Beach beauty still on top
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.