Balwyn – One of Melbourne’s finest

Consistently ranked as one of Melbourne’s top 10 exclusive suburbs, known for its grand mansions, quiet tree lined streets and luxury living, there’s no doubt Balwyn is one of the most desirable suburbs to call home.

One of the city’s finest pockets, with impressive block sizes and an eclectic mix of architecture styles, including the heritage protected Reid Estate which contains many architecturally significant Interwar mansions. Balwyn is the perfect suburb in which to renovate or extend to create your dream home. Quiet, safe and family friendly it’s easy to see why so many people choose to live here their entire lives. Read on to find out more about the history of Balwyn and what it has to offer to the modern Australian family.

History

Balwyn was named after the 1858 vineyard and rural retreat of The Argus newspaper editor Andrew Murray. The property was located on Balwyn Road and according to Mr Murray, the name was Gaelic for “home of the vine”. Balwyn’s first town centre was near the intersection of Balwyn and Whitehorse Roads, containing a few shops, a blacksmith and the athenaeum or mechanics’ institute.

Modern Balwyn

The Age newspaper once described the suburb of Balwyn as “arguably Melbourne’s most loved” and it is not hard to see why. With excellent transport links and freeway access, an abundance of stylish and trendy cafes and boutiques not to mention its proximity to some of the state’s most prestigious schools, Balwyn has a refined atmosphere with a rich history. Large block sizes, impressive period style houses homes, lush parks and gardens and exemplary sporting and recreational facilities Balwyn is the perfect suburb to cement yourself for life.

Only 10km from the heart of Melbourne, homes are in demand in this area. With the median price for a three bedroom home around the $2.3 million mark with an average of 9.6% growth over the last 12 months, now is a great time to consider renovating or extending your Balwyn home.

If you are a Balwyn homeowner and want to find out how you can restore, extend or renovate your property while still keeping within the character of the surrounding area, don’t hesitate to contact us today.