LOTS OF relaxing green space
West Melbourne has the advantage of a little bit more elbow room when it comes to city fringe living. Flagstaff Gardens provide relaxing green space and nearby Victoria Market means fresh produce is always close to hand. The waterfront at Docklands is an easy saunter for restaurants and events, while North Melbourne’s Errol Street is your closest set of neighbourhood strip shops, with cute cafes and a couple of small supermarkets.
Being right on the edge of town means you can use any city transport – North Melbourne and Flagstaff train stations are close by, as are trams and buses, but you’ll probably find yourself walking to most amenities.
When it comes to houses in West Melbourne, you’ll see a small portion of pretty Victorian terraces, both single- and double-storey, in sections of Victoria Street and the cross-streets towards North Melbourne.
More commonly now, you’ll see new apartment complexes and, in a nod to its industrial heritage, also a lot of warehouses that have been converted into snappy city pads.
If you want to live close – but not that close - to the action, West Melbourne is worth exploring. This semi-industrial enclave, with its trend for new apartment complexes, is well-located for the CBD and the neighbourhood charms of North Melbourne, and makes the rest of the West – Footscray, the Maribyrnong River – a breeze to get to.