The best way to describe St Kilda is thus, "During the Edwardian and Victorian eras, St Kilda became a favoured suburb of Melbourne's elite... Shortly after the turn of the 20th century, St Kilda served a similar function for Melburnians as did Coney Island to the residents of New York City... Densely populated postwar St Kilda became Melbourne's red-light district, home to low-cost rooming houses. Since the late 1960s, St Kilda became known for its culture of bohemianism as home to many prominent artists, musicians and subcultures...While some of these groups still maintain a presence in St Kilda, in recent years the district has experienced rapid gentrification pushing many lower socio-economic groups out to other areas." Wikipedia
St Kilda has it all grand houses mixed with new architecture, old world attractions and 21st century excessive consumer culture, dirt, decay and delights.
We stayed in for 4 days while visiting an event and loved the grand houses mixed with new architecture, old world attractions, beach and pier runs, street walks, dirt, decay and delights.
In time St Kilda will be totally gentrified, become a museum with an endless flow of day trippers passing the grand houses, new architecture and old world attractions with a fixed their 21st century consumer culture glance but at the moment it still has grit which is worth staying in to get it between your toes.
Stay in St Kilda for a while don't just blow through it
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