Blackburn

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Located 17km east of Melbourne’s CBD with a population of 11,958 (2006 census). 2211 people under 15 years, 7626 people between 15-65 years, and 2122 people over 65 years. Like many of the Eastern suburbs, Blackburn’s attraction is its green leafy aspect dominated by larger blocks of land (600 sqm +) and family sized properties.  It’s taken off in popularity over the past decade or so, and as a consequence prices have inflated considerably as buyers hone in.  The eastern suburbs also benefited from the completion of the East Link Freeway which opened the area up to workers needing property commutable distance to the CBD and inner city ring suburbs.

History shows the area was originally designed around the man made Blackburn lake.  This area has been preserved and regenerated into a sanctuary for regenerated bushland, local wildlife and rare native flora. It’s a tourist attraction for walkers and bike riders, and adds considerable value to the area from a family and lifestyle perspective.  Properties located on the roads surrounding the lakes fall under stricter planning controls than those in other areas of Blackburn.  Naturally these properties attract a premium due to increased buyer demand.

There is a strong sense of community in Blackburn which has gone a long way to making it such a popular suburb.  Most residents report the area as an ideal place to live. Crime stats are comparatively good for the general location, and despite it being a suburb with a large family demographic, it also has attractions well suited to younger couples and singles.  Night life and entertainment comes in the form of some excellent pubs, bars and restaurants.  The neighbouring suburb ‘Box Hill’ (which shares the same post code) has a large shopping centre with cinema complex,  which fulfils the need of even the most avid shop-aholic. Transport facilities come in the form of two train stations  (Laburnum and Blackburn) and there are  multiple frequent bus services.  As previously mentioned park land is in abundance in Blackburn and tourists make use of the walking and biking tracks and historical tourist information centre.

The range of local schools on offer reflect both affluent and standard family profiles.  Prestigious  schools such as Mount Scopus memorial Collage, and St Frances Xavier Primary school are located close by.

Most property styles come in the form of post war detached housing located on generous blocks of land. Many of these homes have been renovated and updated as new residents move in.  Modern contemporary houses also frequent the streets and tend to come with McMansion style proportions.  Town houses are also popular with purchasers unable to afford renovated dwellings on the larger blocks of land.  Flats and apartments have increased in number closer to the transport and shopping areas.  2 & 3 bedroom Villa units and single level town residences  – typically sharing a block with 2 – 8 other properties are also fairly common.

There is a growing Asian demographic in Blackburn and the surrounding suburbs which is reflected in the retail landscape and local school student population.  Asian families tend to be drawn towards ‘newer wow’ style property types (houses and town-houses – without the street number ‘4’).  Developers commonly subdivide the land in Blackburn to build double story semi detached town-houses which is well suited to this demographic and attracts good prices.

Investors on a tighter budget should consider a rentable original post war or period home situated on a generous block of land which holds the potential for future subdivision/renovation.  Other options to consider are 2 bedroom villa units close to shops and transport.  My advice at this stage would be to avoid apartments unless there is a living need involved, as they generally don’t appreciate in value  as much as the inner city ring suburbs.

Period homes are available in Blackburn.  They  usually take the form of Californian bungalows and generally fall under heritage restrictions.

Whitehorse road is the main commercial thoroughfare  – containing  a range of retail factory outlets and commercial centres.  The area is always busy with traffic so expect noise and delays especially in peak periods.


Amenities:

Main Schools –

  • Laburnum Primary School
  • Blackburn Primary School
  • Blackburn Lake Primary School
  • St Thomas the Apostle Primary School
  • Blackburn High School

Transport – Blackburn & Laburnum train Stations – 3 bus services.

Shopping – North Blackburn Square Shopping Centre on Springfield Road (major shopping malls are located in neighbouring suburbs Box Hill and Ringwood)


House Styles:

A residential suburb with a suburban feel. Characterised by park land and larger land sizes. Housing is typically post war, renovated and original in style. Town houses and apartments blocks are becoming more common as the population increases. The majority of the stock in Blackburn is detached dwellings. The area has become increasingly popular due to the recently completed East Link connection into the city. Heritage listings usually take the form of Californian bungalows.


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