A hidden gem in Melbourne, Bellfield holds several pockets of nature with the convenience of suburbia and easy access to the CBD.
Part of the City of Banyule, Bellfield borders Heidelberg Heights and Ivanhoe, and is just 9km northeast of the CBD. The suburb was once part of Heidelberg West before being gazetted as a separate suburb in 2000.
As there are several shopping centres and eateries nearby, residents also won’t have to travel far to reach amenities.
Known as a ‘pocket of suburbia’ Bellfield draws young adults, families and retirees due to its relaxed feel and its proximity to the city and other business districts.
If you’re looking for a home to purchase, you’ll have a choice from older Victorian homes to modern townhouses.
In 2012, the City of Banyule acquired part of the former Banksia LaTrobe Secondary College to allow for high-end residential infill development and enable revenue to be generated for the council. Since then the suburb has become known for its affordable prices, good rental market selection and is rising in the ranks as an up-and-coming suburb.
The median sale price for houses in Bellfield was $915,500 as of August 2021. This was a $60,000 increase from $855,500 in February of 2021, according to realestate.com.au.
The suburb recorded a compound growth rate of 4.8 per cent for houses and 11.6 per cent for units.
The train and bus network in Bellfield suits commuters travelling to the CBD for work. The train from Melbourne Central to Ivanhoe on the Hurstbridge line takes about 20 minutes. There are also many direct bus routes out of the city to Bellfield.
Bellfield’s steady population growth is due to its established amenities and continuous infrastructure improvements.
Several hospitals surround the suburb such as Heidelberg Repatriation, Austin and Warringal Private.
Residents have their grocery and retail shopping taken care of with Ivanhoe Shopping Centre, East Ivanhoe Village and Northland Shopping Centre just around the corner.
Anyone looking for a bite to eat won’t have to go far with tantalizing options such as Ivanhoe Tavern and the Little Black Pig & Sons Italian restaurant as options to dine out.
The suburb is also home to parks such as Ford Park which has something for everyone, including play equipment, walking and bike trails, a football and cricket pitch, barbecues and an oval.
On its outskirts, there is also part of the Darebin Creek and the Cyril Cummins Reserve. A cluster of greenery in suburbia, this reserve is perfect for anyone looking to escape after a day of work.