Melbourne's Most Loved Suburb
Well known for its high-quality family lifestyle and many leafy streets, Balwyn, comprising of Deepdene in the south west is among Melbourne's most exclusive and desirable suburbs.
With a rich history dating back to the 1850s, Balwyn is dotted with its many landmarks including the home named Balwyn, now part of Fintona Girls’ School, after which the district was named, the Balwyn Post Office and the renovated Balwyn Cinema.
Its status as an affluent suburb has seen middle to upper-middle-class families from suburbs such as Kew and Brighton transfer to the area to take advantage of the suburb's relatively large block sizes and proximity to some of Victoria's best private schools including those in the neighbouring suburbs of Canterbury and Kew.
Consistently ranked as one of Melbourne's 10 most exclusive suburbs, The Age newspaper once described the suburb as "arguably Melbourne's most loved".
Tram lines and bus routes run through Balwyn, connecting it to suburbs throughout Melbourne.
Balwyn features a number of relaxed eateries and top restaurants. The Whitehorse Road shopping strip includes many amenities such as a Woolworths supermarket, a public library, a news agency, fruit shops, McDonald's, Domino's, organic grocer Apples and Sage, ANZ, Commonwealth and Bendigo Banks, several hairdressers, day spas, general practitioners and optometrists, as well as fashion retailers.