- Highly sought educational facilities
- A wide range of housing types
- Access to an array of appealing amenities
- A leafy green suburb with a striking backdrop
Croydon’s first homes were constructed in 1868 using wattle and daub. These homes were later rebuilt in timber, and the area that was known for its sawmills, orchards and livestock farming flourished, as it continues to do today, 150 years on.
Croydon, which proudly encompasses the suburbs of Croydon North, Croydon South and Croydon Hills, enjoys a prized position in Melbourne’s outer eastern corridor. Covering an expansive region just 30kms from the CBD, the area boasts lush leafy surrounds, with stunning views to the Dandenong Ranges which make a picturesque backdrop.
The face of Croydon has evolved over the past 20 years, along with the housing landscape. Whilst family homes on full-sized blocks were dominant until the late 1990’s, a move towards subdivision and dual occupancy dwellings saw a rise in the number of low maintenance living options on offer in the area. Nowadays there is a seamless melding of housing types; historic properties, acreages, sizeable family homes, units and townhouses, plus a number of high-density urban style apartments that are allowing a new demographic to enjoy this thriving community. There are also some prized estates that have enhanced the region, most notably the Golf Links Estate, Monastery Hill and The Range, which sits proudly on the old Croydon Golf Club site.
There are many aspects of life in Croydon that attract families, quality education certainly being one of them. You’re spoilt for choice with the wide array of reputable public and private schools on offer. Some of these include Luther College, Yarra Valley Grammar, The Rudolph Steiner School, Tintern Grammar, Good Shepherd Primary and the new campus of Melba College.
Parks and recreation
A plethora of parks, reserves and open green spaces are also a drawcard, as are a number of excellent sporting and leisure facilities. Aquahub, with its indoor pools and extensive gym and group fitness classes, has serviced the community for the past 10 years; built to complement the existing Croydon Memorial Pool, it joins Dorset Public Golf Course to ensure residents have ample ways to maintain their health and fitness. Walking tracks including Brushy Creek Trail also contribute to this.
Public transport and amenities
When it comes to day to day convenience, Croydon is hard to beat. There is a comprehensive transport hub with trains running from Croydon station and a wide network of buses servicing the surrounding locale. Many of these run to the abundant shopping areas that cater to resident’s day-to-day needs; these comprise McAdam Square, the Arndale Centre and Civic Square, plus handy strip shops at junctions like Exeter and Eastfield Roads. Croydon Central is about to go through a major redevelopment that will include a new market food hall; designed to offer customers a range of fresh food and an array of dining experiences, it’s sure to attract regular visitors to the area, as like projects have done in nearby suburbs. Main Street also continues to be a hive of activity, and a favourite with locals who enjoy the choice of cafes and restaurants, the wide range of speciality shops, day to day services and the independent cinema complex that shows a variety of mainstream and art house movies.
Adding to the prevalent community feel is the Maroondah Festival, a colourful event that is hosted each year in Croydon Park. Boasting well-known local performers and even one or two from abroad, it’s widely attended by Croydon’s residents and the wider population of Maroondah and neighbouring municipalities.
Croydon is really a place you’ll love to call home so discover the history, be part of the present and help sculpt the future; it’s a decision you won’t regret.