Infocus: Yarraville, Victoria

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Place

Spanning 5.6 square kilometres some 6km west of Melbourne’s CBD, Yarraville, or ‘The Ville’, was once known as one of Melbourne’s industrial docking suburbs. Due to its close proximity to the centre of our state capital and attractive waterside frontage nearby, its rapid gentrification has since rendered it an increasingly popular suburb to call home.

Yarraville is nestled between Kingswood, Spotsville and Seddon, with Footscray as its northern  neighbour. The suburb is as accessible to regional visitors as it is Melburnian locals: drivers need only take a simple right turn as soon as they cross the West Gate Bridge, while inner city workers will find themselves back at Yarraville Railway Station within 20 minutes on the Williamstown line, via a connecting service at North Melbourne.

At the weekend, the intersection of Ballarat and Anderson Streets will be buzzing with visitors and local alike. Shoppers delight in Yarraville’s small-town ambiance, frequenting the heart of Yarraville’s quaint shopping village for the specialty stores, top-notch restaurants and cafes it has to offer. On the first Saturday and Sunday of every month, you’ll likely find the buzz has made its way to Yarraville Market, which showcases only Australian-made wares and produce.

Those with younger children might consider sending them to one of Yarraville’s many quality primary schools, including St. Augustine’s, Kingsville, Wembley or Yarraville West Primary.

Home to the AFL’s Western Bulldogs, Yarraville’s sporting and recreational facilities are just one of the many ways locals let off some steam: soccer, tennis, football, even baseball clubs dot the suburb, bringing the community together with a little competitive spirit.

For those looking to slow the pace down a little, some 10% of Yarraville is comprised of beautiful sprawling parklands: visitors and locals alike converge to meander in Cruikshank Park and the lovely Yarraville Gardens, while those who are up for a splash might visit neighbouring Williamstown Bay Beach.

Those more artistically inclined will revel in a visit to the charming Yarraville multi-screen cinema, and no doubt take interest in the Yarraville Festival held every February.

Property

Yarraville’s industrial roots provide a now-trendy contrast to its 19th century refurbished buildings and heritage listed sites such as the Yarraville Post Office. Weatherboard bungalows and Victorian terraces dot the leafy streets amidst Melbourne’s signature mid-century apartments.

Just over 77% of those living in The Ville call a separate house home. Only 11% are living the high life in flats/apartments, and fewer still live in semi-detached houses (10%). Just over a third of locals own their own homes (with the help of a mortgage), the average loan repayment coming in at $2,200 per month. Just under a third of locals (29.5%) own their homes outright, with the median house price sitting at $718,999, or $584,000 for a unit. Around a third of locals again rent their homes, the median price being $321 per week for a unit.

Pleased to Meet You:

In a demographically eclectic suburb like Yarraville, it’s not easy to spot, let alone describe, a ‘standard citizen’! Of its 12,256 locals, Yarraville’s median age comes in at 36. A combined 56% of locals are aged between 30 and 50, the majority of households comprising of a couple with children.

It’s likely our hypothetical Yarravillian is a professional, employed full-time (just over 65%) in management or perhaps tertiary education. Clerical workers and administrators make up just under 15% of the local population, while the suburb’s industrial roots appear to be fading, with fewer than 10% of locals employed in a trade.

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