Located 14km East of Melbourne’s CBD with a population of 8616 (2006 census) Boxhill has a large multicultural population well represented in its retail landscape It’s characterised with tree lined streets and ample parkland offering residential appeal for families. Whitehorse Rd is the main thoroughfare through BoxHill – named after the first hotel in the suburb ‘The Whitehorse Hotel’, and where you’ll find most of the major commercial activity, (including Box Hill Centro shopping centre). In fact Box Hill has the second largest retail and office precinct outside of the CBD.
The main thrust of residential activity began following World War I and as such the older housing stock is mostly post war in style (typically 3/4 bedroom weather board, or brick veneer on largish blocks of land – 600-700 sqm), however there are also some stunning period properties in the locality. Victorian and Edwardian double fronted houses, Californian bungalows, and 1930’s Art Deco architecture feature throughout the suburb. Box Hill South contains a higher proportion of Government Commission housing, and a large proportion of Box Hill’s residential population rent which is probably partly due to Box Hill Institute of TAFE and the large proportion of students in the local vicinity.
The facilities on offer in Box Hill leave little need to travel outside the suburb. There is more than one major shopping district. Choices include two substatial shopping strips on Station Street and Whitehorse Road. The major shopping mall – Centro Box Hill – on Whitehorse road, and the nearby Westfield-run Doncaster Shopping town. There are numerous sporting clubs, a large number of churches (residents are mostly Christian), a wide choice of schools. Add on the abundant park land, good tram, train and bus facilities. and the Eastern Freeway which provides good road access into the CBD and the ‘City of Whitehorse’ starts to live up to its name. Local activities regularly feature at the town hall and a large hospital also services the area.
Main Schools –
- Box Hill High School,
- Koonung Secondary College,
- Box Hill Senior Secondary College,
- Our Lady of Sion College,
- Roberts McCubbin Primary School,
- Kingswood College
- St. Francis Xavier Primary School.
- Box Hill Institute of TAFE
Transport – Boxhill train station and Tram route 109. There is also a major bus terminal in the area adequately servicing the neighbouring Eastern Districts.
Shopping – A range of shops along Station Street and Whitehorse Road, Centro Box Hill is the major shopping centre which is split into two parts – North and South. There are numerous Chinese, and Vietnamese restaurants, a good range of eateries, a wide range of fashion stores, boutique retail outlets, and coffee shops.
Most of the housing stock is detached on large blocks typically 600-700 sqm in size. There are some beautiful examples of period homes to be found in the suburb, including Edwardian & Victorian double fronted brick and weatherboard designs, Art Deco 1930’s styles, and Californian Bungalows. The prices in the area reflect the massive gentrification and continuous growing population, and in premium areas surrounding the central district, the median price has stretched out of reach for many working class families. Due to the large Asian population, subdivisions with double story high spec town houses are becoming increasingly prevalent and it’s unlikely we’ll see a change to this trend any time soon. Apartment blocks are commonly found around the shopping and transport hubs, will new developments common. As part of the 2030 plan for Melbourne’s burgeoning population, high rise apartment blocks are in the process of application, much to the distress of local residents.