This story tells of St Kilda’s changing fortunes through its diverse housing styles.

St Kilda’s changing social status over time is visible in the different block sizes and the variety of homes, often sitting cheek-by-jowl.

St Kilda is a great place to live – its density makes it vibrant, exciting, close to the beach and the bay and it has plenty of parks – and it's within easy reach of the city. Waves of residents have washed through St Kilda, attracted in the boom times by its exclusivity and status, and in periods when the suburb was more down at heel, by cheap rents and low priced land.

The story is also an audio tour. Download the audio files and the map from the Heritage Victoria website, and head to St Kilda to see the houses for yourself.

The tour begins at Cleve Gardens, on the corner of Fitzroy Street and Beaconsfield Parade.

From the audio tour From Riches to Rags and Back Again, created by Heritage Victoria.