Suburb Property Profile: South Melbourne, VIC 3205


Thinking about buying an off the plan property in South Melbourne, Victoria? Whether it's an off the plan apartment, townhouse or house and land package, you'll want to discover the Location Demographics, Travel & Infrastructure, Shopping and Schools & Recreation.


Location Demographics

Combining a lively inner city lifestyle by the beachfront, the vibrant suburb of South Melbourne is located just 3 km south of Melbourne’s Central Business District. The town is popular with visitors for its Victorian era terraced houses and streetscapes. It is one of the first Melbourne suburbs to fully adopt a municipal status and also hosts historical sites such as the South Melbourne Town Hall which is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register. Back in the 1840s, the area was originally called Emerald Hill and the official name was then later changed in 1883 to South Melbourne. 

Best known for having trendy attractions and national landmarks, young professionals, students and families have become instantly drawn to the engaging neighbourhood. The Australian Bureau of Statistics have found the entire population to reach over 11 500 people and the median age to 39 years old. Most of the residents belong to the 30 to 34-year-old age group and there are close to 3 000 families calling South Melbourne home. Private dwellings also continue to grow rapidly with 7 300 properties already built. 

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Travel & Infrastructure

With several public transport services running, commuters are able to easily organise their travel plans. Just 2 km away, the Southern Cross Railway Station is a major transport hub and has 16 platforms. Trams are also spread out with a handful of stops on Park Street and Clarendon Street. There are also a couple of bus stops along Cecil Street and Montague Street. To add, those driving have direct access to the Princes Highway and the West Gate Freeway.  

The Port Phillip Bay City Council is taking on the South Melbourne Town Hall Restoration project which focuses on repairing and renewing the building to make it safe, welcoming and environmentally sustainable. The redevelopment also aims to make the space more adaptable, boost visitation and strengthen its history. Works are anticipated to be completed by the year 2023. This initiative is in line with the Council Plan for 2021 to 2031 which looks forward to being an inclusive, liveable, sustainable, flourishing and well governed city. 

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Shop to your heart’s content with an array of brands and malls wherever you turn. The Clarendon Centre brings together retail stores, beauty services and takeaway options. You can walk over to the South Melbourne Central Shopping Centre which has supermarkets and eateries. On Coventry Street, the iconic South Melbourne Market has stalls of meat, seafood and fresh produce. Try out a variety of cuisines with the Simply Spanish Restaurant cooking tasty paellas and tapas and the Bambu Restaurant serving delicious dumplings and rice dishes. Have a nice night out at the Albion Rooftop with live music or dine at the O'Connells Hotel with a fireplace and courtyard. At an upbeat venue, have dinner and drinks at the Clarendon Restaurant & Skybar. 


Schools & Recreation

Students of all ages are properly catered to with multiple schools just down the road. The South Melbourne Park Primary School and the Galilee Regional Catholic Primary School are both an easy walk. Preschoolers are able to go to Evoke Early Learning or Lilian Cannam Kindergarten while secondary year levels can join Albert Park College. Enhance more skills at the Photography Studies College or at the Apo Arts Academy. Both around 3 km, pursue further education at CQUniversity or at Victoria University with all kinds of opportunities and pathways. 

Be a part of the energetic community and discover all the fun activities that make South Melbourne stand out. Explore the distinct Queen Victoria Market with countless vendors and stalls or check out the events and restaurants at Chinatown on Little Bourke Street. You may also want to visit the Hellenic Museum displaying artistic exhibitions and holding guided public tours. Get together with friends and challenge each other at the Escape Room Melbourne on Yarra Street or at Lumber Punks Axe Throwing on Clarke Street. On the other hand, unwind with your pets at the Eastern Reserve Park or take the kids to the Skinners Adventure Playground. The Port Melbourne Beach is less than a 3 km trip and has vast shores and a wooden fishing pier. It is the perfect setting for a swim and to soak in the sunset. 

If you’re searching for a new place or investment property, don’t miss out on the impressive suburb of South Melbourne.

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Looking to purchase an off the plan property in South Melbourne? Get in touch with iBuyNew and speak to our team of experts on 1300 123 463 to find out how we can help. Click here to find out the latest facts and figures on South Melbourne.  


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Published on 10th of February 2023 by Davina Deluao
Davina Deluao
Davina Deluao

Davina graduated from Swinburne University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Journalism. Through travelling and studying abroad in NYC and LA, her interests in property and design grew and became a strong pursuit. Davina has been writing for iBuildNew Group since 2019.


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