The Best Melbourne Neighbourhoods for Young Professionals

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Monique La Terra

If you’re a young professional living in Melbourne, then keep reading as this list includes eight of the most popular neighbourhoods that accomplished 30-somethings are moving to. Packed with cafés, restaurants and all within a half-hour’s commute to the city, these suburbs are hot spots for successful graduates who are making their way in the world.

South Yarra

If you like to be in the thick of things, then a move to South Yarra may be for you. Since the 1840s, South Yarra has been one of Melbourne’s most affluent suburbs, and today, this commercial precinct is home to the Jam Factory, Prahran Market and plenty of restaurants. In this area, you’ll find many historic mansions as well as Victorian terrace homes and Art Deco properties. There are also two train stations plus bus and tram routes along Commercial and Punt Roads.


Synonymous with footy and shopping, Richmond is a multicultural suburb which houses Melbourne’s entertainment precinct and draws a variety of residents, especially young professionals looking for a trendy place to live. From converted warehouses to Victorian terrace houses, Richmond’s residential options are packed with character. The suburb is serviced by Richmond, East Richmond, North Richmond, West Richmond and Burnley train stations, as well as trams 12, 109, 78, 48, 75 and 70.


Known as ‘Little Italy’, Carlton is a central suburb popular with university students and young professionals. Teeming with restaurants, nightlife and culture, Carlton is a charming place to live, boasting Victorian architecture. The suburb is home to many of Melbourne’s most popular attractions, such as Carlton Gardens, the Royal Exhibition Building and Melbourne Museum, as well as Lygon Street where you’ll find an abundance of Italian restaurants.


Fitzroy is a suburb full of free-thinking 30-somethings who want to be in close proximity to health food bars, cafés and quirky shops. Dating back to the 1850s, the homes in Fitzroy come in a variety of styles from terrace homes to flats and modern apartments. The suburb is sewn with many major roads, including Brunswick Street, Johnston Street, Victoria Parade, Nicholson Street, Smith Street and Alexandra Parade, and tram routes 86, 96 and 11 pass through the suburb on their way to and from the city.


What was once an industrial suburb full of European migrants is now becoming a hip place for professionals to settle down. Period homes including Edwardian and Victorian properties are surrounded by the Merri Creek parkland, The Glass Den café and the popular pub The Post Office Hotel. Only eight kilometres from Melbourne, Coburg is close to the city but has the peace and quiet of northern suburbia.


Nine kilometres south-west of Melbourne is the seaside suburb of Williamstown, which attracts those wanting to escape inner-city life while still being able to easily commute in and out of the city. The suburb has many private residences and detached houses, making it attractive for young professional couples who are looking to expand their families. Williamstown is serviced by bus routes, three train stations and is approximately 30 minutes by train from Flinders Street Station.


With a village feel and plenty of cafés, Yarraville seems a world away from the CBD despite only being eight kilometres from Melbourne. Yarraville attracts creative types and professionals seeking spacious properties that are within close proximity to boutique shops and restaurants encompassing a variety of cuisines. The largely Greek community is serviced by a train station and nine bus routes.


Only two kilometres from Melbourne, Docklands is a relatively new suburb, attracting young high-flying professionals who work in the city and are seeking modern, waterfront apartments with all the amenities. The free City Circle Tram, as well as routes 70, 48, 30 and 86, cross into Docklands, connecting the suburb with the city. The area offers restaurants, shops and cafés in The District Docklands and attracts tourists without feeling overrun.

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