The Bentleigh Team



The first name given to the district now known as Bentleigh was Brighton East. The suburb was named after the infamous Victorian politician Thomas Bent, who had firstly been a market gardener, then Rate Collector in the district, and later a Moorabbin councillor. Sir Thomas entered the Legislative Assembly, eventually becoming the Premier of Victoria.


The first settlers planted many orchards which in those days were free of all pests. Orchards extended down the north side of Centre Road to where the railway station is now located. Market gardening soon replaced the orchards however, and became the chief primary industry of the locality which prevails right up to the present day.


Bentleigh and Bentleigh East lie along the axes of Henry Dendy's Special Survey of 1841 when he took eight square miles extending inland form the Brighton shoreline. The northern boundary was North Road, the southern boundary South Road and the eastern boundary East Boundary road. Centre Road was a convenient centre line through the survey.




Culturally diverse, cosmopolitan and colourful are just a few words to describe the thriving community that is Bentleigh and its close neighbours McKinnon, Ormond and Bentleigh East. Approximately 14km south east from Melbourne's CBD and part of the City of Glen Eira, the many local amenities and superb housing ensure these highly sought after suburbs tick all the boxes for quality and easy living. In fact, Bentleigh East holds the coveted title of Melbourne's 'most liveable' suburb, selected from over 50 suburbs by demographer Bernard Salt, chosen for its transport, shopping, good schools and abundant health and recreational facilities including the new “state of the art” Glen Eira Sports and Aquatic Centre.


Servicing Bentleigh and surrounds is the bustling Centre Road shopping precinct. Offering over 250 retail stores, it is here that the multi-cultural pulse of Bentleigh really thrives, with abundant cafes, international delis, upmarket boutiques and contemporary homeware stores sitting alongside a vast array of grocers and variety stores. Diverse, energetic and enjoying a distinct 'village' feel, Centre Road attracts both locals and visitors who simply love the convenience of 'one stop' shopping and delight in this fabulous, cultural experience.


For those who like to follow up a latte with leisure, much of Bentleigh's 4.7km2 of land is dedicated to serene, beautifully maintained parks and sporting facilities including Allnutt, Victory and Halley Parks and Bentleigh Memorial Gardens, all widely used by young families, walkers and sports enthusiasts alike.


When it comes to housing, Bentleigh and surrounds offers incredible opportunities for living, investing and developing. Defined by the coveted California Bungalow, the precincts generous blocks have also lent themselves to subdivision and re-development, resulting in a harmonious blend of stunning, contemporary townhouses, architectural family homes and some sublime examples of the pretty period residences that the area is renowned for.


Close by, McKinnon shares all the conveniences of Bentleigh and the highly sought after McKinnon Secondary College zone offers the ideal location for young families. Ormond, renowned for its stunning, leafy streets and quality period properties, enjoys the conveniences of both Centre Road and the great selection of restaurants on North Road, while also being home to Kilvington Girls Grammar and St Kevin's Primary School.


A sophisticated train and bus network further enhances this precinct's popularity taking you to nearby Monash University, Chadstone Shopping Centre; wherever you want to go - but with so much on offer, you may never want to leave!


Woodards specialises in real estate sales and leasing in Bentleigh and the surrounding suburbs of Bentleigh East, McKinnon and Ormond.




Bentleigh - Demographics June 2016

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