8.9 out of 10

North Melbourne

Ranked 103rd best suburb in Melbourne (Greater)
-37.7974577293086 144.942971109968
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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 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
Oct 15, 2015

"Walk to everywhere"

Living in North Melbourne has been a godsend on my life & couldn't be happier now that i'm living so close to the CBD & practically everything in Melbourne is 15 mins or less of a drive. I recommend for people of all walks of life, forget everything you knew about North Melbourne as a ghetto in the 80's & 90's. It's nothing like that nowadays, not even close.
Pros
  • Affordable homes
  • Churches
  • Good priced resteraunts
  • Heritage buildings, park access, eclectic shopping and dining
  • Proximity to CBD and tertiary institutes
Cons
  • Commission housing
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • 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 5/5
  • 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+

"Certainly no Toorak, but its still up there with the best suburbs in Melbourne"

As a former resident and a future resident, North Melbourne will always be special to me. Close to everything, the CBD, shops, plazas, schools, airport, hospital & tram stops all over the place. Living so central & inner city truly has it's perks. Good capital growth for property resale, doesn't get much better than that.
Pros
  • Massive gentrification & more to follow
  • Close to CBD, Airport, Hospitals, Plaza's, Banks, Restaurants & Retail
  • Good capital growth & re-sale value
  • Heritage buildings, park access, eclectic shopping and dining
  • Apartments
  • Close to the Queen Victoria Markets.
  • University High School catchment
Cons
  • Peak hour traffic
  • Commission housing
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
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
  • 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+

"Good Value for money & good quality of life"

North Melbourne offers good bang for your buck when you take into account the price-tags on homes in other neighborhood close to the CBD. It clearly sets itself apart from the Kensington & Flemmington area. The traffic is lousy at peak hour, however with that being said practically every neighborhood has lousy traffic flow nowadays.
Pros
  • Heritage buildings, park access, eclectic shopping and dining
  • Close to CBD, hospitals, shops & Schools
  • Huge capital growth
  • University High School catchment
Cons
  • Peak hour traffic
  • Commission housing
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 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+

"Not your typical inner city suburb"

North Melbourne presents another element of inner city living as opposed to your typical inner suburbs. For example, given that it borderlines a multi-hospital precinct along Flemington rd in Parkville to the north, borderlines Queen Victoria Market along Victoria st in West Melbourne to it's south. And University of Melbourne 1km to it's north-east, and finally 1.5 km to the south east is the Central business district, no other inner city suburb is wedged between that much infrastructure.
Pros
  • Capital growth
  • Excellent public transport
  • Good value for money for a suburb so close to the CBD
  • Heritage buildings, park access, eclectic shopping and dining
  • Proximity to CBD and tertiary institutes
  • University High School catchment
  • Close to the Queen Victoria Markets.
Cons
  • Peak hour traffic
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Schools 2/5
2yrs+

"A Great Suburb near the Melbourne CBD!"

A Suburb with Magnificent Heritage Buildings & Apartments. With lots of Cafes & Restaurants & Close Proximity to all the luxury shopping the CBD, Queen Victoria Markets & Docklands.
Pros
  • Apartments
  • Heritage buildings, park access, eclectic shopping and dining
  • Proximity to CBD and tertiary institutes
  • Close to the Queen Victoria Markets.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Students
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 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
2yrs+

"Heritage, style and convenience"

My family settled in North Melbourne a few years ago, having built a townhouse on one of the more attractive and secluded lanes in the area. It really has turned out to be a great decision for us with all the advantages of inner city living and the upmarket trends.

The area is excellent for singles, couples and families with teenagers. Yet recently it appears that families with younger children are thriving and rounding out the neighborhood in the most positive way.

Within close proximity are excellent restaurants including French, Italian and Asian. North Melbourne Primary, University High School, Melbourne University and RMIT are in walking distance. There are bike lanes, numerous public transportation options, various parks and proximity to Royal Park. There is easy access to shopping and nightlife being centrally located to Carlton, Docklands and the CBD. All the convenience without the downsides.
Pros
  • University High School catchment
  • Proximity to CBD and tertiary institutes
  • Heritage buildings, park access, eclectic shopping and dining
Cons
  • Need more facilities for young children
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • 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 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Edge of the city!"

Along with suburbs like Carlton, Fitzroy, Collingwood and Richmond, North Melbourne offers a true city-edge lifestyle with all the benefits of living a kilometre or two from the heart of town. It also has its own epicentre of cultural activity around the vibrant Errol Street district with its choice of fine restaurants, cafés and boutique shops plus there are the exciting sights, smells and sounds of world-famous Queen Victoria Market. Public transport options within the suburb are excellent with multiple tram and train services enabling the briefest of journeys into the CBD – if there isn’t time to walk! Citylink access at either Dynon or Racecourse Roads also provides locals with excellent access to Melbourne’s extensive freeway/tollway system. Given the number of quality education facilities in the area and its zoning to University High School, North Melbourne is a very popular destination for families, and although the suburb is full of 19th century single-front homes and modern warehouse/factory conversion townhouses, there are a significant number of larger abodes to accommodate these larger households. Its proximity to Melbourne University also makes North Melbourne a popular investment area with a constant stream of students looking to rent close to the uni precinct.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Our Little Inner City Secret"

We've been living here for almost 4 years.

We love the proximity to everything and public transport.

The community is on the whole friendly, unpretentious and there is a strong creative leaning.

We've met some lovely people through my wife's mothers group, which vindicated our decision to buy in the area.

Since moving into the area, we've seen some great independent businesses open like The Auction Rooms, Di Bellas, All The King's Men and The French Quarter, which is as good a patisserie as you would find anywhere in Melbourne.

We have great restaurants like the Court House Hotel and Libertine. The local Fish and Chips shop is clean and tasty.

Errol Street has a village like feel to it, but like most inner city areas, it is often ruined by dodgy characters, who often hassle you for money.

There is nothing worse that stepping out of the local IGA and being confronted by an aggressive druggie asking you for change.

I know this is unavoidable if you choose to live in the inner suburbs, but I wish there was a greater police presence and the city council spent more time and money addressing this issue, as opposed to hassling the local shops to remove pavement displays.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
2yrs+

"Only place I've ever been robbed."

Don't get me wrong, I loved living in North Melbourne, I lived in three different streets over my time there. It was great 'cause I could walk to work in West Melbourne, Errol St is fantastic for quirky shops and some true culinary delights, it is so close to the city that it is easy to take part in all the city has to offer.

The downside is that I got robbed there, even with quite good security, and I had a small fire in my flat (when I wasn't home) that all my neighbours pretty much ignored, not a single call to the fire brigade? So perhaps lacking in community spirit...
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
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 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • 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 4/5
2yrs+

"A hidden gem"

I love living in North Melbourne. Public transport is very good; every train that goes to the western/northern suburbs stops there so you don't have to wait for too long for the next train to run into the city. This is a luxury as I used to live further out and when you missed a train, it took forever for the next one to arrive so it was so inconvenient.

I can use a City Saver to go to work/city by train or tram which is so much cheaper than having to use the daily ticket. Being so close to the city you save a lot of travelling time as well.

There are really good bike tracks when I want to ride around and traffic condition is good all day. You can easily get around by car even during peak hours as you can maneuver aound the many small streets to get in or out. I'm very suprised it's so easy to get around compared to the outer suburbs which have bottlenecks everywhere; I'm very happy that I don't need to waste time stuck in traffic.

It is a very peaceful area; I love strolling to Victoria Market for fresh produce or going to the parks every now and then. I live very close to Errol St and it is a good place to hang out or get your errands done. It has all major bank branches, supermarkets, a very good library, post office, Comics Lounge and a lot of good cafe and restaurant to chill out. On a nice lazy day, I like to go to The French Quarter Patisserie for coffee and cake while reading a good book.

It is so close to Melbourne Uni and RMIT so if you want to study something it is so accessible. Some parts of North Melbourne are in the catchment for University High School, which is one of the best public high school in Melbourne (in my opinion anyway because I went there). Located across the road to Melbourne Uni, they offer a very good learning environment with excellent curriculum. We got to use a lot of facilities from Melbourne Uni and surrounding areas for our classes.

North Melbourne is best suited for singles, couples and retirees. For families with young children, schools here are very good, but it can be a bit hard for the kids not having the big backyard to run around after school. Thankfully there are good gardens/reserves around so it's not too bad.
Recommended for
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  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"A great little village within walking distance to Melbourne"

A friendly village where people get to know you. Has all we want, transport, good shops, good pubs and restaurants, and so close to the Queen Vic markets for all fresh food and everything else. We wouldn't live anywhere else.
Recommended for
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  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5
2yrs+
4/5
2yrs+

"A good inner city area"

Smaller inner city houses fill this area which makes it ideal for couples and young professionals working in the city.

Its a short walk into the city or if you don't feel like walking, an easy tram ride.

With access to city shops this is a great place to be. But the Errol Street shops are around the corner and there are a number of local cafes and restaurants to eat out.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles