Location, location, location! We hear it all the time. Where you choose to live has a significant impact on your health, happiness and financial wellbeing.
One of the key factors contributing to a great location is its accessibility. How easy is it to get around, whether you're driving or taking public transport?
While many suburbs across Melbourne will offer accessibility to a main road or a train station, there are less that offer equal value for commuters and drivers alike.
Located just 11km from Melbourne's CBD, Strathmore is one of these rare gems that is close to trams, trains, major roads and bike paths. Arguably one of Melbourne's most accessible suburbs, all roads seem to lead to Srathmore.
The suburb that's famously split in two by the CityLink gives drivers access to and from the CBD in minutes, while a direct train line from either of the three local train stations is perfect for those that prefer not to drive.
It's not just a case of convenience either; Domain Group data shows properties near a train station or tram are of higher value than those that aren't.
This makes the area an ideal investment for home buyers looking to experience good capital growth and enjoy the perks that such accessibility offers.
One new development in the area has already proved popular with first home buyers and young families. Titled Dublin, the collection of 21 boutique residences is ideally located in the heart of the suburb.
Residents will be just a 10-minute walk from the popular Strathmore Primary School, while the exclusive Strathmore Secondary School is less than 3km away.
For those working in the CBD or Melbourne's inner suburbs, they'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to how they like travel; Strathmore, Glenbervie and Pascoe Vale train stations are all within a 4km radius and provide a direct line to the city.
For a more environmentally and health-conscious way to travel, the Moonee Ponds Creek Trail will have cyclists in the CBD in less than 40 minutes.
The 25km track joins Strathmore between Pascoe Vale Road and the CityLink, connecting travelers to the city in one direction, and out past Tullamarine Airport in the other.
A recent study by the YMCA Revealed that people with a physically active lifestyle have a wellbeing score that is 32 per cent higher than those who don't. It's much harder to stay active when you're spending hours in the car all day or on a long commute to work, so if you're looking to up your active hours a place like Strathmore is the perfect way.
Despite its connectivity and proximity to Melbourne's CBD, Strathmore has retained its strong community feel. While neighboring suburbs Essendon and Pascoe Value each have up to 18,000 residents, Strathmore has just 8,000.
The perfect mix of big city convenience and small-town feel, there's no doubt Strathmore is quickly become one of Melbourne's next hotspots.