With the last two years creating a seismic shift in how people live and work, people are increasingly looking to regional areas to set up their home. Increased flexibility in the workplace means employees are no longer required to be present in an office from Monday to Friday, opening up the possibility of relocating to more rural locales.
Greater Geelong, the Surf Coast and the Bellarine Peninsula are locations currently enjoying great popularity with homeowners ready to make a permanent change to their lifestyle. Read on to discover why this coastal spot is suddenly such hot property.
You get more for your money
Property in Melbourne’s CBD and surrounding suburbs comes at a premium: you’re paying for the convenience of having city life right on your doorstep. Although Geelong is a hotspot for property buyers in the current market, you’d be surprised by how much further your budget can take you here.
With a limited budget in Melbourne, you may have been compromising on space and drawing back on features you’d have liked to include in your home. When you head further out, suddenly you can afford more land, a bigger property and those extra luxuries you perhaps couldn’t have afforded before. Plus, a custom build means you can create your dream home exactly as you want it.
It offers the best of both worlds
The unique location of Geelong, the Bellarine Peninsula and the Surf Coast means residents can enjoy countryside and coast to the west and the bright lights of the city to the east. Melbourne CBD is just over an hour’s drive away, making Geelong an ideal location for those who only need to be in the city for work a couple of days a week. Locals love being able to enjoy the ‘best of both worlds’ – coastal living, bush walks and nature over the weekends, and the thrum of the city at their fingertips whenever they need it.
As Victoria’s second largest city, Geelong itself is a melting pot of culture, restaurants and cafes, sports grounds, golf courses, excellent schools and more. With a reputable local university, train lines to and from Melbourne, and easy access to both Avalon and Tullamarine airports, Geelong really does have it all.
It’s great for families
The promise of additional space, a garden and the beach on the doorstep for the weekends makes Geelong an incredibly appealing spot for families. By choosing a custom build, you can create a home tailored to your family’s lifestyle: whether that includes a huge garage for your collective sporting equipment, a playroom or an outdoor kitchen for summer mealtimes. There are plentiful ways to keep nature-loving little ones entertained in the vicinity, with the charming coastal towns of the Great Ocean Road on the doorstep, rainforests and waterfalls to discover, and countless animals to spot from koalas to lorikeets.
There are endless things to do
Whatever your passion, you’re sure to be able to indulge it in Geelong and the surrounding area. For lovers of the great outdoors, you’ll be spoilt for choice with activities from bushwalking to paddleboarding, surfing and cycling. Foodies and craft beer fans will be in their element with the plethora of local restaurants, wineries and breweries. Culture vultures can hunt down street art through the city and on the foreshore, and head to Geelong Arts Centre for performances of comedy, dance, music and drama.
It’s a gourmet hotspot
With chef-hatted restaurants, stylish cafes, boutique distilleries and plentiful wineries to discover, Geelong can certainly give Melbourne a run for its money when it comes to gourmet indulgence. There are plentiful farms and paddocks in the surrounds too, meaning a bounty of fresh produce is at your fingertips at local farmers’ markets.
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