In this week’s Sunday Suburb Spotlight, we catch up with Senior Sales Consultant and Auctioneer Rob Forbes to talk all things Ringwood East.
What makes Ringwood East a great place to raise a family?
It’s very liveable with lots of treed-lined streets, parks and open spaces. There’s a range of very good schools like Tintern Grammar and also Eastwood Primary which is a big drawcard. Most of Ringwood East is also within the Ringwood Secondary College zone. Around the shops and train station it has a real community feel.
Why do you think this is the best suburb to live in?
It’s a great opportunity for families to live somewhere where they can send their kids to good schools from primary through to secondary. It’s an up and coming suburb but I think it offers the best of both worlds. It’s a nice, quiet spot but not far from big ticket items like Eastland Shopping Centre, EastLink and Aquanation.
What activities or events are on offer?
You’ll find arts and crafts, trash and treasure at the Ringwood East Community Market which is held on the first Saturday of every month. There are a lot of sporting clubs including football, cricket and tennis with competition suitable for juniors and seniors and everything in between. There’s also a Senior Citizens Hall just behind the shopping village that organises guest speakers, social outings and entertainment.
How would a new home buyer benefit in this suburb?
There seems to be a waitlist for people trying to buy into the area, so if you’re selling you’ll have lots of buyers keen to purchase. There’s a very slow turnover. People that move in to the area tend to stay long-term, the reason being it’s great for families and very friendly with all facilities and amenities close by.
Where are the best places to eat out?
Café Emjay, Brewhouse Café/Wine Bar and The Younger Brother are fantastic cafés. There’s also quite a range when it comes to restaurants. My favourites are Komuni, Pizzalicious, Nikos Greek Tavern and Wong’s House. Maroondah Sports Club is great too as it has the TAB, function rooms and entertainment.
How has the redevelopment of Eastland affected the suburb?
The redevelopment of Eastland has helped a lot. It’s a big attraction and Ringwood East gets a nice sort of spill-over effect because it’s not too close but not too far either. It’s just a few moments in the car or on the train, and you can while away a few hours to do your shopping, see a movie or go out for dinner. Eastland and also Aquanation have drawn a lot of people to the area.