With the advent of the aviation industry in the early twentieth century, this farming area west of Essendon Airport (hence the name) began to thrive as an aeronautical industry hub adjacent to what was once Melbourne’s main airport. Subsequent residential development occurred mainly during the 1950s which is why the area has a distinctive post-war architectural flavour, with pockets around AJ Davis Reserve having a more contemporary feel. Popular with young families and first-home buyers, Airport West is seen as a relatively attainable entry point into Moonee Valley and boasts a broad range of services and amenities. Many of the larger blocks near Matthews Avenue have been redeveloped providing a choice of quality villas and townhouses – popular with investors and downsizers. Westfield Shopping Centre has always been the retail hub of Airport West but this is now complimented by the Essendon Fields commercial and retail precinct along with the bustling McNamara Avenue shops. Public primary and secondary schools are available along with St Christopher’s Catholic Primary School plus excellent open spaces including Hanson/Etzel Street Reserves and the acres of parkland along Steele Creek. Transport options are also excellent with tram (No 59) and bus (476,483) services plus great freeway access in or out of town.