If you’re looking to invest or to buy property in Dandenong or around Melbourne’s eastern suburbs, here are some quick and easy need-to-knows before you jump in.

About Dandenong

Located to its southeast, Dandenong is one of Greater Melbourne’s satellite cities and features a large commercial and business district. It is the heart of the City of Greater Dandenong, the region’s Local Government Area.

With easy access to the City of Melbourne, Mornington Peninsula, Dandenong Ranges and Gippsland regions, it is perfect for workers commuting to the CBD or those keen to get away and explore more of regional Victoria to the east.

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Escape to Pirianda Gardens in the Dandenong Ranges, they’re on your doorstep!

Housing in Dandenong

Dandenong City offers a city lifestyle with high rises and apartments scattered throughout the metropolis streets. It is the amenities and facilities on offer which afford it its high demand.

Dandenong North is the quieter end of town, perfect for growing families, smaller brick homes here or also several newer, secure apartments for working couples. The newer apartments are of mostly excellent construction built under strict council and regulatory building code guidelines.

Narre Warren, Keysborough, Endeavour Hills, and Beaconsfield are perfect for growing families too, featuring many new housing developments. These are usually larger houses with plenty of storage and often larger sized backyards.

As you move out from this central hub, suburbs such as Springvale, Doveton, and Eumemmerring – you will find older style homes. Some of these blocks are being sub-divided to capitalise on regional growth, while others have been demolished and restored with brand new homes.

What we think

Conducting hundreds of building inspections across the Greater Dandenong area over the last thirty years, we see many common issues in the houses and apartments here.

Older, double brick homes, built around the 1960s and 1970s, face structural issues such as cracking and sinking. These are symptomatic of weak foundations, which have deteriorated over time, and can be a major concern.

Newer homes may not be without their issues either. While the modern fixtures and layouts look great, construction quality isn’t always up to scratch, and we find poor water drainage to be a common problem. This can lead to significant water damage, rising damp and problems with mould.


As of the 2016 census, Greater Dandenong’s population came in at just over 152,000. The current population is estimated at 170,000, making it a similar size to the Mornington Peninsula area to the south.

Couples with children make up 49% of households, with 18% of these having both parents in full-time employment. Households with single-parent families made up 19%, while couples without children account for 30%. The area has a median age of 35, similar to Pakenham & La Trobe‘s average of 34.


Similar to the Mornington Peninsula, education choices are plentiful, with 52 schools: 34 primaries, 14 high schools and 4 special schools. 33 are public schools, 11 Catholic and 8 private.

Haileybury College in Keysborough is noted as the top private high school in the area, and also the #2 school in Victoria, with an A+ rank on the My Choice Schools website. Carwatha College in Noble Park scores a C rank and is the top public high school.

The highest rating primary is Kingswood Primary School, located in Kingston and scores A-. There are only 2 private primary schools listed – Hoa Nghiem Primary in Springvale South, scoring C-, and Fitra Community School in Clayton South, which is unranked.

For more in-depth Dandenong schools information, check My Choice Schools here.


Dandenong City with its many services is considered the business hub. Facilities are plentiful here, with a new library, town hall for entertainment concerts, cinemas and education amenities, including TAFE Victoria and a small Deakin University campus. They provide many of the local residents with employment opportunities.

Travel & Transport

If you need to get around, Dandenong is central for public transport – trains into the city of Melbourne and a myriad of bus lines in every direction. The area is well serviced with several fast road connections to the Monash Freeway, Eastlink, Stud Road, and Princess Highway.

Things To Do

Head into the centre of Dandenong for some fun. Here you’re spoilt for choice – shop at the Dandenong Plaza or the major regional market with a traditional atmosphere. Experience the culture at the varied restaurants and Asian grocery stores, the vibrancy and mix of people from the Eastern Mediterranean and South Asia adds to the experience.

If you venture further out, there are plenty of open spaces and parks to enjoy. Get close to nature at the nearby National Park, take a short drive for a seaside visit to local beaches or a longer one to the stunning Dandenong Ranges.

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Aerial view of the Greater Dandenong suburb of Rowville, and the Eastlink Highway.

Why do you need a building inspection in Dandenong & East Melbourne?

Simply put, the peace of mind offered by a pre-purchase property and pest inspection is invaluable – it could save you a small fortune!

All of ABPOM’s building inspectors and pest technicians are registered with the Department of Health, Victoria. Our inspections are conducted according to Australian Standard AS 4349.3 and follow a strict checklist, which allows you to know for sure whether or not your prospective property has any damage that should concern you.

Some of the most common issues we find in our building inspections are:

Building Structure

Poorly maintained homes in this area are more likely to suffer from structural issues, which have the potential to impact liveability and even safety: water damage, mould, poor drainage are seen frequently, so it is wise to assess if there is any damage and the extent of it.

Also, older homes across the Dandenong area may feature antiquated fixtures and fittings, as well as outdated plumbing and electrical systems. All are important inspection points, as these items can be costly to repair or replace.


The Greater Dandenong area in general is historically known for termites. These hidden menaces can do untold damage to houses if left unchecked.


Excellent customer service

From the moment I called Naarah knew exactly what I needed and when. We are first home buyers and she was very understanding. We were able to organize an inspection exactly when we needed it (which was last minute on a Friday). Once Raymond completed our inspection he called and emailed the report on the same day. Excellent customer service, I would highly recommend them.
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Why choose Home Inspections For A Better Peace Of Mind?

Buying a house is one of the biggest financial decisions that you will make in your life. Obtaining a quality building inspection report assists you in understanding that it’s a solid investment.

All you need to do is book an appointment and we will take care of the rest. You will receive a phone call and verbal building report on the same day as the inspection, with a comprehensive building and pest report emailed through at the end of the same day the inspection is conducted.

We are independent

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With over 30 years of experience, our award-winning fully licenced and insured building inspectors work only in your interest, providing fully independent reports that support you as the buyer when discussing the findings with the real estate agent, vendor or builder. Our staff do not disclose to the agent whom the inspection is being conducted for.

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Great customer service and rewarding relationships with our clients is always our No. 1 goal. Why not find out how Home Inspections For A Better Peace Of Mind can help you find your new home in Dandenong or around any of Melbourne’s Eastern Suburbs!


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