Melbourne singles hot spots for all ages revealed by Finder


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Single friends Chloe Peova and Naomi Trumm on Brunswick St, Fitzroy — revealed by Finder as one the best suburbs to be single in. Picture: Andrew Henshaw

Tired of looking for love in all the wrong places?

New research has uncovered the Melbourne suburbs most populated by singles, to help point the unlucky in love in the right direction.

Finder’s analysis of census data found Melbourne was home to 1.4 million partnerless people, with single ladies outnumbering lads by more than 92,000.

Balwyn North was named the best bet for unattached 20-somethings, followed by Glen Waverley and Balwyn.

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654 Lygon St, Carlton North was snapped up by a single buyer last month, for just above $1 million.

Suburbs with, or near, university campuses also proved to be top hunting grounds for those in their 20s, with Burwood East, Mt Waverley, Clayton, Caulfield East and Carlton North boasting big young singles scenes.

Finder found the apartment market was the best bet for solo buyers searching in these areas, offering median prices starting at $535,000 (Clayton).

Frankston North was home to the most singles aged in their 30s, 40s and 50s — and also offered an achievable $485,000 house median for those looking to take the property plunge on their own.

Carlton ($385,000 apartment median), Collingwood ($527,944) and Braybrook ($440,000) were other hot spots across the three age brackets.

The research revealed those in their 30s should also hit up Brunswick East, South Yarra, Fitzroy, Richmond and the CBD, and those in their 40s, Doveton, South Yarra, St Kilda, East Melbourne, Thomastown and the CBD.

And mature singles in their 50s should also aim for Heidelberg Heights, Ardeer, Prahran, St Kilda, Kensington and Altona North.

“You don’t necessarily need to move to one of these suburbs to find yourself someone special,” Finder property expert Bessie Hassan said.

“Instead, you might make bars and cafes in these areas a pit stop on your journey to find love.”

Nelson Alexander Carlton North director Nicholas West said he was finding “a lot more people are happy to buy property on their own” compared to a decade ago, when home purchasers were mostly coupled up.

Naomi Trumm, pictured with Chloe Peova, said Fitzroy had a vibrant social scene. Picture: Andrew Henshaw

Mr West said single househunters north of the city were typically gravitating to postcodes like Fitzroy, Collingwood, Northcote, Kensington and Carlton for their lifestyle perks, including closeness to the CBD, and cool cafe, restaurant and bar scenes.

Both houses and apartments were on solo buyers’ hit lists, depending on their budgets, the agent said.

Single woman Naomi Trumm moved to Fitzroy two months ago, and said she’d found it to be “far more social” than where she used to live out west.

“Because it has a younger demographic, you’re surrounded by more like-minded people and people you could find yourself more compatible with,” she said.

-with Jack Boronovskis

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People in their 20s

Balwyn North: $780,000 median price (apartment)

Glen Waverley: $785,000 (apartment)

Balwyn: $600,000 (apartment)

Burwood East: $1.006m (house)

Brighton East: $820,000 (apartment)

Mr Waverley: $784,150 (apartment)

Doncaster East: $599,750 (apartment)

Clayton: $535,000 (apartment)

Caulfield East: N/A*

Carlton North: $570,000 (apartment)

People in their 30s

Frankston North: $485,000 median price (house)

Carlton: $385,000 (apartment)

Melbourne CBD: $460,000 (apartment)

Carlton North: $570,000 (apartment)

Collingwood: $527,944 (apartment)

Brunswick East: $535,000 (apartment)

South Yarra: $552,500 (apartment)

Fitzroy: $699,250 (apartment)

Richmond: $595,000 (apartment)

Braybrook: $440,000 (apartment)

People in their 40s

Frankston North: $485,000 median price (house)

Melbourne CBD: $460,000 (apartment)

Collingwood: $527,944 (apartment)

Doveton: $420,000 (apartment)

South Yarra: $552,500 (apartment)

St Kilda: $513,372 (apartment)

Braybrook: $440,000 (apartment)

Carlton: $385,000 (apartment)

East Melbourne: $750,000 (apartment)

Thomastown: $425,000 (apartment)

People in their 50s

Frankston North: $485,000 median price (house)

Collingwood: $527,944 (apartment)

Carlton: $385,000 (apartment)

Heidelberg Heights: $565,000 (apartment)

Ardeer: $469,000 (apartment)

Prahran: $457,500 (apartment)

St Kilda: $513,372 (apartment)

Braybrook: $440,000 (apartment)

Kensington: $475,000 (apartment)

Altona North: $595,000 (apartment)

Source: analysis of ABS census data. Median sales price for year to March 31 from CoreLogic

*Too few sales to generate median

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