Family-friendly with a dash of suburban ease, this seaside neighbourhood ticks a lot of boxes when it comes to living in Melbourne’s south-east. From its small-town community vibe to its leafy streets and beautiful foreshore, Parkdale has a year-round holiday feel that’s seemingly worlds away from Melbourne City, yet it’s less than an hour commute.
Picture-perfect, the beach is a much-loved part of Parkdale’s lifestyle. Popular with boating enthusiasts and ideal for swimming during the warmer months, plus the Bay Trail (a walking and cycling path) has picnic tables and a memorial park that hugs the foreshore. A few blocks inland is Parkdale Village. Set around the train station that sits on the Frankston train line, are shopfronts that cater to everyday needs, as well as a selection of quick bites and global eats.
Adding to the family-friendly appeal are highly regarded public and primary schools, and the parks – some with playgrounds and others with playing fields that cater to weekend sports; AFL, cricket, and tennis to name a few. Away from the shops and main roads are quiet leafy streets with a decidedly homely feel. Along the bay, modern waterfront homes capitalise on sea views while family homes line the leafy streets, some newly built while others nod to times past.
One of the lesser-known beachside suburbs, Parkdale’s community feel and seaside setting is a winning combo that has caught the attention of families eager to own their slice of Melbourne’s south-east.