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The Pros (and cons) of living in Melbourne

Melbourne is on target to overtake Sydney as Australia’s largest city by 2026, and for those of you thinking 2026 is a long time away it’s actually only 2,470 days until January 1st 2026. More of Melbourne’s suburbs are becoming gentrified with great coffee shops, craft breweries, young families and young professionals moving in and so if you are thinking of making the move to Melbourne there is no better time. For those of you that are planning to make the move to this great city, we wanted to throw together a list of the Pros and Cons of living in here.

PRO

You get to enjoy that very fashionable winter wardrobe you have been putting together so dust of your boots, wrap that scarf around your neck and buy that jacket you really wanted but knew you would never get any use out of.

CON

With Melbourne’s weather of all four seasons in one day, you will never actually know what to wear on any given day, if you dress for winter you will likely be hot by lunchtime, dress for summer and it will be raining and cold by 5 pm, good luck.

PRO

You get to make use of Melbourne’s vast tram network (the biggest in the world) and if you are new it’s super easy, touch on, don’t touch off, hang on and the 96 tram goes from Brunswick East all the way to St Kilda beach. Our trams are super convenient for getting around, almost always on time and free to ride in the CBD!

CON

You get to use Melbourne’s vast tram network which no visitors to our great city have any idea how to use, they don’t hang on, despite the numerous signs stating don’t touch off, they touch off and they have no idea what train to catch, when to get off and most annoying they sit in the aisle seat when there is a perfectly good unoccupied window seat.

PRO

Coffee, yes that’s right Melbournians are super proud of our delicious coffee and Brunswick is one of the best suburbs in Melbourne for great coffee with brunch, we could write a whole blog just on this point, which is exactly what we did so click here to read it. 

CON

Your bank account is going to take a hit and it doesn’t matter if you can smash a good avocado and even make a somewhat okay Nespresso coffee in your kitchen, brunch and coffee is just a way of life, you can not avoid it, workplace coffee runs and weekend brunch are going to take a toll on that home loan deposit.

PRO

You will be living in Australia’s sporting capital. The Aus open, the MCG, cricket, football and Grand Prix. Melbourne has plenty on for you sporting fans, this city is sporting mad and practically bleeds AFL, there is nothing more exciting than when footy fever hits this town.

CON

We have all the sport and along with that we get all the supporters. Streets flooded with chanting Football fans, moto-heads who have never used public transport taking trams to the Formula One and trains packed with Collingwood supporters who are commiserating their latest defeat at the MCG.

Okay, maybe we are having some fun here but in all serious Melbournians are truly a friendly bunch of people and will be more than happy to help you with the tram, invite you to support their footy team, take you out to brunch and teach you to do a hook turn, however they just can not tell you what the weather is going to be like even we don’t know that. If you are planning to make the move to this great city, Brunswick East is a thriving inner-city suburb loaded with culture, close to the CBD and the location of East Brunswick Village. Think breweries, bars, great coffee and independent retailers, if it sounds like the suburb for you be sure to register your interest in EBV Melbourne’s most thoughtfully crafted apartments.

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