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Moving to Melbourne: ultimate suburb guide

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Moving to Melbourne: ultimate suburb guide
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August 19, 2016
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Find your ideal place to live in Melbourne

So you have decided to make the move to Melbourne. Whether you are looking to move on to a bigger and better house, or your first ever home, it is important that you take the time to fully acquaint yourself with everything there is to know about the communities and areas of greater Melbourne.

We have provided an objective view of all Melbourne has to offer to help guide you. Nothing is as valuable as word of mouth or a recommendation from friends or family, but at the end of the day, everyone has different needs and personalities.

Now is the time to focus on you and your family’s needs.

There is more involved in finding your next home than viewing bricks and mortar and ensuring the timber floors are polished.

Hunting for your new home involves a certain degree of self-discovery. What do you want from your new suburb? You may be looking for parks, tree-lined streets, and shopping strips. Maybe all you need is a small space in an urban area, which is close to tram stops and cafes.

The below profiles will help you to distinguish which Melbourne suburbs are your best fit, no matter how specific your needs.

Moving to Melbourne: ultimate suburb guide

City dweller

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For movers studying or working in the heart of the CBD, those new to Melbourne, or fascinated with modern architecture, Melbourne’s inner-city suburbs are calling your name.

These areas are highly populated and provide endless entertainment options, with cinemas, museums, libraries, nightclubs, and bars all within walking distance. Melbourne’s CBD features various cultural precincts as well, so finding a culturally rich dining experience is easy.

Known as ‘The Garden State’, Melbourne’s inner city offers various parks and gardens for movers wanting to escape the noise. The Royal Botanical Gardens, Flagstaff Gardens, Treasury Gardens, and Carlton Gardens are all lush, pristine and picturesque escapes for outdoor activities.

Due to the dense population and infrastructure of Melbourne’s CBD, finding a living space with a car park can be difficult or highly expensive. If you find a place in the city with no access to a garage, be sure to contact us about making arrangements for your removalists truck, as considerable street-access may be required on the day.

City dwelling movers will benefit from Melbourne’s:

  • Apartment Living
  • Bars and Clubs
  • Cafes and Restaurants
  • Supermarkets
  • High Fashion Shopping Precinct
  • Interconnecting Public Transport
  • Landscaped Gardens
  • Private Schools
  • Sports Culture
  • Universities
  • World-class Medical Facilities

The inner city suburbs that will suit a fast-paced lifestyle include Carlton, Docklands, Melbourne CBD, and Southbank.

Although the Melbourne CBD has a large offering, it may not be the ideal choice for all movers, and we have detailed other options below which are a better fit for these needs:

  • Child-friendly Parks
  • Family Community
  • Large Living Space
  • Medium/Large Pets
  • Tree-lined Streets
  • Quiet Atmosphere

Urban and trendy

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Are you highly sociable? If your week consists of eating out, going out to bars, and hunting new fashion pieces, then you probably consider yourself to be a social and trendy individual. Urban and trendy suburbs are for movers who love to keep up with the latest food and fashion trends, don’t want to travel too far from swish restaurants and boutiques, but at the same time, don’t want to live in the heart of the city.

Urban and trendy suburbs feature:

  • Apartment Living
  • Cafes and Restaurants
  • Bars and Clubs
  • Fashion Outlets
  • Parklands
  • Public Transport
  • Sporting Facilities

If you are a mover looking for a suburb with a hip and happening vibe, you will reap the rewards of Balaclava, Brunswick, Fitzroy, Richmond, South Yarra, St Kilda, and Windsor.

The above suburbs are nestled close to the city, featuring heritage style homes, among modern developments. When moving to any of these suburbs, it is essential that you book a professional removalists company with years of experience navigating Melbourne’s most difficult streets.  WridgWays Removalists have the experience and the expert knowledge to move you anywhere in Melbourne.

Surfer chic

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Do you wake up and crave the freshness of the ocean breeze? For families, couples, singles and other movers who enjoy the sand at their doorstep, Melbourne’s west, south-east, and south peninsula suburbs offer spectacular views of Port Phillip Bay, with beautiful sand beaches. These suburbs are also ideal for movers who enjoy a slow-and-steady Sunday, with various brunch spots, boutiques, parks, pet beaches, and running paths.

The Surfer Chic lifestyle suits movers who enjoy the outdoors and water sports, a sun-kissed glow, and natural salt-conditioned wavy hair.

Melbourne’s Surfer Chic suburbs feature:

  • Beach Facilities
  • Cafes
  • Family Community Atmosphere
  • Local Markets
  • Pet Friendly
  • Public Transport
  • Shopping Strips
  • Walking Paths
  • Water Sports

If you are a mover looking for a Melbourne sea change, you will find small to large living options in Brighton, Elwood, Mordialloc, Sandringham, and Williamstown.

With more space and larger streets in these suburbs, removalists will have no issues manoeuvring your belongings.

Cultural diversity

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In case you didn’t know already, Melbourne is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world. Moreover, there are particular suburbs that showcase cultural offerings from China, Vietnam, India,  Japan, Korea, Greece, Italy, and Eastern Europe. If your life is consumed by travel, food, language, and a thirst for new experiences, your next move may be closer than you think.

These areas of Melbourne are ideal for singles, couples, families, and retired movers looking for a truly dynamic cultural landscape.

Movers seeking cultural diversity will find that these suburbs feature:

  • Cafes and Restaurants
  • Child-friendly Parks
  • Family Community Atmosphere
  • Organic Food Markets
  • Private Schools
  • Public Transport
  • Religious Schools
  • Shopping Centres
  • Walking Paths
  • World Food Markets

You will find the perfect cultural fusion in Abbotsford, Box Hill, Carnegie, Caulfield, Footscray, Oakleigh, Preston, and Springvale.

If the cultural diversity in these Melbourne suburbs is not quite what you are looking for and you make the decision to move overseas, WridgWays offers professional international relocation services, as well as local removalists who can help with any local advice you may need.

Old-world charm

Moving To Melbourne Elite Suburbs

Do you need a new home to fill with your prized art and wine collections? Then you will most likely be looking for a suburb with an equally artistic facade. For couples, families, and retired couples or individual movers who enjoy the luxury of heritage homes, tree-lined streets, landscaped gardens, and high gates – there are select Melbourne suburbs that will suit the prestige and privacy you seek.

These elite Melbourne suburbs are well-maintained, within close proximity to the CBD, major highways, shopping precincts, and also feature:

  • Artisan Produce
  • Boutiques
  • Cafes and Restaurants
  • Exclusive Community
  • Fine Dining
  • High-end Fashion Retailers
  • Large Properties
  • Parks
  • Private Schools
  • Public Transport
  • Tree-lined Streets

Large properties, maintained streets, and exclusivity await movers in Albert Park, Balwyn, Brighton, Camberwell, Elwood, Essendon, Hawthorn, Kew, South Yarra, and Toorak.

It is important to note the clearance height in your street, as a lot of these heritage areas feature low-hanging trees. If you find a new home with a long driveway, it is an important piece of information to pass on to your local Melbourne removalists before move day.

Family friendly

Moving To Melbourne Family Friend Suburbs

Congratulations if you are just starting out as a family! If you are a mover with children, researching the ideal Melbourne suburbs to call home, then you will be wanting to consider a few major factors. As a family, you will most likely require a very safe and community-focussed suburb, with nearby daycare and primary school facilities.

Throughout Melbourne’s north, south-east, south, east, and west, you can find accommodating, affordable suburbs with space for children to grow and flourish. These suburbs are ideally situated near public transport, have access to freeways and highways, and provide many sporting groups and clubs.

Family friendly suburbs in the outer-Melbourne suburbs feature:

  • Bulk-billing Medical Facilities
  • Child Care Facilities
  • Child-friendly Parks
  • Family Friendly Restaurants
  • Family Community Atmosphere
  • Neighbourhood Watch Programs
  • Private Schools
  • Public Schools
  • Public Transport
  • Religious Schools
  • Shopping Centres
  • Walking Paths

Melbourne suburbs ideal for raising families include Avondale Heights, Berwick, Cheltenham, Langwarrin, Montmorency, Ringwood East, Rosanna, and Upwey.

If you are a mover considering a large property in one of these Melbourne suburbs, it is also a good idea to consider removalists with skilled packing and unpacking services – getting all your belongings settled in a large place is a great deal of work.  No unpacking job is too difficult for the trained and friendly staff at WridgWays.

We hope this guide has provided you with the information you need to find your new home.

WridgWays Removalists is an established local, interstate and international removalist with the years of experience necessary for a smooth, easy move. WridgWays Removalists has 125 years of experience moving Australian families.

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