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Albert Park
Brimming with opportunities for recreation,       Edwardian eras with many being semi-
Albert Park has got to be one of the fittest      attached or in rows.
and healthiest suburbs in Melbourne. From
                                                  The exceedingly charming St Vincent
the foreshore to the west, a man-made
                                                  Gardens were designed in 1868 and still
lake to the east – not to mention a golf
                                                  convey a sense of Victorian conviviality.
course, and Sports and Aquatic Centre
                                                  Home to many majestic mature trees, it’s
- there’s really no excuse for not being in
                                                  a great place for a shady walk or a spot
shape in Albert Park. Unless, of course,
                                                  of lawn bowls or tennis. The tram that
you’re more keen on the sumptuous side
                                                  runs along Victoria Avenue was installed in
of this suburb, which includes several
                                                  1890 to take daytrippers to the beach and
fabulous cafes, restaurants and pubs.
Amazingly, considering it’s practically
                                                  still runs together with the St Kilda light rail
                                                  making this suburb, then and now, easily           Statistics:
in the shadow of the CBD, Albert Park             accessible by public transport.
has the atmosphere of a village. And                                                                 Family structure
                                                  Fast Fact: Albert Park (the reserve first,
it converges on the salubrious Victoria
                                                  then the suburb) was named in 1862 after
Avenue. There are many curved streets                                                                                                    Other 3.6%
                                                  Prince Albert, Queen Victoria’s consort.
that flow around central gardens – which                                                                                                 Other 3.6%
is quite different from the grid like town                                                                                                 One parent
                                                                                                                                         Other 3.6% family 11.9%
planning of other suburbs and houses
                                                                                                                                           One parent family 11.9%
are generally of the Victorian and
                                                                                                                                           Without children 48.1%
                                                                                                                                           One parent family 11.9%
                                                                                                                                            Without children 48.1%
                                                                                                                                          Without children
                                                                                                                                       With children 36.4% 48.1%

Locals recommend:                                                                                                                      With children 36.4%
                                                                                                                                       With children 36.4%

                                                                                                     Type of dwelling
                                                                                                                                            Flat / apartment 20.5%
Restaurants                                     Shopping                                                                                    Flat / apartment 20.5%
Misuzu’s (7 Victoria Avenue ; 9699 9022)        Izzi & Popo (258 Ferrars St, South                                                            Semi detached /
                                                                                                                                           Flat / apartment 20.5%
A contender for best Japanese restaurant in     Melbourne; 9696 1771; www.izziandpopo.                                                        townhouse 51.4%
                                                                                                                                              Semi detached /
town, easily the coolest.              Fabulous homewares shop just up                                                       townhouse 51.4%
                                                                                                                                              Semi detached /
                                                                                                                                            Other dwellings 2.3%
                                                the road and specialising in 19th and 20th                                                    townhouse 51.4%
Mediterraneo (116 Bridport St.; 9690 5155;                                                                                                  Other dwellings 2.3%
                                                century furniture and curios from Europe.                                                 Freestanding house 25.8% Elegant and
                                                                                                                                            Other dwellings 2.3%
                                                                                                                                          Freestanding house 25.8%
unpretentious, take your pick between the       Empire 111 (63 Cardigan Place; 9682 6677;
cosy restaurant or marquee courtyard for A beautiful store                                              Freestanding house 25.8%
great steaks and seafood.                       filled with vintage delights.
Ricardo’s (99 Dundas Pl.; 9699 5536) An         Bars & Cafés                                         Prices   (3rd quarter 2006)
upmarket Italian trattoria with some old-                                                            Median house price $677,500
                                                The Beach (97 Beaconsfield Parade; 9690
fashioned chutzpah.                                                                                  Median house price               $677,500
                                                4642; A               Median unit price                TBA
Channy’s (125 Victoria Ave.; 9696 3328)         laidback lunch time venue by day, buzzing bar        Median house price
                                                                                                     Median unit price                $677,500
Outstanding Chinese food and a great place      at night.                                            Median unit price                TBA
for lunchtime yum cha.                                                                               Family structure and Type of Dwelling data used with permission of the
                                                Red Eagle Hotel (111 Victoria Avenue; 9699           Australian Bureau of Statistics. Median House Prices provided by The
                                                                                                     Real Estate Institute of Victoria Ltd.
Dundas & Faussett (111 Dundas Pl.;              9744; Especially
9645 5155) Light and spacious family-friendly   popular on Sundays, the Red Eagle is an oldie
café.                                           but a goodie.
                                                Nadia’s Café and Wine Bar
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