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Quiz: Which hip Melbourne neighbourhood is the best match for you?

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Quiz: Which hip Melbourne neighbourhood is the best match for you?

If you’re thinking about moving to Melbourne or just want a change of scenery, these seven questions will help you figure out which Melbourne borough should be the focus of your new home search.

From leafy inner city streets to lakeside cottages and bayside mega mansions, you’re sure to find your perfect fit in one of Melbourne’s most hip and happening burbs.

1. Your favourite style of home architecture is:

A. Sleek and modern apartment complexes.

B. Charming two-storey terrace houses.

C. Hamptons style beach houses.

D. Renovated Victorian cottages.

E. Loft style warehouse conversions.

2. On a Saturday morning you’ll be found:

A. At a Bikram hot yoga sesh.

B. At the local market.

C. Walking your dog on the beach.

D. Cycling around the lake.

E. Out to brunch with your best buds.

3. Your drink of choice is a/an:

A. Espresso martini.

B. Fine pinot noir.

C. Champagne.

D. Green smoothie.

E. Craft beer.

4. If you found $200 you would spend it on:

A. A facial, manicure and pedicure.

B. Fresh oysters.

C. Glasshouse candles.

D. A bike service.

E. Vintage vinyl, a beard comb and a flannie.

 Image: Teepee Tours

Image: Teepee Tours

5. Your favourite items of clothing are:

A. Manolo Blahnik stilettos and oversized sunnies.

B. A timeless trench coat and silk scarf.

C. Ralph Lauren cashmere jumper and Tiffany & Co. bling.

D. Lululemon tights and Nike Free Runs- so comfy.

E. Your vintage leather jacket and Dr. Martens boots.

6. On a Friday night you’re:

A. Late night shopping then hitting the clubs.

B. Being wined and dined at the city’s latest hotspot.

C. Hosting a cocktail party.

D. At a soccer game- Go Victory!

E. Listening to live music at a local dive bar.

7. Your go-to afternoon snack is:

A. Kale chips.

B. Dim sims.

C. An acai bowl and soy latte.

D. Frozen yoghurt.

E. Cruffin and cold brew.
 

And your Melbourne suburb match is...

You chose - mostly A: South Yarra

Popular with young professionals and students, South Yarra is a bustling cosmopolitan area with no shortage of cafes, pubs, cinemas, restaurants, swanky cocktail bars and lively clubs. If you’re a shopaholic and into designer labels then South Yarra’s boutique heaven Chapel Street is calling your name!

You chose - mostly B: South Melbourne

Known for its leafy tree-lined streets, rows of pretty Victorian terrace houses and its ever-popular market, the suburb of South Melbourne is old Melbourne charm at its finest. Foodies need to try the famous dim sims, oysters and deli cheeses at South Melbourne Market. On the main drag, Clarendon Street, the cafes, gastropubs and bars will not disappoint for a laid back afternoon or night out. Best of all you’re only 3kms from the CBD!

You chose - mostly C: Brighton

This posh beachside suburb is home to the iconic colourful Brighton Beach boxes, sea baths and Icebergers club. Geared towards families, retirees and professionals, there’s a lot of great schools, village style shopping strips and green spaces, all only 11km from Melbourne CBD. Sporty folks will love the picturesque cycling paths, ocean swimming and smorgasbord of water sport opportunities (yachting, wind surfing, paddle boarding and water skiing, just to name a few!).

You chose - mostly D: Albert Park

Get ready to get physical. As the annual host of the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix, it comes as no surprise that sport, health and fitness play a huge part in the Albert Park lifestyle. Residents are spoilt for choice with the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre, beach volleyball, driving range, tennis club and Albert Park Lake walking tracks all on their doorstep. Once you’ve worked up a sweat, soak up the sun and delicious but nutritious eats in one of Albert Park’s numerous open air clean eating sidewalk cafes.

You chose - mostly E: Fitzroy

Hipster haven, aka Melbourne’s answer to Brooklyn, Fitzroy is the humming home to artists, hippies, professionals, students and foodies alike. There really is something for everyone in Fitzroy. If you’re a lover of salsa dancing, galleries, street art, dive bars, vintage clothing, book stores, buttery croissants, smashed avo and micro brews you’ll fit right in! Head to Brunswick Street and Smith Street for a taste of the lively local nightlife, gourmet restaurants, and stellar vintage and designer boutique shopping. Bonus: As Melbourne’s second most walkable suburb you can leave your money-guzzling car at home.

 Image: Klaus and Fritz

Image: Klaus and Fritz

For more insights into the best places to live in Melbourne take a look at our suburb reviews, Melbourne's six fittest suburbs, and the best places for foodies and coffee addicts to live in Melbourne.

Happy house hunting!

The Homely.com.au Team

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Top 10 Melbourne suburbs for coffee addicts

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Top 10 Melbourne suburbs for coffee addicts

Is there anything Melbournians take more seriously than their coffee? We don’t think so!

With Melbourne Coffee Week set to return in 2017, various events around the city for International Coffee Day in October, an Espresso Martini Festival, a signature brew (the 'magic' Melbourne) and cafés practically on every CBD corner, there’s no doubt Melbournians are mad for coffee in all its glorious shapes and forms.

Whether you’re into deconstructed coffees, golden lattes, cold brew or just a good old flat white, we’ve created a list of the best suburbs for Melbourne coffee lovers to live in based on the results of Yelp’s annual Top 100 coffee spots in Australia 2016 survey.

27 Melbourne businesses made it onto the list (the most of any state), reaffirming the city as the coffee capital of Australia. Without further ado here are the 10 best suburbs for coffee lovers of Melbourne.

 Image: Broadsheet

Image: Broadsheet

1. Melbourne CBD

It’s no surprise that Melbourne residents and workers really are spoilt for choice when it comes to their daily caffeine fix, with Patricia on Little Bourke Street taking out the coveted top spot of best coffee in Australia, along with seven other Melbourne cafes making it into the top 100. Patricia is a tiny nook of a coffee shop where you can get the best takeaway coffee in the city and try Melbourne's signature 'magic' brew.

Must tries: 

Patricia (#1)

The League of Honest Coffee (#6)

Brother Baba Budan (#12)

Dukes Coffee Roasters (#13)

Cup of Truth (#26)

Market Lane Coffee (#42)

Waffle On (#86)

Manchester Press (#99)

 Patricia. Image: Australian Design Review

Patricia. Image: Australian Design Review

2. Balaclava

Coming in at a respectable eighth place on the best coffee list, a cosy favourite for Balaclava locals, hidden in an out of the way laneway next to Woolies, is Monk Bodhi Dharma. The food (consisting of a vegetarian menu) and coffee is so good on a weekend you’ll often find a queue out the door, so get in early.

Must tries:

Monk Bodhi Dharma (#8)

Batch Espresso

3. South Melbourne

South Melbourne is no stranger to a great coffee and coffee culture, with three local cafes making it into the top 100. Cafe design and Melbourne architecture doesn't get much better than the beautiful Victorian townhouse that’s home to the top cuppa in South Melbourne at The Kettle Black.

Must tries:

The Kettle Black (#19)

Clement (#37)

 St Ali (#57) 

 The Kettle Black. Image: Livlicious

The Kettle Black. Image: Livlicious

4. Collingwood

In true hipster fashion the best brew in Collingwood is housed in a converted warehouse space at Proud Mary. Winner of Beanhunter's highest honour Australia's Top Cafe in 2015, you won't find a cafe in Melbourne with better variety in coffee. With cold brew, espresso, french press, iced coffee, magic mocha and much more on offer. They also have a killer brunch menu and run a Barista Boot Camp.

Must tries:

Proud Mary (#23)

Everyday Coffee (#30)

    South of Johnston (#83)

    5. South Yarra

    You have to venture off the main drags (i.e. Chapel Street and Toorak Road) in South Yarra to find some of the best coffee in Melbourne at Two Birds One Stone. The cafe is modern and sleek, with Scandi inspired decor and a sophisticated buzzing vibe. Another bonus on top of the delish coffee is the all day breakfast with gluten free and vegetarian options that you can even order to takeaway.

    Must tries: 

    Two Birds One Stone (#32)

    The Final Step

    Drugstore Espresso

    6. Carlton

    Coming in as the 43rd best coffee spot in Australia tucked down an alleyway (like all good things in Melbourne!) is Seven Seeds. Seven Seeds has a cool industrial warehouse feel with exposed beams, brickwork and steel framed factory windows on show. Popular with uni students and lecturers, the batch brew filter coffee, house blend and delicious assortment of espresso are not to be overlooked.

    Must tries:

    Seven Seeds (#43)

    Campos Coffee

    Vincent The Dog

    Queensberry Pour House

     Seven Seeds. Image: Breakfast Out

    Seven Seeds. Image: Breakfast Out

    7. St Kilda

    St Kilda's best coffee shop Miss Jackson came in at 49th on Yelp's list. This humble cafe is set up the stairs in a quaint converted house in the backstreets of St Kilda. The online consensus is that you're guaranteed a great cup of coffee here, and the breakfast tacos, Banoffee doughnuts and coconut waffles are definitely worth a taste too!

    Must tries:

    Miss Jackson (#49)

    Galleon Cafe (#78)

    95 Espresso

    il Piccolo Posto

    8. North Melbourne

    Awarded top cafe in Beanhunter's poll in 2013, Twenty & Six Espresso has some of the best coffee you'll find north of the city. This unassuming little shopfront has a quirky courtyard great for sipping a latte on a sunny morning, as well as indoor seating perfect for watching life go by in Queensberry Street over a warming long black on a bleak and rainy Melbourne day.

    Must tries:

    Twenty & Six Espresso (#63)

    Auction Rooms

    Di Bella Roasting House

     Twenty & Six Espresso. Image: Broadsheet

    Twenty & Six Espresso. Image: Broadsheet

    9. Yarraville

    Yarraville isn't a spot synonymous with amazing coffee in most Melbournian's minds, but those Melbournians clearly haven't tasted a brew from Cobb Lane on Anderson Street. You won't be able to resist their baked goods and scrumptious desserts (salted caramel doughnuts, croissants and apricot, fig and pistachio bread) that compliment their Dukes Espresso Blend coffee and house made chai beautifully.

    Must tries:

    Cobb Lane (#68)

    Wee Jeanie

    The Cornershop

     Cobb Lane. Image: Olive Sundays

    Cobb Lane. Image: Olive Sundays

    10. Richmond

    Top Paddock is a trendy bustling cafe in a corporate area on Church Street. It's the ideal spot for brunch with ample indoor and outdoor seating, an extensive all day breakfast menu and many and varied coffee options (such as cold brew, filter, mocha, iced and roasted). 

    Must tries:

    Top Paddock (#70)

    Pillar of Salt

    Fifty Acres

    Little Somthin' Somethin'

    So now that we know where we're heading tomorrow morning to sample a marvellous brew or two, why not check out the five best places for foodies to live in Melbourne

    If you have a favourite haunt for your daily caffeine fix that we missed why not join the debate on the best coffee in Melbourne via the button below.

    Happy house hunting!

    The homely.com.au Team

     

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    Melbourne’s 6 fittest suburbs revealed

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    Melbourne’s 6 fittest suburbs revealed

    A survey of 10,000 Melbourne households has revealed that residents living in six bayside suburbs are among the fittest and healthiest in Melbourne.

    The results combined census data with Roy Morgan and Nielsen research indicate that living within close proximity to the bay may play a key part in leading a healthy and active lifestyle. 

    When you think about it these results make sense. Perhaps a vital part of keeping fit is living in a location that inspires you get active outdoors (let’s face it who doesn’t love walking along the beach with the roar of the waves and fresh sea breeze in your hair) and motivates you to maintain a ‘beach ready’ body.

     

    We’re not saying that relocating to a bayside suburb will instantly change your life and you’ll be fit in next no time just by living there, but there are clear health benefits to these areas’ populations having easy access to the beach, water sports and picturesque cycling and walking trails around the bay.

    Maybe a move to one of these bayside suburbs could be right for you. Here are some of the select highlights of living bayside in Melbourne’s 6 fittest suburbs according to some homely locals.

    We’ve also included some practical info, like distances to Melbourne’s CBD and median house prices (MHP) and median weekly rents (MWR) (based on Your Investment Property data) to help inform your choice.

    Top 6 fittest suburbs in Melbourne

    1. Elwood

    Distance to CBD: 9km.

    Stats: $1.65 million MHP and $750 WMR.

    Word on the street: 

    ‘Easy access to The Bay Trail is great. Some days I'll walk along the beach down to the Brighton Baths and back, or other days I'll walk up to the St Kilda pier for a change of scenery. Watching the sunset up on Point Ormond Hill is gorgeous too!’ – Karly Gleich

    ‘It's close to the beach and has a canal running through it which is great for walks/runs/cycling... There are several farmers markets popping up and Elwood Village has a warm friendly vibe’ – pandabeer45

    ‘Elwood is perfect for families, singles, couples and retirees…Elwood Beach is absolutely beautiful with play equipment, bbq area, running tracks and The Bayside Trail bike track.’ – CapitalAdvisory

     2. St Kilda

    Distance to CBD: 7km.

    Stats: $1 million MHP and $510 WMR.

    Word on the street: 

    ‘St Kilda is festive, fun, hectic and alive…Explore a Sunday market, walk the esplanade, dine at a beach front restaurant/bar, catch a live music act at the Espy Hotel or Palace Theatre and experience paddle boarding in the bay.’ – Monique Holgye

    ‘It is home to many artists, musicians, writers and actors. The crowd is edgy and quite cool. The pubs are somewhat grungy and many of the cafes serve organic food. The stunning Sea Baths on the waterfront have a fantastic gym and also one of Melbourne's best vegetarian restaurants.’ –BVStar

    3. Middle Park

    Distance to CBD: 5km.

    Stats: $1.975 million MHP and $780 WMR.

    Word on the street: 

    ‘Middle Park is wonderful! It is a sleepy little hollow between Albert Park and St Kilda West. There is very little traffic - other than local. It is family friendly with the beach and lake within walking distance. There are a couple of great playgrounds for children with BBQ and toilet facilities.’ – Kez1

    ‘A great beachside suburb with bountiful places to eat, drink and be merry around. Then Albert Park is right there for that bit of greeery if you ever have enough of the beach.’ – rulesix

    4. Brighton

    Distance to CBD: 12km.

    Stats: $2.265 million MHP and $978 WMR.

    Word on the street: 

    ‘Nestled between Elwood, Port Phillip, Elsternwick and Hampton, Brighton plays host to a yacht club, golf course, two cinemas, many old churches and a number of secondary schools. Buses, trains and trams also service the area, which is home to over 20,000 people.’ – lauryn

    ‘Beautiful affluent beachside lifestyle- Ideal for families, couples, singles and retirees.’ – CapitalAdvisory

    5. Mentone

    Distance to CBD: 22km.

    Stats: $920k MHP and $510 WMR.

    Word on the street: 

    ‘Close to the beach without the extravagant price tag! I love Mentone it is a safe and beautiful suburb - close to the beach, all shops you would need and has a great sense of community.’ –RachaelJones

    ‘There are many sporting groups, parks, play grounds and of course the beach to spend precious family time with the kids.’ – WeLoveMentone

    6. Mount Eliza

    Distance to CBD: 60km.

    Stats: $854,250 MHP and $560 WMR.

    Word on the street: 

    ‘If you are from Mt Eliza you do not boast of how great it is to live there. 'World's Best Kept Secret' is on the lips of all who live there. Good beaches, schools, cafe's, restaurants…and good value real estate. Good transport and access roads to Melbourne CBD. Gateway to Mornington Peninsula and access to many wineries strawberry, raspberry and produce from farmers markets.’ – Marnie

    ‘Kunyung and Earimil beaches have beautiful sand and deep water. Ranelagh has great boating and two areas between the rocks with deep water and sandbanks great for snorkelling. Very private minus the crowds. Canadian Bay has great boating, sand banks and shallows which is good for young children. All have great views of Melbourne’s skyline and of fireworks on New Years Eve. All have great back drop of sandstone cliffs and Victorian boat houses.’ – Johnmteliza

    If this article has inspired you to move closer to the beach or to simply get more active find out where Melbourne's best beaches are located and where to seek out Melbourne's best gyms.

    Happy house hunting!

    From the Homely Team

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    Homely is a new way to search for Red Hill real estate for sale and properties to rent in Melbourne. With over 340K listings and 500K local reviews and insights, Homely is a faster and easier way to search for property to buy and rent in Australia.

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    7 top hidden laneway eateries in Brisbane

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    7 top hidden laneway eateries in Brisbane

    A city otherwise dwarfed by it’s east coast counterparts Sydney and Melbourne, the old river city isn’t widely renowned for its nightlife or foodie reputation. However, while some assumptions are hard to shake, it looks like Brisbane’s eating out street cred is beginning to change in a big way.

    Whether it’s due to a few Melbournites migrating to Brisbane, or some locals inspired from their global travels, Brisvegas is now boasting a number of bars and restaurants resembling the cool laneway eateries of New York, Europe and Melbourne. Tucked away in little alleys and laneways, many of these hot new joints are sometimes hard to find if you don’t know where to look.

    So, let’s take a trip down Brisbane’s alleyways and laneways to find out where the best foodie gems are hiding.

    1. Corbett and Claude.

    If you like a big long, expansive bar, a place to escape to, dim lighting, and elegant design and furniture, then this is the place for you. Resembling a venue that you’d run into Mad Men’s Don Draper on a late weeknight, Corbett and Claude has it all.

    Located down a laneway off Elizabeth Street near Creek Street, this venue boasts top class cocktails, craft beers on tap and exceptional nibblies to line your stomach. Fresh ingredients are thrown on salivating stone oven cooked pizzas, with succulent olives and cheese boards also on offer to wet to your appetite. If you live in Brisbane, are just visiting, need to go on a date or want to catch up with old friends, Corbett and Claude has you covered for all occasions.

    2. The Survey Co.

    If you’re chasing that fine dining experience, sans pretentious glitz and glam, head out to The Survey Co. Situated surreptitiously off of Albert Street in Burnett Lane, this place combines contemporary design with first class food to create a must see for all amateur cuisine critics.

    Edging a little bit on the pricier side of dining out, The Survey Co really sets the benchmark for creative cuisine in Brisbane. Further enhanced by an extensive first class wine list, this venue sets the scene for a great anniversary dinner or special celebration. Wait staff are hot on their toes with service, leaving you to only worry about what delicious dish to choose for your main and leaving enough room for dessert.

     Image:  The Survey Co.

    3. Brew.

    A great way to judge a city's cultural depth is its ability to produce a first class coffee- which must make Brisbane a thriving cosmopolitan all thanks to laneway pace setter, Brew. Introduced to the Brisbane hustle and bustle in the late noughties, this cafe and wine bar combo is a favourite hang out for local coffee lovers.

    Starting out as a simple coffee cart on Albert Street in the CBD, initial success led to its extension down a driveway to open up a sit down eatery area. A few months later Brew went even further, restoring what was formerly an underground art gallery into a fully fledged venue that now hosts live music and stand up, and assumes the role of cafe by day, bar by night.

    Sourcing the best beans from all around the world, Brew is the go to for all things coffee. Starting humbly serving up coffees in the street, Brew typifies what you can achieve if you master the basics first. Whether you’re looking for a quick coffee, a bite to eat, or a setting for a coffee date or business meeting, step inside the world of Brew. You won't be disappointed!

     Image:  Rae Allen

    4. Sonny’s House of Blues.

    If you’re looking for a good time, a bit of a jam among friends, an array of unique and tasty drinks and eats, say hello to Sonny’s House of Blues. Sporting similarities to that of its sister venue, Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Sonny’s is a bit like stepping into a time capsule.

    Whilst a thriving and rambunctious night spot, you’re more than likely to simply walk past it's reclusive Rowes Lane (off Edward Street) location without noticing. With live music that echoes the beginnings of rock n roll, it’s a big house of fun. Wooden floors combined with 60s American touches cement this venue as nothing less than an iconic must see. The menu reads mouth watering, traditional American treats, and there's an even bigger supply of drinks to keep you singing and partying all night.

     Image:  Good Food

    Image: Good Food

    5. Public.

    If you’re looking for somewhere to dine that’s a little bit fancy and takes innovative food to the next level, look no further than George Street’s somewhat hidden award winning Public dining house. With things on the menu like ‘a can of worms’, which is literally a can of worms, you’ll leave this restaurant with nothing short of a memorable experience.

    Exceptional wait staff guide you through a diverse and unique range of seafood and meat inspired servings. Pair this with an assortment of exceptional wine and beer, visiting Public will be something you’ll reminisce about with friends whenever the topic of eating out in Brisbane comes up.

     Image:  Public

    Image: Public

    6. Brooklyn Standard.

    Brisbane is very much embracing an American theme when it comes to eating out. While not exactly new, the style is iconic for a reason as it helps set the tone for many venues. The Brooklyn Standard, with a small entry, is a thriving basement bar located on Eagle Lane in Brisbane’s CBD.

    With live music playing regularly, this joint has a buzzing atmosphere and is graced with an eclectic crowd ranging from business folk to hipsters penning poetry. If you’re looking for laidback vibe, Brooklyn Standard has a few nooks and crannies to hole up in, as well as places front and centre among all the action. There are plenty of canapes and nibbles to graze on, as well as an impressive and loaded list of drink options to cater to your mood and taste buds.

    7. Bao Down Now.

    With bao so easily available in restaurants throughout Brisbane, has there ever been a better time to be heading out on the town for a delicious bite sized bun? What’s even greater is the fact there is a lone, hole in the wall restaurant neatly tucked away in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley that specialises in exactly that - Bao Down Now.

    This hidden gem is home to a collection of bao combinations that are worth considering relocating to the Valley for. Adding chicken, pork, beef and tofu into the equation, you’ll find yourself consuming some of the best oriental delights in the city. Pair this with regularly updated beers and ciders on tap and bottles of wine a plenty, this venue is the perfect starting place to start a big night out, or if you’re simply looking for the perfect place to feast on yummy bao.

     Image:  Bao Down

    Image: Bao Down

    With so many fantastic options for eating out, Brisbane looks set to firmly cement itself on the 'cool' foodie map of Aus.

    Do you have any other favourite out of the way places to get a bite in Brisbane? Please share them below. For more to do in Brisbane check out some of the best hidden laneways in Brisbane.

    Author bio: 

    Liam Burke writes on behalf of Ab Fab Catering Brisbane. Ab Fab Catering have been Brisbane’s catering specialists since 1989 and in that time have developed a range of delicious menus suitable for all occasions.

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    Check out our suburb reviews and Q&A pages to see what everyone is talking about!

     

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    5 hidden treasures: The best lesser known Melbourne laneways

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    5 hidden treasures: The best lesser known Melbourne laneways

    With an accordion player serenading morning commuters outside Parliament Station, the city's endlessly unpredictable weather and a treasure trove of tucked away laneway gems, Melbourne really does have a surprise around every corner.

    Stumbling upon a hidden laneway in the labyrinth that is Melbourne’s CBD, is as synonymous with the city as train delays whenever extreme weather hits, coffee snobbery, great eateries and the luxury boutiques of Collins Street.

    We’re going to explore the best aspects of Melbourne in five of our favourite laneways that offer up foodie delights, out of the way bars, creative street art, boutique shopping and great live music.

     Centre Place

    Centre Place

    EAT at Centre Place

    With over a dozen of what I like to call ‘roller door in the wall eateries’, Centre Place will be sure to have a cuisine to get your mouth watering. Perfect for a miserable chilly Melbourne day, sample a hearty steaming hot soup with crispy bread for dipping at The Soup Place.

    A morning tea favourite, indulge in sweet and savoury crepes at Aix Café Creperie Salon. Try the lamb fillet or field mushroom savoury crepes for something different. For all the sweet tooths out there white chocolate and raspberry crepes are their specialty.

    Always packed at lunchtime, Shandong Mama Mini serves up delectable handmade Chinese dumplings (the pan fried ones are a highlight!). After lunch you can easily walk through The Block Arcade and Royal Arcade to the shopping holy grail that is Bourke Street Mall.

    If you’re in the vicinity around dinner time head upstairs (above Jungle Juice) to Hell’s Kitchen for delectable American bar food. Think pulled pork rolls, meatball subs and slices of apple pie. Wash that down with a classic cocktail, beer or a house-infused vodka.

    More laneways famous for their top notch eateries- Hardware Lane, Flinders Lane, George Parade, The Block Place, The Causeway and Tattersalls Lane.

     Centre Place

    Centre Place

    DRINK at Meyers Place

    Located off the top end of Bourke Street, by day this unassuming laneway doesn’t look like much, but by night Meyers Place transforms into a buzzing hive for party and bar goers. For the first stop drop in at the simple no frills Meyers Place Bar to graze over a cheese and kabana platter and a $5 glass (or two!) of house wine.

    Next wet your whistle at Loop Bar, which has a restaurant and rooftop bear garden with good city views. The versatile Loop Project Space and Bar below plays host to film screenings, audio visual performances, DJ events and exhibitions.

    Lastly head to the Art Deco inspired Lily Blacks cocktail bar. Open until 3am nightly, this is the perfect spot for a late night tipple with a huge range of creative cocktails, cognac, scotch and more liqueurs on offer.

    Extra laneways and bars to stop off on a Melbourne bar crawl- Bank Place and Mitre Lane, The Croft Institute at Croft Alley, Sister Bella and Martha’s Cottage on Sniders Lane, Bar Americano on Presgrave Place, Goldie Place, and DuNord and Murmur on Warburton Lane.

     Meyers Place's entry off Bourke Street

    Meyers Place's entry off Bourke Street

    LOOK at Union Lane

    Without a doubt Melbourne is home to some of the world’s best street art. Stretching from Bourke Street to Little Collins in Melbourne’s retail hub is the always colourful Union Lane. This laneway may not be as well known as some other famous Melbourne street art strips, but it packs a powerful punch and is definitely worth a look for street art enthusiasts. Almost every inch of the laneway’s 550 square metres of walls are covered in vibrant graffiti murals, stencils and tagging.

    Other arty laneways worth a look- Hosier Lane/ Rutledge Lane, Croft Alley, Guildford Lane, Cocker Alley, Jane Bell Lane, Spark Lane, Westwood Place.

     Union Lane

    Union Lane

    SHOP at Manchester Lane

    Manchester Lane is home to every Melbourne, dare I say hipster, man’s shopping paradise.

    The Sure Store has the latest men’s street wear, sneakers, backpacks, caps, jackets and much more. Manchester Lane is also home to OPSM eyewear, Sires Suits, Jack London, Claude Maus and Nique, everything a style conscious professional Melbourne man needs. It’s also just a stones throw from Collins Street’s bustling barbers, Rhodes and Beckett and Henry Bucks.

    Visit Design A Space retail gallery to support over 100 independent local Australian fashion designers, with men’s, women’s and children’s fashion and accessories available.

    *A word of caution when visiting Manchester Lane, cars frequently use the laneway to access an adjacent hotel car park so be especially careful when stepping out into the laneway from stores.

    Where else to splurge on boutique fashion- Flinders Lane, Somerset Place and Rankins Lane.

      Design A Space's  Fitzroy store

    Design A Space's Fitzroy store

    LISTEN at AC/DC Lane

    As the name suggests, AC/DC Lane is the place to be for rock music lovers of Melbourne. It doesn’t get much more rock n’ roll than the music institution that is Cherry Bar. Cherry Bar hosts both free and ticketed live music gigs showcasing local and international talent. After the live music wraps DJs keep the place pumping until the wee hours of the morning (that's 5am most nights!).

    If you're up for a big night, conveniently there are a number of great eateries within stumbling distance of Cherry Bar, with Latin American restaurant Pastuso at the end of the lane and Tonka contemporary Indian around the corner in Duckboard Place, just to name a couple.

    More spots for to catch great live music- Bennetts Lane Jazz Club in Bennetts Lane, The Paris Cat Jazz Club at Goldie Place and Ding Dong Lounge on Market Lane.

     AC/DC Lane

    AC/DC Lane

    Melbourne is full of hidden nooks and fascinating laneway street art, stores, restaurants, bars, cafes and music venues. Do you have any little known secret laneway hideaways of your own? Please share them in the comments section below.

    Happy house hunting!

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    Brisbane's 10 most walkable suburbs

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    Brisbane's 10 most walkable suburbs

    According to a 2015 survey by finder.com.au on what buyers really look for in a suburb, when it comes to choosing an area to live in, proximity to shops, public transport, schools, work and the CBD came in as five of the top ten most important factors Australians look for.

    In other words, a majority of Australians are concerned with the walkability of the suburb in which they choose to live. Living in a walkable neighbourhood is highly advantageous in terms of your environmental footprint, for your health and for the economy.

    To make your search for a new place easier we've ranked Brisbane's top 10 most walkable neighbourhoods based on their Walk Scores. We've also included Your Investment Property data for median unit prices (MUP) and weekly median unit rent (WMR), to give you an idea of housing affordability for each suburb.

    What is a Walk Score?

    A Walk Score is a rating out of 100 (where 100 is a walker’s paradise and daily errands don't require a car) based on the walkability of an address.

    A Walk Score is calculated by analysing hundreds of walking routes to close by amenities (like shops, schools, cafes, public transport or bike tracks) where amenities within a five-minute walk get maximum points and those within 30-minutes walk receive no points. It also takes into account pedestrian friendliness by looking at traffic and population density of the suburb.

    Brisbane's most walkable suburbs:

     1. Brisbane CBD

    Stats: Walk Score 95, $495,000 MUP and $595 WMR.

    Drawcards: Queen Street shopping, King George Square, Brisbane River views, Riverstage, Brisbane City Botanic Gardens, Queensland University of Technology, Gardens Theatre, William Robinson Gallery, Queensland Parliament, Roma Street Parkland, Central and Roma Street Stations, Anzac Square, Eagle Street Pier, Riverbar and Kitchen, Treasury Casino and Event Cinemas.

    Typical house type: Apartments.

    2. Fortitude Valley

    Stats:  Walk Score 94, $447,120 MUP and $470 WMR. 

    Drawcards: Chinatown Mall, nightlife, Oh Hello nightclub, Bigsound conference, Palace Centro Cinema, Fortitude Valley Station, All Hallows' School, The Valley Pool, James Street Market, Valley Markets, Brunswick Street Mall, live music and The Zoo.

    Typical house type: Apartments.

    3. Spring Hill

    Stats: Walk Score 92, $410,000 MUP and $460 WMR.

    Drawcards: Roma Street Parkland, Brisbane Private Hospital, St Andrew's War Memorial Hospital, Cathedral Square, Brisbane Central State School, St Joseph's College, Centenary Aquatic Centre, Victoria Park, Brisbane Girls Grammar, Brisbane Grammar School and Kaplan Business School.

    Typical house types: Queenslanders and apartments.

    4. South Brisbane

    Stats: Walk Score 92, $490,000 MUP and $510 WMR.

    Drawcards: South Bank dining, The Wheel of Brisbane, South Bank Cineplex, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, South Bank Parklands, Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland Museum and Scienentre, South Brisbane Station, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Queensland Theatre Company, The Markets Shopping Centre, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Lyric Theatre, Queensland Conservatorium Library, The Courier-Mail Piazza, Musgrave Park, Musgrave Park Swim Centre, Brisbane State High School, Griffith University, Queensland College of Art, St Laurence's College, Mater Mothers' Hospital, Lady Cilento Children's Hospital, Mater Private Hospital and Queensland Maritime Museum.

    Typical house type: Apartments.

    5. Petrie Terrace

    Stats: Walk Score 91, $775,000 median house price (propertyvalue.com.au), $535 WMR (propertyvalue.com.au).

    Drawcards: Brisbane Arts Theatre, The Barracks shopping, Caxton Street bars and eateries, and Palace Barracks Cinema.

    Typical house type: Freestanding traditional Queenslander houses.

    6. New Farm

    Stats: Walk Score 88, $577,325 MUP and $430 WMR.

    Drawcards: New Farm Park, Brisbane River views, Brisbane Powerhouse, Merthyr Park, The Jan Powers Farmers Markets, New Farm Library, New Farm State School, Wilson Outlook Reserve, Brunswick Street cafes and eateries, New Farm Cinemas, Moonlight Cinema Brisbane and the New Farm-Newstead Bikeway. 

    Typical house types: Apartments and renovated Queenslanders.

    7. Teneriffe

    Stats: Walk Score 88, $590,000 MUP (propertyvalue.com.au) and $495 WMR (propertyvalue.com.au).

    Drawcards: Teneriffe Park, Brisbane River views, New Farm-Newstead Bikeway, London Wool Stores building, restaurants and cafes.

    Typical house type: Apartments.

    8. West End

    Stats: Walk Score 88, $567,000 MUP and $495 WMR.

    Drawcards: Brisbane River views, Orleigh Park, Davies Park Market, Commercial Rowing Club, Boundary Street Markets, West End State School, South Brisbane Sailing Club and Queensland Ballet.

    Typical house types: Queenslanders and apartments. 

    9. Milton

    Stats: Walk Score 87, $548,000 MUP and $468 WMR. 

    Drawcards: Milton Station, XXXX Brewery, Brisbane River views, Frew Park, Milton Park, Suncorp Stadium and St Francis Theological College.

    Typical house types: Cottages, apartments and Queenslanders. 

    10. Woolloongabba

    Stats: Walk Score 87, $437,500 MUP and $450 WMR.

    Drawcards: Princess Alexandra Hospital, Hanlon Park, Buranda Station, PACE/UQ School of Pharmacy, Buranda Mosque, Norman Creek Greenway, East Brisbane State School, The Gabba and Woolloongabba Antique Centre.

    Typical house types: Queenslanders and apartments. 

    Happy house hunting!

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    Sydney’s 10 most walkable neighbourhoods

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    Sydney’s 10 most walkable neighbourhoods

    As the most walkable capital city in Australia, we thought we’d take a look more specifically at Sydney’s most walkable suburbs.

    According to walkscore.com Sydnersiders can walk to an average of 4 restaurants, bars and coffee shops within five minutes. Melbourne pails in comparison, where on average Melbourne residents can walk to 0.7 restaurants, bars and coffee shops within 5 minutes.

    Living in a walkable neighbourhood is highly advantageous in terms of your environmental footprint, your health and for the economy.

    To discover where the most pedestrian friendly suburbs are we’re ranking Sydney’s top 10 most walkable neighbourhoods based on their Walk Scores. We've also included Your Investment Property data for median unit prices (MUP) and weekly median rent (WMR), to give you an idea of housing affordability in each suburb.

    What is a Walk Score?

    A Walk Score is a rating out of 100 (where 100 is a walker’s paradise and daily errands do not require a car) based on the walkability of an address using a patended system.

    A Walk Score is calculated by analysing hundreds of walking routes to close by amenities (like shops, schools, cafes, public transport or bike tracks) where amenities within a five-minute walk get maximum points and those within 30-minutes walk receive no points. It also takes into account pedestrian friendliness by looking at traffic and population density of the suburb.

    Sydney's most walkable suburbs:

     1. Haymarket

    Stats: Walk Score 99, $860,000 MUP and $750 WMR. 

    Drawcards: Chinatown restaurants, Paddys Market and Market City for shopping, Hoyts Cinema, Sydney Central Station and University of Technology Sydney Library. 

    Typical house type: Modern apartments.

    2. The Rocks

    Stats: Walk Score 98, $1,317,500 MUP and $845 WMR. 

    Drawcards: Circular Quay Ferry Terminal, Circular Quay restaurants and cafes, Sydney Harbour views, Circular Quay Station, Museum of Contemporary Art, Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

    Typical house type: Modern apartments.

    3. Sydney

    Stats: Walk Score 98, $792,500 MUP and $685 WMR.

    Drawcards: The Queen Victoria Building, George Street and Westfield Sydney for shopping, Hyde Park, Martin Place cafes and Martin Place Station.

    Typical house type: Modern apartments.

    4. Ultimo

    Stats: Walk Score 98, $671,300 MUP and $580 WMR.

    Drawcards: Powerhouse Museum, University of Technology Sydney, ABC Centre, Hoyts Cinema, Wentworth Park, Broadway Shopping Centre and close to Sydney Fish Market.

    Typical house type: Renovated terrace houses and apartments.

    5. Surry Hills

    Stats: Walk Score 97, $765,000 MUP and $595 WMR.

    Drawcards: Great eateries (Gelato Messina, Chur Burger and Movida), Central Station, Belvoir Street Theatre, Prince Alfred Park and Swimming Pool, City Tennis Courts and Bourke Street Public School.

    Typical house type: Terrace and townhouses.

    6. Chippendale

    Stats: Walk Score 97, $700,000 MUP and $580 WMR.

    Drawcards: Central Park Mall, The University of Sydney, Victoria Park, St Benedict's Catholic Church and nightlife (Freda's, Zigis, The Duck Inn and The Chippendale Hotel).

    Typical house type: Cottages, terrace houses and modern apartment buildings.

    7. Millers Point

    Stats: Walk Score 96, $1,420,000 MUP and $900 WMR.

    Drawcards: Harbour Bridge, BridgeClimb Sydney, Observatory Hill Park, Sydney Observatory, Barangaroo Reserve, restaurants and cafes (Pier 8, Bitter and Twisted), harbour views, Roslyn Packer Theatre, Universal Pictures Sydney, close to Sydney Theatre Company and Bangarra Dance Theatre.

    Typical house type: Sandstone terraces and apartments.

    8. Darlinghurst

    Stats: Walk Score 96, $790,000 MUP and $570 WMR.

    Drawcards: Hyde Park, St Vincent's Hospital, The University of Notre Dame, National Art School, Oxford Street (bars, clubs, shops and restaurants), Sydney Mardi Gras, Australian Museum, Sydney Grammar School, galleries and theatres.

    Typical house type: Terrace houses and apartments.

    9. Newtown

    Stats: Walk Score 95, $615,000 MUP and $483 WMR. 

    Drawcards: Enmore theatre, Dendy Cinema, Camperdown Memorial Park, St Stephen's Anglican Church, Newtown train station, Sydney TAFE Design Centre, King Street cafes and restaurants, Black Star Pastry, High School of the Performing Arts, Newtown Public School, The University of Sydney, Newtown Library, galleries and Moore Theological College.

    Typical house type: Workers cottages and terrace houses.

    10. Rushcutters Bay

    Stats: Walk Score 94, $755,000 MUP and $495 WMR.

    Drawcards: Nightlife, Rushcutters Bay Tennis Centre and Park, Saint Lukes Hospital, restaurants and cafes, Reg Bartley Oval and close to Cruising Yacht Club.

    Typical house type: Apartments.

    For more information on the best Sydney suburbs take a look at the safest suburbs in Sydney and 10 hot Sydney suburbs for investment.

    Happy house hunting!

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    The 5 best places to live in Melbourne with NBN access

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    The 5 best places to live in Melbourne with NBN access

    High speed internet where you live is a great asset, not only for the Netflix addicted, but it's especially important for individuals that work from home, are studying online or run a residential business.

    As of February 5 2016 the number of homes and businesses with a National Broadband Network (NBN) service reached 736,000 (In Daily). So why not join the privileged few and welcome high speed internet into your home.

    With continuing uncertainty on future developments, completion dates and funding for the NBN up in the air, the only way to guarantee you’ll have NBN access ASAP is to live in a suburb that already has the service available.

    If high speed internet is on your wish list for your new place, these are the best Melbourne suburbs worth adding to your search based on our suburb reviews. We've also included Your Investment Property data for median house prices (MHP) and weekly median rent (WMR), to give you an idea of housing affordability for each area.

    The best suburbs in Melbourne for NBN access in:

    North: Suburbs with NBN services include Brunswick, parts of Brunswick East, Brunswick West, Princes Hill and Carlton.

    Winner- Brunswick West rated 9/10, ranked 92nd best suburb in Melbourne (Greater).

    Stats: $850,000 MHP and $518 WMR.

    Drawcards: NBN, public transport access, proximity to the CBD, friendly neighbourhood, shopping, café culture, trendy/ stylish area, suited to professionals, couples, families and retirees.

    Typical house type: Californian Bungalows and apartments.

    West: Suburbs with NBN services include Seddon, Kingsville, parts of Footscray and Yarraville.

    Winner- Kingsville rated 9.2/10, ranked 54th best suburb in Melbourne (Greater).

    Stats: $775,000 MHP and $450 WMR.

    Drawcards: NBN, peace and quiet, proximity to the CBD, affordability, friendly neighbourhood, safety, local shops, public transport, parks and recreation facilities, suited to professionals, families and retirees.

    Typical house type: Heritage listed Edwardian houses.

    Outer South East: Suburbs with NBN services include Keysborough, Waterways, parts of Mount Eliza, Cranbourne, Crabourne West, Karingal and Langwarrin.

    Winner- Waterways rated 9.3/10, ranked 36th best suburb in Melbourne (Greater).

    Stats: $918,000 MHP and $510 WMR.

    Drawcards: NBN, clean and green, peaceful, proximity to the beach, parklands, walking trails, lakes, wildlife, friendly neighbourhood, lack of traffic, suited to beach lovers, older couples, retirees, professionals and families with kids.

    Typical house type: New double storey homes.

    Outer West: Suburbs with NBN services include Wyndham Vale, Melton, Melton West, Melton South, parts of Brookfield, Bacchus Marsh, Maddingley and Darley.

    Winner- Brookfield 9.5/10, ranked 7th best suburb in Melbourne (Greater).

    Stats: $918,000 MHP and $510 WMR.

    Drawcards: NBN, peaceful, lack of traffic, freeway access, shops, public transport, parks, schools, safe, gyms, fitness, suited to families with kids, singles, retirees and professionals.

    Typical house type: New homes.

    Outer North: Suburbs with NBN services include Tullamarine, Gladstone Park, Keilor Park, Airport West, Gowanbrae, South Morang and Mill Park.

    Winner- Airport West 9.3/10, ranked 42nd best suburb in Melbourne (Greater).

    Stats: MHP and WMR.

    Drawcards: NBN, shopping, parks and recreation, schools, sport clubs, public transport, suited to families with kids, singles, retirees, students and professionals.

    Typical house type: new homes, units and townhouses.

    If you’re planning on moving to one of the above areas or another location in Australia, to check whether the specific address has NBN available and what internet service providers are on offer take a look at the NBN rollout map

    Happy house hunting!

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    10 hot Sydney suburbs for investment in 2016

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    10 hot Sydney suburbs for investment in 2016

    The NSW excerpt from the 2016 January Market Report on Your Investment Property Mag states that ‘there’s no doubt that Sydney has been the capital growth performer over the last two years’ having undergone an 'economic renaissance' of runaway capital growth.

    Tim Lawless, director of CoreLogic RP Data, reports that Sydney property prices have increased by 49.6 per cent since 2012, a boom by anyone’s measure.

    If investors are harbouring concerns about buying in Sydney fearing this rapid rate of growth may wane in due course, AMP’s Shane Oliver reassures buyers that ‘Sydney is resilient; it’s set to remain as the strongest performing state economically, with strong immigration flows’ and assuming interest rates remain low.

    So if one of your New Year’s resolutions is to get into the property market or to add to your investment portfolio, what better place to consider than the nation’s most rapidly growing property market of 2015; Sydney.

    Depending on your personal investment strategy we’ve divided up our top Sydney suburbs worth considering based on:

    • areas with solid rental yields for investors looking for income producing properties,
    • suburbs with high capital growth rates for investors looking for strong prospects for price growth in the long-term
    • and affordability, for investors looking to snap up a bargain in up and coming neighbourhoods.

    The statistics presented, including median house price (MHP), average annual capital growth rate (CGR) and rental yield (RY), are from CoreLogic RP data accessible via Your Investment Property's Suburb Profile Reports.

    10 hot Sydney real estate markets to add to your 2016 watch list of investment prospects:

    Solid rental yield

    Tempe

    Stats: $971,000 MHP, 7.29% CGR and 3.37% RY.

    Drawcards: Close to Newtown and Sydney University, 10km from the CBD and high rental demand, great for couples, singles and families.  

    Forestville

    Stats: $1.34 million MHP, 7.23% CGR and 3.29% RY.

    Drawcards: Family-friendly, great schools, public transport (buses), close to the beach, parks and rec, a safe and peaceful area. 

     

    High capital growth

    Parramatta

    Stats: $1.09 million MHP, 10.72% CGR and 2.34% RY.

    Drawcards: high rental demand, 24km from the CBD, young up and coming area, residents have an average age of 30, great for sport fans, shopping, cinemas, farmers' market, cafes, restaurants and public transport. 

    Kingsford

    Stats: $1.8 million MHP, 9.71% CGR and 2.31% RY.

    Drawcards: Soon to have light rail services, close to UNSW and the beach, good medical facilities, suited to young professionals and families.

    Dulwich Hill

    Stats: $1.3 million MHP, 8.85% CGR and 2.88% RY.

    Drawcards: 10km from the CBD, great public transport (light rail, train and buses), close to Merrickville and Cooks River, family-friendly, popular with young singles, good shopping, schools, medical facilities, restaurants and cafe culture. 

    Asquith

    Stats: $1.129 million MHP, 9.41% CGR and 2.76% RY.

    Drawcards: Approx 30km from CBD, good for parks and rec, peaceful and safe, good area for retirees, professionals, singles, families and students.

    Thornleigh

    Stats: $1.152 million MHP, 8.24% CGR and 2.71% RY.

    Drawcards: 26km from the CBD, good proximity to schools, public transport, family-friendly, also good for professionals, singles and retirees. 

     

    Affordability

    Ambarvale

    Stats: $484,000 MHP, 5.81% CGR and 4.19% RY.

    Drawcards: Gyms, fitness, parks, shopping, childcare, public transport, medical facilities, suited to families, professionals, singles, students and retirees.

    Kingswood

    Stats: $471,000 MHP, 2.57% CGR and NA RY.

    Drawcards: Public transport (train station), peaceful and quiet area, close to the UWS campus, Nepean Hospital, good shopping options, schools, suited to students, families and professionals.

    Potts Point

    Stats: $590,000 median unit price, 5.06% CGR and 4.41% RY.

    Drawcards: 3km to CBD, great waterfront views, cafe culture, nightlife, suited to professionals, singles and students, good public transport (train, bus and ferry access).

    Do you have your eye on any other up and coming areas in Sydney for investment? Please share them below.

    Happy house hunting!

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    Australia’s most dog-friendly suburbs

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    Australia’s most dog-friendly suburbs

    When searching for a new home, keeping our furry friends' needs and health in mind is always a top priority.

    We’ve come up with some of the best Australian suburbs with great dog-friendly locations and parks, so your pooch can run wild and free, and socialise close to home.

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    Sydney

    Surry Hills- Surry Hills is just a short stroll to Centennial Parklands. With over 158 hectares designated for off-leash roaming, Centennial Parklands is the holy grail of pooch friendly parks for Sydneysiders. You’re spoilt for choice for places to eat out or grab a coffee with your puppy as well, try The Norfolk, Four ate Five or Kawa Café.

    Leichhardt- Leichhardt has five off-leash dog parks to choose from where Hawthorn Canal Reserve is a particularly popular for dogs and dog owners alike. You can sip on a cappuccino while your dog laps up a ‘pupaccino’ and dog treats served up daily at Café Bones at Hawthorn Canal Reserve.

    Melbourne

    Caulfield- Caulfield has 3 great off-leash dog parks, including: Caulfield Park, Princes Park and East Caulfield Reserve. After fun in the park, take your dog along to Mr. Brightside with all day breakfast on offer.

    St Kilda- There are a 3 areas along St Kilda Beach and St Kilda West Beach where dogs are permitted to play, splash and run free all year round. When your dog is all tuckered out take a seat for a relaxing chai at Fitzrovia, West Beach Bathers Pavilion or Neighbours Cafe, water bowls for dogs provided!

    Brisbane

    New Farm- Powerhouse Park is the place to be for Brisbanian pooches and their owners. A pretty spot next to the Brisbane river, the park has a fenced off-leash area that is always bustling with locals and their pedigree pooches. Double Shot Espresso has a great outdoor area suited to dog-friendly dining and has a water bowl beside the rock garden to quench your pup's thirst on arrival.

    Nudgee Beach- Tuckeroo Park is a favourite weekend spot to visit for many Brisbane dog owners. The park features a special fenced off-leash area with water access for dogs to swim in and is home of ‘Doggy World’, an obstacle course for adventurous dogs.  

    Perth

    South FremantleSouth Fremantle beach is one of Perth’s best dog beaches. The beach adjoins a grassy park, so it is a fantastic spot for a picnic or to stop by the Pickled Fig café for a feed or even a cocktail with your dog.

    Adelaide

    Piccadilly and Stirling- Wright Road Dog Park offers over 2 acres of fenced off, off-leash area for you and your dog to enjoy. There’s also tunnels, and jumping and weaving equipment on site for those very active canines.

    Darwin

    Larrakeyah and Stuart Park- Unlike most Botanic Gardens around Australia, the George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens permits dog owners to walk their dogs off the leash. After a long stroll you should stop off for a spot of high tea at Eva’s Botanical Gardens Café with your pup in tow.

    Do you have a favourite place to walk you pooch locally or to go out for a day trip? Please feel free to share it in the comments section below or on our Questions pages.

    For more information on dog-friendly spots in your area take a look at: 

     

    Happy house hunting!

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    The 5 best places for foodies to live in Melbourne

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    The 5 best places for foodies to live in Melbourne

    If you want to be within walking distance, or better yet the delivery zone, of some of Melbourne’s best restaurants here are the top five places to consider making a move to.

    The latest survey by restaurant booking service Dimmi.com.au has revealed the top foodie hotspots where Melbournians love to eat out most.

    Based on this survey and the amount of listings each area has in The Age Good Food Guide 2015, here are the top 5 places you should add to your search if you want to live in Melbourne’s best culinary locations.

    1. Melbourne (CBD).

    You’re truly spoilt for choice when you live in the CBD, with every cuisine and every price point right on your doorstep. The Age Good Food Guide 2015 shows the city centre is definitely the place to be for a foodie, with 89 restaurants featured in the guide. Melbourne’s Good Food Guide Editor Janne Apelgren says Flinders Lane is Melbourne’s top ‘eat street’. With five out of ten of Melbourne’s top 10 dishes in The Age Good Food Guide located at restaurants in the CBD, the city really is a foodie’s paradise.

    Typical house types: Apartments.

    Highlights:

    Maha

    Cumulus Inc.

    Fonda Flinders Lane

    Red Spice (home delivery)

    Supernormal

    2. Fitzroy.

    The charm of Fitzroy’s eateries is that you’re always surprised by what’s on offer and there's always somewhere new to try out. The area has a lot of unique and affordable pubs and cafes for casual dining, as well as hip swankier established restaurants for fans of fine food. It’s easy to see why The Age Good Food Guide 2015 rated Fitzroy as Melbourne’s foodiest suburb, with 22 entries located in Fitzroy and 10 more in it’s neighbour Fitzroy North. Fitzroy features Melbourne’s other top ‘eat street’ Smith Street, according to Good Food Guide Editor Janne Apelgren.

    Typical house types: Double and single storey terrace houses.

    Highlights:

    Gelato Messina

    Sir Charles

    Brother Burger

    The Builders Arms Hotel

    Bimbo Deluxe ($4 pizzas!)

    3. Prahran.

    Running off the famous retail mecca that is Chapel Street, Prahran is well known for it’s gourmet fresh food market, humming nightclubs, the Jam Factory complex and village-like cosmopolitan feel. There is a huge range of eateries in Prahran, ranging from pubs and smoothie bars to cosy cafes and glamorous bistros.

    Typical house types: Designer apartments and Edwardian and Victorian terrace houses.

    Highlights:

    Chez olivier

    Third Wave Cafe (home delivery)

    Prahran Market

    Woodland House

    Massive Wieners

    4. Southbank.

    If you love dressing up to go out to dinner, visiting the theatre and art galleries, apartment living and fine dining, then a move to Southbank would suit you. This riverside precinct is famous for it’s bustling atmosphere, Crown Casino, the Arts Centre Melbourne and the National Gallery of Victoria. Having played host to Heston Blumenthal’s infamous temporary The Fat Duck restaurant and it's $1,200 14 course dinner for two, the area is known for its unforgettable dining experiences. The Age Good Food Guide 2015 included a very respectable 20 eateries in Southbank.    

    Typical house types: Modern apartment buildings.

    Highlights:

    Rosetta

    Meat & Wine Co.

    Spice Temple

    Silks

    Teatro

    5. St Kilda.

    St Kilda isn’t just famous for the Espy, its sea baths and the huge grin of Luna Park, its bars, restaurants, farmer’s market and bakeries definitely hold their own. St Kilda is home to many foodie’s favourite haunts. From the colourful confections on offer at the historic cake shops of Acland Street to the sophisticated and sleek bayside bars and restaurants overlooking Port Philip, St Kilda has something to please every palette, occasion and budget.

    Typical house types: Victorian terraces, cottages and art deco apartment buildings.

    Highlights:

    Mr Wolf

    Il Fornaio

    Circa, the Prince

    Milk and Cow

    Monarch Cakes

    We hope this list has wet your appetite for the best foodie areas in Melbourne to add into your search for a new home. Are you a self proclaimed Melbourne based foodie? Maybe you can help us find:

    The best pho in Melbourne.

    The best place for lunch in Camberwell

    The best coffee place in Richmond

    The best places to eat out on Chapel Street.

    Happy house hunting!

    From the Homely team

     

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    The safest areas to live in Victoria

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    The safest areas to live in Victoria

    According to a recent report from the Economist Intelligence Unit Melbourne ranks as the ninth safest city in the world. However, as with any large city there are definitely some areas that are safer to live in than others.

    It’s simply not realistic for a suburb to be completely free of all crime, but by undertaking some research you can easily determine and find an area to live in that has minimal crime rates.

    If you’re considering relocating to somewhere else in Victoria or want to move to a home in a slightly safer neighbourhood we’ve come up with the top 10 safest regions and suburbs you should start researching.

    Where are the safest suburbs in Victoria located?

    Based on Victoria Police’s 2013/2014 Crime Statistics report we know that in Victoria the average crime rate per 100,000 population is 7,489.5. We’ve used this data to find out where the top ten safest Local Government Areas are based on the reported crime rates for 2013/2014. 

    We can determine the safer suburbs to live in Victoria based on RACV's analysis of this report that shows the average number of homes burgled across Victoria is 1 in 73. 

    1. Shepparton (north central region) reported the lowest 2013/14 crime rate in the state of 2,276.1 per 100,000 population.

    Suburbs: Arcadia, Congupna, Dookie, Grahamvale, Kialla, Lemnos, Merrigum, Mooroopna, Murchison, Tallygaroopna, Tature, Toolamba and Undera.

    Congupna is one of the safest suburbs in this region, with a burglary rate of 1 in 112 homes (RACV Victorian Burglary Statistics). 

    2. Nillumbik (inner north west metro region) reported a crime rate of 3,260.3 per 100,000 population.

    Suburbs: Arthurs Creek, Bend of Islands, Christmas Hills, Cottles Bridge, Diamond Creek, Doreen, Eltham, Eltham North, Greensborough, Hurstbridge, Kangaroo Ground, Kinglake, Kinglake West, North Warrandyte, Nutfield, Panton Hill, Plenty, Research, Smiths Gully, Strathewen, St Andrews, Watsons Creek, Wattle Glen, Yan Yean and Yarrambat.

    Research is one of the safest suburbs in this region, with a burglary rate of 1 in 125 homes (RACV Victorian Burglary Statistics). 

    3. Manningham (middle eastern region) reported a crime rate of 3,535.9 per 100,000 population.

    Suburbs: Bulleen, Doncaster, Doncaster East, Donvale, Nunawading (part), Park Orchards, Ringwood North (part), Templestowe, Templestowe Lower, Warrandyte, Warrandyte South and Wonga Park.

    Donvale is one of the safest suburbs in this region, with a burglary rate of 1 in 158 homes (RACV Victorian Burglary Statistics). 

    4. Glen Eira (inner southern metro region) reported a crime rate of 3,896.8 per 100,000 population.

    Suburbs: Bentleigh, Bentleigh East, Carnegie, Caulfield, Caulfield East, Caulfield North, Caulfield South, Elsternwick, Gardenvale, Glen Huntly, McKinnon, Murrumbeena, Ormond, and part of the suburb of St Kilda East.

    Bentleigh East is one of the safest suburbs in this region, with a burglary rate of 1 in 129 homes (RACV Victorian Burglary Statistics). 

    5. Moorabool (western region) reported a crime rate of 4,141.5 per 100,000 population.

    Suburbs: Bacchus Marsh, Ballan, Balliang (part), Balliang East, Barkstead, Barrys Reef, Beremboke, Blackwood, Blakeville, Bolwarrah, Bullarook (part), Bullarto South (part), Bunding, Bungal, Bungaree, Buninyong (part), Cargerie, Clarendon, Claretown, Clarkes Hill, Coimadai, Colbrook, Dales Creek, Darley, Dunnstown and many more.

    Clarendon is one of the safest suburbs in this region, with a burglary rate of 1 in 188 homes (RACV Victorian Burglary Statistics). 

    6. Boroondara (inner eastern region) reported a crime rate of 4,221.6 per 100,000 population.

    Suburbs: Ashburton, Balwyn, Balwyn North, Camberwell, Canterbury, Deepdene, Hawthorn, Hawthorn East, Kew and Kew East, and parts of the suburbs of Glen Iris and Surrey Hills.

    Hawthorn East is one of the safest suburbs in this region, with a burglary rate of 1 in 95 homes (RACV Victorian Burglary Statistics). 

     

    7. Whitehorse (middle eastern region) reported a crime rate of 4,540.5 per 100,000 population.

    Suburbs: Balwyn North (part), Blackburn, Blackburn North, Blackburn South, Box Hill, Box Hill North, Box Hill South, Burwood (part), Burwood East, Forest Hill, Mitcham, Mont Albert (part), Mont Albert North, Nunawading (part), Surrey Hills (part), Vermont (part) and Vermont South.

    Mitcham is one of the safest suburbs in this region, with a burglary rate of 1 in 92 homes (RACV Victorian Burglary Statistics). 

     

    8. Yarra Ranges (eastern region) reported a crime rate of 4,669.0 per 100,000 population.

    Suburbs: Badger Creek, Beenak, Belgrave, Belgrave Heights, Belgrave South, Big Pats Creek, Cambarville, Chirnside Park, Chum Creek, Coldstream, Dixons Creek, Don Valley, East Warburton, Emerald (part), Fernshaw, Ferny Creek, Gilderoy, Gladysdale, Gruyere, Healesville, Hoddles Creek, Kallista, Kalorama, Kilsyth (part), Launching Place, Lilydale, Lysterfield and many more.

    Kallista is one of the safest suburbs in Victoria, with a very low burglary rate of 1 in 634 homes (RACV Victorian Burglary Statistics). 

     

    9. Macedon Ranges (western Region) reported a crime rate of 4,786.4 per 100,000 population.

    Suburbs: Ashbourne, Baynton, Baynton East, Benloch, Bolinda, Bullengarook, Bylands (part), Cadello, Carlsruhe, Cherokee, Chintin, Clarkefield (part), Cobaw, Darraweit Guim, Denver (part), Edgecombe, Fern Hill (part), Gisborne, Gisborne South, Goldie, Greenhill (part), Hesket, Kerrie, Kyneton, Kyneton South, Lancefield and many more.

    Lancefield is one of the safest suburbs in this region, with a burglary rate of 1 in 272 homes (RACV Victorian Burglary Statistics). 

     

    10. Warrnambool (regional western region) reported a crime rate of 5,691.3 per 100,000 population.

    Suburbs: Allansford (part), Bushfield (part), Dennington (part), Illowa (part), Warrnambool, Woodford (part) and Yangery (part).

    Allansford is one of the safest suburbs in this region, with a burglary rate of 1 in 116 homes (RACV Victorian Burglary Statistics).

    Regardless of what area you live in or are planning to move to there are always a number of steps you can take to protect yourself and your property.

    To take your research further we recommend searching and comparing specific suburbs using RACV’s Victorian Burglary Statistics search tool and seeing what the locals have to say on our Questions and Suburb Reviews. It's also worth checking the Top 10 Melbourne Burglary Hotspots here.

     

    Happy house hunting!

    From the Homely team

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    Check out our Suburb Reviews and Questions pages to see what everyone is talking about!

    Download our new iPhone app!

     

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    Best up & coming areas for first time investors

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    Best up & coming areas for first time investors

    When you’re taking the plunge into the Australian property market as a first time investor it can be tricky to know where to begin, how much to spend and what areas to consider.

    Here are some tips to guide you in sussing out the top up and coming neighbourhoods that have good potential for investment:

    1. When deciding on where to invest you need to make a short list of suburbs to consider and then go out and thoroughly research each one.
    2. Experts recommend choosing areas with populations of around 10,000 people plus, due to the added diversity this brings to industry (yourmortgage).
    3. Also look at lifestyle attractions and factors such as the suburb’s proximity to the city, coastline or parks, freeway access, number of schools and existing infrastructure.
    4. Once you have a short list, check if these towns are growing in terms of population, median house prices, rental demand, rental yields, infrastructure plans and industry.
    5. Seek out areas with diversified burgeoning economies. Find out what major industries support the area and who the major employer is. See if the major employer is growing fast or it they are losing momentum and laying off staff. 
    6. Check out government websites for plans for new infrastructure to improve access to the town. Also look to see if there is money being invested in the area's public transport, amenities, roads and services (i.e. new hospitals, schools, shopping centres, universities, train stations or airports). 

    Here's some data from Your Investment Property’s suburb reports to help kick start your research into burgeoning areas suitable for your first investment.

    Top three up & coming suburbs by state

    Rankings are based on stats collated from CoreLogic RP data and are listed by median house price (MHP), average annual capital growth rate (CGR) and population of each suburb.

    VIC

    1. Castlemaine

    Stats: $365,000 MHP, 5.88% CGR and 6,750 people.

    Drawcards: Medical facilities, arts and culture, transport, eating out and parks and rec.

    2. Craigieburn

    Stats: $378,000 MHP, 5.01% CGR and 32,756 people.

    Drawcards: Family-friendly, parks and rec, 30 km from CBD, shopping, childcare and schools.

    3. Tarneit

    Stats: $389,500 MHP, 3.10% CGR and 21,690 people.

    Drawcards: Family-friendly, lack of traffic, proximity to the bay, 28 km from CBD, cost of living, safety, parks and rec.

     

    NSW

    1. Penrith

    Stats: $535,000 MHP, 5.58% CGR and 11,813 people.

    Drawcards: Shopping, sport facilities, culture and the arts, national park, gym and fitness and cost of living.

    2. Campbelltown

    Stats: $495,000 MHP, 5.57% CGR and 10,400 people.

    Drawcards: Family-friendly, eating out, sport, medical facilities, schools, parks and rec.

    3. Islington

    Stats: $447,500 MHP, 5.44% CGR and 1,806 people.

    Drawcards: Proximity to Newcastle CBD, schools, public transport, parks and rec.

     

    QLD

    1. Roma

    Stats: $310,000 MHP, 8.42% CGR and 6,905 people.

    Drawcards: Safety, lack of traffic, gym and fitness.

    2. East Towoomba

    Stats: $438,850 MHP, 5.65% CGR and 5,675 people.

    Drawcards: Parks and rec, peace and quiet, lack of traffic and family-friendly.

    3. South Toowoomba

    Stats: $332,500 MHP, 5.6% CGR and 5,224 people.

    Drawcards: Eating out, shopping and public transport.

     

    SA

    1. Prospect

    Stats: $560,000 MHP, 5.28% CGR and 13,008 people.

    Drawcards: Family-friendly, pretty leafy streets, public transport, schools, eating out and 5 km from CBD.

    2. West Croydon

    Stats: $475,500 MHP, 5.25% CGR and 4,061 people.

    Drawcards: Parks and rec, medical facilities, shopping, eating out, proximity to CBD and family-friendly.  

    3. Mawson Lakes

    Stats: $460,000 MHP, 2.96% CGR and 10,871 people.

    Drawcards: Public transport, parks and rec, gym and fitness, proximity to CBD, schools and university.  

     

    WA

    1. Coolbellup

    Stats: $547,500 MHP, 10.30% CGR and 4,917 people.

    Drawcards: Cost of living, lack of traffic, parks and rec, proximity to coast and lakes.

    2. Midland

    Stats: $411,000 MHP, 8.97% CGR and 5,109 people.

    Drawcards: Gym and fitness, schools, parks and rec, and public transport.  

    3. Rockingham

    Stats: $446,000 MHP, 7.70% CGR and 14,159 people.

    Drawcards: On the coast, beaches, water sports, parks and rec, eating out, gym and fitness.

     

    TAS

    1. West Hobart

    Stats: $475,000 MHP, 4.46% CGR and 5,800 people.

    Drawcards: Schools, family-friendly, safety, public transport, proximity to CBD and bush.

    2. South Hobart

    Stats: $426,750 MHP, 4,21% CGR and 5,077 people.

    Drawcards: Parks and rec, schools, water and city views, and walking tracks.

    3. South Launceston

    Stats: $248,500 MHP, 3.07% CGR and 4,447 people.

    Drawcards: Parks and rec, family-friendly, public transport and proximity to CBD.

     

    We hope that these facts and figures help narrow down your search for your next investment property. If you have another area in mind why not start your research on our Suburb Reviews page. 

    Are there any up and coming neighbourhoods you have your eye on? Please share them in our comments section below.

     

    Happy house hunting!

    From the Homely team

     

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    Homely is a new way to search for property to buy and rent in Australia. Homely incorporates beautiful design and community engagement, to create an enjoyable and simple experience that helps you find a new home quickly.

    Check out our suburb reviews and Q&A pages to see what everyone is talking about.

     

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    The 10 most affordable suburbs to rent property in Australia

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    The 10 most affordable suburbs to rent property in Australia

    Some good news for tenants, recently reported by abc.net.au, came from Corelogic RP Data’s monthly rental report which revealed rent prices fell in all eight Australian capital cities last month, the slowest growth since the survey began 20 years ago. On average there was a 0.3 per cent decline in rents across all capital cities.

    RP Data’s head of research Tim Lawless noted “Rental appreciation continues to be sluggish and can be largely attributed to the ongoing boom in dwelling construction across Australia’s capital cities accompanied by record high participation in the housing market from investors.”

    Bearing this in mind and the fact that home prices are rising at a record pace, renting may not be such a bad option after all. To help in your property search we’ve put together a list profiling the ten most affordable suburbs to rent in Australia based on Corelogic RP Data from earlier this year and our suburb reviews.

    Where are the 10 cheapest places to rent in Australia?

    1. Newborough, VIC.

    Average rent: $143 per week

    Rating:  8.9/10

    Great for: Families with kids, retirees, singles, country lovers, schools, safety, peace and quiet and lack of traffic.

    Not so great for: - 

    2. Queenstown, TAS.

    Average rent: $140 per week

    Rating: 6.1/10

    Great for: Affordable housing, families with kids, singles, retirees, country lovers, medical facilities, peace and quiet, neighbourly spirit, parking, mountain views, parks and recreation.

    Not so great for: Public transport, shopping options and nightlife.

    3. Millicent, SA.

    Average rent: $148 per week, down from $190 pw in 2014.

    Rating: 7.1/10

    Great for: Cost of living, parks and recreation, schools, child care, clean and green, professionals, singles, families with kids and retirees.

    Not so great for: Shopping.

    4. Moe, VIC.

    Average rent: $150 per week, down from $210 pw in 2014. 

    Rating: 9.4/10, ranked best suburb in Gippsland.

    Great for: Families with kids, singles, retirees, gay and lesbian, students, country lovers, neighbourly spirit, cost of living, internet access, parks and recreation.

    Not so great for: -  

    5. Zeehan, TAS.

    Average rent: $153 per week.

    Rating: No reviews yet.

     6. Rosebery, TAS.

    Average rent: $150 per week.

    Rating: No reviews yet.

    7. Peterborough, SA.

    Average rent: $150 per week.

    Rating: 9.1/10

    Great for: Families with kids, singles, retirees, gay and lesbian, cost of living, peace and quiet, neighbourly spirit, parks and recreation.

    Not so great for: Nightlife, gym and fitness.

    8. Ouyen, VIC.

    Average rent: $160 per week.

    Rating: 8.8/10

    Great for: Families with kids, retirees, professionals, peace and quiet, clean and green, neighbourly spirit, affordable housing. 

    Not so great for: Nightlife and shopping options. 

    9. Morwell, VIC.

    Average rent: $165 per week.

    Rating: 7.6/10

    Great for: Families with kids, singles, professionals, retirees, students, peace and quiet, safety, public transport, internet access, parks and recreation.

    Not so great for: shopping and has close proximity to power station.

    10.  Corowa, NSW.

    Average rent: $165 per week, a steep drop from $230 pw in 2014.

    Rating: 7/10, ranked third best suburb in Murray.

    Great for: Families with kids, retirees, country lovers, peace and quiet, cost of living, internet access, clean and green, water sports, neighbourly spirit and affordable housing.

    Not so great for: Public transport and safety.

    Based on this list of most affordable suburbs for renters in Australia it might be high time to consider the benefits of making a tree change. Trading the hustle and bustle of capital city living to a more affordable and quiet country lifestyle may be a good way to cut your cost of living and save for a deposit for a house of your own one day.

     

    Happy house hunting!

    From the Homely team

     

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    The 6 best Australian suburbs for young professionals to live in

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    The 6 best Australian suburbs for young professionals to live in

    If you’re a young professional looking to rent or buy a new home, we’ve compiled a list of the six best neighbourhoods you should be considering based on our informative suburb reviews.  

    What are the best suburbs to include in your search?

    Depending on whether you’re a socialising night owl or a morning gym junkie, we’ve made it easy to suss out what areas would suit you best. To simplify your choice, we’ve generated six short suburb profiles based on the suburb’s overall vibe, average 2-bedroom rental price, typical house type and things to do.  

    1. Newtown, NSW

    Newtown has a cool village-like, bohemian atmosphere and a great sense of community. If you’re into nightlife, the arts and exercising outdoors this could be the ideal spot for you. Keep in mind renting an apartment in Newtown might be the way to go if you’re on a tight budget.       

    Vibe: Chilled, bohemian and creative.  

    Average 2-bedroom rent: $660 p/w.

    Typical house types: Charming terrace houses and apartments.

    Things to do: Great for public parks, the weekly market, affordable eating out, live music, nightlife, socialising and shopping.  

     Now available to rent:  65 Albert Street, Newtown, NSW

    Now available to rent: 65 Albert Street, Newtown, NSW

    2. Paddington, NSW

    A great area for singles and young couples, Paddington is a lively, bustling metropolis. Featuring pretty tree lined streets, cool pubs, clusters of boutique shops and cafes, you’ll find a surprise around every corner.     

    Vibe: Trendy and stylish. 

    Average 2-bedroom rent: $825 p/w.

    Typical house types: Beautifully renovated Victorian terrace houses.

    Things to do: Close proximity to the beach, parks, cafes, pubs, fashion boutiques, weekly markets and cycling paths.  

     Now available to rent:  9 Liverpool Street, Paddington, NSW

    Now available to rent: 9 Liverpool Street, Paddington, NSW

    3. Elwood, VIC

    If you love the beach and desire peace and quiet at home, but want to stay close to the city, you should check out some listings in Elwood. If staying active is a high priority to you Elwood has fantastic bike paths, walking trails, lush parkland to explore and of course the beach is close by.

    Vibe: Calm, warm and friendly.

    Average 2-bedroom rent: $550 p/w.

    Typical house types: Modern apartment buildings and deco apartments.

    Things to do: Cafes, restaurants, canal side bike paths, organic supermarkets, farmer’s market, the beach and parkland.     

     Now available to rent:  4/9 Robert Street, Elwood, VIC

    Now available to rent: 4/9 Robert Street, Elwood, VIC

    4. Richmond, VIC

    If you love your footy, live entertainment and socialising, Richmond may be the right fit for you. Here you’re walking distance to Melbourne’s entertainment precinct and there are always live gigs on at local pubs and music venues. 

    Vibe: Fun, vibrant and social.

    Average 2-bedroom rent: $560 p/w.

    Typical house types: Converted warehouse apartments, modern apartment buildings and terrace houses.

    Things to do: Live music, sporting events, bowling, brunch, night life, galleries, microbreweries, pubs, bars, eating out, cinemas, parks, shopping centres and factory outlets.   

     Now available to rent:  608/633 Church Street, Richmond, VIC

    Now available to rent: 608/633 Church Street, Richmond, VIC

    5.  New Farm, QLD

    This visually stunning ‘European village’ style area features beautiful historic circa homes, leafy tree lined streets, stunning parks and gardens all with the serene backdrop of the Brisbane River. New Farm ticks all the boxes, it is ideal for young professionals who work hard and play hard.

    Vibe: Cosmopolitan, quirky and active.

    Average 2-bedroom rent: $490 p/w.

    Typical house types: Circa houses, modern apartments and units.

    Things to do: Bike tracks, river and valley walking trails, parks, eating out, bars, clubs, cafes, nightlife, art galleries, book stores, art house cinemas, a Farmer’s Market, riverside theatre, spas and gyms.

     Now available to rent:  70 Sydney Street, New Farm, QLD

    Now available to rent: 70 Sydney Street, New Farm, QLD

    6. Brompton, SA

    This up-and-coming neighbourhood is a great spot for young professionals wanting an affordable place to live where they can unwind and enjoy the finer things in life. A foodies haven, there is no shortage of fantastic restaurants and cafes to visit in Brompton.   

    Vibe: Bohemian and peaceful.

    Average 2-bedroom rent: $350 p/w.

    Typical house types: New houses and townhouses.

    Things to do: Parks, restaurants, galleries, shopping centres, pubs and cafes.

     Now available to rent:  21 Third Street, Brompton, SA

    Now available to rent: 21 Third Street, Brompton, SA

    To determine if a suburb will suit your lifestyle, budget, interests and transportation needs we recommend spending the day in the area, checking out housing availability/rental prices on Homely and chatting with the locals before making a commitment.

    If you enjoyed this article you may also like the 10 best places for foodies to live in MelbourneAustralia's most dog-friendly suburbs and Brisbane's 10 most walkable suburbs.

    If you have another suburb in mind head to our Suburb Reviews to see what the locals have to say. 

    Happy house hunting!

    From the Homely Team

    About Homely:

    Homely is a new way to search for Red Hill real estate for sale and properties to rent in Melbourne. With over 340K listings and 500K local reviews and insights, Homely is a faster and easier way to search for property to buy and rent in Australia.

    Check out our Suburb Reviews and Questions pages to see what everyone is talking about!

    Download our new iPhone app!

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    The Melbourne streets that really get in to the Christmas spirit.

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    The Melbourne streets that really get in to the Christmas spirit.

    Viewing Christmas lights has become some what of a tradition for many families across Melbourne, but taking your kids to the best Christmas lights doesn't have to be hard work anymore. We have compiled a list of the best homes in Melbourne to view Christmas lights, covering heaps of suburbs and making sure you can join in the festive spirit with your family. 

     The best streets to get in to the christmas spirit are..... 

    The best streets to get in to the christmas spirit are..... 

    The best locations are:

    1. 17 Fraser St, Brunswick
    2. Billungah Place Burnside
    3. Canterbury Road, Camberwell. Number 10 always has some cool lights out.
    4. 37 Estelle St, Chadstone
    5. 76 and 82 Oakpark Drive, Chadstone. 
    6. Linton Close, Chelsea Heights.
    7. 29 Enterprize Avenue, Chelsea Heights,
    8. Pine Hill Drive, Doncaster East
    9. 2 Van Unen Court, Doncaster East
    10. Santa Rosa Boulevard, Doncaster East
    11. 29 Darvall Street, Donvale
    12. Eugenia St, Doveton. Multiple houses.
    13. The Circuit - Dalpura Circuit, Frankston
    14. 1 Lulworth Place, Frankston
    15. The Concourse, Frankston South
    16. 7 Glendale Rd, Greensborough
    17. 25 Exeter St, Hadfield - driven past over many years. Big display.
    18. 144 Bellbridge Drive, Hoppers Crossing
    19. 169 Bellbridge Drive, Hoppers Crossing
    20. The Boulevarde, Ivanhoe. Melbournes best - look out for the traffic jams though. More info on the Banyule council website
    21. 88 Parkhill Road Kew
    22. Lebanon Crescent, Mulgrave
    23. 3 Sanders Court, Narre warren
    24. 13 Louise Baille Ave, Narre Warren South
    25. 12 Devon Road, Pascoe Vale
    26. Santander Crescent, Point Cook
    27. 47 Gordon Grove Preston
    28. Cumberland Court, Preston
    29. 360 Porter Street, Templestowe
    30. 1 Edwin Road, Templestowe
    31. Melbourne Hill Road, Warrandyte - Multiple houses
    32. Newell Court Wantirna
    33. Warwick Court Wantirna
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