A rough diamond that’s starting to shine
St Kilda has always been a destination for Melbournians. In the late 1800’s it was the exclusive seaside suburb perfect for a saltwater swim. By the 1970’s it was the seedy wrong-side-of-the-tracks that everyone visited to hear the latest and greatest in Australian music.
Now it has returned to its gentrified beginnings and attracts everyone from backpackers and business people to film directors and foodies with its blend of inner city attitude, old world sophistication and bayside charm.
The money started to flow back into St Kilda during the 1990’s with big redevelopments on Fitzroy and Acland Streets and along The Esplanade. While this has softened a few of the hard edges in what was once Melbourne’s roughest suburb, St Kilda has kept its attitude.
This place has a cool, eclectic mix unlike anywhere else in Melbourne. Old world mansions sit in the same streets as rooming houses, backpacker hostels are around the corner from multi-million dollar homes and some of our best live performance venues are walking distance from a great collection of bars, cafes and restaurants.
There are homes to suit many different lifestyles and budgets in St Kilda. You’ll find everything from Victorian mansions with eight-figure price tags to newly-built, contemporary apartments. In between there are freestanding family homes, tightly held art deco flats, renovated warehouses and the latest in medium density townhouse developments.
For many years, the appeal of this mix of properties so close to the city was held back by the suburb’s rough reputation. But slowly, over the past decade, the demand for inner city living has caused the harder aspects of the St Kilda life to travel elsewhere, leaving a beautiful suburb only a short drive from the CBD.
When you combine all the best parts of Fitzroy and Brighton you get St Kilda. It’s a suburb that gives you the best of bayside living plus the fun and convenience of the inner city. On the one hand, great entertainment, great food, being close to work and close to plenty of Melbourne’s best schools; on the other, an unrivalled outdoor beach and parkland lifestyle right at your front door.