Area: 3 km2
2016 population: 15,070
2011 population: 14,440
Average annual growth rate (2011-2016): 4.3%
(Source: ABS National Census. 2011 and 2016)
Geography of the area
The Elwood/Ripponlea neighbourhood is bound by Hotham and St Kilda Streets to the east, Glen Huntly Road and Head Street to the south, the foreshore to the west and Dickens, Southey Street, Byron Street, Brighton Road, Maryville Street and Elm Grove to the north.
A bayside suburb, Elwood is south of St Kilda and 8 km south of Melbourne. Its name is believed to have come from the Quaker historian and poet, Thomas Elwood, a friend of the poet Milton. Lieutenant Governor La Trobe, who had influence in the naming of places, had a high regard for Quakers. Ripponlea takes its name from the large home and estate of Frederick Sargood, a parliamentarian in 1868-9, that is in the area.
A large number of 25-34-year olds live in these neighbourhoods. The proportion of older residents in Elwood and Ripponlea is quite low. But there is a high number of children aged under ten. The area has a relatively low proportion of low income households. There is a high proportion of middle income households, as well as a very high level of tertiary education.
Elwood and Ripponlea's housing stock is a mixture of styles. There are larger houses from the Victorian and Edwardian eras around Ripponlea. There is a lot of of flats and apartments from the turn of the century onwards in the Elwood area. The neighbourhood is one of the more densely settled within the City of Port Phillip.
The neighbourhood is well served by the Ripponlea shopping area in Glen Eira Road and the Glen Huntly Road and Ormond Road centres in Elwood. The eastern part of the neighbourhood is served by Ripponlea station on the Sandringham rail line. There's a small supermarket in Ripponlea, but no banks, no chain stores, not even any fast-food outlets. Ripponlea prides itself on its unique character and unusual retail offerings.
Concentrated in a small strip of beautifully maintained heritage buildings, Ripponlea focuses firmly on fine foods. There's the delicatessen specialising in European delicacies and kosher foods, Kleins restaurant offering quality gourmet food to take-away, Attica restaurant serving Middle Eastern flavours in a refitted former bank building, and Bala da Dhaba - one of Melbourne's best Indian/Nepalese restaurants.
There are also some amazing discoveries for anyone looking for the unusual, the unique and the ubiquitous. Window-shopping along this quaint retail strip will reveal home wares, gifts, collectables and antiques just waiting for the discerning shopper.
Appropriately known as Elwood Village, the main shopping precinct in Elwood is Ormond Road.
There's something for everyone at Elwood Village and the strong sense of community has been retained; the locals even started their own Community Bank when the last of the major branch shut its doors. Increasingly popular, Elwood is still a place you can walk down the street and start talking to the locals as if you had known them for years.
Café culture is strong in Elwood Village but the pace is more relaxed than St Kilda. Not just the young and beautiful, Elwood attracts all age groups and all lifestyles. Mums with toddlers in strollers alongside businessmen and bohemian artists, everyone has a place in Elwood Village.
The pace of development has dramatically increased in Elwood over the past few years and the face of Ormond Road has changed. Retail stores now sit alongside modern apartments and the lines between retail and residential have blurred. Elwood Village is a model for the future. A place where people live, work and play within a multi-purpose community, developed out of a need for convenience, choice and close proximity to everyday essentials.
Other notable physical features include Elwood Beach, the Elwood Canal and Point Ormond.
Bus routes: 246 & 600
Tram routes: 67
Bus routes: 220 & 623
Train: Sandringham line - Ripponlea Station
For timetables and information visit Public Transport Victoria.