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Port Melbourne
Port Melbourne 
An inner city bayside suburb with plenty of professionals and history. 

Port Melbourne, Melbourne (inner south)

Even a couple of decades ago if you said you lived in Port Melbourne, people would feel sorry for you because Port Melbourne was working class, rough, and its docks were run by gangsters and communists. Today, it's one of the most expensive places to live with plenty of cafes, bars, pricey apartments and renovated workers' cottages, highly paid professionals and some would say tossers. Port Melbourne is a bay suburb close to the city centre with a vibrant village shopping centre. (More information below and to your left <<<)


Rent $$$:

apartment rents are in the mid to high range, house rental prices are high

Hot Spot: Eurodore - 271 Bay St. Ph: 9646 3499


Beach, Bay, Inner city

Victorian terraces, warehouse conversions, apartments

Would Suit:

Singles, Professionals, Families, Gay/lesbian, Executives

Can be hard in summer and weekends


suits with drinks and apartments with views

Aquila, thongs

Port Melbourne is one hell of a windy place. It is a suburb with a mix of the old and the new.

Decades ago, Greeks who migrated to Melbourne and landed at the dock in Port Melbourne, also settled in Port Melbourne and worked in local car manufacturing and other factories. Other migrant groups settled here too giving the suburb a great vibe and sense of community. More recently Asian and African immigrants have followed suit.

But as industries in Port Melbourne closed down, property developers moved in, along with young professionals with moola who like hanging out in bars and eating out. So now there are a couple of snooty areas within Port Melbourne - including Beacon Cove and Garden City where larger modern homes have been built.

Many of the small Victorian cottages in Port Melbourne have been renovated and are now only affordable if you earn mega bucks. There is a public housing section but nowhere near as large as some other inner city areas.

The local shopping strip has a village feel to it and a large variety of food and clothing stores. It has a good vibe and because it is so self contained living here does not require trips to large shopping malls.

Parking can be hard especially in the summer and on Friday and Saturday nights. Shoe equivalent: Aquila and thongs. Vibe: suits with drinks in apartments with views. Would suit: anyone who can afford to live there, but is hugely popular with people in their 20's - 50's and professionals. Location: Bayside, inner south. Distance from city centre: 5km. Direction: South.

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