There’s an old adage, ‘west is best’. Those who live there know it, but others have been slower to get on the bandwagon. Coming from humble beginnings, your grandmother might not have thought much about growing up in Melbourne’s western suburbs, but nowadays, they’ve become very ‘en-trende’ – not to mention convenient.
While prior to the 1970s, the western suburbs were relatively unconnected to Melbourne’s heart, later implementation of infrastructure, such as the West Gate bridge, meant that westerners could finally reach the city with relative ease. No longer did westies have to make the trek through a range of western and inner-city suburbs to reach the CBD.
But although the west has been just as accessible as the east for almost 50-years, property prices in the eastern suburbs, compared to their western equivalents, are still much dearer. So, if you’ve yet to discover the potential (and convenience) of Melbourne‘s western suburbs, perhaps it’s time to build yourself a bridge and get over it. Your guide to the western gems with just as much walkability as their eastern counterparts.
In Seddon, almost everything can be accomplished on foot – and for when you need to reach somewhere further away, there’s public transport! Located just 7km out of the Melbourne CBD and 3km from Port Melbourne, another major business hub, walkscore.com gives Seddon a ‘walk score’ of 80%.
Median house price (3br): $955,000
Median unit price (2br): $713,500
According to walkscore.com, Yarraville residents can walk to an average of three restaurants, bars or coffee shops in just 5-minutes. Home to a Coles supermarket, pharmacies, bakeries and more, Yarraville has everything you could need on your weekend morning – without having to touch your car. Plus, it’s only 8km out from the CBD, so your commute will be a breeze.
Median house price (3br): $925,000
Median unit price (2br): $583,750
Home to 147 bars, restaurants or coffee shops, Sunshine residents can access a range of venues on foot in just minutes. Traditionally less popular than other suburbs on the list, Sunshine also benefits from cheaper real estate prices. But don’t let that have you fooled! – the suburb is still only 12km from the Melbourne CBD, making it just as close as the popular suburb of Murrumbeena in Melbourne’s east (where median house prices are almost double the cost).
Median house price (3br): $685,000
Median unit price (2br): $390,000
Being home to Williamstown Beach is reason enough to check out this suburb. But convenience-wise, the suburb also boasts a host of bars, cafes, and coffee shops – all within walking distance! If the beach isn’t your thing, check out the Williamstown Botanic Gardens and have a picnic under the palms. Oh, and at only 8km out of the CBD, it’ll be easy to keep a work/life balance.
Median house price (3br): $1,262,500
Median unit price (2br): $645,000
Yet another western suburb where almost everything can be accessed on foot. In Newport you will not only find schools, but also plenty of places to relax outside, such as the Newport Lakes. The suburb also boasts a train service that will take you directly to Flinders Street in under half-an-hour.
Median house price (3br): $997,500
Median unit price (2br): $590,000
A small suburb bordering West Footscray, Yarraville and Seddon, Kingsville is another convenient western ‘burb to check out. With heritage-protected Edwardian houses and tree-lined streets, you’ll love the cute village vibe, all while having an array of conveniences such as shops, cafes and supermarkets at your fingertips.
Median house price (3br): $1,007,500
Median unit price (2br): $374,000
Being right near Westfield Highpoint, your retail needs will be taken care of, and for when you want some quiet time, there are plenty of spots by the river to check out. Maribyrnong-ites also benefit from easy access to the city through a Melbourne institution – the tram – which makes the trip in only 30-minutes.
Median house price (3br): $825,000
Median unit price (2br): $510,000
Words by Kathryn Lee
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