Balwyn North 3104

Balwyn North, larger in area than Balwyn and Deepdene together, is predominantly postwar in its residential growth. In 1941 Balwyn North was described as the next housing-site destination after the occupation of the Mont Albert Ridge in Balwyn was completed.

The Doncaster Road ridge, Balwyn North, had a lovely view of the Yarra Valley and the Koonung Creek and in the opalescent distance, the sprawling city. Balwyn North was a mixture of expensive suburban houses with beautiful gardens, and decayed dairy farms and orchards, with tumbled down fences awaiting subdivision.

The shops at Burke Road and Doncaster Roads are known as Dickens Corner, the site of G.J. Coles and Coy's first Supermarket (1961), which traded under the S.E. Dickens grocery banner. Neighbourhood reserves are fewer, but there are three large ones with ovals and other facilities.

There are three primary schools (North Balwyn, Greythorn and Boroondara), and two high schools (Balwyn, years 7-10, Greythorn, years 11-12). The schools were opened between 1950 and 1958. Greythorn named after Greythorn Road (so named because the first proposed name, Whitethorn, was too like Whitehorse), is a locality within the larger Balwyn North. So too is Bellevue, near where Bulleen Road joins the Eastern Freeway as it skirts Balwyn North.

At the boundary between Balwyn and Balwyn North, the Yooralla Hospital for Crippled Children (Carlton) opened a branch at the corner of Belmore and Balwyn Roads. The locality is known as Yooralla, along with the few shops and a post office, although the school has altered in scope and is the Belmore Special School.

Between 1987 and 1996 the median house price in Balwyn North was about 85% above the metropolitan median.


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