WHO’S NEXT DOOR
Go back ten, fifteen years and Bentleigh was one of Melbourne’s old school locales. Now, Bentleigh still maintains its position as one of the more traditional neighbourhoods but has well and truly refreshed itself.
As a result, more young professionals have moved in, changing the demographic, and bringing with them a demand for coffee, bars, fresh baked goodies and a more youthful vibe.
In Bentleigh, you’ll be neighbours with established families in Californian bungalows on one side, and young urban commuters in a contemporary townhouse on the other.
Walk down any of Bentleigh’s leafy streets and the atmosphere is decidedly relaxed. Thanks to the provision of all the essential everyday amenities and a wide selection of schools, families love the area — there’s a real sense that people move here to stay for a while.
Add to this the parks, proximity to the beach, and the ease of commuting to the city via the Centre Road connection or trains, you have the kind of residential nirvana Melbourne was built on. If you like to work hard during the week and take a well-earned break on the weekend, Bentleigh is one of the best suburbs to do this in.
THE NUMBER GAME
One of the most desirable suburbs in the area, demand is appropriately high. And with anything more than the smallest of homes out of the price range of many first home buyers, getting into Bentleigh for most will be via an apartment or townhouse.
Currently, a two bedroom apartment will cost around $635,000, with the rental yield for a similar apartment sitting at around $470 per week.