Located 11km south east of Melbourne’s CBD with a population of 7173. (2006 census). There is no real stand out feature to Ashburton – the housing, land size and facilities on offer fall broadly in line with the neighbouring suburbs of Ashwood and Chadstone. Largish blocks of land (around 600+ sqm), post war housing, some parks and a main road shopping strip on High Street. The shopping strip is popular with residents from Ashwood and the surrounding suburbs, and the amenities on offer are good, however if you’re looking for exclusive restaurants or coffee shops and a quite atmosphere High Street shopping mall probably won’t fit the bill. The more affluent neighbouring suburb of Camberwell underpins house price in Ashburton, and the area attracts families who can’t afford Camberwell prices. Due to the close proximity of Holmesglen, Swinburne, Monash and Deakin university campuses, there is a fairly large proportion of students renting in the area. Ashwood Baptist Church run a student house on Baird Street. Government housing is also more dominant in this area compared to the surrounding locations – with some high density public housing blocks left over from the initial development in World War 11.
Most residents are owner occupiers and there is a good selection of schools in the suburb. As well as the train station and bus services along High St, close proximity to the Monash Freeway makes commuting into the CBD relatively easy (although peak hour traffic is often a problem). Demographics show a large number of residents employed in community, property and business services (2006 census).
- Solway Primary School
- Saint Michael’s Parish School
- Ashburton Primary School
Transport – Ashburton train station, and the 612, 734, 903 bus services.
Shopping – The main shopping strip is located along High Street.
Most of the housing stock in Ashburton is detached, on block sizes ranging from 600 sqm upwards, and post war in style. As with other areas situated in the inner and middle ring suburbs, homes are gradually renovated, extended, updated, or replaced as new families move into the suburb. Subdivisions featuring double story town houses are common. Smaller properties are generally 2 or 3 bedroom villa units, sharing a block with typically 4 – 8 other properties. There are a small number of high rise apartment blocks – 1970’s in style – closer to the train station and shopping strip, and a proportion of high rise government accommodation in the area.