Combining inner city
ease with a laidback beachside lifestyle, buzzing Port Melbourne’s appeal isn’t
hard to pin down. Complete with a thriving café and dining scene, much-loved
pubs and a shopping strip that offers just about everything you need (and
everything you don’t) – it really is better by the bay.
its working past with pride, bustling Port Melbourne stands apart from its
terrace-filled neighbours. Once a strictly industrial area, it has since been
subject to intense urban renewal. And it sure is looking good.
Street is the beating pulse of the community – a busy shopping hub that is home
to countless restaurants, stylish boutiques and a proliferation of health and
wellness studios. Brunch is taken seriously here (something of a theme in food
crazy Melbourne), as is beer. In fact, Port Melbourne’s pubs and cafés are
cherished institutions. And there’s nothing locals love more than coffees with
sunrise views across the ocean and evening drinks by the water.
comes as no surprise that Port Melbourne is a little beach crazy. Sporty locals
start the day with a jog along the much-loved Bay Trail, while bike riders
weave around them. In fact, it’s not uncommon to see yoga mat-toting residents
spending the entire weekend in their (effortlessly stylish) active wear before
changing into something a little more glamorous for drinks and dinner come
nightfall. After all, it’s all about a balanced lifestyle.
in Port Melbourne is as varied as it is in demand. Stylish converted factories
and warehouses are a reminder of the area’s industrial past, while grand
apartment complexes with sweeping views offer a taste of luxury. Waterfront
developments are beachside living at its finest, while quaint workers’ cottages
line the area’s more residential streets. Somewhat unsurprisingly, buying in
Port Melbourne doesn’t come cheap. Renting, on the other hand, is considerably
more affordable and allows everyone a taste of that easy breezy bayside living.