Ascot Vale stretches from the Maribyrnong River in the west across to the Moonee Ponds Creek where along with Travancore it shares its eastern border with Parkville. Eternally popular and increasingly affluent, Ascot Vale has been transformed over the past decade or two into one of Melbourne’s most desirable inner-urban locales. Incredibly diverse, Ascot Vale homes appeal to a broad range of people. The large number of single-front Victorians and Edwardians are ideal for professionals wanting to be close to town. The many units and townhouses appeal to investors offering healthy returns and strong capitol growth, and the larger Californian Bungalows and post-war homes around the Whisky Hill precinct are popular with families needing a bigger house on a bigger block. The heart of Ascot Vale is the Union Road shopping strip boasting an enormous array of boutique retail outlets, restaurants and cafés. Public transport is also excellent with tram, train and bus services close by. Ascot Vale has its own golf course and tennis centre (Riverside), modern leisure centre and a number of quality parks and reserves – particularly along the Maribyrnong River.