Located 14km south east of Melbourne with a population of 12,420. (2006 Census). Developed in the 1950’s Ashwood has a suburban feel with large blocks of land (approx. 600 sqm) and 1950’s cream brick veneer housing. An attractive area for families with a good selection of schools, parks and shopping facilities. The Holmesglen university Chadstone Campus is located in Ashwood and therefore there is quite a large population of students renting in the suburb. There is quite a large proportion of government housing in Ashwood, however the larger proportion of residents are owner occupiers and the housing stock is predominantly detached dwellings.
The main shopping strip is located on Warrigal Rd – mostly convenience stores, with a small number of restaurants and coffee shops, and a large (newly renovated) Safeway – however not being far from Chadstone, the Chadstone shopping mall picks up a lot of the retail traffic. There are four major reserves in the area – Ashwood Reserve, Gardiners Reserve, Electra Reserve and Salisbury Reserve, – all offering excellent recreational facilities. Other highlights include a large farmers market which runs on the third Sunday of each month.
Due to population growth, there is a significant amount of re-development taking place in Ashwood. Many of the larger blocks have been subdivided with new double story side by side town houses which appeal to young couples moving into the area. Due to the ageing population, single level town residences are also popular and under increasing demand.
There is no Ashwood train station – the closest stations are Jordanville and Holmesglen, however there are three good bus services
Main Schools –
- Ashwood Secondary College
- Ashwood School
- Parkhill Primary School
- Ashwood Memorial Kindergarten
- Ashwood Central Pre School
Transport – Closest train stations are Holmesglen train Station and Jordanville train
Station. Bus routes 903 734 767 also service the area..
Shopping – Warrigal Rd shopping strip – closest shopping centre is Chadstone Shopping Centre
The predominant housing stock in Ashwood is detached brick veneer post war homes – many of which have now been renovated or replaced with town houses or newer designs. There are a small number of apartment blocks situated closer to the transport hubs and shopping strips. Villa units (typically 4 – 8 sharing a block) and single level town residences are also common.