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Bountiful parks, white picket fences, prestigious schools and pools and tennis courts galore. Welcome to Glen Iris – aka suburban paradise. Here the homes are grand and the gardens are bountiful, and families and retirees alike just can’t get enough of life in the leafy streets of this prestigious neighbourhood.
Beautiful Glen Iris with its rolling hills, tree-lined streets and vast homes is a picture-perfect snapshot of life in the suburbs. A favourite with Melbourne’s established set, it’s easy to forget that this charming neighbourhood is a mere 10 kilometres from the city.
Peaceful and affluent, there isn’t a whole lot going on in Glen Iris. And that’s just the way locals like it. With some of Melbourne’s finest schools, the sight of uniformed children with heavy backpacks running for trams is a regular occurrence. As is that of community-minded neighbours catching up over coffee or exchanging friendly greetings over morning newspapers. Indeed, this is the perfect place in which to raise a family or spend your retirement years in comfort.
As befits its residents, Glen Iris is home to countless parks and sporting grounds including the Harold Holt Swim Centre. Weekend cricket matches and after school footy practice are a far more common than late-night dining or revelry. While there are a few impressive cafés and a handful of restaurants to be found on the High Street strip, Glen Iris is a residential area first and foremost. In fact, until recently its status as a dry area was legally enforced. Those looking for a little more action head to neighbouring Hawthorn, while Ashburton is the spot for shopping. But most are happy to stay right where they are.
Spacious Glen Iris is rich in one of the city’s most prized commodities – room to move. As such, large period homes are the gold standard, a considerable number of which come complete with large pools and tennis courts. Dorrington Avenue with its imposing properties and heritage architecture exemplifies Glen Iris at its fanciest, and it’s safe to say that living here doesn’t come cheap. However, California Bungalows and modern apartments offer a somewhat more affordable option for those who can’t resist a taste of the suburban dream. Peaceful, community-minded and well established – it’s no wonder that property in Glen Iris is somewhat hard to come by.
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