West Hobart, Tasmania Suburb Profile
West Hobart is a highly liveable suburb. Nestled on the hill behind the city, it is a stone’s throw to the CBD, while also backing onto the Knocklofty bush reserve (the gateway to exquisite kunanyi, Mt Wellington).
Up until the late 1860s, West Hobart was known as Lansdowne Crescent. It was named after a crescent of Georgian buildings in Bath, England, perched on a hill that overlooked the city. For residents of West Hobart - who enjoy vast views of the city, river and mountain - it is clear why this name was given.
With a hilly topography, there is a sense of freedom and expansiveness in West Hobart. A trot around this suburb will take you to a number of lovely parks, primary schools, a handful of cafes, and a gourmet grocer.
West Hobart is the handsome, earthy brother of North Hobart. Leafy streets abound; sandstone; long bushy walks and gentle quiet nights.
Real estate in West Hobart
Similarly to suburbs like New Town, West Hobart has a range of Georgian, early colonial, Victorian, Federation and more modern homes. Although it has fewer grand homes than New Town, there are ample family-sized homes and certainly some impressive estates (Have a look at some of the houses on Melville Street for example).
Houses in West Hobart are highly sought after. Investors will find it extremely easy to lease their properties.
West Hobart community
The median household income is substantially higher than that for Tasmania, and slightly higher than the median income for Australia. Couple families without children are the most common family type, with couple family with children being the second most common. West Hobart residents, on average, have higher education attainment levels than the overall average for Tasmania. The median age group is 20-34 years of age.
There’s a strong sense of community in West Hobart - there is even a Facebook page dedicated to promoting positivity amongst the community in West Hobart
Transport availability in West Hobart
Expect a very easy walk to North Hobart, Mt Stuart, New Town, South Hobart and the CBD. Your walk home may be a bit more of a work out (gotta love those hills) but still very doable.
Buses stop in several locations in West Hobart. This is particularly handy if you have high-school-aged children attending school in New Town, Taroona and beyond. You can also be in the city within 7 minutes.
Most homes have off-street parking.
Things to do in West Hobart
Walk. Gather with your fellow dog owners at Lansdowne Crescent oval. Go skateboarding at the West Hobart Bowl (or maybe just have a BBQ if that seems a bit much). Sit at a cafe. Lay in the sun. Hang out in your garden because you probably have one. Have a garden party. Walk to the top of the mountain (because you can). You won’t be woken by traffic or loud house parties, so sleep in. Join a Landcare group and fossick about in the reserve with like-minded people. Do a karate class at night time at the local school(s). Breathe that fresh kunanyi air.
Nature and recreation spots in West Hobart
West Hobart blends somewhat seamlessly into the bush, so nature truly surrounds you in this suburb. The sounds of tawny frogmouths and wattle birds dance in the air. It is not unusual to have a sweet little pademelon hopping about in your garden come dusk.
If bushwalking, mountain biking, rock climbing, or simply staring into nature are your thing - you will be stoked with what the reserve has to offer. Numerous parks including the well-loved ‘train’ park and West Hobart Bowl (aka John Doggett park) school ovals and green nooks are also great spots to play and relax.
Shopping in West Hobart
Living in this suburb you are blessed with having your very own Hill Street Grocer - think: the freshest fruit and vegetables, an extensive deli and basically every delightful type of food imaginable.
There is a handful of cafes - Providence, Pigeon Hole, Lansdowne, and Smolt cafe. Two florists, a chemist, two high quality butchers, a homewares store, an Italian restaurant…what else could one need?
West Hobart schools
West Hobart is home to the highly reputable Lansdowne Crescent and Goulburn Street primary schools. There is also close access to Mt Stuart Primary in (you guessed it) Mt Stuart, and Campbell Street primary in North Hobart. The Friends’ School is walking distance. The Hobart City School is a quick bus trip, as is Taroona High School.
West Hobart property prices
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