Leafy avenues, grand old estates, cutting edge architecture, bustling urban villages, and miles and miles of meandering riverbanks – these are just a sample of Boroondara’s abundance of appealing features.
Embraced on two sides by the graceful Yarra and its tributaries, Gardiners and Koonung Creeks, and taking in the colourful shopping and cultural precincts of Glenferrie, Camberwell Junction, Prospect Hill, and Auburn Village, Boroondara is one of the most remarkable of Melbourne’s suburban cities.
The region’s proud and affluent heritage can be found in just about every street, from the numerous historic homes – many of which still sit within sprawling landscaped gardens – to quaint colonial-era cottages, Gothic revival commercial buildings, treasured art deco theatres, and fascinating turn-of-the-century industrial complexes that have been meticulously transformed into warehouse apartments.
But despite the area’s lavish old-world charm, there’s a noticeably youthful vitality thanks to the popular Swinburne University of Technology, the huge selection of excellent schools (many of which rank amongst Australia’s finest), and the seemingly endless provision of family friendly parks, sports reserves, neighbourhood gardens, and civic amenities.
The diverse character and broad demographic of the city has, over the generations, provided a complete range of real estate options to attract every type of buyer: from chic apartments and townhouses for busy professionals and astute investors, to spacious family homes, low-maintenance courtyard residences for active downsizers, and of course, some of Melbourne’s most impressive luxury addresses.
Not to be outdone by the residential appeal, the city is also renowned for its wonderful dining establishments, including Hawthorn’s Rococo and The Meat & Wine Co; the popular Georges in the heart of Camberwell; Kew’s Mediterranean flavours at Hellenic Republic, Centonove and Mr Bianco; Scavalli in Deepdene, and possibly the most delightful of all, the Studley Park Boathouse where visitors not only enjoy the tranquillity of absolute riverside dining, but can then work off dessert by taking to the river in one of the romantically cute row boats for a leisurely meander along the calm and peaceful stretch of the mighty Yarra.
Whatever your current lifestyle needs or future aspirations may be, Boroondara is simply unbeatable.