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Springvale, 3171: A cultural hub rich in sports, food and lifestyle

Suburb Profiles
15 December 2021
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A multicultural magnet for families, foodies and sports lovers alike, Springvale is an upcoming lifestyle location.

A multicultural magnet for families, foodies and sports lovers alike, Springvale is an upcoming lifestyle location.

Within easy reach of Dandenong and Melbourne CBDs, it boasts an excellent range of affordable properties and a plentiful supply of spacious homes, many of which are well-maintained and on quiet streets.

Properties range from a mix of older brick and weatherboard homes to modern architect-designed houses, townhouses and apartments.

There is a wealth of prestigious mansions plus new developments such as The Quarter near Springvale Library, which have also come onto the market in recent years.

Springvale lies 22km southeast of Melbourne in the City of Greater Dandenong. Demographically, it has wide appeal and there is growing interest among families, downsizers, professionals and investors alike.

Encouragingly, house prices in the area have been lower than the average for metropolitan Melbourne, allowing many buyers to get a foot in the door of the real estate market at an achievable price point.

In November 2021, the suburb’s median property price was $755,000 for a three-bedroom house and $403,000 for a two-bedroom unit.

Neighbouring suburbs include football-loving Noble Park, Clayton South with its 18-hole golf course and historic Mulgrave.

The updated Springvale Railway Station in the heart of the suburb connects commuters to Melbourne and Dandenong CBDs along the Dandenong-Pakenham line, and provides convenient access to workplaces and inner-city amenities. An extra train station at Sandown Park in the southeast serves visitors to the racecourse.

The Ferntree Gully Road exit to the suburb's northwest takes motorists from Springvale to the Melbourne CBD via the Monash Freeway. Travel time is about 30 minutes.

The EastLink tollway also provides a convenient and quick way to get around by connecting Springvale, Dandenong and Frankston with suburbs in Melbourne’s northeast.

As far as lifestyle goes, Springvale and surrounding suburbs are packed with shops, dining options, sporting amenities and schools. The famous Sandown Racecourse hosts horse, greyhound and car racing events, while active, sports-loving locals enjoy fresh air and fitness at several reserves and parks. For the children, Ross Reserve has a Little Athletics track, skate park and aquatic centre.

The seaside is also within reach of Springvale, and residents can make a bee-line westward to enjoy some of the city’s best beaches, from breezy Brighton to beautiful Beaumaris.

Perhaps what stands out most about Springvale is its vibrant multiculturalism, most clearly apparent in its markets, shops, and restaurants. Foodies are spoiled for choice, especially those partial to authentic Vietnamese cuisine.

While the Vietnamese are by far the largest immigrant group to have settled in Springvale, Greeks, Chinese, Cambodians, Indians, Sri Lankans and numerous others have contributed to the area's melting pot of cultures and cuisines.

The suburb has two main retail clusters, the first around the main thoroughfare on Springvale Road and the other to the suburb’s north. Shopping centres include Springvale Central, Springvale South shops, Noble Park shops, Parkmore Shopping Centre and the Springvale Homemaker Centre (home to IKEA and a vast range of furniture and lifestyle stores).

Springvale Market is a popular bargain destination for fresh produce, knick-knacks, gadgets and gifts, plus a tasty bite to eat. It’s open every day and is just moments from the train station.

For families with children, the neighbourhood has a number of great public and private schools to choose from. The suburb is in the catchment area for Springvale Rise, Spring Parks and Heatherhill primary schools, as well as Keysborough College, Springvale Park Special Development School and Noble Park English Language School (a specialist ESL school). Private and independent schools include St Joseph’s School, Killester College and Minaret College.

Suburb Profiles
15 December 2021
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