Suburb Profile – Hawthorn


Located just six kilometres from the city, Hawthorn is one of the most established and sought-after suburbs in Melbourne’s leafy inner-east.

Nestled in between the youthful Richmond and the more traditional Camberwell, Hawthorn takes elements from both to successfully combine the new and the longstanding.

This is best illustrated by its housing. The suburb boasts both beautiful period houses as well as stunning modern homes, townhouses and apartments. With impressive architecture at every turn, long walks around Hawthorn are a great way to enjoy a sunny Sunday morning or warm summer’s evening. Its leafy green parks and riverside trails also offer a great place to stretch out and get the heart rate up.

When it comes to indulging the tastebuds, the centre of the action in Hawthorn is Glenferrie Road. Its wide range of hip cafes and tempting restaurants are ever popular and make sure the strip is a hive of activity, both day and night.

Hawthorn also gets a big tick for its public transport. It has two train stations, Hawthorn and Glenferrie, which make it very easy for residents to travel into the city, or visit the neighbouring suburbs of Camberwell and Canterbury. The No. 16 tram, which runs up and down Glenferrie Road, is great for making short trips or, if in the mood for adventure, you can catch it all the way to energetic bayside suburb of St Kilda.

As a quintessential inner-eastern leafy Melbourne suburb, it is no surprise that property in Hawthorn is highly valued. From 2005-2015 the median house price in the suburb increased 171% to $1.93 million1.

The median sale price for a unit in Hawthorn in the 12 months to October 2016 was $545,0002. For the same period the weekly median advertised rent was $377, providing a gross rental yield of 3.6 per cent3.

For families, an added benefit of living in Hawthorn is its proximity to many of the city’s elite private schools. Scotch College is located in the suburb and a number of other elite schools, such as MLC, Trinity, Xavier and Genazzano are located close by in the neighbouring suburb of Kew. Swinburne University’s main campus is also located in Hawthorn.

Being close to the city and home to some of Melbourne’s most prestigious residential addresses, Hawthorn will always be one of Melbourne’s most coveted suburbs.

– Last updated November 2016.

1. Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure (2015), A guide to property values
2. Property Value (2016), Hawthorn Suburb Profile .
3. Ibid.

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