Abbotsford VIC, Suburb & Moving Guide – TOP 5 Things To Know

At Glenferrie Dental, we have many patients who live in Abbotsford.

We hope that this guide will help you learn more about Abbotsford, and we would love to welcome you to our clinic soon. We offer the following services for residents in Abbotsford:

Abbotsford Suburb Overview

Abbotsford in Victoria is an inner-city suburb of Melbourne, Australia, 2 km northeast of Melbourne’s CBD. Its local government area is the City of Yarra. At the 2016 census, Abbotsford had a population of 8,184.

Abbotsford is bounded by Collingwood, Richmond and Clifton Hill and separated from Kew by the meandering Yarra River.
Formerly part of the City of Collingwood, it is now part of the City of Yarra.

Property values in Abbotsford VIC have skyrocketed in recent years.
Many young professionals have moved to the suburb, and the old industrial areas have experienced significant gentrification and urban renewal.

A steady stream of migration has made Abbotsford home to Melbourne’s largest Vietnamese community. So much so that Victoria Street is also known as Little Saigon. It is best known for its mouthwatering varieties of Vietnamese food, which draws tourists and locals to the area from across Melbourne. 

Abbotsford is great for:

  • Public Transport
  • Neighbourly Spirit
  • Eating Out
  • Resale or Rental Value
  • Internet Access

Downsides of Abbotsford:

  • Lack of backyard space

Abbotsford is great for:

  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish

History of Abbotsford, VIC

Since World War II the area has become quite ethnically diverse, with many Greeks, Italians, Vietnamese, Chinese, Arabs and Africans calling Abbotsford home.

In the 1960s a section of the northern part of the suburb was demolished to make way for the Eastern Freeway. Along with Clifton Hill and Collingwood, the suburb was a part of the City of Collingwood until 1994. 

Is Abbotsford A Good Suburb to move to?

To answer the question if Hawthorn is the right suburb for you, we have collated some reviews from current and past residents:

“Value and Progression”, Abbotsford Reviewed by Scott N.

Close to everything you would want – I have loved living here over the past couple of years. Really looking forward to the years to come, Woolworths now in, Vic Gardens for other bits and pieces, not far from Bridge Road shops, CBD or Brunswick/Smith Street. Just off the fitness and serenity of the river – not to mention the cows at Collingwood Children’s Farm and the markets at the convent.

My wife loves the fact that she is home in 10 minutes on the tram from the CBD – and has the choice of either tram or train. Everyone in the area is friendly, and the cafe lifestyle is just making its mark – the smart move from our previous location at Richmond with greater tree-lined streets and cleaner air so close to the city.

“Inner City Lifestyle”, Abbotsford Reviewed by Potan D.

Having lived in Abbotsford for a number of years, I am a really big fan of the area, despite giving it some low ratings. Abbotsford has excellent access to anything you could want, the city, pubs, restaurants plus my personal favourites the Convent and Children’s farm area. The only sacrifice to make is the lack of a backyard.

“Fantastic suburb”, Abbotsford Reviewed by the locals.

  •  The place has a real village feel – neighbours know one another and look out for each other.
  •  There’s a big Aldi on Victoria St, and with Woolworths planned to open up next door soon, there’ll be a great mix of supermarkets as well as Vietnamese grocers and butcheries.
  •  It’s just twenty minutes walk to the Paris end of the CBD, Smith and Brunswick Streets in Fitzroy, and easy access to Church Street and Bridge Rd in Richmond, as well as Ikea and other amenities at Victoria Gardens.
  •  There’s a good mix of restaurants in the immediate area ranging from cheap and cheerful to fine dining. There’s also a huge range of bars and pubs ranging from the trendy to the daggy-but-delightful.
  •  Not to mention the Abbotsford Convent with access to fresh food markets and the Collingwood Children’s farm as well.

All in all, Abbotsford offers everything you could possibly need right on your doorstep. I would highly recommend it.

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