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There's a Mumbai suburb in Melbourne!

world Updated: Sep 12, 2010 13:16 IST
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Believe it or not, there's a Mumbai suburb in Melbourne.

Popularly known as 'Mumbai Cook', it's one of the Australia's second most populous city's newest immigrant suburbs where every third or fourth home is an Indian family, out of the 1500-plus odd homes, The Age reported.

Gordon and Julia de Silva, a financial planner and a bank employee respectively, stay in one of the houses with their baby at Point Cook's Alamanda Estate.

"We heard that every third or fourth home is an Indian family, out of the 1500 homes. We've seen a lot of Indians here. In fact, they all call it Mumbai Cook," Julia was quoted as saying.

The de Silvas represent a new breed of buyers in the city's real estate market, who are young, professional, family-oriented and educated migrants, the report said.

In fact, a survey of about 3500 home buyers by Oliver Hume Real Estate Group shows 10 per cent of home buyers in growth-area suburbs were born in India.

Buyers with Chinese and British backgrounds were the next largest group at 3 per cent, closely followed by Sri Lankans at 2.7 per cent. Australians made up about 60 per cent of purchasers.

However, country of origin had little influence on buying habits, the survey found.

With 2236 people arriving every week in Victoria --1800 of those moving to Melbourne -- most end up in the new growth-area suburbs on the outer west or east, it found.

But that doesn't concern Julia.

"Point Cook is one of the newest suburbs closest to the city. If you would like to live 19 or 20 km the other side, you would have to really be a millionaire, I guess, to buy a house," she said.