St Kilda East 3183St. Kilda East extends form Chapel Street, St. Kilda, to Caulfield, and is 6 km. south-east of Melbourne. Along its northern edge is the Dandenong Road tram (1928) and another east-west tram (1913) runs along Balaclava Road to Caulfield. Near its eastern edge the railway runs from Windsor to Sandringham.
St. Kilda East lacks the spectacle of St. Kilda in terms of both indoor and outdoor entertainment venues. Its sole large parkland, Alma Park, has the railway running through it, unless one also includes the cemetery, the resting place of Alfred Deakin and Albert Jacka, V.C., M.C. and Bar, and Mayor of St. Kilda (1930).
There are several churches: Free Presbyterian (1864, Chapel Street), Presbyterian (1877, Chapel Street) and St. Mary's Catholic (1871, but dating from 1853, Dandenong Road). The Catholic church also has the Christian Brother College (1878). There are two campuses for Jewish schools, Yeshivah and Beth Rivkan, but the synagogues are in St. Kilda and Balaclava.
St. Kilda East is a dormitory suburb compared with its beachside neighbour, and has a shopping centre which is better described as Balaclava. In the south of the district there is also Ripponlea.
During the postwar years the St. Kilda council was amenable to the building of flats on relatively small housing blocks. Flats were built so rapidly and in such numbers in St. Kilda East that the St. Kilda municipality's population rose by nearly 10,000 persons in the 1960s, resisting the declines in most other inner-suburban places.
Flat building had begun in the 1920s. "Ardoch", a garden suburb near St. Mary's church, had flats added to it in about 1925. After having a high school, which closed in 1989, Ardoch was restored under heritage guidance by the Urban Land Authority and 94 apartments built.
The median house price in St. Kilda East between 1989 and 1996 was 50% above the median for metropolitan Melbourne.
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