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Your guide to Melbourne's trendiest seaside suburbs

Melbourne has been listed amongst the world's most liveable cities - and not without reason. Its versatility and the varied nature of the areas surrounding the CBD ensure there is something for everyone.
If you venture east of its sophisticated city scene and colourful laneways and head down the coast, and you'll find a string of seaside suburbs, each with their own personality and individual feel. Here we list just a few of our favourites for those considering life by the beach in Australia's second-biggest city.

Brighton

Widely known as one of Melbourne's wealthiest (and therefore most expensive) neighbourhoods, breezy Brighton features in our list for obvious reasons. Its upmarket yet compact main street and surrounding streets of leafy green gardens and polished porches make it a desirable and secluded place to call home - especially for families. On the seafront, you'll find soft, sandy beaches with hazy vistas of the city skyline. If you work in the CBD, the commute is just 12km (30 minutes) by car, or an hour via public transport.

St Kilda

Need that inner city vibe (and close proximity to the CBD) with a beachside bustle, St Kilda has it all. Once sidelined as seedy and squalid following the collapse of its 19th-century heydey, the area has experienced dramatic regeneration and rebirth as a hip, happening place to live with a reputation as a bustling seaside town much loved by those who call it home. The palm-lined beach, quaint Victorian pier and buzzing shopping centre Acland Street make this versatile suburb perfect for couples, families and singles. Properties are varied, and an eclectic mix of traditional bungalows and urban apartments can be found within the centre or nestled on the quiet streets near the suburb's peaceful Botanic Gardens on the way to sleepy Elwood.

Sorrento

Sophisticated Sorrento perches at the peak of the Nepean Peninsula, 100km away from Melbourne's CBD. Its Italian-inspired moniker denotes a chic, European feel to the town, which comprises of one main road adjacent to the ocean flanked with swanky shops, quaint antique sellers and plenty of stylish restaurants and comfy coffee shops. Sorrento's situation within the unspoilt countryside and its upmarket presentation and reputation naturally ensure that price tags are heftier - but properties retain their value and appreciate with little outside influence.

Mornington

Mornington's trendy street of upmarket boutiques, wine bars and coffee shops makes it an attractive location for professional couples and families. It's relatively close proximity to Melbourne and 'far away' feel ensure that it's the perfect escape for anyone tired of living and working in the CBD. Nearby, you'll find plenty of places to explore and enjoy, including the renowned Peninsula Hot Springs, Shire Hall Beach and plenty of vineyards and wineries with cellar doors flung open throughout the summer.

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