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Local Toorak-sider shines a light on her favourite suburb

Melbourne’s oldest and most desirable suburbs.

From grand mansions to charming period homes and everything in between, the dream-home territory really does have something for everybody.

Toorak’s median house price sits at $5.225 million and a median rental price of $1,050 per week. It has long been favored by Melbourne’s elite, offering an enticing snapshot of how the other half lives.

Insights from Toorak Local Sarah Case

Toorak local and RT Edgar Director Sarah Case says after 20 years of working in the suburb she has been privy to its phenomenal transformation.

“We love Toorak and everything it has to offer, but with the new St Germain building, it really is the start of something special, and just what the Village needs,” she said.

“We will soon welcome a development on the corner of Mathoura and Toorak Road which will see more shops, commercial spaces and luxury apartments above, it’s a changing landscape and will bring a lot more people to the area.”

The most elite family-friendly hub

Infrastructure aside, the region is experiencing a demographic change.

“The past seven years we have seen a shift in the local community with a lot of the older generations downsizing and relocating, it is making room for new, young families,” she said.

“Toorak has so many great schools on offer and the parklands make for great walks and bike tracks, it really is becoming more of a family-focused region.”

The cultural hub and heart of Toorak are the Village, boasting restaurants, cafes, and boutique shops.

“We live right in Toorak Village, and it is so convenient being able to walk to work, my son’s school in the Village, and it’s only minutes to the supermarket, chemist, coffee shops, restaurants, and Royal South Yarra,” Ms Case said.

“Our perfect Sunday is walking to grab coffees and hot chocolate from Rouben’s Specialty Coffee, a Bagel from Dans Deli, then wandering down to Winifred Crescent Reserve that few people know about, it’s 1.5 acres of glorious parkland.”

“Community is everything”

Originally from the country, Ms Case said the community has always been important to her and Toorak has provided the perfect locale to raise her eight-year-old son and English Toy Terrier Bruiser.

“There is a lovely sense of community with a lot of the shop owners having been in businesses here for 20 - 40 years,” she said.

“Something so special is they all know your name, which is rare when you live in the city, it’s normally a country thing so I really appreciate that.”

Picturesque Toorak

Rich in history and culture, locals and tourists alike can relish stunning architecture with beautiful Tudor-style buildings, amongst the hilly, wide streets, canopied by longstanding, luscious trees.

Bike rides along the main Yarra Trail all the way to Southbank are the perfect outdoor activity for the whole family, according to Ms Case.

“We always opt for the scenic route, there’s so much to soak in and it’s so safe for kids and avoids all roads,” she added.

“Following our rides, we generally grab a delicious salad for lunch from Botanic Café at the rear of Toorak Village then head to Toorak Primary at Brookville Gardens for a bit of local footy and basketball.”

Ms Case said Toorak offers so much convenience and with all of us having less time it’s the perfect place to live as you have everything right on your doorstep.