Bentleigh is a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 13 km south-east of Melbourne's central business district.
- Area:4.714 km2
- Elevation:31 m
- Local Government Area:Glen Eira City Council
Bentleigh is a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 13 km south-east of Melbourne's central business district. Its local government area is the City of Glen Eira. At the 2016 Census, Bentleigh had a population of 16,153. Within Bentleigh is the locale of Patterson, formally a part of Bentleigh but felt by many locals to be a distinct area.
Bentleigh was named after Victorian politician, Thomas Bent.
The first Post Office in the area opened on 1 July 1865 as Jasper Road. After the railway arrived it moved to near the station in 1882 and was named Brighton East.In 1908 it was renamed Bentleigh in line with the railway station name.
A Patterson Post Office opened in 1948. In 1961 it was renamed Patterson West when a new Patterson office opened near the railway station.
Bentleigh is home to Alnutt Park, Victory Park, Halley Park, and Bentleigh Memorial Gardens. The strip shopping centre along Centre Road is the biggest in the area, of over 250 retail businesses, and convenient car parking. The shopping centre has a focus on fresh food, continental delis and cake shops, restaurants and cafes. It has bank branches, fashion and shoe shops, doctors surgeries, dentists and other medical services, an independent bookshop, a newsagent, a toy shop and three supermarkets. It has other services like hairdressers, picture framers, op shops for second-hand retail, and an interior decorator. There is a weekly market next to the train station.
There is also Patterson road shopping centre that has a cafe, two coffee shops, a Chinese restaurant, an Indian restaurant, a newsagent, a supermarket, a bakery, an organic green grocer, a fishmonger, a travel agent, a pizza shop, a nail technician, a violin maker, a remedial massage centre and three hairdressers.
Its schools are Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College, Bentleigh West Primary School, and St. Paul's Primary School.
In 2021 the Bentleigh Library closed to be redeveloped.
Recreational facilities were developed at Halley Park around 1994.https://victoriancollections.net.au/items/536301999821f40c64c6d456
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