The best streets in Melbourne’s northwest

25 Oct 2019

Every suburb has its special streets that really stand out.

They’re the streets that homebuyers covet, for one reason or another.

It could be the architectural beauty of the homes, the leafiness of the streetscape or the convenience of being walking distance to public transport, shops and schools.

Melbourne has plenty of covetable streets, that’s for sure.

But if you’re a buyer looking for a home in a neighbourhood you don’t know much about, it can take some time to pinpoint exactly what they are.

Now for the good news: we’ve done the homework for you!

We’ve asked our sales experts at Brad Teal to spill the beans on the best street in their patch, as there’s nothing quite like insider knowledge.

The sales figures quoted are from CoreLogic and realestate.com.au and refer to the five years to August 2019.

 

Suburb: Essendon

Best street: Riverview Rd

Number of sales: Seven (including three houses)

Recent sale: 7 Riverview Rd, price undisclosed, February 2019

Top sale: 5 Riverview Rd, $4.53m, July 2017

Riverview Road Essendon

It’s no surprise ex-footballers and prominent business people like to call Riverview Rd home.

The architectural consistency of the gracious brick period homes set in beautifully maintained front gardens make this street the cream of the crop in a suburb known for its prestigious offerings.

In Riverview, you’ll find Edwardian, Victorian and Art Deco designs, along with homeowners not keen to upend their lifestyle – the street is tightly held, according to Brad Teal sales manager Rodney Callahan.

“In the 22 years that I’ve been here (at Brad Teal), I would say there’s probably been five homes that I’m aware of that have been sold (in that street) by any agency,” he says.

Adding to the street’s lure is the convenience of being a five-minute stroll to top schools, the village-like Rose St shops and Essendon train station.

 

Suburb: Ascot Vale

Best street: The Parade

Number of sales: 66 (including 34 houses)

Recent sales: 78 The Parade, price undisclosed, April 2019; and 216 The Parade, $850,000, May 2019 (*Brad Teal sale)

Top sale: 96 The Parade, $1.912m, May 2016

 

This wide, tree-lined street has gorgeous single and double-fronted Edwardian and Victorian homes, some of which are enviably large and on beautiful, big blocks.

The street runs from the prestigious Rothwell Hill precinct through to bustling Union Rd, with its cafes, shops and tramline, down to busy Epsom Rd. It is also close to the serenity of the Maribyrnong River.

Brad Teal sales manager David Thiessen has fond memories of The Parade – he used to live there.

“The first house I ever bought, in 2000, was in The Parade. I loved that it was so close to everything – just a 10-minute walk to Ascot Vale railway station and the river and five minutes to the shops.”

 

Suburb: Strathmore

Best street: Madel Ave

Number of sales: Four (all houses)

Recent sale: 1 Madel Ave, $1.4m, December 2018

Top sale: 10 Madel Ave, $2.13m, May 2016

 

It’s the winning combination of sympathetically renovated Art Deco houses and mature street trees that makes this short but exclusive street so appealing.

Just one block away is Napier Park, a community drawcard with its walking trails, playground and annual Christmas carols event.

St Vincent de Paul Primary is just a five-minute walk away, while Strathmore train station is 10 minutes.

Also close by is the Napier St shopping strip, with its cafes, shops and increasingly gentrified village ambience.

Madel Ave is in a single-dwelling covenant zone. This means the blocks can’t be subdivided, so it’s destined to retain its good-sized blocks and peaceful atmosphere.

Brad Teal Head of Sales, Bruce Warburton is well aware of the charms of Madel Ave – he’s lived there for 20 years. “It’s a fantastic location to raise a family,” he says.

If a fully renovated home hits the market in this tightly held street, expect to pay about $2.5 million.

 

Suburb: Pascoe Vale

Best street: Pleasant St

Number of sales: 21 (including six houses)

Recent sales: 33 Pleasant St, $1.67m, May 2019

Top sale: 39 Pleasant St, $2.01m, November 2015

Pleasant Street Pascoe Vale

This street is Pleasant by name and pleasant by nature – but it’s so much more, too.

Pleasant St resonates with a kind of suburban perfection that many families dream about.

Its appeal is its quiet residential vibe and impressive new builds and beautifully renovated period housing.

There’s parkland at one end, with bike paths and a playground; and, near the other end, a bustling neighbourhood cafe, Jack & Daisy.

Schools are within walking distance, including the well-regarded Strathmore Secondary College, which the street is zoned for.

Brad Teal sales manager Andrew Butler says Pleasant St attracts million-dollar-plus buyers.

“There was a house that sold earlier this year for over $1.6 million,” he says, adding buyers have long admired the street.

“I’ve been listing and selling in the area for 17 years and it’s always been popular in that time.”

 

Suburb: Sunbury

Best street: Marshall Close

Number of sales: One (house)

Top sale: 12 Marshall Close, $1.575m, February 2018

 marshall-close-sunbury

Picture manicured gardens and well-kept houses on acre-sized blocks – some with backyards rolling down to a manmade lake – and you have Marshall Close.

This stretch of road is, conveniently, only about a 4km drive from the heart of the township of Sunbury, with all its shops, cafes and public transport.

The street’s plum position near Spavin Lake gives lucky homeowners the chance to enjoy plenty of birdlife, and even the kangaroos that are known to visit, and also indulge in a spot of fishing.

Brad Teal sales manager Matthew Makin is a big fan of the street.

“The gardens and homes are magnificent,” he says. “The lake is full of wildlife and there’s a massive walking track around it. It’s very, very picturesque.”

Homeowners know they’re on to a good thing. Houses rarely come on to the market.

“They’re lifetime-held properties,” Mr Makin says. “They come up once in a blue moon.”

 

Suburb: Keilor

Best street: Eagling St

Number of sales: Two (houses)

Recent sales: 15 Eagling St, $1.36m, September 2018

Top sale: 8 Eagling St, $2.3m, December 2017 (*Brad Teal sale)

 

The lucky residents who live in this immaculate Keilor street rarely move on.

You can count on several fingers the number of sales in the past 10 years. And it’s easy to see why.

There’s the convenience of being just a few minutes’ walk to the shops of Keilor Village, and then there’s the tranquil suburban beauty of the street, which is dotted with trees and has wide lawns rolling right down to the kerbs.

“In summer, it’s a beautiful street to drive up and down,” Brad Teal sales manager Craig Teal says.

The large blocks are mostly 1000sq m, keeping alive the traditional Aussie house dream, and the homes are a mix of renovated brick and contemporary new builds.

The Keilor sports precinct is at one end of the street, offering unbeatable convenience for sporting families.

Keilor Primary School and Cliff Harvey Lagoon Reserve, with its adventure playground, are just a short walk away.

 

Suburb: Gisborne

Best street: Mulgutherie Way    

Number of sales: 19 (all houses)

Recent sales: 21 Mulgutherie Way, price undisclosed, July 2019; and 33 Mulgutherie Way, $935,000, May 2019

Top sale: 4 Mulgutherie Way, $995,000, October 2018

mulguthrie way gisborne

Families love this street. It’s only 2km from the heart of Gisborne township and impresses with its modern houses on good-sized blocks in the upscale Mulbarton residential estate.

Homeowners take great pride in their properties (which are typically 800-1000sq m in size) and maintain them beautifully, creating a welcoming ambience.

Brad Teal sales manager Craig Teal says the street, and indeed the whole estate, has a great neighbourhood atmosphere.

“When you drive into the estate, you get a warm feeling,” he says.

Some houses on Mulgutherie Way back on to the scenic Gisborne Golf Club, which is home to a large population of furry locals fond of exploring.

“We went to do an appraisal on a house and when we rocked up, I said, ‘Are they ornaments or are they live kangaroos?’” Mr Teal recalls. “They were live kangaroos, sitting on the lawn, eating the grass!”

 

Suburb: Brunswick

Best street: Park St

Number of sales: 72 (including 11 houses)

Recent sales: 805 Park St, $1.38m, July 2019 (*Brad Teal sale); 5/607 Park St, $571,000, June 2019; 723A Park St, $1.707m, June 2019; 665 Park St, $2.695m, May 2019

Top sale: 609 Park St, $3.125m, June 2018

 

This lovely stretch of road has so many aces up its sleeve, it’s hard to narrow them down.

There are the beautiful single and double-storey Victorian terrace houses. There’s bustling Sydney Rd, with its global mix of shops and cafes, right on the doorstep. And the CBD is only a short train or tram ride away – you could even ride your bike in.

Literally across the street are two notable Melbourne parklands: sprawling Royal Park and Princes Park (now called Ikon Park), home to the Carlton Football Club, making it easy to exercise or relax in green surrounds.

Brad Teal sales manager Louis Saba says Park St has something of an upscale vibe.

“It’s in Brunswick but it has a kind of Carlton feel,” he says. “I’d live there any day of the week. And it’s one of those streets where you’re never going to have a property in front of you, thanks to the parkland opposite.”

Expect to pay around $2.5 million for a double-storey terrace.

 

Suburb: Coburg

Best street: The Grove

Number of sales: 43 sales (including 13 houses)

Recent sales: 5/27 The Grove, $425,000, Aug 2019; 108 The Grove, $1.1m, March 2019

Top sale: 47 The Grove, $3.11m, April 2018

 

This exclusive street dazzles with its period houses, including spectacular Victorian mansions, and is beloved by families, who are drawn to its quiet, residential atmosphere and leafy streetscape.

At one end of the street is buzzing Sydney Rd, with its multicultural shopping and dining delights, and at the other is Merri Creek, offering scenic paths and the chance to revive in nature.

Moreland train station is a walk away, as is a choice of tramlines (choose between Sydney Rd and Nicholson St).

Brad Teal sales manager Louis Saba says The Grove might be in the northern suburbs but is more like an upmarket eastern-suburbs street.

“When you drive down The Grove, it’s almost like you’re in a different area, such as Hawthorn,” he says.

Properties include attractive Californian bungalows and Edwardian and Art Deco homes. And they rarely come on to the market.

“Once people buy into the street, they tend to renovate and retain,” Mr Saba says.


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