When it comes to inner-city living, you may feel overwhelmed with your options. While every suburb has its own pros and cons; there’s one that tops the list. Formerly an industrial area, Port Melbourne has undergone a massive facelift in recent years – but beneath the surface, it retains its character.
Port Melbourne is the perfect blend of inner-city ease and laidback beachside lifestyle. From sunrise coffees with views across the ocean to a trip down Bay Street’s shopping precinct, Port Melbourne’s allure isn’t hard to pin down. With apartment buildings like P.M. Residences popping up amongst restored cottages and grand old pubs, the dream lifestyle has become even more attainable.
There are a lot of things that make Port Melbourne a desirable suburb to rent in, but we’ve narrowed it down to our top five.
There’s a reason this is the top of the list. Combining the conveniences of city living and beachside paradise is what makes Port Melbourne so liveable. The palm tree lined foreshore makes for an idyllic walk through the neighbourhood and being able to sit out on your balcony and take in ocean views feels like a dream.
Port Melbourne is fortunate enough to have two beautiful beaches, Sandridge and Port Melbourne Beach, that make for the perfect spot to swim or to park yourself for a lovely day by the ocean. Nestled in between the two beaches is the historic Princes Pier, which is the perfect place to take in a sunrise or sunset.
Bay Street Shopping
In the heart of Port Melbourne, Bay Street is the perfect place to meet friends for a drink, shop for everything from fresh food to designer fashion, or unwind at dinner at many of the water’s edge eateries or renowned pubs. You can pop into Thyme for Living for stylish homewares or Harry & Frankie for a wine and cheese fix.
Wine & Dine
Or should we say, beer and dine? Port Melbourne has a thriving dining scene and a pub on nearly every corner. On warm evenings you’ll find the beer garden at Ciao Cucina buzzing, or you can enjoy upscale Italian in a rustic setting next door at sister restaurant Ciao Cielo. For a well-crafted cocktail in a sleek setting, Clooney will be your new go-to while Grey & Bliss Cafe is always a favourite brunch spot.
An Easy Commute
Commuting for residents of Port Melbourne is never a lengthy affair, and escaping the crazed weekday pace of the CBD is as easy as coming home. A short 12-minute tram ride will get you downtown, and the Westgate Freeway is only a minute away.
Staying active in Port Melbourne is easy, with running and cycling trails along the beach and for a one-time industrial haven, there’s a surprising number of parks and reserves throughout Port Melbourne. Westgate Park, the biggest, and arguably the most interesting, is perfect for walks around the lake. You may even catch a glimpse of the lake turning pink during certain times of the year.
P.M. Residences truly encapsulates the epitome of balance between bayside and city living and offers the ultimate urban seaside lifestyle. With 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom apartments available to rent now from $440 a week, you’ll be able to enjoy the rooftop pool, five-star facilities and retail right on your doorstep. Life in Port Melbourne has never been better.