Glen Waverley is a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 19 km (12 mi) east of Melbourne's central business district in the local government area of the City of Monash.
- Area:16.84 km2
- Elevation:119 m
- Local Government Area:Monash City Council
Glen Waverley is a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 19 km (12 mi) east of Melbourne's central business district in the local government area of the City of Monash. At the 2016 Census, Glen Waverley had a population of 40,327.Nicknamed "The Centre of the Universe" (Chinese: "????") by the local Chinese residents due to its convenient location, ample amenities, good weather, and favourable living conditions, Glen Waverley had the seventh highest number of one million dollar-plus house sales in Melbourne in 2013. Properties in Glen Waverley and the surrounding areas continued to show price gains in 2014 and 2015, largely due to interest from Chinese property buyers.
The area was first settled in the mid nineteenth century and later developed as orchards and farming lands. The Post Office opened on 1 July 1885 as Black Flat in the area to the south of the railway line, was renamed 'Glen Waverley' in 1921, and Glen Waverley South in 1963 on the same day Glen Waverley North office (open since 1954) was renamed Glen Waverley (from 1994 The Glen). The name "Waverley" refers to the Edinburgh Waverley railway station, from a novel by Sir Walter Scott.Major development occurred in the 1950s to 1970s with rapid infilling of housing built to a generally high standard on large (typically 800m2) blocks. In particular Legend Park Estate was opened by Hooker Rex in 1971. Much of that housing stock is now ageing and renewal is occurring, frequently involving subdivision of the larger blocks into townhouse development. The suburb was also the site of Victoria's first McDonald's restaurant, which opened on 12 September 1973, at the corner of High Street and Springvale Road. It was opened shortly after the original in Sydney. Following the Sydney McDonald's closure, it became Australia's longest surviving McDonald's until it was demolished in 2016, and subsequently replaced with a modernised version.
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