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Hi, Planning a move to Melbourne and the area/s we had pinpoointed were Chelsea and Edithvale, possibly also Bonbeach. They appeared to be childfriendly (good schools, green areas etc) with good transport links, and of course, near the beach. We had the impression this was a very 'middle class' area. My friend, who has lived in Melbourne for 15 years (not out this way but in the City) now quesitons why we have picked these areas as she reckons they are 'rough'? She says more middle class famillies have moved out there recently but ultimatley, the areas are quite rough. Not at all the impression we had got! Also, with an almost impossible commute along the Nepan Highway (although we had though we probably train it but still). We had the impression parts of Frankston were rough but this was peaceful, family oriented areas? Anyone who knows, are we going the wrong way here?
Bon Beach, Chelsea, Edithvale, Aspendale Bon Beach is the station next to Carrum going to the city on the Frankston line and its mainly a housing area and there is a division of the TAFE there in the old Bon Beach High School buildings. Beach side of all the above suburbs is the priciest and most sought after as the beach is very nice there. The nearest shops are at Chelsea which is the next stop and there is strip shopping, a market, supermarkets etc and its a good little shopping centre. Chelsea has a catholic church and primary school nice parks, nice beach, mainly older housing a lot having been renovated. There is minimal parking at the station as there is at all of the above suburbs. Edithvale is a nice suburb I lived there for 11 years and enjoyed our time there, moving because we wanted more land. There is a public golf course, primary school, strip shopping on the Nepean Highway, Station of course, kindergarten etc. Aspendale has always been a little dearer why I do not know, there is a gold course there and its popular, beach side in all these suburbs is more expensive than the other side of the railway tracks. Catholic primary at Aspendale where my children went for a couple of years. Very nice school, St Louis De Montforts. Bike path goes past all these suburbs up to Mordialloc. Its very very flat in this area and when the north wind blows its very strong. The suburbs are being upgraded with a lot of the old houses being renovated. Doctors and all services easily available to all these suburbs. A lot of older retired people live in the town houses on the beach side they are very popular with that group.
I lived in Edithvale for eleven years and we only left the suburb because we wanted a lot more land. We were very happy there. Its very flat at Edithvale and the suburbs around it are Aspendale, Chelsea, Chelsea Heights, Bon Beach, Carrum, Patterson Lakes. All within ten minutes. Its on the Frankston to CBD train line however there is limited parking at the station. It has older houses on large blocks of land probably fifty year old houses and its very expensive to live on the beach side of the rail line and Nepean Highway. A lot of the houses there have direct beach access. My friend has a gate right on to the beach from her house. I spent a lot of time at Edithvale Beach when my children were young and it was great for them. There is a shopping strip and supermarket at Chelsea and a very good library. There are two catholic primary schools St Josephs at Chelsea and St Louis De Montforts at Aspendale. My children went to St Louis de Montforts for a couple of years and it was a very good school. There are kindergartens in Edithvale and Aspendale and Public Primary schools in both areas. The nearest high school is at Mordialloc. The private schools which are in the vicinity are Kilbreda Catholic Girls School, Mentone Grammar, St Bedes Catholic Boys School, Haileybury, St Leonards. I attended Aspendale Medical Clinic the whole time we lived there and received very good care there. I shopped at Parkmore shopping centre mainly as it was closer although Mordialloc has a large Safeway store and numerous shops as well. Its not that far to go up to Southland.