Brighton is located on Port Phillip Bay 11 kilometres south of Melbourne’s CBD. One of Melbourne’s most exclusive suburbs, Brighton is home to a number of celebrities and prominent individuals. Brighton’s demographic has traditionally consisted of middle-aged and older couples with children, along with older single residents. In more recent times, younger families have started populating the area. As of the 2011 census, Brighton had a population of just over 21,000.
The suburb offers a cosmopolitan lifestyle with a selection of attractive shopping precincts. Brighton’s main centre is situated along Church Street which houses supermarkets, an assortment of beauty salons, high-end fashion boutiques, a cinema and a shopping plaza. North Brighton’s historic Bay Street is another popular shopping strip boasting gourmet cafes, bars and restaurants, designer retail stores and gift shops. Numerous upmarket hotels are scattered along Brighton’s famous Esplanade, which features a pedestrian and bicycle path lined with palm trees along its foreshore. Another area that’s popular among locals is Martin Street which contains a number of gourmet food stores.
Brighton is bordered by six kilometres of stunning coastline and is home to the iconic colourful bathing boxes at Dendy Street Beach. The area also boasts Middle Brighton’s Municipal Baths that were established in 1881 and are one of only a handful of remaining open water seas baths in Australia.
Brighton has a well-connected transport system with the Sandringham train line running through the suburb. Four stations; Gardenvale, North Brighton, Middle Brighton and Brighton Beach provide residents with quick and easy public transport links into Melbourne’s CBD. At the eastern extremities of the suburb, there is also a regular tram service into the city. Brighton is bordered by the Nepean Highway – an arterial route that offers direct access to the city and the Mornington Peninsula.
The area is popular among families with teenage children largely due to its exceptional schools that include; Brighton Grammar School, Brighton Secondary College, Firbank Girls’ Grammar School, Haileybury’s Castlefield Campus, St Leonard’s College, Xavier College’s Kostka Hall campus and Star of the Sea College.
With a median property price of $1.9 million for a house and $940,000 for a unit, Brighton is home to some of Melbourne’s most luxurious properties. Almost half of the homeowners in the suburb own their property outright. The types of property available in the area can be categorised as follows:
Large mansions boasting tennis courts and swimming pools. These can be found in the suburban streets as well as along the desirable Beach Road.
Large Victorian properties.
A good supply of Edwardian family homes and other period properties.
Recent years have seen an influx of modern townhouses.
In the past 5 to 10 years many new apartments have been built and a number of new developments are currently underway.
The majority of properties in the area are stand-alone houses, which make up over 60 per cent of Brighton’s property types. Townhouse and unit housing account for 20 per cent of the houses and the remaining 20 per cent are apartment buildings. Renters make up almost a quarter of the market so there is high demand for rental properties.
Property prices in Brighton have risen significantly in the past 10 years and as Brighton is a high demand market this is likely to continue. This strong demand has greatly affected the price and availability of property in the area. With an average of 43 people showing interest per property – almost double the state average – it pays to do your research and be selective when it comes to a property’s position, style and type.
By getting a foothold on the property ladder in Brighton, you will more than likely be able to sit back and watch the value of your investment grow.