• August 9, 2019

Malvern’s magic touch: Why people who live in Malvern, stay in Malvern.

Malvern’s magic touch: Why people who live in Malvern, stay in Malvern.

Located just 8km south-east from the CBD, Malvern is one of Melbourne’s most tightly-held suburbs. In fact, 65% of Malvern residents have lived in the suburb for six or more years*. So, what is it about Malvern that has residents there to stay?

The wide, tree-lined streets and large set-back house blocks would have you thinking you’re living in Melbourne’s outer leafy suburbs, but in reality, Malvern is one of Melbourne’s best-connected locales.

Malvern Train Station, where Kokoda’s forthcoming Malvern Collective residential development is conveniently adjacent to, rests at the top of Glenferrie Road. The express will have you in the city in just 12-minutes on the Pakenham line, while four tram lines service Malvern’s main roads, taking passengers to various corners of the city, including St Kilda beach, in under 25 minutes.

Malvern is known for its mix of grand mansions with manicured yards, beautifully maintained Edwardian and Victorian homes, retro and art deco units and occasionally a modern, but perfectly contextual residential development, like Malvern Collective.

Neighbourhood lawns aren’t the only greenspace you’ll find in Malvern. An abundance of parks and gardens, including the dog-friendly Central Park, manicured Malvern Gardens and the Urban Forest, provide the perfect oasis away from bustling Melbourne life, with even more to come for locals. Malvern Collective is set to include a full restoration of Malvern’s Station Place precinct, with even more open green space to be created.

Long-time local, Kerry Higgins, who has lived, worked and raised her son in Malvern over the past 35 years, doesn’t have any plans to leave her beloved suburb, with the area boasting everything she needs.

“Living in Malvern is so convenient – it’s so close to everything, the shopping’s fantastic as well as the cafes and restaurants.”

There’s something in Malvern for everyone, with Malvern Central shopping centre featuring a David Jones, Woolworths and an assortment of major retailers. Vibrant Glenferrie Road bustles with cafes, delicatessens and fine dining, creating a lively and diverse atmosphere in the main hub, where an established demographic account for the majority of the suburb’s population.

Bars and restaurants are plentiful and varied, inviting a younger, independent crowd for coffee or evening drinks and dinner. Meanwhile, high-end boutiques along High Street brings fashion lovers from far and wide. If that’s not enough, Malvern is just a 10-minute drive from Chadstone, the fashion capital.

“Malvern is incredibly welcoming for everyone from young people to families and even seniors, which is hard to find, especially somewhere so central”, said Higgins.

“There’s a wonderful sense of community which is something I’d never give up”.

Walking down Glenferrie Road, Malvern’s relaxed and community-oriented atmosphere is apparent. An abundance of public and private schools, parks, a library and sports facilities including Harold Holt pool make the hospitable area idyllic for families.

With residents here to stay and Malvern’s median house price currently at $2,210,000**, opportunities to join the Malvern community are few and far between. Excitingly, Kokoda Property’s Malvern Collective residential and precinct project will create a rare opportunity for 300+ new people to call the thriving suburb home.

Located on the corner of Glenferrie and Dandenong Roads, the project will include a total rejuvenation of the Malvern Station precinct and the Angel Tavern pub, both located just metres from Malvern Collective.

One, two, three- and four- bedroom residences are available with amenities including a seven-day concierge, a rooftop pool, private dining room, health and wellness centre an outdoor garden terrace with BBQ facilities and much more.

“I might be biased but I think Malvern is the best suburb in Melbourne- anyone would be lucky to call it home. I certainly won’t be leaving anytime soon”, said Higgins.

For more information about Kokoda’s Malvern Collective and how you could make one of Melbourne’s most prestigious suburbs home, click below to register your interest.

* Australia Post Movers data prepared on behalf of REA

** According to realestate.com.au as of 1/8/2019