Sunday, May 13, 2018

Middle Park

These photos were taken a while ago when R and myself went to Sandbar at Middle Park Beach for brunch. Housing Commission flats for the poor in a prime location with open sea views. You may have a chance at getting one if you are poor and have lived in the area for about fifty years. The old convent wall has been kept.


Nice day at Sandbar, yes, and a delicious brunch.


Station Pier, with a cruise ship but sans The Spirit of Tasmania. It's scheduling has changed rather a lot and I no longer know its sailing times.


Once a toilet block, once  a gay beat, once the site of a gay murder, once a restaurant, now a  hairdressing salon wellness and beauty salon.


I remember Hels telling me this was a former Coffee Palace. Now the Victoria Hotel has become apartments, I believe.


The Kerferd Road pier became unsafe after storm damage. Another pier in St Kilda suffered similar damage a number of years ago, and it was demolished. Parks Victoria is responsible. Don't let Parks Victoria demolish this pier and it needs to be repaired promptly.


Just buildings, a mix of the old and new. They all have sea views and unlike some places, there is no growing pesky native vegetation blocking their views.





The Convent of the Good Shepherd  (we used to call them nunneries) closed in 1973 but some of the buildings remain.

23 comments:

  1. It looks like a lovely area. I hope the pier can be repaired.
    Our Housing Commission buildings are NEVER put in an area with a desirable view. Those are reserved for those with deep pockets.

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    1. EC, when they were built it really wasn't a desirable area and you could pick up a house there in the early 80s for less than $50,000. There would be few houses there less than $1.5 now.

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  2. Drat that Parks body - first they make it illegal to jump off a pier in hot weather and they demolish those they can't be bothered saving. Original fun police.

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    1. Jayne, and as young people do, they ignore the Parks rule about jumping off a pier. Drunk lads late at night should not jump off piers though.

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  3. Social housing with a view. I've never heard of such a thing.

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    1. Marie, I certainly know of social housing towers in the north of England overlooking parks and the Tyne valley. Though I think one in my mind was going to be pulled down.

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  4. The old buildings have so much more character. I guess similar could be said about old farts like me! :)

    (Don't take my comment too seriously...I'm kidding around as is my wont).

    Have a good week, Andrew...keep warm. :)

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    1. Lee, yes, we can kid ourselves about being full of character, but youth and beauty seems much more desirable, and I understand that. Thanks.

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  5. If I could get my beloved to move home, I would immediately buy a place in Beaconsfield Parade, so close to the water that I could see what the people on the cruise ships were eating for dinner. Difficult choice - spectacular beach views or husband of 47 years!

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    1. Hels, there are some stunning modern apartment building between Middle Park and Beacon Cove. I understand the temptation, but it can be quite a walk to trams and buses, depending where you are. Poor Joe.

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  6. From toilet block to restaurant? I hope those walls and floor got thoroughly scrubbed.
    I'd love a housing commission flat with a sea view, as long as it has two bedrooms. And hopefully a balcony. I can't imagine having lived anywhere for 50 years, it must be nice.

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    1. River, completely reinvented, yet I thought the same icky thoughts. Sometimes old places keep original fittings. Would the men's urinal still be in situ? No, no River. What you want is a large single bedroom place, otherwise you will get visitors to stay.

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    2. That's my point. Family who might visit and stay have nowhere so go to the nearest hotel or motel instead. Or I could use the extra room as a library/study/computer room, or even a giant wardrobe.

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  7. Social houses with a sea view, how fancy!
    Love all those old buildings, very pretty.

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    1. Sami, indeed, but no balconies though. They are for the poor after all. Can't spoil them.

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  8. Sandbar is blessed with much desirable architecture Andrew.. Sea views should be available to and enjoyed by all, well orf and not so well orf!

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    1. Grace, yes I have no problem with the less well off having sea views and it is good for people who have lived in the area for much of their lives to be able to stay in the area.

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  9. Did it stop being a gay beat after the gay murder? Something like that usually scares everyone away.

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    1. Kirk, I really can't remember. My memory is defective too, as I just discovered but the toilet block was somehow connected to this murder. PS Fritz Maaten was a personal friend of ours at the time.

      https://www.theage.com.au/news/national/mercy-plea-urged-for-gay-murder/2007/11/17/1194767024582.html

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  10. The old building do look great and it's pleasing that they are being used...forgot about that word nunneries

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    1. Margaret, I too had forgotten the word, but it just popped into my head.

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  11. The wellness and beauty salon certainly has a history.

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    1. Certainly does Strayer. I remember it as a public toilet.

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