Brighton’s “golden mile” is where you’ll find some of its most exclusive real estate, including beachfront homes with multi-million-dollar price tags and views to match. The area stretches from Head St at the north and the Royal Brighton Yacht Club to the south. It is flanked by the beach on the west and St Kilda St to the east.
The 36ha Elsternwick Park in St Kilda St is the suburb’s biggest green space, with playgrounds, picnic areas, sporting ovals, a lake and a golf course among its offerings. The beach is the other big recreational drawcard, with Middle Brighton and Dendy St beaches among the most popular.
There’s no shortage of trendy eateries. Some boast beachside locations, while many more are concentrated in the vibrant Bay and Church streets. The Pantry cafe, restaurant and deli (pictured) at 1 Church St is an institution.
Church St is also one of Melbourne’s best local shopping strips, with more than 200 businesses including fashion and homewares boutiques and fine food stores.
Bayside City Council manages enrolments for four kindergartens. Bigger kids have at host of primary schools, Brighton Secondary College and top private schools to choose from, including Brighton Grammar and Firbank Grammar.