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The suburb is named after Rippon Lea Estate. After the death of Frederick Sargood in 1903, the estate's original owner, some of his property was subdivided to form the current suburb of Ripponlea.
Since 1909, Ripponlea has been the site of Caulfield Grammar School's senior school. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Ripponlea television studios were built in 1954 on land compulsorily acquired from the Rippon Lea Estate, by the Victorian State Government.
Development of the area dates from the 1850s, with gradual expansion throughout the late 1800s. Substantial growth did not occur until the early 1900s, continuing into the interwar period. Significant development occurred during the post-war years. The population and dwelling stock increased gradually from the early 1990s.
Ripponlea prides itself on its unique character and unusual retail offerings. Concentrated in a small strip of beautifully maintained heritage buildings, Ripponlea offers a charming shopping centre with a fascinating mix of lanes, small businesses, cottages, heritage pharmacy, railway and mansions including Quat Quatta.
Attica Restaurant is located in Ripponlea and was recently ranked 21st on the World’s 50 Best Restaurant list; you will need to book well in advance for dinner.
There are also some amazing discoveries for anyone looking for the unusual, the unique and the ubiquitous - window-shopping along this quaint retail strip will reveal home wares, gifts, collectables and antiques just waiting for the discerning shopper.
Bus Routes: 220 & 623
Train: Sandringham line - Ripponlea StationFor timetables & information or to plan your journey visit http://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/