This is indeed a difficult question to answer because it depends on who you are and what
you are looking for.

The best answer to where to live in Melbourne Australia is to start asking yourself few
1- Do I need to live in Melbourne near my work?
2- Do I need to live in Melbourne near my kids' school or university?
3- Do I need a private school for my kids?
4- Am I going to buy or rent a property in Melbourne?
5- Am I going to use my private car or do I need public transport to move around in
6- Do I need to live in Melbourne near people of my ethnic background?

These are major questions that might help you answer: Where to Live in Melbourne

We provide in this page an overall view of who lives where.

You might need to consult other pages in this site for best
schools, public transport and other attractions.

The following suburbs in Melbourne might have a high crime rate according to Victoria
Police statistics:

  • Broadmeadows
  • Westal
  • Dandenong
  • Doveton
  • Parts of Cranbourne
  • Parts of Endeavour Hills
  • Springvale
  • Noble Park
  • St Kilda

In the 20th century
Caulfield attracted a significant Jewish population spilling over from
neighbouring St Kilda and bringing immigrants from Poland, Israel, Germany and the former
Soviet Union. By the 1980s about a third of Victoria's Jews lived in the municipality, and
within its borders were Jewish synagogues, cake shops, cultural centres and seven Jewish
schools. By the start of the 21st century Caulfield also had an ageing population significantly
over the metropolitan average, and was the location of many aged care facilities.

The human face of Coburg changed as well after 1950, as Southern Europeans, Lebanese,
Turkish and Asian newcomers arrived in succession, boosting the level of overseas born
from 9% to 34% of the population between 1947 and the 1980s. Coburg, symbolised by coffee
shops, pizzeria and a Muslim school and mosque, experienced the tensions and riches of
modern multicultural Australia.

Canterbury has become Melbourne's second most prestigious suburb behind Toorak and
with house prices more than doubling in recent times if you can afford to get into the market
you will not lose.

Canterbury is a very leafy suburb, small (which enhances it's exclusivity) and surrounded by
some of Melbourne's very best schools. Names like Carey, Xavier, Camberwell Grammer,
MLC and Genezzano are all around the corner or just off nearby Barkers Road.

Burke Road and Maling Road provide great spots to dine, shop and just generally walk
around on a weekend.

All of these suburbs have a variety of areas with different qualities of course, but this list
includes those typically thought of as being the most desirable places to live by
Melbournians for the factors above:
East Melbourne, South Yarra, Toorak, Elwood, Port Melbourne, Prahran, Windsor, Brighton,
Hampton, St Kilda, Albert Park, Middle Park, Richmond, Collingwood, Abbotsford, Yarraville,
Fitzroy, North Fitzroy, Carlton, West Melbourne, Williamstown, North Melbourne, Hawthorn,
Kew, Malvern.

All the suburbs that can be found in the councils of Manningham and Nilumbik. These
suburbs include:
Doncaster, Doncaster East, Templestowe, Templestowe Lower, Bulleen,
Donvale, Warrandyte, Eltham, Diamond Creek, North Warrandyte, Eltham North, Kangaroo
Not to mention the lavishing Toorak, which is considered a high class and expensive

Also, don't rule out some of the Weste
rn suburbs. Wyndham Vale is a lovely place and very
affordable. It's about 30 minutes from the city, by car. Unfortunately they don't have a train
station, though. Werribee is also great. It's a large town of about 40+ thousand people, and is
also relatively cheap to live. It's got great shopping, entertainment, parks, cafes and
restaurants and is about 15 minutes from the beach. It's about 25 minutes to the city by car,
and about 45 minutes by train.

Bayside suburbs, best of everything. Anywhere from the CBD to Mordialloc and    about 2 or 3
suburbs in from the beach. Elwood, Brighton, Hampton and all the way to Edithvale beach
and no further than that. It's close to the city, mountains, the Peninsula which has awesome
surf back beaches.

Sydney is a natural alternative to Melbourne. Check living in Sydney Australia here.

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