I should preface this by saying 'dokily' was the only word (if you'd call it that) that I could think of that (kind of) rhymed with Oakleigh - sorry I'm not Eminem. The suburb of Oakleigh, located some 15km south-east of the CBD has been undergoing a metamorphosis of sorts in recent years with plenty of further development potential. As a casual visitor who passes through regularly but only stops by once or twice a month either for a coffee, gyros or pizza I thought it might be a good idea to set out on foot, trusty camera in tow.
Like a number of other suburbs, Oakleigh's centre is beginning to see a shift towards apartment living with development largely centred along the Hanover/Atkinson Street strip and Warrigal Road. These include Atkinson & Atherton, Infinity and 29-31 Swindon Rd, although the last is technically in Hughesdale I've decided to still include it.
Hanover Street in particular with its abundance of open air parking and proximity to Oakleigh Shopping Centre, Station and Dandenong Road, lends itself to further development with apartment buildings of around 5-8 storeys likely.
Additionally Eaton Mall, the main cafe and dining strip has seen a transformation with new paving, seating, lighting and hard and soft landscaping. This has been a very good outcome for the area with the cafes consistently packed, particularly on warm Saturday evenings.
So without further ado please enjoy the photos from my walk around Oakleigh - the weather unfortunately was nothing to write home about. A map of my walking route can be seen below: