Melbourne on the Water
Melbourne isn’t renowned for its waterside living, but it’s a city with plenty of sea and waterside properties and areas rich in history.
The word iconic is overused these days, however it’s the correct word to describe the famous bathing boxes at Brighton beach. There are 82 distinctive bathing boxes and many have been owned by the same family for generations. The boxes have known to exist as far back at 1862 but the present boxes have been in their position since 1934 when they were moved to a higher water mark. Locals and visitors alike visit the beach to take photos of this colourful collection which change colour as the sun moves throughout the day. Marshall White auctioned one of these bathing boxes on March 23 which sold for over $300,000 – an equal record price.
St Kilda Beach
Historically, St Kilda beach was a place for the people of Melbourne to bathe. The St Kilda sea baths were opened in 1860 when the Yarra River and other creeks became too polluted for bathing. Men and women were provided with separate bathing areas and enjoyed the health benefits of sea water and sun exposure. There were as many as six sea baths located on the St Kilda foreshore. These days the beach is a flurry of other activities including jogging, volleyball, rollerblading, kite-surfing and wind-surfing. There also many options for seaside dining and not to forget a stroll along the pier to catch a glimpse of the resident population of little penguins.
Albert Park Lake
These days Albert Park lake is internationally known as the focal point for the Melbourne Formula One Grand Prix but it is also part of a rich indigenous history. The lake was part of an enormous river delta and series of lagoons and wetlands. For 40,000+ years the Wurrundjerri people travelled through these wetlands on a seasonal basis and there are a number of trees and locations near the lake with clear evidence of such activity. Following British settlement, much of the water was drained for agricultural use and then devoted to housing. The Australian Army also occupied part of the park for many decades in aid of military training.
The Yarra River
The Yarra has become one of Melbourne’s great magnets with some of the city’s finest attractions located on its banks. Take a pleasure cruise from Southbank and you’ll cruise past Federation Square, Melbourne Park and the Botanic Gardens, plus you’ll pass some of the most coveted riverside real estate. Before British settlement, the river was a major food source for the Wurrendjeri people and post settlement the river has been a focal point for industry and habitation.
The street name says it all – this three bedroom townhouse on Seaview avenue has spectacular bay views and is only metres from the shoreline.
EOI closes April 3
If you have visions of building your dream home on the iconic Esplanade in Brighton this 1807sqm (approx.) allotment primed for development.
Auction by registration: April 17
This four bedroom residence enjoys an iconic position directly opposite Middle Park beach that soak in the magnificent water views.
Auction: April 13
This lavishly appointed 2-level penthouse is the ultimate combination for extravagant entertaining and relaxed living directly opposite Albert Park Lake.