Peaceful Elwood is filled with streets charmingly named after poets, spacious Art Deco homes and a village-like feel, it personifies easy, breezy bayside living. Life here is about regular trips to the beach, enjoying an active lifestyle, eating at an enviable choice of restaurants, and generally enjoying the great outdoors and its beautiful surrounds. Looking out from the coast, you’ll find an impressive stretch of sandy beaches and a horizon scattered with colourful sailing boats, all a mere 25-minute tram ride from the city.
Locals flock to Elwood Village, where the streets are lined with an abundance of quaint cafes, organic supermarkets and unique homeware stores. On the corner you’ll discover Plain Sailing, an elegant cafe that opens the village on the southern end of Ormond Road. Wrapped in floor-to-ceiling windows, the morning light bounces through to diners as they enjoy their first coffee of the day. Known for its healthy all-day brunches, middle-eastern flavours and generous portion sizes, it’s no surprise that this local gem has quickly attracted a loyal following.
If a day by the bay is more your style, look no further than Elwood Bathers. Situated luxuriously on Elwood Beach, it offers the most decadent take on the classic pursuit of “fish and chips on the beach”. The dog-friendly terrace is filled with cavoodles, and if you keep your eyes peeled you’ll find a cheeky watering hole dedicated to our four-legged friends. With something for everyone, you’ll be part of a diverse crowd – even the Prime Minister holds gatherings here when in town.
As day turns to dusk, Dandelion is the perfect location for a meal with friends. Inspired by Vietnamese cuisine, a playfulness and sense of fun pervade the cooking, as the “sharing” style encourages diners to roll up their sleeves and dig in. Theatrical presentation and quality ingredients are a sure bet, and you’ll be delighted by the creative take on Vietnamese classics – such as the green rice fried tiger prawns and the colours of the Banh Xeo. Gather a group and come hungry.
Elwood is a suburb that’s made for exploring by foot. Enjoy winding through the leafy back streets on your morning stroll, or take a leisurely route along the canal if you have time. Active locals make the most of the bay, running and cycling along the water – not to mention the dog-friendly beach just a stone’s throw away in Brighton.
There are countless wellness offerings available too, including This is Life – a wellness centre that provides a range of holistic health activities for everyone in the family. The “Mindful Mini” classes are a particular favourite, offering mindfulness classes to children and their parents.
Endlessly family-friendly but with enough variety to keep singles entertained, the property market also reflects the diverse community. Sunny Art Deco homes are nestled on tree-lined streets, with unique names proudly greeting its residents above grand entrances. Roomy mid-century apartments entice young couples south of the river, and spacious Edwardian hooms offer families a place to can grow in. It’s no surprise Elwood offers residents a laid-back life by the bay.