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!
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 the tram to almost anywhere in the city area, but there’s really no need - everything a person could possibly want is right here from the famous South Melbourne Market to the bustling Bay Street shops. 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 and likewise, so do its neighbouring suburbs of South Melbourne and Middle Park.
St Kilda Road (inner south east)
Historically this area has been a business hub with many multinational corporations moving here for cheaper rent and unbeatable proximity to the CBD. The new employees working here have now led to numerous designer apartment buildings that tend to be relatively expensive to rent, and can often be leased fully furnished. Bordering one of Melbourne’s key icons Albert Park Lake, 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.
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 can be high, but certainly not as high as the prices demanded by other suburbs this close to the city in the east. Also noteworthy on this side of town is neighbouring Seddon which is quickly gentrifying as young buyers are forced to look at more affordable options.
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.
South Yarra (Inner South East)
A magnet for young successful professionals South Yarra is the ideal location for those who seek both style and substance in a suburb. With lively Chapel Street for the latest bars and cafes, high end fashion along Toorak Road and close proximity to other inner city suburbs like Richmond and St Kilda it’s no wonder why its one of Melbourne’s most densely populated areas. For fitness fanatics the running track around the Botanical Gardens (known to locals as ‘The Tan’) is a popular weekend haunt and foodies will love bustling Prahran market for their weekly grocery shop. Plus with so many new apartments coming onto the market there’s often a bargain to be had!
Carlton (Inner North)
Traditionally Carlton is known as an area whose residents are made up of several local and international students who attended the nearby University of Melbourne and RMIT University however there is much more to this lively suburb! Carlton is famous for its Italian precinct which feature some incredible cafes and restaurants in Lygon Street. Whilst a very inner-city suburb it does feature some beautiful Victorian buildings alongside smaller single-fronted cottages and public housing. This suburb landscapes leafy parks and gardens such as Princess Park and Carlton Gardens and has landmarks in the Melbourne Museum and IMAX, and Royal Exhibition Building
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.
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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. It’s neighbouring suburb of Thornbury also presents great value.
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.
Cheltenham (south east)
Located 18km South-East of the CBD, Cheltenham offers exceptional value for those wanting to reside in a Bayside suburb without the hefty price tag of its neighbouring suburbs such as Brighton and Sandringham. Cheltenham is divided by Nepean Highway and traditionally being ‘beach side’ of the highway has been preferred. Cheltenham is favoured by young families due to the fact the area features 5 primary schools!! It also boasts reliable public transport in the form of two train stations (Cheltenham Station and more recently the new station that has been built at Westfield Southland) on the Frankston train line. In terms of shopping and entertainment Cheltenham has everything you could possibly need right on your doorstep. It is home to Westfield Southland that features multi-level retail, department stores, restaurants, cafes, cinemas and supermarkets however if you wanted to avoid the large shopping malls you could always visit your local shopping strip in Charman Road.
Altona MEadows (south west)
A short drive to the beach, affordable housing and extremely family friendly! Altona Meadows is a comparatively new suburb that has been booming in the last 10 years due to our expanding population. If you are happy to forgo proximity to the city and a lively nightlife then this could be the suburb for you! Plus what it lacks in ‘exciting’ entertainment options it makes up for with walking tracks along Cheetham Wetlands, brand new playgrounds and plenty of schooling options. Prices tend to increase the closer you get to Altona and there are pockets that are more industrial so you do need to be wary of location. Driving in peak hour to the city can also be a hassle but there are train stations in Altona or Laverton.
Are you craving a treechange but still want access to the finer things in life? Ringwood and its neighbouring suburbs of Croydon and Lilydale are considered the gateway to the Yarra Valley which is known for its breathtaking scenery and numerous wineries. The suburbs themselves can’t be overlooked though and have many schooling options (including the high performing Yarra Valley Grammar), wide tree lined streets and access to the city via the Lilydale train line. The houses may be affordable but don’t be fooled – there are still plenty of opportunities to splurge on high end fashion and the latest dining at newly redeveloped Eastland Shopping Centre.
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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. If Hawthorn is sounding like your ideal area you should also consider the neighbouring suburbs of Camberwell, Glen Iris, Kew, Canterbury and Surrey Hills.
Brighton (south east)
The chosen suburb of many Australian celebrities and their families and features several 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 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 and is located within the ‘Bayside’ council. Similar suburbs within the same council are Beaumaris, Black Rock, Brighton East, Cheltenham, Hampton, Hampton East, Highett and Sandringham. These suburbs have a similar feel and feature many of the stand out characteristics of Brighton without the hefty price tag.
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. If you think Williamstown is your ideal suburb but you are worried about how far your budget will stretch, neighbouring Newport provides easy access to all the Williamstown perks without the price tag.
Essendon (North West)
Essendon is one of the more affluent suburbs on the western side of the city with wide leafy green streets, excellent shopping options and easy access to the CBD. Surrounded by more industrial areas like Brunswick West and Footscray it’s the perfect location for professionals that need to travel through Melbourne Airport regularly with minimal hassle. The architecture varies from Federation style homes to Californian bungalows but one thing they tend to have in common is larger block sizes. The suburb is spoilt for choice in terms of shopping options with the recently developed Highpoint Shopping centre close by plus DFO Essendon Airport.
A tranquil suburb in Melbourne’s east, Balwyn’s biggest drawcard is easily its zoned secondary school Balwyn High. Consistently delivering some of the best academic results outside the private system many people buy or rent in the area so their children can attend the esteemed school. Although people come for the education they tend to stay in Balwyn once they experience its unpretentious lifestyle and easy access to both the east and west of Melbourne via the Eastern Freeway. Asian food aficionados will adore its proximity to Box Hill with some of the best dining options in the city.
Toorak (inner east)
If only the best will do you can’t look any further than Toorak! For Melbourne’s most powerful there is little doubt that it remains the city’s most prestigious suburb. Sprawling mansions, tree lined streets, Melbourne’s best private schools and easy access to the city all add to the appeal and have meant the city’s elite have flocked to the area. Toorak’s notoriety can ironically make it a more affordable option for people seeking to rent. It’s regularly featured in headlines when mansions are sold for $15 million or the Real Housewives have their latest spat which leads to many ‘normal’ renters not even considering it as an option.
Mornington (outer south east)
Dreaming of a sea change? Mornington could be the ideal suburb for you! Mornington is a seaside town on the Mornington Peninsula 57km from the CBD. It is known for its village atmosphere, beautiful beaches and wineries. Traditionally Mornington was a popular destination for Melbournians to spend a weekend however in more recent times we are seeing more and more people choosing to reside in Mornington and travel to work. The area is serviced by three major roadways (The Mornington peninsula Freeway, Nepean Highway and the Moorooduc Highway) however this beautiful seaside suburb does not feature a train station. Mornington and its surrounding suburbs have many notable schools on offer including Mt Eliza Secondary College, Mornington Secondary College, Padua College, Toorak College and The Peninsula School.
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