Ivy-covered house in Eaglemont
|• Density||2,070/km2 (5,350/sq mi)|
|Area||1.9 km2 (0.7 sq mi)|
|Location||13 km (8 mi) from Melbourne|
|LGA(s)||City of Banyule|
Eaglemont is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 10 km north-east of Melbourne's Central Business District. Its local government area is the City of Banyule. At the 2011 Census, Eaglemont had a population of 3,927.
The suburb was formerly known as Mount Eagle.
Two properties were built in the area in the 1840s; "Leighton" was built by the Bolden brothers, whilst "Hartlands" was built by novelist S. J. Browne. "Hartlands" was located on the elevated region known as Mount Eagle, and was subdivided in 1853. The area remained agricultural, apart from a large house and gardens, named "Mount Eagle", built in the late 1850s by parliamentarian J. H. Brooke.
During the landboom of the 1880s, the "Mount Eagle" and "Leighton" properties were bought by a syndicate and subdivided. The area was named Mount Eagle Estate. The "Mount Eagle" property failed to sell, and remained vacant until 1888 when it was made available to a group of artists. This group became known as the Heidelberg School, and included Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton, Charles Conder, and Frederick McCubbin.
In 1915 Walter Burley Griffin was commissioned to design a subdivision in the Mount Eagle Estate. The design incorporated curving streets which followed the contours of the land, and private parklands, as an early example of a Garden Suburb design. In 1916 he designed the nearby Glenard Estate upon similar principles. Griffin became a resident of Eaglemont living at 23 Glenard Drive in the small knitlock house 'Pholiota' alongside the house of brother in law Roy Lippincott at no. 21. Griffin with wife Marion Mahony designed numerous houses in the area.
Eaglemont Post Office opened on 14 October 1929 some time after the opening of the railway station in 1926.
Eaglemont's small shopping strip includes a newsagency/licensed post office, fruit shop, grocery store and book shop, along with the Eagle Bar. The suburb's median house prices have been amongst the highest in Melbourne, and the market for its properties is notoriously tough to break, with few houses going up for sale. The suburb is well serviced by public transport, having its own railway station, as well as numerous bus routes.
Eaglemont has been home to many notable residents over the years, many of whom have been involved in the artistic professions, including:
- Harold Desbrowe Annear - architect
- Robin Boyd - architect
- Charles Conder - artist
- Murray Griffin - artist
- Walter Burley Griffin - architect and town planner
- Frederick McCubbin - artist
- Tom Roberts- artist
- Frederick Romberg - architect
- Arthur Streeton - artist
- Walter Withers - artist
- City of Heidelberg - Eaglemont was a previously part of this local government region.
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