Life sure is lovely in Brighton. Famous for its brightly-coloured beach boxes that line the sand of one of Melbourne’s most popular swimming destinations, this area is not just a beachside retreat but also a dream home location for many Melburnians. Its glorious bayside strip – known as “The Golden Mile” – is the creme de la creme for Brighton homeowners, with no major roads between their properties and the bay. Between shopping on Bay Street, two cinemas, renowned public and private schools, three railway stations and an abundance of sports, locals here want for nothing.
Brighton runs at a breezy pace to the rest of Melbourne. Providing an active lifestyle, locals start their day walking or cycling along the beach, followed by water sports, including swimming and sailing, or playing tennis at one of the many sports clubs. On weekends you’ll find people flock to The Brighton Baths, or pop by the Brighton Public Golf Course for a round of golf.
With such pleasurable activities on offer, Brighton has developed a loyal and long-term community. You’ll find established families raising their children here, younger families dreaming of doing the same, life-long locals enjoying retirement and well-known sports stars all calling this affluent suburb home.
A well-known, well-respected and extremely well-loved member of the Brighton community is The Pantry, part of the Church Street landscape for over 20 years. A hub of activity, this place is a daily staple for so many, from the early morning active crowd, to the Friday night dinner regulars enjoying a bottle of rosé and a pizza to finish off the working week. Insider tip: The Pantry has become known for hosting The Miele Pantry Cooking Show, with cooking demonstrations from some of Australia’s top chefs, plus a decadent five course degustation dinner. Make sure to book in to the next one.
Another cherished establishment is Mr & Mrs P, a bar and restaurant by husband and wife team Mr and Mrs Poliwodzinski. They offer it in the name of love – not just their love for each other but for the world of hospitality, shared through their devotion to the tiny details that create an unforgettable experience. They deliver a seriously good time, and the cocktail menu gives just a hint at what’s in store for your visit, from The Pretty Woman (“to honour our red headed beauty”) to Today is a Good Day (“a martini remiss of a crazy French love story”).
Imagine walking into a home that’s curated with original artworks, locally-designed homewares and thoughtful, gorgeously wrapped gifts for your loved ones. That’s been Anna Chisolm’s goal from day one when opening the Bungalow Trading Co. store. With a strong philosophy in supporting local artists and designers as much as possible, it’s celebrated by those looking for one-of-a-kind treasures that have been lovingly made and stored.
Adored by locals and envied by all their friends, owning in Brighton is enjoying a piece of real estate heaven. Its broad, immaculate streets are the perfect setting for some of the city’s most enviable houses, varying between polished examples of Victorian-era grandeur and modern pieces of architectural brilliance – made all the more decadent by their glistening swimming pools and manicured tennis courts. Many properties enjoy glittering seaside views, especially those on the Golden Mile, making life simply brilliant in sunny Brighton.