Glen Iris – 3146

In 1850 Captain Thomas Henderson of the Royal Navy arrived in Melbourne on a ship called Iris. He acquired a property bounded by Gardiners Creek, High Street and a line extending Summerhill Road to Gardiners Creek. When he went on to sell the property in 1852 it was advertised as ‘Glen Iris’. Melbourne’s urban fringe has since spread far and wide with Glen Iris now considered a flourishing inner city suburb and one of the city’s most sought after neighborhoods. In the latest census the population had grown to over 23,000 (Census 2006).

Glen Iris includes a sizeable number of attractive tree lined streets with large period homes, creating a tremendous demand for real estate in the area. The latest median house price figure from April 2011 is $1.175 million, more than double the Melbourne median. And 73% of properties are sold at auction, a clearance rate that is also well above the Melbourne norm at this time.  

Local residents are quick to point out, however, that it’s not just the substantial number of quality homes within Glen Iris that make it so appealing. The locale, only 10 kilometres from the CBD, makes it ideal for city workers, there are two main train stations situated within the suburb, and access to the Monash Freeway is trouble free. Several of Melbourne’s top schools are also located within Glen Iris, including Sacré Cœur, Korowa Anglican Girls' School and a campus of the Caulfield Grammar School.

A plentiful supply of sports and recreational facilities gives Glen Iris locals many reasons to enjoy the outdoors. The Harold Holt Swim Centre for example, positioned on the corner of High and Edgar Streets, has been one of Melbourne’s finest aquatic complexes for over 40 years and has recently undergone major renovations. Other local point of interest include the BMX track at Hill'n'Dale Park, Burwood District Bowls Club, Hartwell Sports Ground, Ferndale Park and T.H. King Oval.