Historic Revival: The Resurgence of St Kilda

Historic Revival: The Resurgence of St Kilda

St Kilda is one of Melbourne’s leading cultural and artistic hubs, with its iconic dining venues, live music history and beachside location on Port Phillip Bay.

  • By Gamuda Land
  • 22 January 2024

It is also located in one of Melbourne’s most liveable council areas, in City of Port Philip.

In recent times, St Kilda has received significant attention for its future plans to accommodate Melbourne’s growing population. Our latest residential development, Fareham, is located within St Kilda, and is perfectly situated next to the beach, Albert Park Lake, and St Kilda’s iconic food offerings.

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An Unrivalled Community

On top of the vast array of incredible locations for food and fun, St Kilda also lies in the heart of the local City of Port Phillip government area, one of Melbourne’s most highly sought-after locales.

In a recent survey shared by The Age, Port Phillip was named the second most liveable local government area in Melbourne and was named in the top 10 most liveable areas in the country.

The incredibly diverse array of neighbourhood amenities, its well-connected location, and its distinct focus on communal and public spaces designed for special interests or activities were among the top reasons for its liveability.

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Reviving A Classic

One of the most talked about revivals of 2023 was the stunning renovation of the widely popular Saint Hotel on Fitzroy Street in St Kilda. The newly designed space will house five separate venues across its two levels, including Saint Dining, Saint Bar, Stellas, Bar 54 and spaces for private functions.

Cuisine across the five spaces ranges from the array of fine dining on its lower levels to its sun-drenched terraces of Bar 54 that offer a relaxing environment for more casual drinks and snacks with friends all positioned just 2km away from our Fareham project.

Alongside this incredible rebirth, St Kilda remains the home of some of Melbourne’s most iconic and exquisite dining destinations including The Esplanade Hotel, Stokehouse, Donovans and many more.

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A Future Vision

One of the most significant milestones for the St Kilda area is Port Phillip Council’s vision to celebrate its history as a hub for live music, announcing its plans for a new 5000-person standing capacity venue in an area known as the St Kilda Triangle, located only a short 8-minute drive from Fareham.

St Kilda’s central location, close proximity to the CBD and convenient access to an array of public transport makes it a prime choice for a venue of this size and will assist in the regeneration of the area’s local music scene. The new venue is proposed to sit adjacent to the existing Palais Theatre along St Kilda’s iconic foreshore.

Next month (February), St Kilda will once again play host to its annual event, The St Kilda Festival, a celebration of the area’s iconic arts and entertainment culture through a series of curated performances by a range of diverse artists and genres.

Since 1980, the annual summer event has welcomed the local and wider community, alongside tourists from across the globe to experience Melbourne’s local music scene against its seaside backdrop. Following its success in 2023, this year will see the event spread across a two-day format in late February.

Our project, Fareham, which has been expertly designed by the team at BayleyWard Architects to optimise panoramic views of St Kilda and Port Phillip Bay, will play a large role in creating much-needed new homes to the area.

Across its 18 levels, Fareham will bring 78 homes and increase foot traffic to the local community, an area that was hit the hardest during the COVID pandemic due to its strong tourism culture.

Recent statistics by REA have highlighted a 1.5% average price increase over the last 12 months for apartments in St Kilda, demonstrating stable growth and investment potential within the suburb.

Discover more about St Kilda and life at Fareham here.

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