Beach beauty still on top

Herald Sun - Property - - SUBURB PROFILE -

BRIGHTLY coloured bathing boxes lining one of Vic­to­ria’s most iconic beaches char­ac­terise the beach­side sub­urb of Brighton.

Lo­cated 11km southeast of the CBD and home to some of Mel­bourne’s most ex­pen­sive homes, Brighton is the ideal area for those want­ing a beach­side life­style with cos­mopoli­tan con­ve­nience. A me­dian house price of $1,697,500 puts the sub­urb at the top end of the Mel­bourne prop­erty mar­ket.

There is a co­he­sive blend of pe­riod and mod­ern homes, which are in keep­ing with the sub­urb’s beach­side lo­cale. The top sale price re­ported to CoreLogic RP Data last year was $8.525 mil­lion for the four-bed­room, wa­ter­front house at 38 Daw­son Ave.

The prop­erty, in the sub­urb’s famed “golden mile”, sold at auc­tion on Novem­ber 29 to a buyer who planned to de­mol­ish it in a few years to make way for a new home.

The Dendy St beach bathing boxes are highly sought af­ter prop­erty, too. They are only avail­able to those who pay rates in the Bay­side coun­cil area and usu­ally sell for about $200,000. But buy­ing isn’t the only way to score a Brighton ad­dress. The sub­urb also has a strong rental mar­ket, ac­cord­ing to Jo Burston from Cen­tury 21 Went­worth, Brighton.

Ms Burston, who has worked in the area for more than two decades, said Brighton had pri­mar­ily been home to older cou­ples and their chil­dren but was now also at­tract­ing younger fam­i­lies and solo pro­fes­sion­als. Along with its bathing boxes, the Mid­dle Brighton Baths are an­other land­mark. Built in 1881, the baths are one of the few re­main­ing caged open wa­ter sea baths in Australia.

Brighton also boasts a num­ber of dis­tinct com­mer­cial precincts, from the high-end fash­ion stores of Church St to the ho­tels of The Es­planade.

The sub­urb also has an ar­ray of pri­vate schools, in­clud­ing Brighton Gram­mar School, Fir­bank Girls’ Gram­mar School, Hai­ley­bury, St Leonard’s Col­lege, Xavier Col­lege’s Kostka Hall cam­pus and Star of the Sea Col­lege.

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