Moving to Melbourne Suburb of Clifton Hill

Clifton Hill - Melbourne

Clifton Hill is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It is in the Local Government Area of the City of Yarra.
Clifton Hill is located approximately 4km north-east of the Melbourne central business district and has undergone rapid gentrification in recent years.
Accommodation in the suburb largely comprise of Victorian and Edwardian era dwellings. Hoddle Street bisects the suburb, dividing it into western and eastern precincts. The suburb is well served by parks and gardens, including Darling Gardens and Mayor's Park (western precinct) and Quarries Park (eastern precinct). An attractive local shopping strip is located along Queens Parade, on the border with Fitzroy North, consisting of mainly Victorian era shopfronts in a reasonable state of preservation. Dwelling density in Clifton Hill is significantly lower than the remainder of the former City of Collingwood, which also included the suburbs of Collingwood and Abbotsford.

Major road arteries passing through the suburb include Queens Parade, Heidelberg Road, Alexandra Parade and Hoddle Street. The region is served by the No.86 tram route along Queens Parade and Clifton Hill railway station, located just north of the corner of Hoddle and Ramsden Streets.
The border between Clifton Hill and Fitzroy North is Queens Parade and Smith Street. Merri Creek defines the eastern border of Clifton Hill.

The Eastern Freeway is one of Melbourne's most important freeways in terms of commuting to the city, connecting Alexandra Parade and Hoddle St in the inner suburbs, with EastLink tollway in Melbourne's east. It is three to five lanes in each direction, including an inbound "transit lane" reserved for vehicles with two or more occupants during peak hour.
Linking North and South

Hoddle St which runs beside Clifton Hill Railway Station is a major aeterial road.

Hoddle Highway is an urban "highway" in Melbourne linking CityLink and the Eastern Freeway, allotted metropolitan route .
It starts at the Eastern Freeway entrance in Fitzroy and heads directly southwards until reaching Citylink in Richmond, near the Melbourne Cricket Ground, and continues across the Yarra River and down to the Nepean and Princes Highways, at St Kilda Junction.
This "highway" is also known as Hoddle Street north of Bridge Road, named after Robert Hoddle, architect of Melbourne's Hoddle Grid, and Punt Road south of Bridge Road, named after the punt used to cross the Yarra River before a bridge was built.
This continues on through the congested four laned undivided South Yarra district before heading further south into Barkly Street, through the St. Kilda city centre before terminating at Marine Parade

Clifton Hill railway station is a Premium Station in the suburb of Clifton Hill, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It services the Epping and Hurstbridge railway lines and is located shortly before the junction of these lines. The station falls within the Metcard Zone 1 area.
The station is located between Hoddle Street and John Street and can be accessed via either street. Tram route 86 is a short walk from the station.

Adjacent suburbs
Fitzroy is where creativity abounds from quiet, quaint and quirky shops to colourful street benches and footpaths. The cafes and bars along Brunswick Street like Retro and Vertigo are great places to sit and watch the world go by. At night the whole place lights up with tapas bars, Latin American clubs, pubs, comedy bars and jazz clubs.
. You will see quaint and quirky shops, and eclectic art on offer in nearby studios, galleries and workshops, all set off by colourful public art street benches. Pick up bargain retro and recycled fashion, arty home wares, unique locally made jewellery or just a colourful bunch of flowers.

Recreation and Leisure
Dights Falls, Clifton Hill where the Merri Creek and Yarra River join is a short walk from ParkSide and is a favourite spot for kayakers and picnicers. Cyclists pass through the Collingwood Children's Farm on the Yarra River Trail which follows the Yarra River from the city to Dight's Falls, where it meets the Merri Creek Trail. This also forms part of the Capital City Trail.
Studley Park is an extensive parkland which merges with the larger Yarra Bend Park, contains Dights falls and features within it a golf course, sports grounds, and small pockets of natural forest.
Cycling: ParkSide runs alongside bicycle paths:
Cycling in Melbourne is improving with the addition of marked lanes, shared footways, bike parking facilities and information about how to get about by bike.
Major on-road bicycle network routes within the City of Melbourne include St Kilda Road, Royal Parade, Flemington Road, Swanston Street and Canning Street.
Major off-road routes include Yarra River Trail which runs through Clifton Hill, Moonee Ponds Creek Trail, Maribyrnong River Trail, Flemington Road, Dynon Road, Footscray Road, St Kilda Road.

Local Landmarks
Collingwood Children's Farm a delightful 15 minute walk along the river was established in 1979 by the local community with the support of the former City of Collingwood to give city children a taste of country life. It is located next to the grounds of Abbotsford Convent Arts Precinct and a Steiner School on a bend in the river. It is a fully functioning traditional farm, with animals, vegetable gardens and the rest. Fresh milk and eggs are for sale, and visitors are encouraged to help with farm work. The convent itself was home to a campus of La Trobe University for a while, but is now set to be developed for both commercial and for community use after protracted negotiations between developers and Yarra City Council.

Hospitals and Universities in Melbourne
There are around 30 public hospitals and 13 health service organizations in the metropolitan part of Melbourne. The Royal Melbourne Hospital is one of the premier institutions in the city providing tertiary health care and known for its various clinical research undertakings Clifton Hill’s excellent public transport both bus and train means you can get to the major hospitals within 10- - 15 minuts by these modes of transport.
The Austin Hospital is a public hospital located in the Heidelberg suburb. It was founded in 1892 as a mental institution but later on became a hospital system in the 1960s. The Austin Hospital is known for its clinical researches and teaching services. It is part of Austin Health along with Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital and the Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre.
Other major hospitals in Melbourne include The Alfred Hospital, St. Vincent’s Hospital and Epworth Hospital. St. Vincent’s Hospital is a major private hospital located in the Fitzroy/Clifton Hill area. Street.

Educational Institutions in Melbourne
The University of Melbourne is one of the top universities in the country and the world. It is the second oldest in Australia and is a member of the lobby group “Group of Eight” as well as the Sandstone universities. The main campus is situated in the Parkville suburb very near Melbourne Central Business District and there is a bus that goes direct from Clifton Hill Railway Station a five minute walk from ParkSide Accommodation Melbourne.

Other notable universities in the city include La Trobe University, RMIT University, Swinburne University of Technology, Deakin University, Victoria University, Australian Catholic University and University of Ballarat.

La Trobe University, RMIT, Swinburne University of Technology, Victoria University are all close to ParkSide and public transport from Clifton Hill makes easy access to these major institutions.
Schools close to ParkSide
The Methodist Ladies' College (commonly referred to as MLC) is an independent, non-selective, day and boarding school for girls', located in Kew, an eastern suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The school has two additional outdoor education campuses known as 'Marshmead' and 'Banksia'.
Established in 1882 on its current campus by the Methodist Church of Australasia, MLC is now a school of the Uniting Church in Australia, and caters for approximately 2150 students from the Early Learning Centre (MLC Kindle) to year 12, including almost 100 boarders.
The college is a member of Girls Sport Victoria, the Australian Boarding Schools' Association, the Junior School Heads Association of Australia (JSHAA), the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA), and the Alliance of Girls' Schools Australasia.
MLC offers students both the Victorian Certificate of Education and the International Baccalaureate.
In 2001, The Sun-Herald ranked MLC third in Australia's top ten girls' schools, based on the
Melbourne Girls Grammar School (also known as MGGS), is an independent, Anglican, day and boarding school for girls, located in South Yarra, an inner city suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Founded in 1893 by Miss Emily Hensley and Miss Alice Taylor, the school has a non-selective enrolment policy and currently caters for approximately 950 students from Pre-school to Year 12, including 90 boarders.
Melbourne Girls' Grammar is affiliated with the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA), the Junior School Heads Association of Australia (JSHAA), the Alliance of Girls' Schools Australasia (AGSA), the Association of Independent Schools of Victoria (AISV), the Australian Boarding Schools Association (ABSA),[2] and is a founding member of Girls Sport Victoria (GSV).
Melbourne Grammar School, also known as MGS, or Melbourne Boys is an independent, Anglican, day and boarding school predominantly for boys, located in South Yarra and Caulfield, suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Founded on 7 April 1858 as the Melbourne Church of England Grammar School, the school has a non-selective enrolment policy and currently caters for approximately 1,800 students from Prep to Year 12, including 120 boarders from Years 7 to 12.

Nearby Attractions
Clifton Hill, ParkSide, is surrounded by parklands in particular Yarra Bend Park.

At Yarra Bend Park, the largest area of natural vegetation near the City of Melbourne, the landscape varies from steep, wild river escarpments to open woodlands, formal parkland, playing fields and golf courses. It has over 16 km of river frontage, and superb views of the city and the Dandenongs from the higher areas.

Yarra Bend Golf Course
The Yarra Bend Golf Course is situated in Yarra Bend Park, Fairfield, only 4 km from the Melbourne CBD. The majestic Yarra River hugs the edges of this scenic course, providing picturesque views of the river and rocky cliffs. Well known as one of Melbourne's premier public courses for years, Yarra Bend features high quality greens and sculptured fairways

Historic Studley Park Boathouse, Kew, is only 10 minutes from the city centre and offers visitors the opportunity to dine in the restaurant, relax over a lighter meal in the indoor/outdoor café, or have a light snack from the kiosk while enjoying sweeping views of the Yarra River and natural bushland. You can also hire row boats, canoes and kayaks from the oldest operating boathouse in Australia.
MCG is only a 5 min train trip from Clifton Hill or bus from Clifton Hill Railway Station.

The Fitzroy Gardens are 26 hectares (64 acres) located on the southeastern edge of the Melbourne Central Business District in East Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The gardens are bounded by Clarendon Street, Albert Street, Lansdowne Street, and Wellington Parade with the Treasury Gardens across Lansdowne street to the west.
The gardens are one of the major Victorian era landscaped gardens in Australia and add to Melbourne's claim to being the garden city of Australia. Set within the gardens are:
• an ornamental lake
• kiosk and cafe
• Conservatory
• Cooks' Cottage - a house where James Cook reputedly spent some years of his childhood (the cottage was in England at that time).
• Sinclair’s Cottage (Visitor information)
• Model Tudor village
• Fountains and sculptures
• Band Pavilion
• the Rotunda
• the fairy tree

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne are botanical gardens located near the centre of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, on the south bank of the Yarra River. They are comprised of 354,000 square metres (35 hectares or 87 acres) of beautifully landscaped gardens. They are widely regarded as the finest botanical gardens in Australia, and among the Brunswick Street has a great collection of eclectic clothes shops, bookshops, designer jewellery shops and interesting one-off boutiques. It is the heart of Melbourne’s bohemian culture with a range of galleries and a vibrant nightlife.
The choice of cafés, restaurants, bakeries, ice creameries and organic outlets on this strip is amazing. Enjoy a stroll down the strip, lose yourself in the smell of fresh coffee with the only problem being which café to choose from!

Art Galleries
Clifton Hill is close to all of Melbourne major art galleries – it takes 8 mins by train to Flinders St where you find the
National Gallery of Victoria
Ian Potter Gallery
RMIT Gallery
Gabrielle Pizzi Gallery


12 months to June 2008
  Clifton Hill Region Clifton Hill Region
Median Prices $695,000 $751,000 $318,000 $415,000
Long Term Trend 11.5% 10.1% 4.9% 8.5%
Auction clearance rates 84% 78% 89% 79%
Days on Market 52 48 SNR 92
Discounting SNR 7% SNR 5%
SNR = Statistically Not Reliable.
*Based on sales reported to Australian Property Monitors

Below is an example of the type of property you can get for your money in Clifton Hill:

Price: $650,000 or approx £312k


Located in the wide tree lined service road only metres from the Darling Gardens is this substantial brick Federation beauty, with all its original charm quiet, cool, large family sized rooms with high ceilings on a generous block (10.4x36.6m approx.) with side driveway.

Inviting renovations and comprising two bedrooms, dining or third bedroom, expansive formal lounge/dining, linen store, sunny kitchen and old style pantry, spacious bathroom, 2 WC, plus a two-room bungalow/workshop in a generous rear garden with a northerly aspect. Appealing period features: pressed metal ceilings, Australiana motif leadlight, box bay window and fretwork. Located close to train, bus, Gold Street Primary, recreation centre and easy access to Eastern Freeway.



Below is an example of the type of property you can get for your money in Clifton Hill:

Price: $680,000 or approx £330k


'Iona' represents an irresistible opportunity to transform a classic double-block fronted Victorian home into an innovative inner-city haven. Set on a large 378 sq. metre allotment (approx.) with side and rear ROW; the Clifton Hill village's array of attractions including Yarra parkland, shops and train surround this appealing home providing inspiration to make 'Iona' stand out for another generation as an architectural tour de force (STCA). Includes arched hall, 3 bedrooms, BIRs, sun-filled living room (ornate OFP), kitchen/meals, bathroom, laundry, spacious backyard with 2-level studio, in need of extensive renovation.
Land: 378sqm approx




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