It is connected to Northcote, Thornbury, Ivanhoe and – over the Yarra River – Kew.
The Fairfield precinct refers to those streets on the city side of Grange Road, whereas Alphington refers to those streets on the eastern side of Grange Road. The suburb has two train stations and several bustling retail precincts.
Fairfield and Alphington include a range of terrace homes, larger family sized homes (on family sized blocks), as well as townhouses, villa units, apartments of all sizes, including studios. The streets closer to the Yarra River including Yarraford Avenue, Lucerne Crescent and Yarralea Street are considered the suburbs most exclusive.
According to Australian Property Monitors, Fairfield’s median house price for the year ended December 2007, is $647,000 – only slightly higher than neighbouring Alphington, at $635,000.
The average unit in Fairfield, according to APM, will cost $275,000. This compares with $254,500 in Alphington, a little further away from the city.