Suburb: East Melbourne
East Melbourne consistently performs well in this study is due to its outstanding scores for culture, cafes, employment and walkability – all of which it ranks in the top 15 of the city for. The suburb’s biggest issues are the crime rate, limited schools, congested roads and buses, however, this latter category is not weighted as heavily as trains and trams, which East Melbourne scores well for.
East Melbourne is an established, affluent area with many 19th century homes, iconic landmarks and parks. The historic Fitzroy, Treasury and Parliament gardens separate East Melbourne from the central city. Parliament House, the Old Treasury Building, St Patrick's Catholic Cathedral and the world-famous Melbourne Cricket Ground are all in East Melbourne. While terrace housing is widespread, the area has a growing number of apartments as well as remnant mansions, some of which are listed on the Victorian Heritage Register. Many medical practitioners have rooms in the area because it's close to several hospitals. Local hospitals include The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Freemasons Hospital and Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute.