ELSTERNWICK At A Glance
No longer just for those in the know, charming Elsternwick has quietly evolved into a trendy, culturally-diverse neighbourhood complete with a buzzing shopping, café and dining scene. Family friendly, pet friendly and just plain friendly full stop. It’s no surprise that people are lining up to join this affable community.
Tree-lined streets, stunning period homes and a caffeine-obsessed main drag.
Finding a parking spot on the ever-popular Glen Huntly Road can prove to be tricky at the best of times.
Elsternwick is home to a number of cultural landmarks, including the Rippon Lea Estate and the Jewish Holocaust Centre.
You won’t be hard-pressed to figure out why Elsternwick has become one of Melbourne’s most popular suburbs. After all, it’s just so likeable. Warm and welcoming, everything feels close by in this close-knit community. There’s a thriving, centrally-located shopping hub and it’s only a short drive to the city or the beach. It seems Elsternwick has it all.
Glen Huntly Road, Elsternwick’s much-loved main drag, continues to evolve with new shops, cafés and restaurants popping up regularly. The area’s multitude of parks offer pockets of solitude and include what is arguably one of Melbourne’s best picnic spots – the National Trust-listed Rippon Lea Estate. Add to that a historic cinema, and locals can easily while away the weekend without ever having to leave the neighbourhood.
Much of Elsternwick’s charm lies in its multicultural feel, and strolling down Glen Huntly Road you’re likely to hear people speaking Greek, Russian, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, French, Polish, Hungarian and Hebrew – this probably explains the presence of a great variety of delicious restaurants and cafés. Whether it’s bagels or borscht, green spaces or shopping sprees, everything you need and more comes together in Elsternwick with a sense of ease and comfort rarely found so close to the city.
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Coffee is taken very seriously here, but then so is food. Bagels, fresh produce and in-house coffee roasters make Elsternwick a must in a city famed for its café culture.
When the sun shines brightly there’s nowhere locals would rather be. From the small suburban pockets to the larger Hopetoun Gardens and magnificent Rippon Lea Estate, Elsternwick is a haven of green spaces.
As Elsternwick has risen in popularity, so too have the property prices. In fact, they’ve doubled in the space of just eight years. This safe, inviting community is decorated with lush trees and gorgeous homes on generous-sized properties. But, just like its multicultural inhabitants property in Elsternwick isn’t so easily pigeonholed. Mansions sit side by side with high-rise developments, early 20th century period homes and studio apartments. Affluent St Georges Road and Elizabeth Street remain the most desirable addresses in the neighbourhood. People increasingly look for city convenience with suburban liveability, so Elsternwick’s appeal is set to keep on growing.