Hip and happening
BRUNSWICK’S strong migrant culture and artistic bent has created an inviting suburban melting pot in Melbourne’s inner north.
There’s an enormous mix of languages spoken and religions observed within its eclectic mix of homes, which range from early Victorian workers cottages and terraces, to larger timber and brick houses.
But a growing gentrification is leading to a change as more younger people move into Brunswick, especially a large group of university students.
That gentrification has also attracted the eyes of developers, who are building large-scale apartment projects around the Sydney Rd corridor.
CBD Development Group development co-ordinator Tim Enright said young professionals were attracted to the cafes, pubs and restaurants, with a 15-minute tram or train journey making for an easy commute to city jobs.
CBD Development Group is behind the Brunswick Heart project in Albert St.
“Brunswick is a unique location in which you can deliver quality product on large pieces of land, while being close to the city, meaning apartments are spacious, without increasing the price significantly,” he said.
Mr Enright said twobedroom apartments were most sought-after, with buyers keen on balconies and rooftop gardens, and interestingly, a good amount of bicycle storage.
Brunswick’s cultural heart beats hardest in the coming weeks with the Sydney Road Street Party a prelude to the Brunswick Music Festival.
The traditionally working class suburb, also combining Brunswick East and Brunswick West, attracts professionals, hipsters and family buyers.
Houses in Brunswick West tend to be larger and are more popular with families, attracting a median house price of $850,000. While the workers cottages and brick and timber period homes of Brunswick East attract the younger crowd. They’re paying a median price of $858,000.
Brunswick homes, are selling for a median price of $800,000. Rents in Brunswick are more than $500 per week, the most expensive in the City of Moreland.