North Melbourne, formerly called Hotham, is a suburb that is very close to Melbourne’s city centre. It is just 2 km away and can be easily reached by bus, by tram or even by walking.
The suburb is predominantly a working class area with pockets of middle class housing particularly in Dryburgh, Brougham and Chapman. Most private houses are flats and apartments, some of which were converted from old factories and warehouses. There are also semi-detached terraced houses and townhouses while others are separate houses.
Locals frequently flock to Errol Street, the main shopping strip that is near a famous landmark – the old North Melbourne Town Hall. It is now called Arts House, a venue for the presentation of Melbourne’s contemporary art and the Melbourne Fringe Festival. People can enjoy the sight of old cottages and Victorian era terraced houses on Errol Street as they shop and dine in popular bars and cafes.
North Melbourne has a very welcoming community. However, the median house price is $882,500. It is significantly higher than Melbourne’s median. In case you would like to buy a property in this suburb, you should consider not just the price, but its proximity to the City centre and most likely to your place of work.
You should also consider carefully the condition of the house. If it is new, you would most likely not have any problem right away. But if it is not, if it has been renovated, you have to inspect it and don’t forget the roofing.
Roofing specialists will tell you that it is necessary to take care of the roofing because of normal wear and tear. Terracotta tile roofs need to be checked for broken tiles, damaged mortar joints, growing moss and lichen. Cement tile roofs need to be checked to see if the underlayments, batten and flashing are still in good condition. Although Colorbond roofing is rustproof and possesses a paint finish that does not peel or crack, the screws and fixings, the flashing and joints between roof sheets need to be checked for corrosion or damage.
It is good to simply hire roof repairs and restoration services to keep things easy for you as buyer and homeowner. You only need to make sure that you get a reputable service provider who does a quality job at an affordable price.