Remember being a kid, and riding your bike with the neighbours, or climbing trees with your siblings in the park down the road?
For parents, creating a safe, playful home environment is key to giving their kids a wonderful childhood experience.
This is why we put so much pressure on ourselves to choose the right neighbourhood: while being close to shops, schools and amenities, we also want to settle down in an area with plenty of parks, open spaces and walking tracks for kids to explore.
If you can find all of this in an area with a charming family atmosphere, even better!
As a capital city that is arguably slipping into the position of Australia’s top property market, Melbourne has seen prices go up consistently year after year.
Even in the face of a looming market slowdown, its long term growth potential is high, due to its strong economy and population growth.
When looking to invest in Melbourne’s property market, there are definitely suburbs out that tick all the boxes for families in terms of budget and environment.
Whether you’re shopping for your own home or you’re looking for a solid investment, we showcase a handful of Melbourne’s best suburbs for young families:
A name that almost always comes up in the conversation of the most ideal areas for families in Melbourne, Coburg is a vibrant, multicultural suburb that is home to many schools, including five public and private primary schools and a high school.
It has many parks and recreational facilities for kids to play in, and is connected to the Merri Creek Bike Trail that goes all the way to Fitzroy North, facilitating an active lifestyle for the whole family.
Working parents also have easy access to places like Melbourne and Preston via tram, train or bus while having it easy on their wallets since Coburg properties are reasonably priced.
For families who have a bit more wiggle room financially, “Sandy” is a relaxed, family-friendly suburb that evokes a classic country style. Here, units are far more affordable than houses – the median is around $700k, as opposed to $1.8m for houses.
It is home to Sandringham Primary School, regarded as one of the oldest educational institutions in Victoria, and to two campuses of secondary school Sandringham College.
There are several sports clubs for kids to join in, including the East Sandringham Boys Cricket Club, who are based at the RG Chisholm Reserve.
The East Sandringham Junior Football Club also plays at this oval.
Other sports facilities in the suburb are the Trevor Barker Beach Oval and the Tjilatjirrin Reserve.
Family-style living is definitely the name of the game in Bentleigh, with its access to parks, schools, prime shopping, beaches and roomy houses.
You’ll find an interesting mix of old and new in Bentleigh, from period California bungalows and weatherboard Edwardians to contemporary developments and renovations.
If you’d rather take it easy than be running a mile a minute, Bentleigh is a breath of fresh air with its parks and beach proximity.
Mount Waverley is a very family-friendly area and you’ll find your neighbours are primarily older couples and families, with some younger people living independently.
Mount Waverley affords a relaxed family lifestyle, with parks, schools, golf courses, plenty of shopping, good road access and room to stretch out at home.
With its history and its coveted secondary school zone, you’ll mainly find impressive, practical family homes, some older than others, in Mount Waverley.
You’ll find a family flavour to Glen Waverley, with older couples and families living here, alongside younger, independent people drawn to its proximity to Holmesglen TAFE.
Glen Waverley has more than meets the eye – restaurants a-plenty, sports and recreation facilities, cinema complexes, stacks of schools and some primo shopping.
Travel back in time to a suburban idyll of Brady Bunch-era sprawling family homes on landscaped gardens, alongside newer interpretations of the same – and you might find yourself in Glen Waverley.
While it is mainly known as a big, bustling city, there are several spots around Melbourne that can be perfect for people who want to raise a family – it’s only a matter of doing your due diligence, to ensure you park your money in the right place!