Each month we are going to feature a suburb for you, give you the reasons why people love a particular spot and what we believe are the redeeming features from and advocates and a property managers elwood professional opinion. This month we are starting with Elwood.
Elwood is particularly easy for me to write about because it’s where i live. That being said we also buy quite a lot of property for our clients in the area and manage a great deal of property , buyer advocate elwood there too, so we also know why it’s appealing to investors and tenants.
You can’t think about Elwood without considering its easy proximity to the beach, even if you are on the St Kilda Road side of Elwood you are still only moments away from the beach. Another redeeming factor of Elwood is its proximity to St Kilda and its very own cafes culture with the Ormond Rd & Tennyson St shopping strips becoming ever more popular with great restaurants, excellent coffee and a well rounded shopping strip. Another reason people love Elwood is because of its architecture, Elwood is full to the brink with gorgeous art decos, Spanish missions and an array of stunning new contemporary homes. As well as the architecture there is also the amazing plane trees which create a leafy archway into most of the streets, they offer shade in summer and let in light through the winter.
Elwood is surrounded by bike paths and walking tracks, it’s nestled between the St Kilda Botanical gardens and Elsternwick Park. Other features for families are the great local schools with Elwood Primary & St Columbus as well as some wonderful grammar schools closely located on Glen Eria Rd, Orrong Rd & New Street.
Some factors that you would need to consider before moving to this gorgeous leafy suburb is the proximity to public transport, for such an inner urban hot spot it lacks public transport to the extent you might expect. You have the light rail located in St Kilda, the tram on St Kilda Rd and of course the local bus collection however there both rails are not super accessible, by that i mean it’s at least 1k form the centre of Elwood – whilst the location of Elwood is super close to the CBD most residents would use a car or walk to their destination of choice. In addition to public transport there is one other major consideration for Elwood and that is the fact that a great deal of the suburb was built on old swamp land, this has lead to many properties requiring underpinning and generally seeing large amounts of structural movement, most people would consider this part and parcel in living in such a super position but it’s still something that requires consideration, there is a particular corner of Elwood, Near Shelly & Broadway which is renound for movement so perhaps just keep that in mind.
Personally i think you are hard pressed to find a suburb with as much charm as Elwood and certainly the tenants agree with me – Elwood has a very low vacancy rate and is particularly popular among female professionals with it currently housing the largest amount of single professional females than any other suburb in Melbourne.
My personal hot spots for food, coffee and shopping are as follows:
Coffee – you cant go past Combi Coffee on Ormond Rd http://combicoffee.com.au/ super flavoursome organic, free trade coffee made to perfection.
To Eat – my 2 personal favourites are The Dining Haul, http://www.thedininghaul.com.au/#home think fish tacos, think lamb gyros, think lightly salted whitebait & slow cooked pulled lamb with goats cheese, great for sharing dishes. Another favourite of mine is Dandelion, http://dandelion.ws/ this place offers the freshest seafood, fragrant curries and amazing cocktails.
Food shopping – you can’t go past Leaf http://www.theleafstore.com.au/ . This gorgeous grocer offers organic produce, ready-made meals & a beautiful flower shop.