Located 6km north of Melbourne with a population of 7,410 (2006 census). The demographics of Brunswick East are interesting. It lies next door to Brunswick – the boarder being Lygon St, and has a large number of residents (about 1/3rd of the metro population which according to Wikipedia is higher than other metro areas in Melbourne). This means cultural diversity is clearly evident throughout the suburb. Many of the residents speak a foreign language as their number one means of communication within their households. Religious affiliation includes a significant proportion of Hindus and Buddhists (The Buddhist Council of Victoria is located near by in Carlton North and there is also a Buddhist Temple in neighbouring Brunswick).
Brunswick and Brunswick East (and West) have a high proportion of residents renting, and roughly half the housing stock is made up of flats, apartments and semi detached town-houses. The rest of the housing stock is generally post war or period in style (Victorian or Edwardian) – detached and situated on around 400-500 sqm of land.
Lygon Street makes up part of Brunswick East. The southern part of Lygon St is famously known as the Italian Capital of Melbourne with a number of Italian restaurants attracting visitors far and wide. However the northern strip of Lygon Street that falls in the Brunswick East suburb has a greater diversity of eateries which include Italian, Greek, Lebanese, Vietnamese, Thai, and Malaysian restaurants to name but a few.
The diverse mix of residents and commercial make up of the suburb give Brunswick East a ‘working class’ yet trendy bohemian feel which is attractive to those who like to be close to all the action and amenities the inner northern suburbs offer. Shopping facilities are centred around Lygon St North which contains over 150 business – (cafes restaurants, pubs, convenience stores, fresh food markets etc). Park land falls mainly in the East of the suburb around Merry Creek reserve. There are a number of primary and secondary schools which cater well for families in the area. All in all, Brunswick East has it all.
- Brunswick East PS
- Brunswick South PS,
- Our Lady Help of Christians – Catholic PS
Tram service 1, 8, and 96. Four bus services also run through the area (503, 506, 508, 5100)
The Brunswick East end of Lygon St which has a vibrant bohemian atmosphere with a diverse range of retail outlets and cultural restaurants.
Detached houses are generally period in style and range from single and double fronted Victorian and Edwardian homes, to Californian bungalows. Land sizes are usually around 400 – 500 sqm. High rise apartments and unit blocks are a common feature of the residential landscape. Modern 2 and 3 bedroom terrace style town houses have grown in number with the increasing population. Small two bedroom villa units – typically sharing a block with 4 – 8 other properties are also readily available.