With cafés and wine bars on every corner, exotic foods wafting enticingly from restaurants, and shops and parks just a stroll away; Melbourne has truly embraced apartment living.

Apartment living is becoming increasingly popular and today almost 10% of all Australian’s live in one with Melbourne being no exception. People are discovering the convenience of living close to their favourite cafés, theatres, wine bars, restaurants and shops. Proximity to large, leafy parks or the latest cultural events are additional drawcards. Needless to say, these lifestyle bonuses also appeal strongly to children and grandchildren.

Less maintenance

The weekend mowing, regular hosing and physical work of maintaining gardens and grounds, wears thin for owner-occupiers. Downsizing means less of this and more time to do the things you want to. Apartment living clears the schedule to travel, spend more time at the holiday house or have fun with family and friends. It’s about a simpler, easier life.

Single level living

Scaling stairs every day, and heating and cooling rooms you rarely enter, can be physically and financially draining; especially for older retirees. Single level apartments mean no steps — a welcome relief for many downsizers.


Feel a bit nervous when you’re home alone? Having neighbours , is one reason that apartments are safer than houses. Plus, there are often layers of security before you get inside — a concierge, a foyer, a main door, and then, your apartment entrance — making breaking in very hard. Off street parking protects your prized car too.

Close to the action

High-net-worth individuals are selling their houses and moving to stylish apartments; close to the activities, restaurants, wine bars and shops they love. Younger, single income professionals, drawn by the same amenities but unable to afford houses in the suburbs they prefer, are choosing apartments there instead.

Low maintenance, convenient and secure with easy access to shops, wine bars, restaurants and entertainment the whole family can enjoy? It’s an enviable lifestyle. It’s apartment living in Melbourne.

Text by Andrew Pegler

Lifestyle & Design

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