Altona

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Located 13 km south-west from Melbourne’s CBD with a population of 9685 (2006 Census). Growing more popular with visitors because of it’s most notable resident – Julia Gillard. Altona is a large suburb, mostly residential in nature, with a large industrial zone located in the north. The highlight of Altona is its beach which is suitable for swimming and a popular attraction during the summer months. Other notable features include abundant park land – Kororoit Creek, Cherry Lake, Altona Coastal Park, and the Truganina Coastal Parklands) The extensive wetlands along the bay are a protected area and popular recreation zones.  The population of Altona is mostly made up of owner occupiers, and housing is generally detached on large blocks of land.  Peir street is the main shopping strip  with a range of coffee shops, restaurants as well as supermarkets and boutique retail stores.  Altona caters well for tourists – attractions include the Altona Bay Side Festival (run annually in March), Altona miniature rail -( a steam train offering rides for children located in Paisley Park), Altona Boat Ramp and Safe Boat Harbour (one of Melbourne’s largest boating facilities), Altona Pier (a popular spot for fishing), and Altona Homestead (the largest building in Altona, now run as an area museum).  Many buyers over look the western suburbs of Melbourne, however a drive into the area will often surprise.  Due to the expanding population suburbs once considered ‘working class’ (excuse the English term) have now gentrified. Properties have been renovated, new homes built, and facilities have improved to reflect the increasing demands of the new owner occupiers.  Obviously the streets closer to the bay, station, and shopping strip tend to attract the highest prices, however more affordable options can be found whether shopping for a single person, or family home.

For investors – prices have shown a decent level of capital growth of around 8-9% over the past 10 years.


Amenities:

Main Schools –

  • Altona Primary School
  • Altona College
  • St. Marys Catholic Primary School
  • Joseph Girls’ College

Transport – Altona, Westona and Seaholme railway stations and bus routes 411 , 412 , 415 & 903

Shopping – Altona Gate Shopping Centre and the Pier Street shopping strip with markets, restaurants, coffee shops, supermarkets, and boutique stores.


House Styles:

Most of the housing stock in Altona is detached, low density and post war architecture. Land sizes tend to be large (600 sqm). Subdivisions are common and new town houses are replacing the older style homes as residents move in. Villa units – typically 6-8 on a block – are also prevent and mainly found close to the shopping zones and bay. Blocks of flats are not a notable feature in Altona.


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