Located 6km from the CBD with a population of 12,188. (2006 census). St Kilda East has a distinctly different feel from St Kilda. Located the other side of St Kilda Rd away from the bay, but high in density and featuring a larger number of apartments than houses. There is a large Jewish Hasidic community in St Kilda East, and competition for homes located around the local synagogues is heated (St Kilda Synagogue is located in Charnwood Gr, just off Alma Road). The largest park in the suburb is Alma Park. It was originally intended to be used for religious purposes, and therefore expect to find a number of churches in the roads surrounding this area. The neighbouring suburb to St Kilda East is a small area called Balaclava. There is little difference between the two suburbs, and the main shopping strip located on Carlisle road caters for both communities. There is a strong arts culture in this locality which is represented in the street makeup on Carlisle road, and the various pubs, restaurants and shops (which range from two dollar outlets, to small exclusive boutiques,) reflect the diversity. Some of the streets in St Kilda East are dominated by 1970’s flats and apartment blocks (Westbury St being a good example), and therefore it’s possible to get slightly cheaper accommodation than streets which have a more exclusive nature. Land sizes are generally small (approx 200 sqm) and due to a growing population, land values are high. There is a rough equal split between renters and owner occupiers in St Kilda East.
Christian Brothers College,
Caulfield Grammar School,
Malvern Community School,
Ripponlea Primary School,
Mount Scopus Memorial College,
Beth Rivkah Ladies College
St Michael’s Grammar School
The Rabbinical College of Australia and New Zealand (Yeshivah Gedolah Zal)
Close proximity to Balaclava and Rippon Lea train stations. Major tram services operate along Carlisle St, Chapel St, and St Kilda Rd. (There is a bus service along Orrong Rd and Hotham St)
The major shopping hubs in St Kilda East are located on Carlisle St, and around Rippon Lea train station on Glen Eira Rd.
Houses are mainly period in style – single fronted Victorian and Edwardian terrace cottages. There are a lesser number of detached dwellings which tend to be double fronted period homes in high demand. Off street parking is a luxury if purchasing a house, however permit street parking is usually the next best option. Median density apartment blocks are prevalent. 1960’s and 70’s styles are most common. Older Art Deco mansions have been converted into apartments and fetch high prices particularly if renovated. Modern high rise developments are increasing.