Melbourne development numbers: Moonee Valley, Moreland & Darebin

Essendon, Moonee Ponds, Brunswick, Coburg, Northcote and Preston: suburbs synonymous with Melbourne's inner North and increasingly at the forefront of Melbourne's accelerating density. Following on from last week's overarching article, we'll gradually be taking a closer look at Melbourne's development numbers - region by region - and today's focus is on the three local government areas that reside to the immediate north of City of Melbourne/Yarra.

Moonee Valley, Moreland and Darebin between them represent 100 projects or 17% of the total projects being tracked on Urban Melbourne. Eight of Melbourne's 24 tram routes and all four northern train lines pass through the LGA's in focus and according to demographers .id, 26% of Moreland residents, 24% of Moonee Valley residents and 21% of Darebin residents work in either the CBD or the remainder of the City of Melbourne.

With the majority of Melbourne metro's population living in the East and South, for people who may not venture beyond the aforementioned areas, the numbers in the inner north may surprise.

Moonee Valley

Low and mid-rise buildings dominate both the number of projects and number of residential units in Moonee Valley with two high-rises limited to Moonee Ponds CBD and Only Flemington opposite Flemington Racecourse.

Building Type Planning Assessment Approved Registration & Sales Under Construction Total
Low -rise - - 5 projects, 135 units 2 projects, 111 units 7 projects, 246 units
Mid-rise 2 projects, 100 units 2 projects, 53 units 5 projects, 295 units 6 projects, 607 units 15 projects, 1055 units
High-rise 2 projects, 231 units - 1 project, 408 units - 3 projects, 639 units
Total 4 projects, 331 units 2 projects, 53 units 11 projects, 838 units 8 projects, 718 units 25 projects, 1940 units
Collins & Queen on Keilor Road, Niddrie. Image ©


Moreland is a hub of activity in the mid-rise building range with a total of 28 projects strewn across postcodes 3055, 3056 and 3057: Brunswick West, Brunswick and Brunswick East respectively.

Building Type Planning Assessment Approved Registration & Sales Under Construction Total
Low-rise 5 projects, 253 units 3 projects, 131 units 1 project, 142 units 2 projects, no unit data 11 projects, 526+ units
Mid-rise 4 projects, 624 units 12 projects, 1481 units 7 projects, 315 units 5 projects, 690 units 28 projects , 3110 units
High-rise - - 1 project 232 units - 1 project, 232 units
Total 9 projects, 877 units 15 projects, 1612 units 9 projects, 689 units 7 projects, 690+ units 40 projects, 3868 units
The Wilkinson, Brunswick - Image ©


Approximately 40% of all the projects in Darebin that we're tracking on Urban Melbourne are located on the municipality's primary strip: High Street. According to REA Media's median house price data, to buy a house in Northcote would set you back just shy of a million dollars; it's no wonder there's a plethora of apartment projects in the area.

Building Type Planning Assessment Approved Registration & Sales Under Construction Total
Low-rise - 2 projects, 57 units 8 projects, 263 units 3 projects, 108 units 13 projects, 428 units
Mid-rise 1 project, 102 units 11 projects, 1256 units 5 projects, 660 units 3 projects, 225 units 20 projects, 2243 units
High-rise 1 project, 209 units 1 project, 296 units - - 2 projects, 505 units
Total 2 projects, 311 units 14 projects, 1609 units 13 projects, 923 units 6 projects, 333 units 35 projects, 3176 units
Sophia Apartments, Northcote - Image ©

With Urban Melbourne tracking near on 9,000 apartments ranging from planning assessment to under construction within these three municipalities, it's clear that Melbourne's inner north is an area of choice for apartment buyers and investors at the moment.

We feel that this trend will only intensify given the proximity all three LGA's to Melbourne's heart and the general abundance of land ripe for development along or adjacent to a number of major strips such as Sydney Road, High Street and Keilor Road.


Development & Planning

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 12:00
The swirl of development activity in Footscray has found another gear as new projects are submitted for approval, or are on the verge of beginning construction. Two separate planning applications have been advertised by Maribyrnong City Council; their subsequent addition to the Urban Melbourne Project Database has seen the overall number of apartment developments within Footscray in development swell to 40.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Monday, November 20, 2017 - 12:00
The marriage of old and new can be a difficult process, particularly when the existing structure has intrinsic heritage value. In previous times Fitzroy's 237 Napier Street served as the home of furniture manufacturer C.F. Rojo and Sons. Taking root during 1887, Christobel Rojo oversaw operations though over time the site would become home to furniture manufacturer Thonet.

Visual Melbourne

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 07:00
The former site of John Batman's home, Batman's Hill is entering the final stages of its redevelopment. Collins Square's final tower has begun its skyward ascent, as has Lendlease's Melbourne Quarter Commercial and Residential precinct already. Melbourne Quarter's first stage is at construction and involves a new 12-storey home for consultancy firm Arup along with a skypark.


Transport & Design

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 12:00
When a site spans 19,280 square metres, it becomes a 'district'. That's the case according to the development team behind the Jam Factory's pending overhaul. Reporting on the project to date has focused on the close to 60,000 square metres of new commercial space that is earmarked for the site, but more importantly from a layperson's perspective is the extensive new public realm that is planned as part of the development.

Sustainability & Environment

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 12:00
Cbus Property's office development for Medibank at 720 Bourke Street in Docklands recently became the first Australian existing property to receive a WELL Certification, Gold Shell and Core rating. The WELL rating goes beyond sustainable building features with a greater focus on the health and well-being of a building's occupants.