Located 9km North of Melbourne’s CBD with a population of 27,892. (2006 census). Preston is divided into three areas – West, East and South – with the Western area attracting the highest property prices. Its proximity to the city has seen it rapidly expand and grow in density. More people own their homes than rent in Preston, however this balance is gradually changing due to population growth. There is a large Greek and Italian community in the area, and Preston is also home to the Preston Campus of Melbourne’s Institute of Tafe. Residential streets are generally wide and tree lined. Aside from some significant industrial and commercial zones (for example High Street), the suburb retains a nice residential feel. West Preston generally has the larger land sizes and is more suited to detached family accommodation. The suburb offers something for everyone – sports grounds, trendy bars and restaurants, schools and good transport facilities. With a growing younger set of buyers moving into the area, the culture has developed an alternative, vibrant feel.
Preston Primary School
East Preston Islamic College
Preston Girls Secondary
Bell and Preston Train Station.
Bus services – 250, 251, 513,527
Route 11, 86, and 112 trams
The main shopping strip including restaurants and cafes, is located on High Street.
Preston has a mix of housing. Detached period properties are common – Californian bungalows, Edwardian brick double fronted, double story Victorian terraces etc. There are a large number of post war 1950’s – 70’s weatherboard and brick veneer 3/4 bedroom properties, and as land as been subdivided, modern town houses are also common. Apartment blocks – most built around the 1970’s – are located around the shopping districts and transport hubs. More high rise developments are planed as Melbourne expands.