Take a leisurely meander along the leafy avenues and tranquil coastal walks and it’s easy to see why Brighton is one of Australia’s most coveted addresses, and home to the famed ‘Golden Mile’. The shimmering sea views, relaxed coastal ambience, easy access to the city and country, and quality shopping and dining have ensured that, for generations, its long-standing appeal has consistently ignored market fickleness felt elsewhere. Quite simply, a Brighton address cannot be equalled.
Commanding pride of place on Port Philip Bay, the kaleidoscopic contrast of dramatic seafront architecture, historic villas, quaint terrace cottages, modern luxury apartments, and of course, the famously vivid private beach huts, offer a rich array of options for any lifestyle, and style of living, for families, executives, retirees and investors.
For those who love a salt-kissed breeze, the suburb boasts the esteemed Royal Brighton Yacht Club with its scenic café and first-class marina. Right next door, the Middle Brighton Sea Baths have been refreshing locals and visitors alike since 1881, and now the sheltered pool includes its own fitness and wellbeing centre, right by the water.
When land-based activities are called for, an array of parks and reserves – including two 18-hole golf courses – create lush green oases amid the quiet streets and bustling urban ‘villages’ that tempt their patrons with gourmet cafes and restaurants, eclectic homeware stores, and some of Melbourne’s finest boutique shopping. Church Street is, without doubt, the most renowned of Brighton’s quality shopping precincts, while Martin Street and Bay Street impart a quieter, more intimate atmosphere.
Amongst our personal favourites are:
The Brighton Schoolhouse | 17 St Andrews St, Brighton
For outstanding coffee and delicious all-day breakfasts and lunches.
The Baths Restaurant | Perched above the Middle Brighton Sea Baths
Offers a superb modern menu against a glistening backdrop of bay views.
Devola’s | 616 Hampton St, Brighton
Easily pleases the fussiest of home chefs, offering the finest gourmet ingredients, as well as hampers, flowers, and even ready-to-cook meal sets delivered to your door.