7.4 out of 10

Beach Road, Hampton

-37.9320156312 144.993277437
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  • Childcare
  • Clean & Green
  • Eating Out
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Internet Access
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids


4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5

"A well-known street with a mixture of house types and great access to shopping, beach and transport."

New Street is over 6 kms in length, running from the beach in the south to the golf course in the north. The southern end of New Street is a busy thoroughfare whilst the northern end is a quiet one-way section.

Whilst there are some boutique-style shops, the main shopping areas of Church, Bay and Martin Streets intersect New Street so access to these areas is easy in the extreme. A smaller, community shopping strip can be found in another intersecting street called Were. Home Hardware can be found in New Street as can some service stations, restaurants, pool shops and even a nursery.

New Street bisects one of Melbourne's most prestigeous private schools - Brighton Grammar School. BGS was founded in 1882 and has just celebrated its 125th anniversary. Within 300 metres of New Street is Fribank Grammar School, which itself was founded in 1908. At its very southern end Xavier College has a junior campas and there are a number of quality childcare centres along its length.

At the southern end, New Street runs through Hampton/Brighton Beach and is very close to the water and the Beach Road. It also has Melbourne's last remaining manually operating (train) boom gates - although these are currently closed (since October, 2007) due to a train crashing through them when they were in the locked postion. Generally, the homes in this section of the street are more stately and grand.

At the northern end Elsternwick park covers an entire suburban block and it has ovals, tracks, plagrounds and BBQ's. At its heart is a lake which houses many birds. Next to the park is the Elsternwick Golf Course (9 hole) which makes a beautiful setting before New Street makes its way past its final apartment building before intersecting with the Nepean Highway - the majot route to the city of Melbourne. At this point, New Street residents are only 5 mins to the Elwood beach, 3 mins to the Elsternwick train station, city-bound trams, buses and taxis. When combined with the access to the cinemas and the Glenhuntly Road & Ormond Road shopping, this is a very desirable section of New Street to live in. Generally, the homes here are more suburban, with very few flats, but a lot of older, timber-style homes have made way for newer, larger, more modern homes.
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Solimar The boom gates at the southern end of New Street are manually operated and are in fact the last remaining manually operated boom gates in Australia!
AdamS Hi Solimar,

I was visiting a friend over in Well Street yesterday, and it's been a while since I have been out your way in Brighton, but I must say, you really do live in one of the best areas in all of Melbourne. We took a long walk down the main strip of shops, and then on to the beach. Such a great family feel in the area as well, there were a lot of people walking their dogs, running and walking along the beach. Looks like the walkways on the beach are quite new as well?

I also noticed the homes are mostly old in the area...which is to be expectted. They are all quite big, bit none are modern. Some of the houses along the beach seem to be a funky and a little modern, but i thought there would be more newer style homes?

It would be great to get your take on some of the other streets in the area as well. What street is considered "the golden mile" of Brighton?

Solimar Afternoon AJ.

Welcome to the area - a priviledge.

The Golden Mile is the area flanked by St Kilda Street to the east, the beach front to the west, Head St to the north and Mytton Grove in the south.

There are many homes that have been replaced with newer homes, but sadly, there seems to be no abatement to the number of large blocks being subdivided. If you compare Brighton with say, Toorak, Kew, Canterbury or Camberwell, you find that there are very few blocks that get subdivided and this is a drawcard in itself. I could imagine that is 10-20 years the current charachter may be considerably altered.

Other fabulous outside of the Golden Mile area would be Sussex, Huntingfiled, Kinane, Were, Gould and Grosvenor.

Hope this helps.

AdamS Hi Solimar,

I'm surprised that council is letting people subdivide. As you say, part of the charm of Brighton is the big lush houses and old architecture. I hope nothing changes over the coming years.

I'll have to check out the other streets this weekend and give my take on them. When I post, ill be sure to credit you for the fantastic local Brighton info.

Thanks again Solimar.
ruthiejames95 I think it is interesting that they are letting them subdivide also. I never thought the day would come that this would happen! Thank you for sharing.
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