Hopper’s Crossing has proven to be an extremely popular suburb for first home buyers in recent years, and it isn’t hard to see why. Named after Stephen Hopper and his family who were early residents of the area, Hoppers Crossing is a former town and farm area that has been swallowed up by the city of Melbourne.
So what has made this suburb so attractive to young buyers?
It is very affordable
Let’s get this out of the way first, Hoppers Crossing is very affordable by Melbourne housing standards. A two bedroom house in the suburb will set you back $465,000, while a big four bedroom property will average around $582,000. If you buy a unit it will be even cheaper, with a two bedroom apartment costing around $380,000.
When you compare this to the average Melbourne house price of $880,000 it is a genuine option for families, young couples and first home buyers.
Hoppers Crossing is a favourite for families
More than 50% of the properties are owned by couples and families that flock here for the big, affordable house and large plots of land for their children to run around in. Demographically it is a very multicultural suburb with people all over the world settling down in Hoppers Crossing to enjoy the lifestyle of the area.
Hoppers crossing also has a high number of schools, over a dozen, including Bellbridge Primary School, Cambridge Primary School and Hoppers Crossing Secondary School, which make it easy to find a place for the little ones.
Hoppers Crossing shopping options
While it is out of the busy centre of the city Hoppers Crossing boasts a surprising number of shopping options. This includes two shopping centres, Wyndham Village and Werribee Plaza. Werribee Plaza underwent a $400 million upgrade which has established the centre as one of the biggest in Melbourne. Hoppers Crossing also has a large variety of warehouse and clearance sale shops that can be useful for saving money on household goods.
It is still an easy commute to the city
While Hoppers Crossing has all the benefits of a suburb outside of the busy city centre it is still an easy commute to the CBD. Hoppers Crossing railway station is an easy option for those wishing to make their way into the centre and will take you 30 minutes to get to the city. The suburb also has some of Melbourne’s most important arterial roadways running through it including the Princes Highway.
It is a great place to escape into nature
Due to its close proximity to Werribee and the coast Hoppers Crossing offers some fantastic parks and recreational activities. It has the Federation Trail, a favourite for cyclists, running along its outer edge and is very close to Werribee park, one of Victoria’s finest homesteads, the State Rose Garden, National Equestrian Centre, Werribee Ope-Range Zoo and Point Cook Coastal Park, with great facilities for barbecues and children’s playgrounds to enjoy on a lazy Sunday afternoon.