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“Known and respected for its schools and old-world aesthetic, the suburb is classed as one of the city’s best, with its accomplished humility an endearing contrast to its inner-eastern peers.”

  • Easy CBD access
  • Eclectic array of spectacular homes
  • Leafy streets, parks, and sporting fields
  • Boutique shopping strips
  • Some of Melbourne’s finest school


Transport and Proximity

A flourishing family suburb, Essendon projects an air of quiet, down-to-earth esteem. Sitting only 7km from the centre of Melbourne, its distant boundaries meet affluent Moonee Ponds and Aberfeldie to the south, with Strathmore, Brunswick West, Pascoe Vale South, Essendon West, and Niddrie its remaining neighbours. Providing an abundance of transport options, Essendon and Glenbervie Railway stations allow an easy link to the CBD, augmented by the Flinders Street-bound 59 tram and arterial CityLink. Unlike its inner-eastern counterparts of Malvern, Hawthorn, and Camberwell, Essendon benefits from quick access to Melbourne International Airport (Tullamarine). Home to some of Melbourne’s most revered schools in Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar, Penleigh and Essendon Grammar (PEGS), and St. Columba’s College among a myriad of others, the area’s modest prestige attracts families from across the state. Made famous by the 1871-formed Essendon Football Club, the Windy Hill precinct remains a pillar of the local community.

Aesthetic, Appeal, and History

Essendon is home to some of the city’s most inventive, charismatic, and diverse home architecture. Its most coveted pockets protected by single dwelling covenants, heritage-listed Victorian and Edwardian era builds feature across its treelined streetscapes, along with Art Deco, Queen Anne, California Bungalow, mid-century modern, inter-war and contemporary styles. With each resident staking an equally valid claim for their street being the area’s best, the suburb’s most adored homes can be found in and around Riverview Road, Leslie Road, Kalimna Street, and Peterleigh Grove, with the substantial parcels on Hedderwick, McCracken and connecting Mar Lodge Estate streets popular among buyers wanting to design their dream homes. Its allure easily understood, Essendon’s prized schools set it apart from its neighbours. This demand from families has resulted in significant capital growth, enticing boundary-pushing owners and architects into striking constructions, without any fear of overcapitalising.

Vibrancy and Lifestyle

Thanks to its sheer size, Essendon is home to several retail and dining areas, with cafés appearing sporadically across its footprint. Coffee a critical commodity, everyone has a corner favourite for their Sunday morning-maker, with independent retail and studio spaces like La Dee Dah, Rise Pilates, and Mind Alive imparting their own charm on local life. Longstanding boutiques are spread across vibrant shopping strips on Rose Street, Keilor Road, Buckley Street, Woodland Street, Fletcher Street, Napier Street, and the North Essendon Village, while DFO Essendon and the Lincoln Park Farmers Market draw vast crowds. Able to transform a quiet evening into a lively night, Mt Alexander Road’s Essendon Hotel sits a handful of tram stops from the ever-dependable Lincolnshire Arms, while 400 Gradi serves some of the area’s finest food. Its peaceful atmosphere accentuated by the nearby Maribyrnong River, plentiful parklands see locals pour into playgrounds and sporting ovals, with lush expanses of greenery a fitting complement to family life. Boasting a wide variety of jogging and cycling routes, the suburb’s west offers undulating creek and riverside paths, with the Moonee Ponds Creek Trail underpinning Essendon’s encouragement of healthy living.


The Locale and Reputation

An ideal distance from the bustling city centre, Essendon affords tranquil parkside living, with a night on the town a persuasive prospect whenever the mood strikes. Known and respected for its schools and old-world aesthetic, the suburb is classed as one of the city’s best, with its accomplished humility an endearing contrast to its inner-eastern peers. The perfect spot for Schickerling to call home.

10 Things Essendon is Known For

  • Windy Hill, Cnr Napier Street and Brewster Street, Essendon
  • DFO Essendon, 100 Bulla Road, Essendon Fields
  • Woodlands Park and Lake, 141A Woodland Street, Essendon
  • The Essendon Hotel, 914-918 Mt Alexander Road, Essendon
  • Lincolnshire Arms Hotel, 1 Keilor Road, Essendon
  • Pane e Pizzico, 7/1142 Mt Alexander Road, Essendon
  • 400 Gradi, 110 Keilor Road, Essendon
  • St Rose, 19 Rose Street, Essendon
  • Benny & Me, 25 Rose Street, Essendon
  • Tony’s Pies, 309 Buckley Street, Essendon

Public Transport

  • Essendon Railway Station
  • Glenbervie Railway Station
  • 59 Tram, Airport West to Flinders Street Station
  • 465 Bus, Essendon Station to Keilor Park
  • 468 Bus, Essendon to Highpoint Shopping Centre
  • 903 Bus, Altona to Mordialloc
  • 476 Bus, Watergardens to Moonee Ponds
  • 503 Bus, Essendon to East Brunswick
  • 469 Bus, Essendon to Keilor East
  • 477 Bus, Moonee Ponds to Broadmeadows Station
  • 483 Bus, Sunbury to Moonee Ponds
  • 510 Bus, Essendon Station to Ivanhoe Station



  • Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School, Leslie Road, Essendon
  • Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School, Raleigh Street, Essendon
  • St Therese’s Primary School, Edward Street, Essendon
  • St Columba’s College, Leslie Road, Essendon
  • St Bernard’s College, Rosehill Road, Essendon West


  • Essendon Primary School, Raleigh Street, Essendon
  • Essendon North Primary School, Keilor Road, Essendon North
  • Buckley Park College, Cooper Street, Essendon
  • Essendon Keilor College, Buckley Street, Essendon (Senior campus)

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