The majority of Melburnians are unfamiliar with the location of Eaglemont. This leafy Melbourne suburb has maintained a degree of obscurity, and this may be why Eaglemont Village is so dear to the hearts of those who know it well.
In the late 1880’s the suburb was described as a favourite district for those who desire to have ample domains around their dwellings. The extension of the Clifton Hill – Alphington railway line to Heidelberg in 1888 made sale of land much more attractive to the homebuilder, and since then the suburb has expanded.
In the late 1920s construction started on the Eaglemont Shopping Centre in Silverdale Road, which was originally a dead-end street. The first buildings that housed commercial operations were constructed at the southern end in 1927, with some of the business owners living above their shops.
After WWII, the construction of the railway station, embankment and shops to the west side of Silverdale Road was undertaken. The architectural character of Eaglemont Village makes the area one of Melbourne’s most original and distinctive commercial developments of the era. It is now recognised as being of special historical significance and has a heritage protection overlay.
As shopping habits changed over the decades, Eaglemont Village slowly evolved into a Destination Hub. Most of the current businesses have an online presence or an appointment is required. It now offers a wonderful mix of boutique retail stores and specialty services. The post office remains as an anchor tenant, along with 2 cafes, a great fish & chippery and a cosy wine bar to catch up with friends. Parking is easy and the unique hamlet lends itself perfectly to be closed off once a month to host community market events.