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Top 10 most affordable suburbs in Melbourne

April 20, 2018 10:00 am by Upside

With Melbourne’s median house prices recently tipping $900,000, many first-home buyers, investors, and middle-income families are keen to find the more affordable suburbs in Melbourne.

The good news is that they still exist, and we’ve collated the top ten:

Melton

Earmarked for 11 new suburbs by the state government, Melton is attracting the attention of first-home buyers and investors alike. 35 km from the city centre, and with direct access to the airport, city, and Docklands, Melton is a major growth area for Melbourne. The median house price, according to realestate.com.au, is $375,000.

Werribee

Werribee residents get the best of both worlds, with easy access to the Werribee River and proximity to both Geelong and Melbourne. With the express train getting commuters into the CBD in under 45 minutes, it’s one of the cheapest hotspots for professionals and young families attracted by the $480,000 median house price.

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Snap up a house for well under $500,000 in the Melbourne suburb of Werribee, which has it's own beach, as well as an Open Range Zoo. Photo: Justin McManus

Dallas

With a median house price of $435,500 and proximity to Coolaroo and Upfield train stations, as well as the Hume Highway and Pascoe Vale Road, Dallas is an attractive proposition for young families and one of the cheapest areas for people looking for their first home.

Braybrook

10 km from the city, Braybrook offers an ideal set-up for young families, with great facilities for kids including parks, daycare facilities, and schools. The median house price is $760,000.

Footscray

For those who prefer to be closer to the city centre and inner suburbs, Footscray is the ideal inner-city suburb that hasn’t yet become unaffordable. With great public transport links, plenty of restaurants, nightlife, and shopping, as well as Victoria University and Footscray Hospital, Footscray is a growth area that attracts a diverse population.

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Footscray: A character-filled suburb close to the city with great public transport - ideal for young singles, but is popular with independent people of all ages. Photo: Marcus Wong

Albanvale

At just 25 minutes’ drive from both the CBD and Tullamarine, the quiet suburb of Albanvale is well connected to most of the major arterial roads and is close to St Albans train station, among others. Ideal for families with kids, it also features the Burnside Heights Recreation Reserve, Brimbank Shopping Centre, and Albanvale Primary School. The median house price is $532,000, making it one of the cheapest suburbs in Melbourne.

Frankston North

This Mornington Peninsula suburb is shaking off the stigma of the past as young professionals embrace the beach lifestyle and proximity to the CBD. Featuring Monash University, shopping, parks, and a median house price of $483,750, this quiet suburb is on the up and is one of the most affordable suburbs in Melbourne.

South Morang

With real estate in South Morang coming in at a median price of $615,000, this northern suburb features easy access to train lines and may be in line for a tram extension. Residents love the fact that it’s a vibrant place with green spaces.

Taylors Lakes

With a three-bed property available for a median price of $670,000, Taylors Lakes is the ideal place for those who want affordable housing options but don’t want to compromise on proximity to the city. With easy access to the airport and Sydenham train station, Taylors Lakes residents are often families with kids and professionals.

Lalor

This northern suburb with easy train access to the CBD is popular for its still-low prices. With a median property value of $641,000, a train station, a hospital, a shopping centre, properties with generous backyards and proximity to Tullamarine, Lalor is a big hit with families.

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