Port Melbourne has not always been as glamourous as we may think. Until 1884, Port Melbourne was originally called Sandridge. The area of Port Melbourne was the central marine hub in the 1850s during the gold rush, and in the 1900s it became a housing area for industrial workers and low socioeconomic people that struggled with housing. However, since the 2000s, it has become an important gem of Melbourne.
Through the change of demographics and a choice of a bayside location it has completely changed the way we see Port Melbourne, from houses to high-rise apartments, from shipping docks to beautiful beaches and so much more. In the 1920s and 30s the State bank of Victoria initiated 322 matching English-style houses for the working class, however it has become an area for multi-millionaires that wish to either have as a home or as an investment property, in a heritage-protected area.
Lifestyle of Port Melbourne
The lifestyle of Port Melbourne has grown over many of years, where it has now become and popular suburb to catch up friends at a cafe, bar or even at a restaurant on busy Bay Street. However, if this doesn’t suit your style, then the patrolled beach is one area where bike riding and walking along Beach Road is as popular as business man walking along Flinders Street.
The reason why the locals love the area of Port Melbourne is because of the:
- Proximity of being extremely close to Melbourne CBD, and avoiding peak hour traffic.
- Active lifestyle, where the young and old are able to have a morning stroll on the beachside, or to go for a morning swim on hotter days.
- Shopping strips located along Bay Street, which has a number of restaurants, bars and cafes, coupled with, jewellery stores, health and beauty centres, clothing stores, gyms and so much more. “It only continues to expand and improve” says Mark.
- Number of parks and green areas that can be used for yoga classes, kicking the soccer ball with the family, or simply to enjoy a picnic with family and friends.
Port Melbourne has two major freeways that run through it, West Gate Freeway and the City Link, coupled with Williamstown road, Bay Street and Lorimer Street and many more, allowing easy access from surrounding suburbs. However, if driving is not your cup of tea, then consider taking the 109-tram route that runs frequently to the Melbourne CBD.