As one of the major arteries into the city, St Kilda Road flows through a towering metropolis of residential and commercial buildings. Renowned for its expansive width and flourishing leafy surrounds, vehicle traffic shares the road with bicycles, pedestrians and trams alongside a formal landscape of grassy median strips evoking calm as commuters pass by. This prominent thoroughfare has undergone a refreshing transformation transcending from an industrious commercial centre to a retreat for exclusive apartment living.
There is an abundance of lifestyle factors, creative pursuits and professional opportunities that attract the over 21,000 people that call St Kilda home. In 2013 Melbourne was ranked the most liveable city for the third year in a row by The Economist Intelligence Survey, and to many St Kilda epitomises liveability. For investors, rental returns are rewarding but importantly, for residents of this pulsating community they receive daily enrichment, inspiration and vivacity.
St Kilda continues to be a perennial preference for buyers, accommodating a wide array of property styles and types. Contemporary architecture fearlessly pushes boundaries while the grandeur of rich historical residences impresses the most discerning. Busy families make a home in restored mansions, renovated Victorian terraces or architecturally custom designed homes while hard-working young couples or retirees seeking the simple life relish the opportunity to invest in versatile eco-minimalist apartments found in the premier hub of apartment living on St Kilda Road.
From the minute you step outside your private sanctuary onto St Kilda Road, the amenities, culture and natural environment will significantly enhance your lifestyle. As the fresh sea-breeze floats through, setting out for a morning run will invigorate you before catching up with friends at your favourite brekkie haunt down the road at Café Safi or Café Vue 401. Home to trendy dining establishments, St Kilda Road succeeds in pleasing the fussiest of palettes offering menus from Italy to the finest in modern Australian cuisine; treat your loved ones to a meal at Dish Restaurant, Willows Restaurant or indulge in cuisine with an Asian influence at the popular Citro Heritage Bar & Restaurant.
Convenience is paramount when it comes to living an enjoyable and fulfilling lifestyle. Residents choose St Kilda as it satisfies this need achieving a quality work life balance. Investing in property on St Kilda Road not only places you on the front row into the city but you will be surrounded by grandeur, history and beauty with the Botanical Gardens, National Gallery of Victoria and the thriving Arts Centre just minutes away. Continue down towards the picturesque St Kilda foreshore and laughter and joy can be heard passing by the thrilling Luna Park and Australia’s number one theatre concert venue, Palais Theatre attracting world class entertainment, sits right across the road.
Yarra Trams operate Melbourne’s tram network and route 3/3a will transport you everywhere you want to go from your doorstep on St Kilda Road through to Melbourne University past the CBD. As you make your journey into the city a scenic landscape awaits with the historic Shrine of Remembrance, Sydney Myer Music Bowl and Queen Victoria Gardens located right before you cross the tranquil Yarra River. These iconic Melbourne landmarks should be on the to-do list of any guests you host and you can have peace of mind knowing they can relax in the best hotel accommodation close by. St Kilda Road is home to some of the best hotels in Melbourne including the five star Royce Hotel, the boutique Hotel Charsfield and the luxurious Seasons Heritage Melbourne.
A suburb rich in history, the first sale of land in St Kilda was recorded back in 1812. The first bridge spanning the Yarra River was constructed in 1854, a year later the Anglican Church and Melbourne Grammar made their mark and the Alfred Hospital opened its doors in 1871. Living in a suburb immersed in such rich history not only brings culture and tradition to the location but it invigorates and influences the people that call it home. St Kilda Road is no longer a chaotic thoroughfare, it is the effervescent hub of the suburb; it is the premier boulevard and without doubt a thriving destination to live, work and play.