7.6 out of 10

West Melbourne

Ranked 269th best suburb in Melbourne (Greater)
-37.8076775373782 144.931259513818
Great for
  • Internet Access
  • Eating Out
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Resale or Rental Value
  • Public Transport
Not great for
  • Lack of Traffic
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Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
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Reviews

3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Choose the right pocket"

Great place to live as long as you buy int he right pocket. North Melbourne lifestyle for much, much less....
Pros
  • Location
  • Lifestyle
Cons
  • Tendancy to be creepy
Recommended for
  • Professionals
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • 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 2/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • 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+

"The most underrated suburb in Melbourne and family-friendly."

Having lived in the area for over 10 years we were hesitant to move with the birth of our children but at the same time, apprehensive whether it would continue to work for a family. We walk everywhere, so close to shopping and the market, excellent cafes and restaurants and so many parks to choose from and the pool. Childcare is great and there is a terrific sense of community which was part of the reason we decided to stay.

I actually initially preferred North Melbourne but I certainly now love 3003 more for it's proximity to EVERYTHING and Coles at Spencer St is a five minute drive for those big shopping trips.

Sure there are a few pan-handlers but they are essentially harmless, I feel very safe in the area, only the twits driving to the Western suburbs scare me.

If only there was a beach but hey, Port Melbourne is only a small drive away.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"A great place for families"

My family have lived here since 2002 and have two boys aged 6 and 3 who wouldn't live anywhere else. The myth that the city isn't for kids should be put to bed. The city is the place for kids. Schools , parks, sport, beach nearby and all the activities and entertainment that is held in the city make it the perfect place to grow up.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Excellent place to live"

I have lived here for 3 years and love it. It is extremely peaceful and quiet. Walk to CBD, Errol St, the Queen Vic Market. Brilliant place to live.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"Not for a family"

The good thing about west melbourne is, so close to the city and easy access to transport, bu the price too high. The bad thing about it is, there is not really a cummunity, people don't greet each other and the safety is something I will question about, well I live here my self and saw a few weird stuff. But if you just wants to have a place to live, not socialise, this might be for you and docklands only walking distance which another great thing. But honestly, we definetely will move ou soon as our contract finish.
Recommended for
  • Singles
WestyPhillip
WestyPhillip I don't know where you lived or what your integration with the local comunity was but I have lived in West Melbourne for 3 years and have made many friends and love the sense of community. You know it's a two way street, you need to engae people so that they will engage you in return. What causes you to question the safety? What weird stuff?
2yrs+
ckanego9
ckanego9 That's a bit strange Vogue. I've lived in West Melbourne for 1 year now. found it to be a little gem. Ive never felt unsafe.
Not quite city but close enough to have all of the city amenities including the vic Market within walking distance. Errol and it's surrounding streets have a great vibe and cafe/bar scene and is full of all sorts of characters who are only to happy to have a chat. I find it a suburb of all types of classes where the wealthy mix with the battlers.
We have several local dog parks where my partner and I have made friends with a number of locals and our favirote cafe for breakfast where the owners greets us by name and are super friendly. Also keep in the the redevelopment of the West Melbourne rail yards in the not to far off adding more life to the south side of the suburb - I won't be moving out anytime soon
2yrs+
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4/5
2yrs+

"a great inner city location"

Practically in central Melbourne this is a perfect spot for young couples and professionals working in the city. The convenience of being close to the city combined with the benefits of not actually being in the heart of the city with the associated noise.

West Melbourne is close to Errol Street for its cafes, restaurants and shops and a short walk or tram ride away from central Melbourne. Its easy to get to Southbank to stroll the river, Docklands to see a game of football and enjoy a great new development or across the city to the Victoria markets.

If I worked in Melbourne this would be the suburb for me.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles