Glen Iris, south-east of the city, is leafy, well-established and ideal for families or those who don’t need neon right on their doorstep. There are excellent schools, great public transport, gorgeous period homes and lots of quaint pockets to explore – just a mere 10kms from the CBD. This is one of Melbourne’s best regarded pockets.
Glen Iris has some gentle, picturesque streets full of large period homes – you’ll find some classic examples of Art Deco in the area as well as spacious California bungalows.
For something more compact, you’ll find apartment blocks from the 1960s right up to sparkling new contemporary complexes as well as neat, single level units and townhouses perfect for downsizers.
The local government areas are the Cities of Boroondara and Stonnington. At the 2016 Census, Glen Iris had a population of 25,268.
Effective January 2018, the median price for a 3 bedroom home is $1,808,000 and the median rent price for a 3 bedroom home is $650 per week. **
You will find primarily older and middle-aged people living in Glen Iris, either as couples with growing children, but younger people enjoy the area too.
Most properties have large land areas, wide streets and excellent road, rail and tram services with good road access to the city via Monash Freeway.
Glen Iris has great transport options with a couple of train stations, several tram and bus routes and easy access to Monash freeway entries. You can also access the CBD by bike using Gardiners Creek Trail.
Yarra Trams run from Vermont to the city, passing Glen Iris via Toorak Road. There are also trams on High Street that run through the city to Melbourne’s famous little Italy, Lygon Street Carlton, and ending in Brunswick.
Ventura Bus Lines also service the area with buses to Glen Waverley and Box Hill Bus Interchanges.
A number of government and independent schools are located in Glen Iris, including Camberwell South Primary School, Glen Iris Primary School, Korowa Anglican Girls School, Sacre` Coeur Girls School, Camberwell Grammar and Monash University.
Many shopping options exists with Chadston Shopping Centre, Camberwell Junction and grocery shopping at Leo’s Fine Food supermarket.
Burke Road, Camberwell, and High Street, Armadale, two of the city’s most glamorous retail destinations, are also just moments away by tram. For shopping on an even grander scale, Chadstone is only a short drive from home.
Recreation and sporting facilities include Harold Holt Swim Centre, South Camberwell Tennis Club, Hartwell Sports Ground, Ferndale Park, Malvern Valley Golf Course, Caulfield Racecourse.
Medical centres include Epworth Hospital, Glen Iris Private Hospital, Glen Iris Medical Centre and Delmont Private Hospital.
Glen Iris is blessed with some fantastic walking tracks and bike routes. One of the most popular shared tracks is Gardiners Creek Trail, a 20km off-road trail that commences in Blackburn and runs through Glen Iris to the city.
Within the trail is Gardiners Creek Reserve, where visitors can enjoy barbeques, picnic facilities, a playground and dog off-lead areas.