The place for fam­i­lies

Herald Sun - Property - - SUBURB PROFILE - JOR­DAN MAR­SHALL

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.”

jor­dan.mar­shall@news.com.au

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