This region south of the CBD is compiled of mostly medium to low-density housing with some subdivided lots and infill housing in areas closer to the city. Not far from the CBD, the Waikato Hospital and Hamilton Gardens.
Melville was named after the district's pioneer J. Melville. The Waikato Hospital paved the way for a great deal of development throughout the Melville area. Opened in 1887, the site quickly became known as Hospital Hill although it was not added to the Hamilton Borough until 1936.
The region underwent significant growth throughout the 1950s, earning itself a new post office, high school (Melville High School) in the process. In 1954, Hamilton City extended its boundaries to Collins Road, Melville, then again in 1962 to Houchens Road, Glenview and Dixon Road, Glenview.
Today the Melville/Glenview area continues to develop, particularly with the Peacockes growth cell on its eastern border.
The neighbourhoods are full of close-knit communities, which can appeal to young families. Resthills Park is popular for sporting activities, dog walkers and families, while the Hamilton Gardens are a short drive away in Hamilton East.
Many people who settle in the Melville/Glenview area upgrade within the suburb, adding testament to the charm of the area.
Real estate and design
The range of housing throughout Melville, Glenview, Bader and Fitzroy is quite diverse. Most of the properties in Melville, Bader and Glenview were built in the 50s and 60s. These original properties are typically on large sections and feature a single storey brick or weatherboard home. However, on the northern side of Melville, land has been subdivided to allow for higher density housing, such as townhouses and units. Fitzroy, meanwhile, is an up and coming suburb; much of its housing stock has been built in the last ten years.
Shopping and amenities
The Glenview Shopping Centre caters for your weekly food shop, while convenience shops can be found at the Bader Street shops, the Urlich Avenue/Ohaupo Road shops, and
The Glenview Club on Peacockes Road is a popular watering hole for Melville and Glenview locals and for many it is within easy walking distance. With a wonderful outlook over the river it is a peaceful place in Melville to enjoy a meal, beer or game of pool.
The Gallagher Aquatic Centre in Melville is open from 6am to 9pm throughout the week and 7.30am to 8pm on the weekends. Here you can swim for fun, attend the swim school or participate in an aquacise class.