Ashwood – 3147

Ashwood was named after the suburbs of Burwood and Ashburton, simply because it sits between the two. Located 14 kilometres south-east of Melbourne’s CBD, Ashwood also boarders Glen Iris, Chadstone, Malvern East and Mount Waverley.  The local population was of just over 12,000 at the 2006 Census with 73% of the population born in Australia.

Houses in the Ashwood neighborhood have a median value of $695,000, whilst the unit median is at $512,000 (at April 2011). Auctions clearance rates are at 62% across the area.

Until the early 1950s, when residential development commenced in the area, Warrigal Road formed the boundary of suburban development. Beyond that point were market gardens, poultry farms and unmade roads. The new dwellings constructed at this time were typically double-fronted cream brick houses. Today, free standing homes still make up 80% of the total number of dwellings in the area.

Ashwood Secondary College, located on High Street Road, is a government secondary college. Adjoining the college is Parkhill Primary School, on Parkhill Drive which is a government-run primary school. Ashwood School, located on Montpellier Road was established in 1976 and caters for students aged 5 to 18 years old with mild intellectual disabilities.

Ashwood Reserve on Gardiners Creek is a hub for local residents. It includes hockey facilities for the Waverley Hockey Club and the grounds for the Harlequin Rugby Club. A bicycle trail through the Ashwood reserve links it to Gardiners Reserve to the north. Electra Reserve to the east hosts a dog club, croquet facilities and a senior citizens hall. Salisbury Reserve to the south has a scout hall and play equipment.

The nearest railway stations to Ashwood are Holmesglen to the west and Jordanville to the east – both run on the Glen Waverley line. Several bus routes connect the suburb to surrounding areas.