Suburb Profiles

Camberwell

Camberwell filled with restaurants and cafes this would have to be the centre point of activity in the region. Venture out and enjoy the nightlife as streets blossom with a lively atmosphere. Classy bars and clubs offer a convenient place to enjoy an evening out with friends. Easy access to public transport provides the best of both worlds. Enjoy the tranquillity of hills living with the train station close by to bring you right to inner city in no time. Local shops and supermarkets offer a place to dash out and grab fresh produce. The suburb also offers diverse living with ever changing streetscapes catering for both first home buyers right through to luxurious, upmarket living.

Camberwell has that little bit more to offer, than neighbouring suburbs – such as more shops, more caf├ęs and more restaurants. The area is well established, the homes are grand and beautiful, and close to main roads and transport, making commuting easier.

Glen Iris

Glen Iris is one of the few Melbourne suburbs where the first settlement did not cluster round a hotel. Unlike the neighbouring suburbs of Camberwell, Hartwell and Box Hill where roadside inns formed the nucleus of the first community, early Glen Iris consisted exclusively of farms developed on the hillsides overlooking Gardiners Creek Valley and the first communal building was a Methodist Church. That may partially explain why Glen Iris had developed into one of the Garden City’s more select suburbs with home prices 80 per cent higher than the Melbourne Average.

Burwood

Burwood, originally known by the delightfully lyrical name of Ballyshanassy, Burwood came into being in May 1879, and has long been admired for its leafy, tree-line streets and its sobriety. The last bar door swung shut in 1920 and Burwood has remained a steadfastly dry zone ever since. The south-east Melbourne suburb is also home ot the Presbyterian Ladies College, which has been finishing the cream of young Victorian womanhood for more than 125 years.

Burwood is a well established suburb well served by public transport. The Toorgona Village shopping centre is only a couple of kilometres west along Toorak Road, at which point you are only a brisk stroll from Melbourne’s wealthiest suburbs and some of the most magnificent homes in the city. While many of the grand old estates have been subdivided, enought National Trust-listed mansions and other stately homes remain to paint a graphic picture for the visitor of just how exclusive and majestic this part of Melbourne once was.

Ashburton

Ashburton: No matter where you find yourself in suburban Melbourne, you will never be far from the closest bowling club or golf club. And the inner south-eastern suburb of Ashburton is certainly no exception! The suburb and its resident bowls club are within walking distance of the Malvern Valley public golf course and there are another dozen or so public and private courses within a 15km radius. Most of those nearby courses lie within the famous Melbourne sand belt. Major road and rail networks connect Ashburton and neighbouring suburbs directory to the Melbourne CBD, the scenic Dandenongs and the resort towns and wineries of the Mornington Peninsula.