Neatly positioned between the dynamic and bustling suburbs of Brunswick and Moonee Ponds, Brunswick West (or West Brunswick) offers a generally more relaxed lifestyle to its residents yet very close to the shopping and café districts of its more extroverted neighbours. Only 5-7 kilometres from the city, most of the area was developed in the early twentieth century with a significant amount of quality Californian Bungalows in particular dominating the elegant streetscapes. Consequently, block sizes are larger and there are far fewer single-front homes here than in Brunswick or Moonee Ponds making it an attractive destination for young families. In the 60s and 70s, many of these older homes on large blocks however went by the wayside to make way for multi-storey blocks of units making the area popular today with investors and renters alike. Melville Road runs down the centre of the suburb and provides a tram link into town as well as hosting a number of shops, small businesses and cafés. Bus services offer quick transit to Brunswick or Moonee Ponds plus there are also a number of local schools and reserves, Moonee Ponds Creek bike trail, north and south exit/entry points to Citylink.