In 1836, Alfred Langhorne established a pastoral property for cattle 18km south-west of Melbourne. Never in his wildest dreams would he have conceived the farmland would one day be home to over 5,000 residents of culturally diverse backgrounds and an air force base. Nor would he have been able to foresee the area would take the name he had bestowed upon his property… Laverton.
These days, the air force base has no flying operations and part of the runway has been turned into a golf course which now links seamlessly with major schools, public parklands and the Laverton Creek Reserve. Largely residential in nature, the suburb is fast becoming a hot spot for people seeking a quiet suburban lifestyle close to the city.
- Laverton Air Base is the third oldest in the country having been established in 1926.
- It seems Alfred Langhorne was of questionable integrity as he was once known as “Liar Langhorne.”
- Laverton is home to the Melbourne Ballpark which dominates the eastern edge of the Princes Freeway.
- Home to the Laverton Magpies Football Club.
- Laverton has an Air Scout Group so c’mon fly boys and girls – get your wings on!
Residential and Demographics
51% of residents own their own home and 42% are living with family.
Average household size is 2.7 residents with a median age of 31. The distribution of age brackets is fairly evenly spread across the suburb.
The median house price in Laverton is $535,000 while units fetch $422,000. Median household income is $953/week while the median loan repayment is $1,300/month.
45% of residents are married or in a de facto relationship.
O the 3,413 dwellings, the predominant housing style is a separate house with 91% of all dwellings taking this form. 43% are rented, 30% under mortgage and 27% fully owned.
47% of residents were born in Australia. Other notable ethnicities include – Indian 14%, Burmese 4.7%, Filipino 2.6% and New Zealanders and English at 2.4%. Other nationalities include Thai, Vietnamese, Nepalese, Cambodian, Sudanese, Italian and Ethiopian.
Laverton has no less than 8 schools and kindergartens catering to a wide variety of children’s educational needs.
Established in 2008, Laverton P-12 came about due to a merger of three other schools and the community hasn’t looked back. The school values belonging, learning and succeeding to create a sense of justice and compassion.
Westbourne Grammar School is an independent, non-denominational Christian co-educational school and prides itself on inclusivity and excellent academic outcomes for its students.
St Martin de Porres Primary School is loved by the parents and students that call it their own. It’s small and quaint and provides a unique learning environment.
Children with autism are catered for at the Jennings Street School. The school values learning, respect and safety above all else. With modern facilities and generous teaching spaces the school easily caters for its 120 students.
“Carn the Pies!” is a call you’ll hear most Saturday afternoons around Laverton though it’s not for the more famous Collingwood Football Club. The Laverton Magpies are a local club in the Western Region Football League who attract loads of attention with their men’s, women’s and junior teams.
Golfers play at the relatively new RAAF Base Williams Golf Course in the heart of the suburb. This is a members’ only course however tours can be arranged. It’s a great course for beginners and those whose best swings are behind them.
If moto X is your thing, you’ll soon be able to get your leathers on, helmet up and bring your dirt bike to the Lawrie Emmins Motocross Track. This course is under construction and you’ll soon be able to hone your skills and compete to a senior level. Estimated completion date is mid-2020.
If small wheels are your thing, (that’s… really small wheels) check out the skate park in McCormack Park. Bring your knee and elbow pads as the concrete doesn’t give!
Shopping. Cafes. Cuisine.
There are two main shopping centres in and around Laverton – Central Square and Williams Landing Shopping Centres. Each has the major brands and chains represented and shoppers will certainly find a bargain due to the huge competition that exists. Get your skates on, bring your empty environmentally-friendly bags and be in a mood to fill them!
Favor and Grace (yes, that’s how it’s spelt!) is a favourite for lattes and espressos. It’s on Railway Avenue and is one of the few cafes in the neighbourhood that proudly sells coffee beans. Choose from their house blend, the Tanzanian single origin or try the cold drip Black Lion from Ethiopia.
If you love the feeling of exotic spices dancing on your tongue, be sure to visit Spice Junction, Fresh Chili Thai, Biryani Nation and Seven Star Chinese Hotpot. The flavours will create a rumba on your tongue-a that’s hard to forget!
Aircraft and Laverton train stations service the suburb on the Werribee line and there are 8 bus routes that ferry travellers around the suburb taking in the major civic and educational facilities. A further Smartbus Service takes commuters to Mordialloc via Heidelberg, Box Hill, Chadstone and Mentone.
A well-constructed network of suburban roads ensures drivers make good time closer to home.
All in All…
Laverton is beautifully situated on the north side of the freeway and is only a stone’s throw from the Melbourne CBD. An easy commute by train or car, this suburb has all the amenities residential dwellers could want and is fast becoming a highly sought after place to call home. With affordable homes still coming up from time to time, it’s a smart strategy to keep this suburb on your radar for investment or living purposes. Rental yields are solid and values are likely to rise given its proximity to the city.