Parkdale 3195Parkdale is a residential suburb 23 km. south-east of Melbourne, occupying parts of the Mordialloc and Mentone postcode areas. It was named after W. Parker, an early landowner in the area, and was given when the Victorian Railways opened the station in 1920.
The Parkdale primary school was opened in 1924. Most early residential development favoured the area between the beach and the railway line.
By 1933 there were over twenty-five shops near the railway station, mostly in Como Parade. In 1923 there had been about five shops.
During the early postwar years residential subdivisions moved away from the beach and the railway station. Near the corner of Nepean Highway and Lower Dandenong road a drive-in shopping centre was opened in 1958, constructed as shops facing a covered arcade, with parking at the rear. It followed "The Mall"in Heidelberg, and pre-dated Myer's "Chadstone."Named "Thrift Park"it was relatively unchanged forty years later, except for a Safeway supermarket.
In 1961 the Parktone primary school was opened and, in 1964, the high school. All of Parkdale's street configuration is grid-like, predating subdivision designs which discourage through traffic. Consequently many roads are modified by traffic humps.
Parkdale also has a neighbourhood shopping centre on Nepean Highway, four reserves (one with ovals and a swimming pool), and the Mordialloc-Cheltenham Community Hospital.
In 1987 the median house price in Parkdale was 10% above the median for metropolitan Melbourne and in 1996 it was 22% above the metropolitan median.
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