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Not so long ago, if you aspired to the good life you looked to the city's affluent southern and eastern suburbs. Now, not so much. A special report ranking the "liveability" of the city's suburbs the third commissioned by The Age since 2005 confirms Melbourne is in the middle of a big realignment. While the old favourites aren't in immediate danger, the city is shuffling its weight from the south side of the river to the north. Turning its gaze from the leafy east towards the funky west. Suburbs that are equally appealing to live intend to be cheaper north of the Yarra, says Tract's Adam Terrill, a town planner. "This survey suggests Melbourne's liveability is rebalancing." He points to the west's middle ring of suburbs a band stretching from Williams' beloved Altona through Keilor to Sunshine that are emerging as enjoyable, desirable and, well, liveable in a way that would have seemed improbable a decade ago. Which is not to overstate the shift. Altona is ranked only at 102 on the Liveable Melbourne list, albeit up almost 100 places on a decade ago. It languishes far behind this year's top three East Melbourne, South Yarra and Toorak. East Melbourne, now deemed the most liveable suburb in the world's most liveable city, is a thing of beauty; its wide, heritage listed streets brim with mature trees and immaculate terraces. Though it has almost louis vuitton shoes size 11 no shopping, schools or cafes of its own, it simply borrows them from neighbouring Fitzroy, Collingwood and Richmond. But a high ranking comes with a louis vuitton yellow bracelet high price: East Melbourne's median, according to Domain, louis vuitton shoes making is $1.7 million. That compares to $420,000 in the suburb deemed the city's least liveable Skye, in the city's south east. South Yarra ranks as the city's second most liveable suburb. The winner of Deloitte and Tract's previous two studies, it dropped to second chiefly on a technicality. A boundary change shifted the glorious Royal Botanical Gardens into the suburb of Melbourne so the Chapel Street crew couldn't claim it for their own. While it fell, others rose: North Melbourne (from 56 in 2011 to 10 this year), West Melbourne (172 to 61), Princes Hill (92 to 16, thanks chiefly to its NBN connection), Elsternwick (24 to 6) and Ivanhoe (32 to 8). The rapid rise of Melbourne's city centre from 26 to 5highlighted the importance of improvements in tree cover, schools and parks. The city has invested in all three. "It highlights that population growth and high liveability aren't mutually exclusive," says Tract's Adam Terrill. Docklands rose too. Ten years ago, it ranked 207. This year, 88, with improved trams, telecommunications and shopping. And while most of Melbourne's lower ranked neighbourhoods can be found on the city's fringes, a cluster in the Dandenongs bucked the trend: Belgrave, Olinda, Kallista and Tecoma did well largely due to their generous parklands, lush tree cover, hills and low crime. Strathmore, for instance, rocketed from 239 to 87 after it was split from Essendon Airport. Rankings suburbs via the slippery concept of "liveability", is, of course, the result of subjective choices which is why The Age created, for the first time, a special online calculator. It allows you to check your suburb's rank according to both the criteria used for the study, and to rank what's important to you to find your ideal suburb. You can also set house prices. For Altona's Jennifer Williams, that ideal is where she already lives. Lately, she says, she's been noticing the suburb changing as newcomers arrive. "I have been spotting the occasional hipster around here I think 'Oh no, they're in the supermarket', but apparently we need these people to make your suburb prosperous." The elevation of the west and north were thanks to better bus services, more cultural facilities, lower crime and new schools. Which is lucky, given that, according to the state government, nearly 1 million people will move here by 2031, compared with around 680,000 in the city's south and east. Drive 61 kilometres from Altona to the south eastern suburb deemed Melbourne's least liveable and it's a gloomier story. Skye fell to the bottom of the list despite its excellent access to the beaches of neighbouring Frankston. It lacks services and infrastructure. The public transport is lousy, there are few parks, few restaurants, and inadequate roads for its growing population, leading to congestion. But cities change.
Twenty years hence, Skye too might be racing up the list. In the mid nineties Altona was known not for its refinement but its refinery. Maybe someday hipsters will appear in Skye too.
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