The place for families
IF you’re looking for an area with a cosmopolitan feel in a family-friendly locale, then Elsternwick could be the suburb of your dreams.
With renovated period houses complemented by the vibrant shopping strip on Glen Huntly Rd, quality schools and an abundance of parkland, it’s not surprising 62.1 per cent of locals are families, according to the latest CoreLogic RP Data statistics.
“It has the inner-city feel without the crowds,” said Stockdale & Leggo franchise manager Mark Rogers.
“It’s the perfect place for people to buy as their kids get a bit older.”
The suburb is particularly popular with people who previously lived in suburbs such as Elwood, Middle Park and Albert Park who were looking to maintain their current lifestyle in a more familyoriented area.
“A lot of buyers are in their mid-30s looking to get closer to quality schools, like Wesley and Caulfield Grammar, as their kids get a bit older,” Mr Rogers said.
“It hosts, and is close to, some of the best schools so it is educationally very well catered for.”
An influx of apartments means there are also options for investors, first-home buyers and single professionals to break into the popular suburb.
“In the apartment market there are a lot of single professional females that are looking for property,” Mr Rogers said. “There’s so much on offer along Glen Huntly Rd and commuting to the CBD is so easy that it is a highly desirable place to live.”
Whether you’re in the mood for brunch or a bagel, hitting some of Melbourne’s best boutiques or op shops, Glen Huntly Rd really has something for everyone.
There is a strong Jewish influence in the area, meaning some of the city’s best bakeries and toy stores can be found in Elsternwick.
“There’s really no reason you need to leave as there’s everything from exclusive boutiques to a Coles on the main street,” Mr Rogers said.
“But if you do want to there’s trains, there’s trams and if you really want to you can even walk to the beach.”