Suburb Snapshot Series - Middle Park

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A Gem by the Bay

28 June 2024

Nestled along the stunning coastline of Port Phillip Bay, Middle Park stands out as a quaint yet vibrant suburb with a rich history and a unique charm. Located just 4 kilometres south of Melbourne's bustling CBD, Middle Park offers residents and visitors a perfect blend of natural beauty, cultural experiences and a relaxed community atmosphere.

Middle Park is bounded by Canterbury Road in the north, Fraser Street in the east, Port Phillip Bay in the south and Mills Street in the west. Originally part of the City of St Kilda, Middle Park has evolved from its early days as a swampy wasteland to become one of Melbourne's most desirable residential areas. The suburb's development began in the late 19th century, and its Victorian and Edwardian architecture still graces many of its tree-lined streets today. The heritage-listed Middle Park Hotel, built in 1889, is a notable landmark that reflects the area's historical significance. The foreshore contains a number of high-rise residential towers. The limited opportunities for redevelopment have contributed to a relatively static population.

The current population is estimated at just over 4000 residents and exhibits a diverse demographic profile characterised by a mix of affluent families, professionals and retirees. The suburb's population reflects a high proportion of middle to upper-income households. Residents typically enjoy a higher level of education and employment in managerial, professional, and technical occupations.

The tightly held selection of attractive real estate enjoys enduring popularity and holds unwavering strength even in the most challenging markets. In the first quarter of 2024, the REIV reported the median sale price to be $2.4 million. The median sale price peaked at $3.84m in Q1 2021 and the median sale price over the past 12 months to May 2024 was $2.78m. The median price for units was $780,000, again demonstrating the strength in the suburb’s residential sales market. The median weekly rent is $950 and average rental yield is 2%.

True to its name, Middle Park boasts expansive green spaces that provide residents with ample opportunities for outdoor activities. The jewel of the suburb is Albert Park, a 225-hectare recreational haven that hosts the annual Australian Grand Prix. Albert Park Lake, located within the park, offers picturesque views and is a popular spot for picnicking, walking, jogging, and birdwatching. The park's well-maintained sports facilities cater to a variety of interests, including tennis courts, golf courses, and cycling paths.

 Middle Park is renowned for its strong sense of community and relaxed lifestyle. The suburb's vibrant shopping and dining precinct along Armstrong Street offers a range of boutique shops, cafes, and restaurants that cater to diverse tastes. Residents enjoy a laid-back atmosphere where they can unwind in local parks or socialise with neighbours at community events. Armstrong Street embodies the suburb's vibrant café culture and upscale lifestyle.

 For culture enthusiasts, Middle Park provides easy access to Melbourne's thriving arts scene. The nearby South Melbourne Market is a cultural hub where visitors can explore fresh produce, gourmet delicacies, and artisanal crafts. The Arts Centre Melbourne and the National Gallery of Victoria, are both easily accessible, offering world-class exhibitions, performances, and cultural events throughout the year.

 Middle Park's proximity to Port Phillip Bay ensures that residents can indulge in a coastal lifestyle. The suburb's beachfront along Beaconsfield Parade is a favourite spot for swimming, sunbathing, and enjoying breathtaking sunsets over the bay. Visitors are drawn to the beach local shopping strips and recreational facilities in the nearby Albert Park Reserve. Other notable features include the nearby Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre.

 Middle Park offers a delightful blend of historical charm, natural beauty, and modern conveniences. Whether you're strolling along its leafy streets, exploring its parks and waterfront, or immersing yourself in its cultural offerings, Middle Park invites you to experience a slice of Melbourne's diverse and vibrant lifestyle. Whether you're a local resident or a visitor from afar, Middle Park promises an enriching and memorable experience that captures the essence of coastal living in Victoria.