Sleep­ing gi­ant

Herald Sun - Property - - SUBURB PROFILE -

SET in the heart of Mel­bourne’s in­creas­ingly popular in­ner-north, Brunswick has been the sleep­ing gi­ant of the area.

Tra­di­tion­ally work­ing class, in the past few years it has be­gun at­tract­ing pro­fes­sion­als, hip­sters and fam­ily buy­ers. When com­bined, Brunswick, Brunswick East and Brunswick West take up a sig­nif­i­cant amount of the More­land area.

Houses in Brunswick West tend to be at the larger end of the scale, hav­ing a me­dian price of $769,000, and are more popular with fam­i­lies.

The trendy younger crowd is in­creas­ingly opt­ing for Brunswick East, with its ar­ray of work­ers’ cot­tages and slightly larger brick and tim­ber pe­riod homes and a me­dian house price of $832,500. Brunswick it­self has a com­bi­na­tion of brick worker’s cot­tages, Vic­to­rian ter­races and block-fronted homes sell­ing for a me­dian price of $760,500. The me­dian unit price is a more af­ford­able $480,000.

Brunswick East is where new arty cafes have opened to cater for the hip­ster pop­u­la­tion.

It is also the home to the CERES en­vi­ron­men­tal cen­tre, with a nurs­ery, or­ganic cafe, com­mu­nity farm and mar­ket.

Brunswick West is the most fam­ily friendly of the three. It lacks the busy vibe of Brunswick East or Brunswick, tend­ing to be qui­eter and greener, with more parks and schools.

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