Moving to Melbourne? The area and suburb in which you plan to rent a home in is a crucial factor in the lifestyle you wish to adopt. Choosing the right location to live in is paramount as it ultimately becomes your immediate community and most importantly determines what restaurants and shopping options you have right on your doorstep!
When choosing a new home in Melbourne a good starting point is to consider what is really important to you.
- How long am I willing to travel each day to get to work?
- Do I need to live near quality schools for my children?
- Am I going to drive or do I need public transport to be readily available?
- Do I want to live near people of my same ethnic background?
We have compiled a short list of our personal favourite Melbourne suburbs to rent in below. Don’t forget we are only a phone call away to personally assist you in securing the perfect rental in the ideal location for you!
Inner City Living In Melbourne
“Summer nights & City lights”
Port Melbourne (inner south)
Port Melbourne is a recently renovated suburb that offers inner-city bayside living. Attracting a mix of independent people of all ages looking for class and convenience. From old workers’ cottages to designer waterfront developments the area offers a smart, compact lifestyle with the beach on your doorstep. Port Melbourne is one of the more expensive suburbs to rent in Melbourne. Residents can walk or can easily take public transport to almost anywhere in the city area, but there’s really no need - everything a person could possibly want is right here. Take in the dynamic bay view from a cafe, your balcony or with your toes in the sand – Port Melbourne offers the ultimate urban beachside lifestyle.
Docklands (inner west)
Docklands is a very new suburb consisting of many new designer apartment buildings that tend to be relatively expensive to rent, and can often be leased fully furnished. Right on the water, it is a mix of business and leisure sitting on the edge of the CBD. This is primarily a suburb for young professional singles and couples; with most apartment buildings complete with a gym and often a swimming pool or library. The area is walking distance or a short tram trip to anywhere in the city. You’ll find a number of offices in the precinct, along with the famous Etihad Stadium, waterfront restaurants and entertainment complexes.
Yarraville (inner west)
Just over 7km west of the city, yet retaining a distinctive village/country feel, Yarraville appeals to families as well as independent people who like its proximity to the city. With a selection of outstanding restaurants, cafés and boutiques lining the narrow streets of the shopping hub, this is a place that attracts both creative types and professionals looking for a safe but cool environment. The small houses and difficult parking in the central parts of the town give way to more expansive homes on the outer edge. Rent is often high, but certainly not as high as the prices demanded by other suburbs this close to the city in the east.
“Young, Wild & Free”
Brunswick (inner north)
Well suited for the young, independent, bike-riding creatives, as well as older people both with and without kids.Brunswick is an edgy but unpretentious suburb, and is great if you want to sample both traditional culture and up-to-the-minute café culture. Brunswick has it all stitched up with its earthy charms and artful community. Situated just a few kilometres from the CBD. It is a hive of creativity and eccentricity, which means it's sometimes gritty but never boring. Brunswick is a dense urban area, its narrow streets full of largely Victorian homes, but modern apartment developments are starting to add another dimension.
Richmond (inner east)
If you want a cosy home but all the convenience of the city lifestyle, you’ll hit the jackpot in Richmond. Parts of Richmond are walking distance to the CBD, and the whole suburb is well connected by public transport to anywhere in Melbourne. Richmond is a large suburb filled with fantastic restaurants and shopping, and it attracts a variety of residents from young professionals, small families and students. Parking is a nightmare in Richmond, however many of the residences will tell you, that it’s a small price to pay for the convenience of living in such a central hub. Iconic neon, renovated terraces and slick warehouse conversions give Richmond its unique flavour.
Family-Friendly Hot Spots in Melbourne
"Home is Where the heart is"
A leafy bayside town approximately 15km from the city, Sandringham has a relaxed, friendly, family feeling with a touch of prestige. The houses are often stunning examples of magnificent old architecture and Californian bungalows. Residents don’t have to leave the suburb for great food, and the convenient little shopping village features, boutiques, pubs and exceptional café’s right on the edge of the beach. A number of prestigious schools are nearby, so it’s an exceptional area for families with school aged children, who may also need easy access into the city for work via train.
Although Hawthorn is only 8km from the city centre, It has a distinctly refined suburban feel to it. Leafy Hawthorn blends the old and the new, the fast and the slow. Period homes meet modern apartments, student cafes meet fine dining, busy streets meet bike paths. It's a stunning leafy suburb, where you’ll find a lot of young, independent people drawn to Swinburne University and its handy location, as well as more mature people and families. It's a smart looking suburb, with some edgy elements void of any hint of grunge.
Coburg (inner north)
Coburg is a well-established area, home to long-term resident couples and families, although single, independent people of all ages are starting to fall for its charms. The area is best known for its friendly multicultural vibe and selection of exceptional Middle Eastern and European shops and restaurants. Coburg is adjoining neighbours with multicultural, super-happening Brunswick, but retains a more casual, laidback and down-to-earth feel. Coburg’s old-school charm can be found in its period homes, from California bungalows to renovated Victorians and Edwardians, however new townhouses and apartments seem to be popping up more and more. rental prices are affordable compared with many other suburbs this close to the city.
Beachside Living In Melbourne
“B.E.A.C.H – Best Escape Anyone Can Have”
Brighton (south east)
The chosen suburb of many Australian celebrities and their families and features a number of outstanding private schools, Brighton is a conservative and sophisticated suburb. It is a beachside suburb 12km southeast of the CBD, well served by public transport and is remarkably safe. Rental prices are high, with a mix of immaculate Edwardian and Victorian mansions alongside stunning designer homes and modern apartment blocks. For those seeking a chic and refined beachside suburb, Brighton is one of the best options in town.
St Kilda (south east)
Its bohemian past is still exceedingly prevalent in this inner-city playground by the bay. The St Kilda of today has a cafe lifestyle with a beachy vibe and is only 7.5 kilometres from the CBD, easily accessible by tram. St Kilda is home to an eclectic cross-section of people, from backpackers passing through to elderly people who have lived there all their lives, you’ll also find a lot of independent people in their 30s and 40s living in the area, enjoying St Kilda sunsets from the apartment balconies of their tremendously renovated historic mansions. If you want the best of most worlds – close to the city, close to the beach, night time bars and Saturday morning farmer’s markets – you’ll find it in St Kilda.
Williamstown is a beautiful waterfront suburb just south-west of the city. Historic buildings overlook a picturesque beach and a bustling, social strip of cafes, shops and pubs. This seaside suburb is just 15 to 20 minutes west of the city by train, but can feel like its own little oasis, with tourists often visiting for the day or weekend to get out of the hustle and bustle of the city. Williamstown does have a ‘special’ feel to it, which results in the rental prices being quite a bit higher than the average in-expensive western suburbs home. The suburb has a great family atmosphere, but the cute cafés and eateries also make it a popular area with young professionals who want some space, but still need easy access to the CBD.