ABBOTSFORD

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One of the greener inner-city suburbs, fashionable Abbotsford has perfected a low-key alternative lifestyle that locals and out of towners can’t get enough of. Artsy and outdoorsy, the café culture is thriving and people come from across the city to soak up the atmosphere of the much-loved Abbotsford Convent cultural space.

Lifestyle

Despite its prime inner-city location, charming Abbotsford has a distinctly low-key feel. While it still bears traces of grit, gentrification has seen an influx of development heralded by a growing roster of chic cafés, restaurants, bars and creative studios. Home to an abundance of green spaces, this affable suburb is a winning mix of edge and ease.

At the heart and soul of this vibrant neighbourhood is Abbotsford Convent. Spread over 16 acres, with 11 historic buildings and gardens, this former monastic site is Australia’s largest multi-arts precinct. Today, the Convent is home to over 100 studios, exciting galleries, impressive cafés, a radio station, a school, and an abundance of green open space. On top of this, each year the Convent welcomes a diverse range of art projects, rehearsals, workshops, exhibitions, markets, events and festivals. 

Coupled with the Collingwood Children’s farm, a place where excitable city kids can interact with animals and have a taste of rural life, Abbotsford feels like something of an oasis of calm amongst the hustle and bustle of city life.

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Lifestyle

Despite its prime inner-city location, charming Abbotsford has a distinctly low-key feel. While it still bears traces of grit, gentrification has seen an influx of development heralded by a growing roster of chic cafés, restaurants, bars and creative studios. Home to an abundance of green spaces, this affable suburb is a winning mix of edge and ease.

At the heart and soul of this vibrant neighbourhood is Abbotsford Convent. Spread over 16 acres, with 11 historic buildings and gardens, this former monastic site is Australia’s largest multi-arts precinct. Today, the Convent is home to over 100 studios, exciting galleries, impressive cafés, a radio station, a school, and an abundance of green open space. On top of this, each year the Convent welcomes a diverse range of art projects, rehearsals, workshops, exhibitions, markets, events and festivals. 

Coupled with the Collingwood Children’s farm, a place where excitable city kids can interact with animals and have a taste of rural life, Abbotsford feels like something of an oasis of calm amongst the hustle and bustle of city life.

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Neighbours

While homes here don’t come large, families still flock to Abbotsford due to its ample green spaces and incredible location. And young couples, singles and urban workers are equally enticed by the area’s easy access to the bright lights of the city, Richmond and Fitzroy, meaning that late night revelry is never out of reach. 

For a small suburb, Abbotsford well and truly holds its own when it comes to cafés and dining, making it an increasingly popular choice for those who want to live the good life with all the convenience of an inner-city postcode.

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Neighbours

While homes here don’t come large, families still flock to Abbotsford due to its ample green spaces and incredible location. And young couples, singles and urban workers are equally enticed by the area’s easy access to the bright lights of the city, Richmond and Fitzroy, meaning that late night revelry is never out of reach. 

For a small suburb, Abbotsford well and truly holds its own when it comes to cafés and dining, making it an increasingly popular choice for those who want to live the good life with all the convenience of an inner-city postcode.

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Area Features

Green Spaces

From Studley Park, to the Abbotsford Convent and Collingwood Children’s Farm, Abbotsford has an impressive amount of greenery considering its prime location just four kilometres from the CBD.

Abbotsford Convent

A place of culture, calm and community, people from across Melbourne flock to Abbotsford Convent in search of a little peace and quiet away from the chaos of city life.

Creative Culture

This artsy neighbourhood is brimming with creative studios, galleries, warehouses and factories, making it one of Melbourne’s most artistic enclaves.

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