Located 28km east of Melbourne’s CBD Bayswater has a population of approx 10,738 (2006 Census). A residential suburb attracting families with parks, schools and large 600sqm+ blocks of land. Mount Dandenong provides an attractive backdrop to Bayswater (situated to the east) with some stunning views. Residents like the peaceful nature of the area, lower land prices, yet still easy access to the CBD via the recently built Eastlink freeway. There are significant commercial areas in Bayswater, and a large proportion of residents are employed in the manufacturing sector. Shopping facilities include Mountain High Plaza which was built in 2009, with other shopping precincts located around the train station on High Street. There are two ovals in Bayswater regularly used for local Cricket matches as well as catering for other sporting activities. Bayswater park (also known by the locals as Train Park) has an old disused steam train which has been turned into a children’s playground.
Locals generally describe the suburb as a friendly area to live and generally quiet, however others have described it as both dull and boring. I would suggest it’s an area more suited towards families than single professionals who would appreciate a livelier atmosphere. Therefore investors should consider houses over apartments and look towards land and potential development opportunities.
Main Schools –
- Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School
- Bayswater Primary School
- Bayswater West Primary School
- Bayswater Secondary College
Transport – Bayswater Train Station and a number of bus services
Shopping – Mountain High Plaza built 2009 with local shops on Mountain Hwy Rd.
Most of the housing in Bayswater is detached, on large blocks of land (600-700 + sqm) – plane ‘post war’ in style (brick veneer or weather board) Many of the blocks – particularly in areas close to the shopping precinct and train station – have been subdivided. There’s a smaller number of apartment blocks and 2 bedroom villa units typically in blocks of 6 – 8. Newer town houses – generally double story – are becoming common is the population increases.