Box Hill, Victoria 3128: The complete suburb guide for buyers

Box Hill, Victoria 3128: The complete suburb guide for buyers
Box Hill, Victoria 3128: The complete suburb guide for buyers

Located in the City of Whitehorse, Box Hill is a traditional business and retail centre located in Melbourne's eastern suburbs that is undergoing rapid change.

With over 50 residential projects in the development pipeline, Box Hill's shopping area will be the focal point for many changes over the coming years. The retail precinct itself will see a major upgrade and Box Hill station will see expansion with the mooted plans to terminate phase 1 of the Suburban Rail Loop at Box Hill.

The suburb is already one of the best in Melbourne connected by public transport with a very large bus network and interchange located at Box Hill central that feeds multiple bus routes into the retail and transport hub.

Station Street is the suburb's primary north-south arterial with Whitehorse Road - also known as the Maroondah highway - is the primary east-west arterial road.

The suburb is home to many educational and health organisations including the Box Hill Institute, Box Hill hospital and Epworth Eastern private hospital.

How far is Box Hill from the CBD?

As the crow flies: 14km.

By rail: 25 min stopping all stations (Flinders Street Station to Box Hill direct) or 16 min Box Hill express to Parliament, calling at Richmond only.

By road: 21km via the Eastern Freeway.

What train line is Box Hill on?

Box Hill station is served by the Belgrave and Lilydale lines.  Trains to/from Blackburn also stop at Box Hill station.

Trains run every 3-4 minutes in peak, and every 7-8 minutes off-peak.

Box Hill is the 109 tram terminus which connects the suburb along Whitehorse Road to Mont Albert, Balwyn and Kew.

What is there to do in Box Hill?

Box Hill Central shopping centre sits atop the suburb's train station and is one of the key retail centres in Eastern Melbourne.  The shopping precinct spills out on to Carrington Road, a street famous for having some of the best Asian cuisine outside central Melbourne.

The suburb is home to Aqualink located in Surrey Park, a large scale aquatic and fitness centre located south of the retail and transport core and the suburb hosts multiple sporting clubs across AFL, Rugby, Athletics and Tennis among others.

Box Hill Gardens has a large grassy area for chilling, a duck pond and also includes facilities to keep you even more active: it has a skateboard park, a basketball court and a 1000m running/walking track.

The Box Hill Town Hall is the former meeting place for the City of Box Hill (now known as the City of Whitehorse) and is now used for exhibitions and events. 

Box Hill, Victoria 3128: The complete suburb guide for buyers
Box Hill Hospital.

What other institutions are located in Box Hill?

Box Hill Institute - locally known as Box Hill TAFE - is one of Victoria's main VET/TAFE education providers and the TAFE has two campuses in the suburb - Nelson and Elgar.

Box Hill High School is the main secondary college within Box Hill's school zone. Laburnum Primary School, Kerrimuir Primary School and Box Hill North Primary School as well as St Francis Xavier's Catholic Primary School service Box Hill.

Box Hill hospital underwent a major upgrade that was completed in 2014 that saw the addition of a 10 story building that houses new emergency facilities as well as a maternity, cardiac and intensive care unit.

Private hospital operator Epworth has a presence in the suburb that is also seeing a major expansion with a new 14 storey wing that will house a new emergency department, three new clinical floors, additional operating theatres and additional consulting suites as well as more car parks.

Who lives in Box Hill?

Box Hill is one of the most diverse areas of Melbourne. 27% of trhe suburb's population at the 2016 census nominated Chinese as their ancestry and Malaysia, India and Vietnamese feature prominently in the suburb's place of birth statistics.

Mandarin, Cantonese, Greek, Vietnamese and Korean are the top 5 languages other than English spoken at home according to the census and 52% of residents in Box Hill work full time while a further 35% work part-time.

24% of all residents in Box hill commuted by public transport versus 55% who commuted by car and the average weekly income at the 2016 census was $522 for individuals and $1,200 for households.

The median age of people in Box hill was 33 years and children aged 0 - 14 years made up 14% of the population. People aged 65 years or older made up 13% of the population.

What new Box Hill developments are in the pipeline?

There are over 50 new developments in the pipeline for Box Hill.  

 

Alastair Taylor

Alastair Taylor

Alastair Taylor is a co-founder of Urban.com.au. Now a freelance writer, Alastair focuses on the intersection of public transport, public policy and related impacts on medium and high-density development.

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