Tucked in the City of Hume, 17km north of Melbourne's CBD, it borders Yuroke Creek, Attwood and Moonee Pond Creek.
The suburb is rich in history and displays heritage buildings dating back to the mid-1800s, including churches, halls, primary school, police station, and an array of bluestone and timber homes.
Other historical landmarks include the shire offices, a bluestone bridge over Moonee Ponds Creek, Westmeadows Gaol, and The Old Coach House, which was the site of livery stables and a stopover for coaches in the 1850s.
At the time of the 2016 census, the suburb had a multicultural population of 5,848 that included families, retirees, singles and professional couples.
Westmeadows is a growing suburb with a great community feel, and homes are tightly held in the area, according to Barry Plant agents.
In June 2021, 14 properties were available for rent and 11 properties were for sale in the suburb, according to realestate.com.au, which considered Westmeadows a high-demand market with 1379 visits per property listing.
Median property prices ranged from $620,000 for houses to $540,000 for units, and houses leased for $390 per week with an annual rental yield of 3.3 per cent and units rented for $385 per week with a rental yield of 3.7 per cent.
Based on five years of sales, Westmeadows saw a compound growth rate of 6.1 per cent for houses and 6.5 per cent for units.
“Westmeadows attracts buyers from far and wide, who see value in a suburb not far from the city,” a Barry Plant agent said.
“Homes here are affordable and offer attractive price points for first-home buyers who realise that they’d be paying more than double the price for a property on the other side of the CBD.”
The suburb offers a diverse range of homes that are restored, renovated or newly built, from modern two-bedroom units and three-bedroom period homes, to larger double-storey houses on big blocks.
The hidden gem nestles in serene surroundings with numerous parks, playgrounds and nature reserves abundant with native wildlife, namely the Moonee Ponds Creek Trail with extensive walking and biking tracks.
In Fawkner Street, a quaint shopping village features an IGA supermarket, florist shop, hair and beauty salons, clothes and tattoo outlets, pharmacy, laundromat, pizza and pasta restaurants, fish and chips shops, plus a sushi bar.
Nearby, on the corner of Ardlie and Raleigh streets, the historical Westmeadows Tavern, circa 1850s, is the local pub that offers bistro meals and a sports bar.
Also dotted around the area are medical clinics, a community centre, childcare and early learning facilities, and a primary school, while secondary schools and larger shopping centres are a short drive away in neighbouring suburbs.
Bus services connect the area to train stations off nearby Pascoe Vale Road, while freeways provide a quick commute to Melbourne airport and an easy 20-minute drive to the CBD.
The suburb offers sporting opportunities for all ages and features Willowbrook Reserve with its football oval and tennis courts is home to cricket, football and tennis clubs.
Other sporting grounds include Westmeadows Reserve near Ardlie Street and Westmeadows Heights Reserve, complete with a cricket oval and two soccer fields.