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An eclectic suburb popular with the alternative set. 

Northcote, Melbourne (inner north east)

You know a suburb has gone through gentrification when a whole stack of kids' clothing shops open up. But in Northcote you won't find any designer labels. It's a lot more alternative, earthy and eclectic. Northcote has become a cool cafe spot. Here you will find Greek families, young families, lesbians, students, arty types, professionals, working class families and vegie patch devotees. (More info below and to your left <<<)


Rent $$$:

apartment rents are in the lower to mid range, house rental prices are higher

Red Door Corner Store 70 Mitchell St, Northcote. Ph: (03) 9489 8040


River, 5-10km from city centre

Victorian and Federation houses and cottages

Would Suit:

Singles, Professionals, Families, Gay/lesbian, Students

Can be hard in High St


Green Left Weekly and herbal tea

Campers and Birkenstocks

Once upon a time High St in Northcote had a big collection of totally unpretentious shops. Now, there are plenty of interesting cafes and bars offering good food and drinks. So if you venture out here on a weekend or busy weeknight, you'll have plenty to choose from.

Traditionally, Northcote has been working class territory and was popular with Greek and Italian families. But in more recent years,  home buyers priced out of Fitzroy and North Fitzroy have moved in. Now Northcote has become popular with people who are into a community activism. Politically, it's of the left and green variety.

The transport in Northcote is very good with access to trams, buses and trains. Mind you, it is a big suburb so the five train stations come in handy. All train and tram services that pass through Northcote, go into the city. Some buses go to Moonee Ponds, Fairfield and LaTrobe Uni.

There are plenty of wide tree lined streets, and several narrow ones, with great examples of Victorian, Edwardian and Federation architecture. Many of the houses tend to be larger than the usual inner city suburb offerings, which makes Northcote popular with families.

Parking can be hard on High Street. Vibe: green left weekly and hippy herbal tea. Shoe equivalent: Campers and Birkenstocks. Would suit: families, students, gays and lesbians, professionals, couples, and anyone who is into the unconventional. Location: inner city. Distance from city centre: 7km. Direction: north.

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