Melbourne’s Walkable Inner East
As a whole, Melbourne charts a moderate walk score of 57, while the significant walkability of the inner east aligns more with overall world number one, New York City, whose walk score sits at 89…
The warm summer months provide the perfect opportunity for Melburnians to make the most of their time outdoors, walking to local cafes, shops and even the beach. Neighbourhoods with quality access to public transport, more favourable commutes, and proximity to the people and places we love and want to spend time with are vastly important to sustaining a healthier and more contented lifestyle.
In 2007 the founders of US company Walk Score introduced the concept of a ‘walk score’, to measure the ‘walkability’ of a suburb. With a view to promote walkable neighbourhoods for optimal personal, environmental and economic health, a walk score is calculated by a range of factors to determine its level of pedestrian-friendly convenience and position in relation to amenities.
As a whole, Melbourne charts a moderate walk score of 57, while the significant walkability of the inner east aligns more with overall world number one, New York City, whose walk score sits at 89. Extreme walkability is a major contributing factor to the enduring appeal of the inner east, corresponding consistent growth and excellent levels of demand.
Leading the way in Port Phillip are Southbank, South Melbourne and St Kilda. Taking the prize with a walk score of 93, St Kilda has a strong cafe culture and enviable beachside location. Encouraging an outdoor lifestyle, St Kilda is near parks, an abundance of local eateries and transport.
In Stonnington, the top three walkable suburbs are Prahran, Windsor and topping the list with a walk score of 92 is South Yarra. Its superb location near lifestyle hub Chapel Street, surrounding abundance of shops, dining and entertainment, as well as its accessibility to the CBD, makes South Yarra a highly walkable suburb.
‘Most of the elements that make a suburb ‘walkable’ align with features that ensure the inner eastern suburbs are always in high demand. These neighbourhoods may also offer its residents a happier, healthier and more sustainable way of living.’
Canterbury, Hawthorn East, with Hawthorn are the most walkable suburbs in Boroondara. Taking the crown with a walk score of 85, Hawthorn is a sound choice for working professionals or students attending Swinburne University. The area has excellent transport links and Auburn Village and Glenferrie Road both offer an exceptional variety of dining, shops and amenities.
In Bayside, Sandringham, Hampton and Brighton are the top three walkable suburbs. Offering a relaxed, laidback lifestyle, Brighton has a walk score of 75. Local hub Church Street is home to some of Melbourne’s finest shopping, entertainment and eateries, with the iconic Brighton Beach just a short stroll away.
Most of the elements that make a suburb ‘walkable’ align with features that ensure the inner eastern suburbs are always in high demand. These neighbourhoods may also offer its residents a happier, healthier and more sustainable way of living.
For more information on homes in walkable suburbs, contact your local Marshall White office.
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