- An array of highly sought amenities
- An extensive mix of housing options
- Central entertainment zone
- Quality educational facilities
- Excellent recreational amenities
First settled in 1840 when Mrs. Madeline Scott established the “Bushy Park” cattle run on the banks of the Dandenong Creek, Wantirna and its neighbouring suburb Wantirna South provide some of the most family friendly and amenity rich living options in the Eastern suburbs.
Long term residents of the area have seen a host of exciting changes since the beginning of the new millennium.
Renowned for quality family homes, private cul de sacs and open green spaces, the landscape has slowly evolved to include more compact lifestyle choices and boutique apartment living. The old Brickworks site is now known as Harcrest, a new estate with a community feel that was established by Mirvac in 2011. The extensive estate features a wide range of new homes and townhouses on low maintenance allotments, as well as a shopping complex, and various parks and community gardens. Harcrest is considered as one of the area’s most exclusive estates and has drawn many families and established couples to the area. Urban apartment living is also attracting a new demographic to the area, courtesy of the Kubix buildings which were designed by the architects of the Eureka Tower and the yet to be constructed Knoxia complex; both are conveniently located opposite Westfield Knox and have proven popular with young couples, investors and downsizers who are looking for a low maintenance lifestyle, but are not ready for traditional retirement living.
The opening of Eastlink in June 2008 saw the popularity of the suburb rise, with the North/South running freeway greatly improving accessibility to both the CBD and the Mornington Peninsula region. Coupled with its proximity to the ever-popular Dandenong Ranges and the delights of the Yarra Valley, the appeal continues to increase.
The Knox City Shopping Centre underwent a $150M refurbishment in 2002. The shopping area itself was expanded but the most notable change was perhaps the addition of a centralised entertainment precinct on the outskirts of the area. Known as Knox O-Zone, it was the first of its kind in the Eastern suburbs, offering a wide variety of restaurants and cafes, a pub and a large Village Cinema complex, making it a popular destination for those of all age groups. This area has continued to grow and its success has set the benchmark for other similar projects that have tried to emulate it. In 2012 the centre was acquired by the Westfield Group and in late 2014 it was announced that a $450M expansion project had been approved by the Knox City Council. Once complete Westfield Knox will be the second largest centre in Australia, rivalled only by Chadstone.
Parks and Recreation
Those who enjoy physical pursuits are well catered for with many significant locations such as the Knox Skatepark, Lewis Park, RD Egan Lee Reserve, Llewellyn Reserve and Walker Park allowing for participation in both organised or self-led activities. Koomba Park which is a large native bushland park between Dandenong Creek and the Eastlink tollway caters for those who enjoy walking or bike riding as does the Blind Creek Trail which is another pleasing alternative. The $27M State Basketball Centre was built in 2012 and is the home of Basketball Victoria and WNBL team Melbourne Boomers. The venue brings business to the surrounding area and enhancing the already rich tapestry of sporting locations.
Adding to the vast array of amenities are a variety of reputable schools, with The Knox School, Waverley Christian College and Templeton Primary being amongst the areas most popular; you will also find the eastern campus of Swinburne Institute of Technology on Stud Road. A strong network of buses with rail links services the area, as does Knox Private Hospital, which recently underwent a $180M upgrade and expansion, making it the second largest private hospital in the state.
The capital being injected into the area speak volumes; Wantirna and Wantirna South are suburbs that have been sculpted to cater for the needs of people at every stage of life. Come and see how they can enrich your future.