myself and then started working from home, after a while i decided to get a cbd office. At that time I could drop kid off at school at 8:45 and be at my office by 9:30am and Normlly parked beforehand so I could get the early bird parking. I then decided to move to a local office so I could be closer to my family. It has worked out great as business in the north is growing and people like dealing with a fellow local. But to put the city travel time into perspective it would often take me 45 mi s to drive from tooronga road to church st richmond. This was all by car, I did sometimes travel by train from south morang which took about an hour and is less comfortable imo but trains have their perks too. You’d always get a seat,

Mernda is quite a large area and I am in Mernda villages, which is great as it has it’s own Woolworths. There are 2 primary schools (1 public), there are 3 ovals. 2 of which are as good as the MCG grass, they’re brand new and quite amazing. There are often public events and small festivals in the area too.

Another great feature is the fact we live such a short drive from the country. I can drive 30 minutes up past whittlesea to be In the country. If you like a social drink the pub is quite iconic, but not somewhere I often visit,

At the time of writing this the Mernda rail is close to being completed. The developers have moved out, and plenty road Is being extended to 3 lanes. We have seen several homes sell for in excess of $1 million which does amaze me but that is the Melbourne property market I guess ? You can still find a cheap home to buy in Mernda though so a good first home are just like us too.

I do know a fair few people in the area, I did have to join some local business groups and my kids are heavily into sports and the like.

I really can’t say anything bad about Mernda when I think about the other places I’ve lived, mont Albert, Hawthorn, London. But it’s not inner Richmond or prahran. It’s a suburb. So at the moment, you do need to drive to get a bite, but there are lots of great eating spots and more opening all the time.

If i was in my 20s I wouldn’t have chosen to live here, but I knew plenty that would have, I was just a party animal at that age. An Uber from the city can cost anything from $40-$60 but averages at $50. If you’re coming home late, always have the driver take you down plenty road. When it is quite on the roads this is always the fastest and cheapest route

I love Mernda. I won’t be moving anytime soon Ben though our house has close to doubled in price. I have never really seen any crime that I can remember.

There is a small rivalry between Mernda and Doreen. I’m not sure why it doesn’t make any sense. They are practicallly the same. Laurimer is/was an estate the people that live there prefer to be called laurimer though the council disagrees.

The Mernda train Extension and road extension are going to bring a lot more value to both areas.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
Feb 28, 2018

"Beautiful place"

Moved here since May 2017 from CBD, it's been close to a year now and loving it.
Occasionally we will see kangaroos, rabbits and cockatoos behind the house or nearby hills.
Really love the wildlife here, they are full of surprises, fox, ducks, etc. just casually walking on the road, scenic hills and good neighbors.
Don't have any kids yet, so can't give any reviews on the schools.

Only gripe is ...
1. Having to commute to office/cbd (South Morang line) which takes 3 hours per day.
2. Rubbish thrown in vacant land and can get dusty some times (due to construction nearby)
3. Limited eateries

Give it another 3-5 years I say #2 and #3 should be resolved, but #1 is something we have to accept.
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
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 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
May 22, 2017

"roy"

best views
Pros
  • Parks
  • Country feel
  • Street layout
  • views
  • Access to east and west
Cons
  • traffic and no decent transport
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
4/5 rating details
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
May 18, 2017

"Lived here for 21 years"

My family moved me here when I was 3 years old. When I grew up it was a small country town, everyone knew everyone, no crime, etc. As the years went along they started developing all the farmland into housing estates, its not the same as it was. Its still safe, reasonably priced homes and country feel to it. There is a lot of young families in the area. It is pretty culturally diverse as I see many different ethnicity's in the area. It is still a good place to live, I just enjoyed my quiet, country, small town when I was growing up. the main con of mernda is the traffic, they developed the land with no road infrastructure.
Pros
  • Parks
  • Country feel
  • Access to east and west
Cons
  • no restaurants
  • bad traffic
  • no shops
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Country Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
Mar 18, 2017

"Best of best mernda"

Pros
  • Street layout
  • views
Cons
  • no shops
Recommended for
  • 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 4/5
  • 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
Mar 16, 2017

"Best place to live in Melbourne"

schools nearby, new train station is coming and close to Melbourne cbd
Pros
  • Parks
  • Street layout
  • views
Cons
  • no shops
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
Mar 02, 2017

"Best move we made"

We moved to Mernda in 2014 after living in Brunswick for 8 years. It was the best thing we did! The fresh air was a welcome change to the inner city smog and we love that we can safely walk around our leafy green neighbourhood. We live in the Woodland Waters part of Mernda which is IMO the best area of the suburb compared to the newer estates being built in Mernda. It's surrounded by beautiful red river gums and open spaces but also has close access to Plenty Road. It offers the perfect mix of country and city. The Woodland Waters estate is filled with lovely families and I think it's unfair to taint Mernda with the bogan brush as some reviewers below have done. All my neighbours are hard working and house proud. I really think we bought at the right time when it was affordable, and I think it will only improve once all the planned infrastructure is complete.
Pros
  • Country feel
  • Parks
  • Street layout
  • views
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
Jan 22, 2017

"Mernda is beautiful!!!! The best of the northern suburbs!"

Mernda is therapeutic with great potential! Naturally Blessed and the people are friendly. Schools are good! With the train station and police station coming in place its gonna be marvellous. Shopping Malls are also in progress! North East link is about to be commenced as well! Sure to rise in property value!
Pros
  • Friendly people
  • Good spot
  • Country feel
  • Parks
  • Street layout
  • views
  • Access to east and west
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
Jan 04, 2017

"Not my cup of tea."

A lot of bogans... with commission houses.
Cons
  • bogans with commondores
  • resale value
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
Anna Galatas
Anna Galatas adanh10, can you please tell me which part the commission houses are? Thinking of moving there?
Oct 31, 2017
deborahj3
deborahj3 The fairview estate has that feel. It's filthy. A budget builder built 70houses and sold them off to investors. 70% of which are rented properties. The area is unkept and most definitely unfriendly. We purchased 12 months ago without doing research and are about to put our house on the market. Mernda is the Bronx of the northern suburbs
Nov 19, 2017
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1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
Jan 02, 2017

"Mernda"

I live in the next suburb over to Mernda & find the people in mernda very different.. lower socioeconomic.
Cons
  • Hoons
  • bogans with commondores
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Jan 02, 2017

"Rough suburb"

Personally find Mernda quite rough and unsafe.
Cons
  • Rough people
  • Hoons
  • trucks
  • bogans with commondores
  • no shops
3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
2yrs+

"Will be better in 20 years"

Road network is rubbish but to be somewhat expected. Can be prone to grass fires in Summer. Has potential but still a fair distance distance from the CBD, not much really to do there. Plenty of good parks for kids, and a great dog park.
Pros
  • Nice houses
  • Country feel
  • Parks
  • views
Cons
  • Road network
  • Not developed enough
  • traffic and no decent transport
  • trucks
Recommended for
  • 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 4/5
  • 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 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"This is my Dream House"

Lovely people around and every day a good news now they are going to bring train up to Mernda and they are going to add 3 more schools , best place for good people
Pros
  • Access to east and west
  • Local shopping and supermarket
  • Good schools
  • Country feel
  • Parks
  • Street layout
  • views
Cons
  • New apartments
  • cheaper to buy house rather than build one
  • resale value
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • 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 2/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"semi-rural living"

Pros
  • Country feel
  • Parks
  • Street layout
  • views
Cons
  • traffic and no decent transport
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
5/5
2yrs+

"Beautiful area surrounded by huge River Red Gums"

Have lived in Mernda for four years. It is very different to other growth suburbs of melbourne because of the natural beauty of the trees and hills. Great options for shopping with the opening of the new woolworths in Mernda including cafes and takeaway shops. The Mernda kindergarten is fantastic. Opening of the south Morang station has made getting to the city much easier. Plenty road duplication will help to ease traffic. Lots of nice friendly families in the area. Lovely parks and playgrounds. Some really nice restaurants popping up in the area including Two Beans and a Farm at Carome Homestead. A lovely place to live.
Pros
  • Country feel
  • Parks
  • Street layout
  • views
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Started great but going down hill"

We were so excited to move to Mernda and had high expectations. We built a lovely home. However, whilst our immediate surrounds were nice and our neighbours, the rest of the area is becoming spoilt by scum bag bogans. Hoons are everywhere and seems everyone is fat and smokes and can't wear anything but tracksuits. The parks and wetlands are so beautiful but not appreciated by those living close by. Lots of commission housing now and investment properties which can encourage the tramps of society in. Call me a snob - I don't care - I don't want Toorak but I want decent people who have manners and pride in their surrounds and community.
The traffic is terrible and causes everyone to be grumpy and to be rude on the road. Constantly see people with road rage. Primary school is actually really nice - but there are no high schools.
I have been 'told' Doreen is better - don't think so. It has been scoped and planned the same as Mernda and the house and land deals/sizes are the same. Besides all the suburbs roll into each other anyway with the sprawl of development. Oh and the new South Morang station is a joke. Expect to park 10 minutes walk from the station. If you work in the city (which lets face it most people do) its gonna take you 3 hours of commuting a day. Glad we sold and got away from a place I was starting to really hate.
Pros
  • Country feel
  • Parks
  • Street layout
  • views
Cons
  • resale value
  • bogans with commondores
  • traffic and no decent transport
  • trucks
davsdarling
davsdarling What does someone's weight have to do with anything? Other than that remark I agree with you. The driving is deplorable, people have actually tried to run me off the road and kill me, there are commission houses in the Mernda villages estate (north of bridge inn road) the houses are ridiculously small, I hear the land owners who own the farm are only being offered 80,000 an acre and then they greedy bastards put 8 houses on that acre, apparently according to some builders I know the area has been intentionally designed this way to encourage people to get out and meet their neighbours but it is quickly turning into a ghetto. I am renting but only because I wanted to see if I wanted to buy here, it seems there are two kinds of people that live in the area, rude snobs, and rude scum-bags, so thanks but no thanks!
2yrs+
mindboggled
mindboggled The impending transport chaos in the Whittlesea area was analysed very well over two years ago - not, of course, by anyone in the state government. I thought this article was particularly good:

http://griffithreview.com/monday-morning-in-mernda

Where have you moved to now?
2yrs+
MoongoldX
MoongoldX Good to hear someone being honest and not air-headed about Mernda living. I moved there 2007 and it was lovely - quiet, clean, new estate. Then the idiots and ratbags and hoons moved in from areas such as Reservoir. Everything went downhill from there. People today have no respect for others, their environment or anything else. They will ruin this new area just as they do every other place where decent people live.
2yrs+
Modern Developments
Modern Developments I'm pretty curious as to where all of these commission houses are as I work in property development and can guarantee that there are no commission houses in Mernda Villages. There are apartments and townhouses, but these are not to be confused with commission houses. People should do their research properly before condemning a suburb for commission houses that do not actually exist.
2yrs+
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"The Lifestyle i have always dreamt of"

A perfect place to live, so peaceful and tranquil, fantastic schools and neibours the best place in Melbourne to grow up a family.
Pros
  • Country feel
  • Parks
  • Street layout
  • views
Cons
  • bogans with commondores
  • trucks
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Country Lovers
MoongoldX
MoongoldX Not anymore! Just an other noisy, overcrowded suburb now just like every "new" estate area in Melbourne.
2yrs+
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1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"New bogan neighborhood with plenty of commission homes and Fitzroy style apartments"

When I first moved here 3 years ago I thought it was going to be a beautiful place to start a family. How wrong I was. Were being flooded with commission homes and apartments which is doing major damage to merndas reputation and to the value of our properties. Small builders are sweeping through now building tiny shoeboxes only suitable for investors and community housing and the defence housing. Trucks are also a problem thinking its ok to drive like crazy down mernda village drive. Families are getting fed up and moving to doreen but are trying to sell their homes at unrealistic prices in this market. We wont be here for much longer and are planning to move out of this doomed suburb! Good luck everyone get out while u can.
Cons
  • trucks
  • bogans with commondores
  • no shops
  • resale value
  • traffic and no decent transport
dfndskjfnskj
dfndskjfnskj Good riddance maybe move to London complainers fit right in there :)
2yrs+
family_man
family_man While i agree we do have a lot of community housing projects i will disagree with the rest of your rant! Do you really believe Doreen doesnt have the same "issues" as Mernda?? Cmon get real! Lots of tiny blocks, lots of town houses, units/apartments and terrible traffic congestion. I dont know about the value of your property but mine has increased since we moved in, maybe you live in one of those shoe boxes you speak about? I'm quite happy with the smaller homes in my street as it makes mine look all the grander and that will obviously help with resale. Enjoy your dreamy Doreen and i'll look forward to reading your next rant about how bad that is :)
2yrs+
cheryld4
cheryld4 I agree with your comments about the whingers. I love the area ad well and my property has gone up in value since moving here 2 years ago. There is good and bad where ever you go.
Jul 23, 2018
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"A wonderful place to live"

Owner from 2009. Have really loved being in Mernda. The atmosphere is great, close to many amenities. Plenty of new things being built for the people in the area, so they are always vigilant about looking after you best interest out here. Just dont use PROPERTY PLANET - Worst experince of my entire life. More than happy to advise why simply contact me on chrisogle@hotmail.com. Other than that this area is wonderful.

warm regards


Chris
Pros
  • Country feel
  • Street layout
Cons
  • resale value
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
JClarko
JClarko i'm buidling with them now and have not found any problems at all. the house is being built quicker than all our neighbours. my wife made changes along the way too and they were very obliging. what stage is your house at?
Clarko
2yrs+
Shara1981
Shara1981 we are also building house pack with Properties planet. they have been helping us wiht the home when other builder could not help us. everything good with lots of respect. Mernda is a very good place for our family and home looking good. i would build them again.
2yrs+
michael-t2
michael-t2 Totally agree with you Chris. Have had the worst experience ever with Property planet. I should have viewed their Facebook reviews first. All negative. They cost me an additional 20k for a smaller home to meet with the land size and covenance that they didn't read. Horrible people with no hearts or soul
4 days ago
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Best of both worlds."

Lovely area.. lots of parks and great facilities for young kids. It has a country feel, but still a short drive to major shopping centres and only 30kms to the city. Traffic can be a problem on Plenty Rd but hopefully this will improve once the road duplication is completed. Mernda also currently lacks its own cafe's, shops etc but the new town centre is due to be built soon.
Pros
  • Country feel
  • Parks
Cons
  • no shops
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
MoongoldX
MoongoldX Road duplication hasn't changed traffic at all! Coming out of new estate on Plenty Road you have to line up for 2 blocks just to get onto Plenty Rd peak hour. 2 hours drive more the usual into the CBD, if you like to spend that much time. Overcrowded, noisy, families with brats totally disrespecting adults, etc etc. It's become the normal bogan suburb.
2yrs+
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3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Semi-rural facilities with bad traffic congestion"

A beautiful setting, but changing quickly as development happens. Traffic on main roads is horrendous. It'll be worse when they develop the shops and MacDonalds near the roundabout. Hoons a problem too.
Pros
  • Parks
  • Street layout
  • views
Cons
  • traffic and no decent transport
  • no shops
  • resale value
Recommended for
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
MA1 MA1
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • 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+
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
MA1 MA1
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 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"good for investor"

beautiful place, nice people, not busy traffic.
best place for investing property.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Mernda"

Very popular place for first home buyers. The area is slowly growing. There are heaps of land estates around that are. Houses are affordable there. great for first home buyers.It is very peacful and quiet. There are heaps of parks around
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
MoongoldX
MoongoldX Saying Mernda is great for retirees is rubbish. It's geared to house families with disobedient, screaming brats, partygoers with no respect for others' privacy or rights to peace and quiet. Was once lovely, now going to rot. And traffic congestion peak hours is worse than ever up around Woodland Waters estate.
2yrs+
MindyC
MindyC I am soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo glad I clicked on this review about living in Mernda!!! I am in the process of selling my home in Doncaster and was considering the idea of building my dream home in either Doreen or Mernda. Definitely NOT GOING TO HAPPEN NOW that I have read and scrutinised the negative comments and warnings. Thankyou to all who have expressed their honest concerns and views. I am a firm believer that "when you want to know something, ASK THE NEIGHBOURS AND THE LOCAL INHABITANTS". Seems to me that NOWHERE in Metropolitan Melbourne are these new developments suitable for decent semi-retirees looking for a safe, friendly and peaceful place to make a home. Maybe I should look to Castlemaine or Echuca for better options ... at least the property values are escalating at a rapid rate and I will be spared the "hoons and neighbourhood brats!!!". Good luck to those of you who want a better life ... we all deserve it.
2yrs+
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