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If you want to live in the heart of one of the world’s most livable cities, make VIC 3000 your postcode and you’ll never be more than a few steps from international-standard arts and entertainment venues and a food and wine scene second to none. The mighty MCG is just one of the premier sporting venues within cooey, while the Yarra River offers plenty of options for exercise of your own. For respite from city slicking you’re blessed with Treasury Gardens or any number of delightful parks and gardens flanking the big smoke. Despite all the hustle and bustle, your sanctuary need only be a double-glazed window away. Melbourne’s hot properties are a showcase of sophistication, ranging from sleek apartment blocks to converted warehouses and refurbished period buildings. And when you do want to leave town, you’re at the epicenter of Melbourne’s transport systems – with trains, trams, buses and taxis fanning out in whatever direction you please. Inner city living never looked so good. Fast Fact: Melbourne’s rabbit warren of laneways offers the intrepid city dweller the chance to uncover a new bar, restaurant or specialty boutique on every voyage. A good rule of thumb is the harder they are to find, the better the treasure at the end of the alley.
Other 18.4% With children 12.6% Other 18.4% With children 12.6% One parent family 7.2% Without children 61.7% One parent family 7.2% Without children 61.7%
Cafes and Restaurants
Taxi Dining Room (Federation Square, Flinders Street; 9654 8808; www. transporthotel.com.au) Fabulously chic interior design; equally fabulous Japanese-inspired cuisine at an oasis of style overlooking the city. Cookie (252 Swanston Street; 9663 7660; www.cookie.net.au) Hip beer hall and cocktail bar also containing one of Melbourne’s most delectable Thai restaurants. Piadina Slowfood (57 Lonsdale Street) Out of this tiny daytime nook comes wholly organic produce, lovingly prepared slow-food and delicious piadinas. Queen Victoria Markets (Cnr Elizabeth and Victoria Streets) Melbourne’s biggest open-air market bustles with fruit and veg stalls, an organic section and extensive Dairy, Meat and Fish Halls. There’s also a huge range of retail produce ranging from the practical to the bizarre. Centre Place, Degraves Street, Flinders Lane (between Swanston and Elizabeth Streets) Find vintage treasures at Shag (Centre Way Arcade), a gorgeous Italian paperier at Il Papiro (5 Degraves), hip street-wear at Genki and chic boutique labels at Alice Euphemia (Cathedral Arcade).
Type of dwelling / apartment 98.5% Flat
Flat / apartment 98.5% Semi detached / townhouse 0.8% Other dwellings 0.6% Semi detached / Freestanding 0.8% 0.1% townhouse house Other dwellings 0.6% Freestanding house 0.1%
Bourke Street Mall (between Swanston and Elizabeth Streets) A mecca of major department stores (David Jones, Myer), the GPO (high-end boutiques) and numerous franchised retailers. Scour the laneways and arcades leading into the mall for more variety.
Hotels And Bars
The Melbourne Supper Club (161 Spring Street) Old leather armchairs, dimly lit nooks, decadent cheese platters, cigar selections, a fabulous wine list and a late, late license. St Jerome’s (7 Caledonian Place) A dingy laneway and leaky drain-pipes are part of the attraction of this hip and delightful little dive. Inexpensive beer, cheap coffee and simple toasties add to the casual ambiance.
Family structure and Type of Dwelling data used with permission of the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Median unit price
Median unit price Median unit price Median unit price
$390,000 $390,000 $390,000