In the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges, you will find the community of Hillstowe, Officer. The leafy neighbourhood gets its name from the 7th Century English habitational surname of Stow or Stowe, which means ‘meeting place’. With its elegant new homes and sweeping open space, Hillstowe, Officer is an address that feels familiar and inviting yet altogether new. Here are five reasons to live in Hillstowe, Officer.

It’s Well-Connected

Whether you’re commuting to work in the Melbourne CBD or off on a day trip away, Hillstowe, Officer is in the ideal location for heading out and about and more importantly, returning home with ease. Hillstowe offers direct access to the Princes Highway and Freeway networks, as well as existing bus services and the Officer railway station with Metro services. The community is only 55 km from Melbourne – an hour away by car or 90 minutes on the train.


Food, Drink and Entertainment

Hillstowe is embraced by the township of Officer: a popular suburb of south-east Melbourne. Set against a backdrop of mountain views, the community of Hillstowe lead tranquil, connected lives. With all you need within a stone’s throw and a range of transport options linking you to nearby shopping, parks and facilities, this is village living with all the amenities on your doorstep. Wineries and cellars doors, farmers’ markets and cafes, quick bites and dining experiences – they’re all on the menu when you live at Hillstowe. Sitting at the gateway to Gippsland, the Mornington Peninsula and the Dandenong Ranges, it’s no wonder that residents of Hillstowe feel blessed with such a huge smorgasbord of fresh gourmet produce, great wines, internationally-inspired fare, cosy pubs and outstanding restaurants all within easy reach.


Welcoming and Inclusive Community

Hillstowe, Officer is an intimate and exclusive community of just 225 lots. From first-home buyers to young families and downsizers, neighbours at all stages of life connect at Hillstowe. At Hillstowe, individuals matter. When you buy land for sale at Hillstowe, you are joining a collective of neighbours, friends, ‘family’, and valued members of a close-knit community.


Education for All Ages

Few addresses can compare to Hillstowe, Officer in terms of proximity to education. Whether you’ve got little tots, or you’re an old dog wanting to learn some new tricks, there are over 20 centres of learning close at hand, from preschool to tertiary education. 

  • Quality childcare and pre-school can be found in nearby Officer and the surrounds, as well as activity groups, playgrounds, swim schools and specialist early learning services.
  • Government, private, specialist and grammar schools abound, catering to every educational need and preference, including St Brigid’s Catholic Primary School, Officer Primary School, Berwick Grammar School and Minaret College.
  • Located just 20 minutes from Hillstowe, the highly regarded Chisholm Institute of TAFE college delivers practical courses in the arts, hospitality, information technology, trades and business. Just a few minutes further, you’ll find Federation University, which offers degree qualifications in a wide range of popular and valuable disciplines.


Hillstowe is a unique community nestled in the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges. When you want to leave the hustle and bustle of city life behind and escape to your elegant new home surrounded by community-minded neighbours, Hillstowe is the place to be. Enquire about living here today.

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