Located 6km from the CBD with a population of 16,122 (2006 census). St Kilda has undergone some significant cultural changes. The grand Victorian and Edwardian mansions which still feature along St Kilda Rd and the water front contain just a whisper of the once wealthy residents who lived there. Post-war, the area became a hub for Melbourne’s ‘out casts’ with high density social housing and carrying the reputation of Melbourne’s ‘red light’ hot spot. Residents moving into St Kilda came from diverse backgrounds and the suburb developed a bohemian culture which is still reflected in the street art, music, and small retail shops and market stores that cultivated its unique character. Luna park, the esplanade market, St Kilda Pier are just a few of the prominent historical landmarks that remain and enrich the culture which has taken on new layers of influence. In recent times due to rising land prices and a growing population, the suburb is once again attracting an air of sophistication. Street walkers are still a persistent feature in some zones, however they are not as prominent and efforts have been made to clean the suburb up. Most people in St Kilda rent, and the population is generally young. High rise flats dominate, with many of the older mansions now converted into apartments. Properties located around the St Kilda Botanical Gardens attract high prices, as do other areas surrounding the tourist hubs such as Acland St, and the bay. Access to some streets running off from St Kilda Rd has been restricted to deter curb crawling, and houses in these zones are obviously not as sort after.
St Michael’s Grammar School,
Christian Brothers College
St Kilda Primary School
St Kilda Park Primary School
There is no train station in St Kilda however tram services 92, 112 and 16 will get you into the city in 25 minutes.
If you want to go west of the city, there is a ferry service that departs from St Kilda Marina and ports at Williamstown.
Acland St is the area to head for to get the best choice of restaurants, coffee shops, and a diverse range of stores and boutiques. Other shopping hot spots can be found on Barkly St, and Carlisle St.
Period architecture dominates. Victorian, Edwardian and Art Deco styled mansions have been converted into apartment blocks. Single or double fronted Victorian and Edwardian terrace houses are common. Post war brick veneer properties are not quite as prominent. Modern high rise apartment blocks and numerous 1960’s/70’s apartment blocks are also dominant on the landscape.