Living off the Beaten Path — Melbourne’s Undiscovered Gems

With everything that 2020 had in store, it’s no surprise that so many of us have considered moving away from the city. To do this, and not sacrifice any of the amenities we’ve gotten accustomed to, we need to look for a specific type of suburb. To help make the search easier for you, we’ll be listing our top three up-and-coming suburbs that allow you to live slightly off the beaten path.

Pakenham East

Located 54 kilometres from Melbourne CBD, Pakenham has long since been one of the fastest-growing suburbs in the area. Moreover, because there has been such an interest in this suburb, the area had to be expanded and started overflowing in Pakenham East.

Now, this suburb is still in its infancy, but once completed, it’s going to offer 7200 new homes, and 1300 jobs. Additionally, plans include three primary schools and community centres, a high school and as much as 44 hectares worth of sporting reserves and parks.

In the near future, Pakenham East is going to become the place to live in, and many would-be homeowners and investors are seeing the potential. Our advice is, if you can, get your foot in the door and purchase real estate here sooner rather than later. In doing so, you’ll get a high ROI and/or a great place to call home.

Wyndham Vale

While Wyndham Vale isn’t the new kid on the block, it has seen incredible growth in recent years. Moreover, the suburb has become the hub of development, and so many new homes and entire neighbourhoods are being built.

Luckily, through all of these changes and growth, Wyndham Vale’s real estate market has remained stable. You can choose between older and newer properties, apartments and homes, renting and purchasing. Additionally, there’s still land for sale Wyndham Vale, which offers the highest ROI possible.

The caveat here is that recent trends indicate that this won’t be the case for much longer. With so many investors scoping out the area, and homeowners moving in, the prices could soon begin to skyrocket. Our advice — pick up a Wyndham Vale property before they’re all gone.


Donnybrook sits to the north of Melbourne, just off the Hume Freeway. The suburb is famous for its apple industry, and this is a great part of its identity.

Just like Pakenham East, Donnybrook is also in its early years, with plans of big growth in the near future. Namely, there are plans to create five town and five convenient centres, as well as ten private and public schools. Not to mention, the suburb will feature as much as 46 hectares of green areas, allowing for the perfect mix of city and village.

While there may not be a lot of hype around Donnybrook right now, many predict that it will soon be incredibly popular. So, you can take your time and make some trips to the area to see if it will offer a good investment or a place to call home.

Final Thoughts

All of these suburbs allow you to live away from the city noise while having everything you need — at an affordable price. Depending on your personal preferences and lifestyle, we hope you’ll be able to find one that’s just right for you.