Surrey Hills is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 11 km east of Melbourne's Central Business District. Its local government area are the Cities of Boroondara and Whitehorse. At the 2011 Census, Surrey Hills had a population of 13,133.
Best known for its high quality family lifestyle and many leafy streets, Surrey Hills sits among a list of Melbourne's most exclusive and desirable suburbs.
Some typical houses in Surrey Hills can be bought for around twice the metropolitan Melbourne average, and therefore is regarded as an affluent suburb.
Surrey Hills is separated from Canterbury by Chatham and Highfield Rd, bounded from Camberwell by an irregular line across Riversdale Rd. It is separated from Balwyn by Whitehorse Rd and Northcote avenue. It is then finally separated from Mont Albert and Box Hill by Elgar Rd, Windsor Cresent and York St.
The Surrey Hills area was acquired from the Crown by Henry Elgar, as part of his Special Survey purchase in 1841.
The Surrey Hills area was first developed by a Real Estate consortia, following the extension of the railway line from Camberwell to Lilydale in 1882. Surrey Hills Post Office opened on 1 October 1884. Housing estates were laid out and lovely period homes built in either brick or weatherboard, with most designs being influenced by the Victorian, Federation and Edwardian era. The streets were planted mainly with avenues of Pin Oak and Plane trees, which are now mature and offer a pleasant shady vista. The streets have impressive names such as Empress, Kingston, Surrey, Balmoral, Leopold, Windsor, Albert and Wolseley, but the area was considered too distant from the nearest shopping districts; Camberwell to the west and Box Hill to the east. The economic depression of the 1890s brought development to a halt and the next major phase of suburban development didn't take place until after the First World War.
During the 1990s, the last bank branch in the Union Road shopping strip closed, which caused some concern within both the local community and local traders. On 24 February 2003, the Surrey Hills Community Bank (a community bank branch of Bendigo Bank) opened for business in Union Road.