8.3 out of 10

South Yarra

Ranked 201st best suburb in Melbourne (Greater)
-37.8339237929795 144.986781975592
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  • Public Transport
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Eating Out
  • Internet Access
  • Shopping Options
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Nov 07, 2016

"Melbourne's Most Fashionable Suburb & the Best near the CBD!"

What a great Suburb Containing all Amenities! Lots of Restaurants, Cafes, Nice Apartments, Public Transport & very good Shopping Options Containing Big W, Village Cinemas (Containing Gold Class & Cienma Europa Screens), JB HI FI, everything a Girl needs with lots of Designer Label Brands!

My 3rd Preference for Melbourne and A Great Suburb for Students & Young Couples!
Pros
  • Nice Apartments.
  • All kind of retail shops Big W, woolwoth , coles, safeway etc
  • Cafe & Restaurant, shops, public transport
  • Movies, Spa, Gym, Medical, schools
Cons
  • No Myer Stores
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Students
3/5 rating details
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
Oct 05, 2016

"Good if you like plenty of activity and buzz"

I lived in SY for a few years in my thirties. It was exciting, convenient and great if you like to be in the thick of the action. Close access to the city, beach, shops and Prahran Market are some of the many advantages. There are great places to walk around too.

There are a few downsides - many people race their cars everywhere; there are drunks often lurking around; parking is crazy, and it doesn't feel homely.

Having lived in the suburbs for a while, I don't regret moving on.
Pros
  • All kind of retail shops Big W, woolwoth , coles, safeway etc
  • Cafe & Restaurant, shops, public transport
  • Walking distance to major Melbourne attractions
Cons
  • Quite busy
  • Expensive to rent
  • Traffic and parking
  • No community
Recommended for
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  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • 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 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Overall not my cup of tea"

Pros - Has great public transport, shopping options that are second to none
Cons - Very hilly, seemingly mild crime rates, clogged main roads, apartments are extremely small in relation to value for money, extremely loud & hard to sleep at night
Pros
  • All kind of retail shops Big W, woolwoth , coles, safeway etc
  • Movies, Spa, Gym, Medical, schools
  • Walking distance to major Melbourne attractions
Cons
  • Traffic is shocking
  • Crime
  • Quite busy
  • Expensive to rent
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • 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 1/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"Good for go getters and professionals- wouldn't want to raise a family here."

Having moved to Melbourne from Hobart, South Yarra was our choice of suburb because of safety and the wealthy pleasant atmosphere.
It has been a very convenient suburb to live in for the past year, as we have not had to travel out of the suburb to buy anything (Chapel street is great for clothes shopping too!).
There isn't much of a community vibe, as everyone is busy doing their own thing. Mostly wealthy middle aged and young adults, well-groomed professionals. Many apartment blocks and new development happening constantly. It's a common site to see Lamborghini and Ferraris doing chap laps around the main road. Good restaurants and a lot of cafes around the place (Verve Spice is great little brunch spot!) Lots of funky bars and fast paced takeaways.
Good for people wanting an inner-city apartment style life.
HOWEVER,
Very very expensive. Expect to be paying $450minimum per week for anything with two bedrooms.
Additionally, the fast pace and self-absorbed atmosphere can get tiring after a while especially if you aren't one to be particularly focused on materialistic things or are raising a young family.
Pros
  • Caulfield and Clayton train station line - frequent trains
  • Modern suburb with celebrity appearances
  • All kind of retail shops Big W, woolwoth , coles, safeway etc
  • Cafe & Restaurant, shops, public transport
  • Movies, Spa, Gym, Medical, schools
  • Nice Apartments.
  • Walking distance to major Melbourne attractions
Cons
  • Expensive to rent
  • No community
  • Quite busy
  • Traffic and parking
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"South Yarra- A great centralised suburb with everything to offer"

South Yarra is a great suburb that is perfectly situated just out of the CBD. In a way it offers the neighbourhood environment that outer suburbs do, but it also allows you to be in a great proximity to things going on and central to whatever you need. With public transport in abundance with train stations and trams servicing all areas it is easy to get to. Driving around here can be a challenge though so it is to be avoided. There are great parks, including the botanical gardens and suits young and older couples with dogs- I would strongly recommend it.
Pros
  • Great parks and gardens
  • Public transport is available
  • Close proximity to city with great neighbourhood living
  • All kind of retail shops Big W, woolwoth , coles, safeway etc
  • Cafe & Restaurant, shops, public transport
  • Movies, Spa, Gym, Medical, schools
  • Nice Apartments.
  • Walking distance to major Melbourne attractions
Cons
  • Quite busy
  • Traffic and parking
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
2yrs+

"I Love South Yarra"

And who wouldn't love living in the center of Melbourne's best shopping, best restaurants, best night life and entertainment.
From here you can walk to some of Melbourne's finest spots, the Yarra River, the Botanical Gardens, fed Square,the city, Southbank and more. Dine on street, people watch, enjoy fashion, glamour and style all day, every day, all year round.
I have lived in South Yarra for most of my life, and although have moved away,have always returned.
Best Melbourne city ever :-)
Learn more about South Yarra at www.iLoveSouthYarra.com
Pros
  • Walking distance to major Melbourne attractions
  • All kind of retail shops Big W, woolwoth , coles, safeway etc
  • Cafe & Restaurant, shops, public transport
  • Movies, Spa, Gym, Medical, schools
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • 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+

"Perfect for a perfect life!"

Nothing new, everybody knows "South Yarra" is one of the best suburb in Melbourne. It has everything, shops, restaurants, cafe, pub, transport, beautiful views, green parks , neat & clean etc etc.
You can do whatever you like relax/play in parks, enjoying different kind of foods & wines, party, shopping & alot more to do.
You can feel it's very lively.
Pros
  • All kind of retail shops Big W, woolwoth , coles, safeway etc
  • Cafe & Restaurant, shops, public transport
  • Movies, Spa, Gym, Medical, schools
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Students
  • 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+

"Feels like the Upper-east side of New York!"

5/5
2yrs+

"Stylish lifestyle location"

Shopping’s the name of the game in South Yarra, where Chapel Street reigns supreme. The fashion strip contains all manner of high-end designer boutiques, chain-stores, hipster hang-outs, cinemas and gift shops. There’s also a seemingly unlimited array of cafes and restaurants to help revive weary shoppers by day, and bars and clubs to keep the buzz going at night.
Naturally then, South Yarra attracts the young, hip and fashion conscious, at least on its main strip and the streets immediately surrounding. The residents are a mix of young professionals, families and empty nesters – all attracted to this salubrious suburb’s easy proximity to the city by road, rail and tramline.
The architecture is dotted with terraces and houses which reflect their Victorian heritage, and chic new apartment blocks like those which clutter Chapel Street beyond Toorak Road. But South Yarra generally wears its affluence on its sleeve, and a great majority of homes have been well maintained or renovated.
Fast Fact: South Yarra’s not all about material pleasures. The fabulously restful Fawkner Park and Royal Botanic Gardens, provide residents with exquisite locales to stretch their legs or take some time out with a lake-side picnic.
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  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
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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
  • Parking 4/5
  • 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+

"South Yarra The Place To Be :-)"

Its all about location!! Everything is at your doorstep. Wanna party? You can. Want great shopping and restaurants? They are at your doorstep. Want a quiet lifestyle? Then you can have it. You can have the best of both worlds in South Yarra. With tree lines streets and beautiful houses and buildings this is the place to live. With the CBD close by South Yarra is ideal to make it your home. I have lived here for 3 years now and i love everything about it.
Recommended for
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  • Singles
  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"An awesome place to live!"

I have lived in South Yarra for around 7 years now, its been perfect. Its best suited for ages 18-55, with plenty of bars and clubs for Gen Y's, and excellent restaurants, cafe's and cinemas for all. Its very vibrant and lots of activity and buzz all the time.

Really good access to public transport, with trains, trams and busses at a short distance from any location in the suburb. Also plenty of taxi's on Chapel St and Toorak Rd. About 5 mins to the City.

Probably not suited for retirees and introverts, but anyone else, its a must!
Recommended for
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  • Singles
  • Families with kids
5/5
2yrs+

"An affluent suburb attracting professional couples and families."

I have family friends here and South Yarra has also been a trendy place with its beautiful with notable examples of Federation architecture.The Botanic gardens and just everything about this suburb makes it a great place to live.
Recommended for
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  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
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 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Close to city, parks, shopping and more!"

What a great place to live! Very close to the city. Great shopping, restaurants and nightlife. Lots of parks and recreational areas...it has it all!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 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 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
2yrs+

"Exciting Affluent Lifestyle"

As an Investor:
As a property buyers agent at Capital Property Advisory specialising in property investing for large portfolio holders, we have seen immense growth and recommend certain style properties in carefully selected streets to astute investors. South Yarra is a well known affluent suburb which always outperforms the averages.

As an Owner Occupier:
South Yarra is located 4km south-east from Melbourne's central business district and is home to some of Melbourne’s most prestigious residential addresses.

South Yarra has many attractions such as the trendy up market Chapel Street shopping strip where you will find an array of cafes, restaurants, high quality fashion stores, highly regarded hairdressers, beauty parlors and much more.

A major South Yarra landmark is The Jam Factory which was old factories converted to a shopping centre and cinemas.

This leafy location appeals to families, couples, singles and students and has fantastic transport facilities byway of train and trams.

The area is also surrounded by high regard schools such as Melbourne High School, Melbourne Girls Grammar, Christ Church Grammar School, South Yarra Primary School and Swinburne University.

I would rate South Yarra in the top 10 places to live in Melbourne of all people looking for an affluent exciting lifestyle.
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4/5
2yrs+
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3/5
2yrs+

"Great place with one exception"

Really convenient place with great transport, food shopping and close to city and gardens..only negatve to living around Sth Yarra /Prahran /Windsor is that with the ever growing Night Clubs etc opening in the area that it can and is unsafe at night and some very strange people wandering around in the early morning...they are usually not residents of these areas !! If you can cope with that its otherwise a good area ..
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5/5
2yrs+

"Exclusive cosmopolitan living next door to Melbourne's CBD"

South Yarra is one of THE suburbs to live in. It is a prestigious address with a number of top dollar properties. However there are also quite a few well-priced rental options in neatly maintained townhouses and apartment blocks, so living here at an affordable price just might be possible.

The best thing about South Yarra for the young and trendy is the super-stylish Chapel Street. Lined with shops, cafes and bars, it is perfect for cosmpolitan living. Meet your girlfriends here for a long lunch and spot of shopping - you will love it!

South Yarra is in a very convenient locations, just minutes to the CBD by tram or a comfortable 30 minute walk.
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4/5
2yrs+

"close to the Botanic Gardens and the city"

This is a great inner city suburb. The proximity to the Botanic Gardens enables you to easily go out for a leisurely stroll.

Being close to the city is a bonus too, with public transport within easy access enabling you to get anywhere you need to go easily without the need for a car.

Shopping is great with the city close by and Prahran market.
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4/5
2yrs+

"A great place to try new food"

Prahran market is the place for new and exotic foods. No matter who you are, you will find some new fruit, vege, deli or even a tea.... I have been to this new tea shop in the market called "Tea Culture", wow!!! they have the largest loose leaf tea collection ever. ( sorry I love tea..).

Seriously, food lovers should check Prahran Market out, one trader sells only Mushrooms and another one sells only potetos..
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  • Retirees