Melbourne fits the bill if you're looking for somewhere to live that's not too far from the city but at the same time still has the option for peace and quiet and has a character of its own. With great public transport options nearby, it's easy to get around. Other period homes retain the facade but hide recent renovations. New, modern townhouses are starting to spring up, as well as contemporary apartment buildings, with more slated for development. For getting around, Melbourne is served by several transport options. There are also several primary schools in the area.