The cool little secret down the end of Chapel Street
Stonnington’s smallest suburb is less well known than it’s high profile neighbours but the high demand for property in Windsor tells you all you need to know: those who know it love it. Tiny streets full of old cottages, two-storey Victorian terraces, new townhouses and small apartments surround the southern end of Chapel St, which has bloomed as the students from Swinburne University have brought money, time and ideas into the area.
Nothing breathes life into an area quite like the creativity of tertiary students. When Swinburne University opened its campus here in the early 1990’s, Melbourne was rediscovering the inner city. Run-down, working class Windsor quickly became fertile ground for growing plenty of new, exciting ideas.
There’s a sense of freshness and innovation as you wander the streets. Laid back bars, funky one-off shops, unpretentious restaurants and some of Melbourne’s leading cafes give Windsor a textured, original feeling missing from the more homogenous, predictable world further north in South Yarra.
For such a low-profile suburb, Windsor is hugely popular when it comes to property. Whether you’re looking to buy a higher-end house, a smaller old-style apartment or a more contemporary townhouse, you’ll find plenty of competition at sale time.
Demand often outstrips supply in this area and, thanks to the transient student population, there’s also plenty of interest in the rental market if you’re considering investing in a rental property.
You spend less time in your car when you’re living in Windsor. Whether you are doing the weekly grocery shopping, looking for a latte or catching that 10-minute train into the City for work, it is all within walking distance. The beach, Albert Park Lake and awesome schools like St Michael’s and Wesley are just around the corner, plus Stonnington council has invested strongly in local parks and playgrounds so there’s always plenty of young families playing outdoors.