Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Rating the Geelong suburbs



Picture is part of the Geelong bus routes - East of the city.

from w
I found an interesting group of posts when I googled 'Geelong suburbs' as writers listed their favourite and not so favourite parts of Geelong to live in. The stereotypes are obvious as many of them pick on Corio and Whittington as the pits - which is unfair. I've deleted irrelevant stuff, but it's an interesting discussion. We live in Newcomb but across the road is East Geelong which has a higher status!
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Philmeup_s13
Feb 24 2008, 03:01 PM
Post #1
Starting to look into buying a house in the geelong area, at this stage its just pictures and prices. As im not a local I was just wondering if anyone could give me some advice on areas, rental prices etc. Basically, where do you live in geelong, do you like it, is rent cheap/expensive, is it a good neigbourhood, have house prices gone up alot in your area.
Area:
East geelong
West geelong
Manifold heights
thomson
whittington
south geelong
belmont
north shore
bell park
corio
And yeah, any other areas

Im going to make a trip down there soon but I figured any advice from people local to geelong would be good advice. Cheers for your help guys!

This post has been edited by Philmeup_s13: Feb 25 2008, 09:34 AM
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180sx_luva
Feb 24 2008, 03:38 PM
Post #2
Phil- kate's parents live and have propertys down there, so let us know if you need help.
East geelong- NICE, not the cheapest area, rent is melbournesque
West geelong- dunno, i'll ask next time i'm down, think its NTB
Manifold heights-okay
thomson-maybe
whittington- scum
south geelong- okay-ish
belmont- Seems niceish
north shore-NO
bell park- NO
corio- scum
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ZeroFallen
Feb 24 2008, 03:40 PM
Post #3
I lived in Geelong for three years back from 2002 till 2005... Spent two of those years in a two bedroom unit in Wellington St in Geelong West. Really nice place, but was paying $215 a week. I have a mate who lives in Herne Hill now and that's not too bad either... Not too sure what they're paying, but for a similarily sized place (older though) the rent is cheaper.

Pretty much anything West of Geelong, so West Geelong, Herne Hill and that sort of area is good to live in.

Corio (comment deleted as rather crude.)

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spudnic
Feb 24 2008, 07:03 PM
Post #4
i live in geelong in old school area... and trust me its some of the nicest house you will find but there are some dodgy areas near the high school, east geeling isnt the best but it does ahve some nice homes newtown is the top of the town if you head up from chilwill north along packo, also family has a few rentals in the geelong area and (south and east) south pulls in more money and attracks more the the melbourne people.

if your looking to settle down maybe the back of waurn ponds in the new houseing estate but belmont for a good house your looking at 500k+...LOL and hern hill was a comission area LOL..... same with westenhights, the back part of bellpark and i ahte to say the hill part of corio is part of the boom area as well as waurn ponds.

got any direct questions just ask...

whittington is a place to stear well clear of, worse then corio...anyone with have a brain in geelong knows this..
Area:
East geelong - good
West geelong - good
Manifold heights - average
thomson - no
whittington - THIS SI A HELL NO, unless you want to get gang raped but 6 year olds and stabbed everytime you walk to your car that has been stripped in the street, no offence to people that live their.
couth geelong - ?
belmont - depends what area, some are ok some are extremely good
north shore - no
bell park - some parts
corio - 1 part is ok..

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jase.s15
Feb 24 2008, 07:11 PM
Post #5
cant go wrong with newtown mate or east Geelong .. well situated! will be abit more costly tho!
I live in Bell Post Hill (in a new estate) its rather nice!
rjr666

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Feb 24 2008, 09:13 PM
Post #6
my family has lived here for over 60years now...the good suburbs from highest to lowest of snob-ness
Newtown + Chillwell (more heritage homes)
Highton + Wandana Heights ( some affordable older homes in highton and but alot of new homes, with views of geelong $$$)
West Geelong (Kinda trendy to live there near Pakington street cafe's and clothing shops, not that far to walk to geelong train station or city)
East Geelong (Close to the city is allright) futherout gets dodgy eg Thompson and whittington
South Geelong ( Melbourne Train line nearby, but not that bad for noise)
Belmont (not bad, pretty affordable houses) few dodgy ppl, but not overall pretty good.
Leopold (fairly far out of geelong 15min) Pretty boring place though, not much goes on there)
Lara (few scum bags, but not bad, melb trainline, closer to melb, but not alot of stuff to do out there!)
Newcomb (not that bad... pretty affordable, few dodgy ppl, but not that bad, but neighbours to whittington across the bellarine highway)
Moolap, bit industral, biger ranch style homes, but i saw a home for 350k with decent size land, and house okay)
Grovedale ( not bad, few dodgy ppl i reakon in some parts)
Waurnponds (new housing estate once the bypass goes in, getting to melb from there will be pretty good)
HerneHill, some nice houses, some older houses, pretty expensive in some parts but good area i reakon.
Hamlyheights, not bad, few rough ppl. but not that bad.
Bell park (ethnic heritage, typical wog style houses with white lions and shit on some joints, few dodgy ppl, but not that bad my gf lives there and no prbz yet and theres a 7-11near by u can chill at)
Bellpost Hill (higher class ethnic area, new area with views and $$$housing, older area pretty reasonable)
North Geelong, bit industral, few dodgys i reakon.

THe stay away zones Corio, Norlane, Whittington esp Solar Drive, st albans park (use to be called whittington, just newer homes), thompson, breakwater.

Although some places are bit dodgy, geelongs suburbs are not that bad to live in. Choose somewhere thats closeish to work, has pretty good shopping faciltys and schools.

Although living in a better area, crooks have cars and drive around stealing. Bet my stereo is now out in corio, whittington ect...

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Philmeup_s13
Feb 25 2008, 09:54 AM
Post #7
Thanks for your help guys, i think the general consensus is stay away from whittington and most of corio and those sort of areas (I now understand why the houses are so cheap down that way)
Im probably guna make a trip up there in the next few weeks and do some house cruising.
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Hawker180
Feb 25 2008, 10:18 AM
Post #8
normally houses are cheap for a reason, hehe! good luck!
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.Martyr.
Feb 26 2008, 12:33 AM
Post #9
my family has lived here for over 60years now...
the good suburbs from highest to lowest of snob-ness
Newtown + Chillwell (more heritage homes)
Highton + Wandana Heights ( some affordable older homes in highton and but alot of new homes, with views of geelong $$$)
West Geelong (Kinda trendy to live there near Pakington street cafe's and clothing shops, not that far to walk to geelong train station or city)
East Geelong (Close to the city is allright) futherout gets dodgy eg Thompson and whittington
South Geelong ( Melbourne Train line nearby, but not that bad for noise)
Belmont (not bad, pretty affordable houses) few dodgy ppl, but not overall pretty good.
Leopold (fairly far out of geelong 15min) Pretty boring place though, not much goes on there)
Lara (few scum bags, but not bad, melb trainline, closer to melb, but not alot of stuff to do out there!)
Newcomb (not that bad... pretty affordable, few dodgy ppl, but not that bad, but neighbours to whittington across the bellarine highway)
Moolap, bit industral, biger ranch style homes, but i saw a home for 350k with decent size land, and house okay)
Grovedale ( not bad, few dodgy ppl i reakon in some parts)
Waurnponds (new housing estate once the bypass goes in, getting to melb from there will be pretty good)
HerneHill, some nice houses, some older houses, pretty expensive in some parts but good area i reakon.
Hamlyheights, not bad, few rough ppl. but not that bad.
Bell park (ethnic heritage, typical wog style houses with white lions and shit on some joints, few dodgy ppl, but not that bad my gf lives there and no prbz yet and theres a 7-11near by u can chill at)
Bellpost Hill (higher class ethnic area, new area with views and $$$housing, older area pretty reasonable)
North Geelong, bit industral, few dodgys i reakon.

THe stay away zones Corio, Norlane, Whittington esp Solar Drive, st albans park (use to be called whittington, just newer homes), thompson, breakwater.

Although some places are bit dodgy, geelongs suburbs are not that bad to live in. Choose somewhere thats closeish to work, has pretty good shopping faciltys and schools.

Although living in a better area, crooks have cars and drive around stealing. Bet my stereo is now out in corio, whittington ect...
Yep, Richie has pretty much got it nailed here.
Too right about Solar Drive in Whittington, its not called "The Bronx" for nothing!!

Grovedale is not bad, i lived there for 22 years or so. Only 15 min drive from Torquay and beaches too. I lived in East Geelong for a few years, not bad there. Close to town and fair few older people, so its a quiet suburb. But does get dodgy out towards Thompson and Whittington. Someone mentioned houses in East Geelong are expensive, not true. Plenty of cheaper houses for rent/sale.
Rarely houses for rent in South Geelong compared to other suburbs, not many at all!

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spudnic
Feb 26 2008, 11:00 AM
QUOTE(.Martyr. @ Feb 26 2008, 02:03 AM)
Yep, Richie has pretty much got it nailed here.
Too right about Solar Drive in Whittington, its not called "The Bronx" for nothing!!

Grovedale is not bad, i lived there for 22 years or so. Only 15 min drive from Torquay and beaches too. I lived in East Geelong for a few years, not bad there. Close to town and fair few older people, so its a quiet suburb. But does get dodgy out towards Thompson and Whittington. Someone mentioned houses in East Geelong are expensive, not true. Plenty of cheaper houses for rent/sale.
Rarely houses for rent in South Geelong compared to other suburbs, not many at all!

We have 2 rental properties in south geelong 2 blocks from the train station... there not cheap to rent and they are in good condition, and the next street over theres a shit laod of units, couple for lease atm. as invesment properties go, geelong isnt the palce to be.

BAHHH belmonts has some awesome areas!!
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Martyr.
Yesterday, 02:13 AM
Post #11
Well, i guess things have changed since i last lived there. I haven't lived in Geelong for more than a year now.

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Blogger Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

from w
I won't go through the whole list they wrote about but I like East Geelong/Newcomb where we live - close to the sea and Eastern Gardens and 5 minutes drive to the city. I also like Geelong West for Pakington Street shops. They didn't mention Drumcondra which is an elite area around the curve of Corio Bay and near the city. The new housing estates out past Highton and Waurn Ponds - well boxes on the hillside are not my scene. Deakin University at Waurn Ponds of course is a good facility for Geelong.

1:13 AM  
Blogger Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

I added a quick pic of the space near one of the supermarkets in Newcomb when two nurses were taking blood samples for free cholesterol tests - a good idea. Peceli - who plays golf four days a week - got a higher score than me -who eats anything and is very lazy!
I did the sketch while I was waiting 10 minutes for my appointment.
w.

1:00 AM  
Blogger kt said...

hey, we've got four kids and we are looking for a house around geelong, but we are not sure what suburbs we should look at. Our kids are aged 3-14 so we need somewhere near schools (animal hospital for our kitty if possible) but also near hospitals and banks (for work). We saw some nice houses on the net in bell park. Is this a good area?

12:03 AM  
Blogger Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

Hi,
Geelong is a great place to live and there are plenty of schools. I'm on the other side of the city to Bell Park which is a modest okay suburb. Best to come down and have a look around after doing some searches on the web. There are huge developments going on with new houses on the outskirts of Geelong. Lots of Macmansions too.
w.

4:40 PM  
Blogger kt said...

thanx 4 that, we'll probably head up there soon!

8:50 PM  
Blogger kt said...

hey, - me again,
does anyone know much about Wadana Heights?

4:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

which is a good surburb to live in around Gordon TAFE?

12:52 PM  
Blogger Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

The Gordon has two campuses - one near Geelong Railway station on the edge of the city aea and the other in Boundary Rd Newcomb/Whittington area. Being accessible to the Gordon TAFE depends upon transport - bike, car, bus or train. Just look up a map of Geelong.
w.

12:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I myself am thinking about moving to geelong too within the next year or so, but after reading this forum, its sounding like there is zero places to live without getting stabbed or paying a fortune.
hahahah suuurely it isnt that bad

4:30 PM  
Blogger Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

Hey, Geelong is a great place to live. Okay there are some incidents but no more than other places. We live in Newcomb and it's only 5 minutes from the city centre and a good place to live. Some suburbs are really expensive to buy into - posh places, lovely houses, and there are burgeoning areas that are chockers with new mansions. Hey, come in and take a look around.
w.

5:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whittington has a couple of good streets. Also lived in Harpur rd Corio for a few years. Wasnt too bad but sometimes your mail box is burnt to the ground at night.

3:04 AM  
Blogger Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

It is a pity that people make general derogatory comments about some of the Geelong suburbs because of course there are good neighbours in every suburb, and certainly we have friends who come from both Whittington and Corio. It's just that the papers write stories that emphasize some places as dangerous and rough.
Wendy

11:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

umm corio isnt as bas as what everyone thinks..
i myself lived there for 10 years and i never got stabbed?
sure its a place to avoid because of the smokers/stoners but its not THAT bad

1:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know if this blog thread is still active but we are hoping to purchase a house for a maximum of $300,000 in Geelong for investment purposes.

Those that seem to be in the price range are

-north geelong (would only look at
rectangle of Midland Hwy/Church
st, Stubbs Ave, Coxon Pde,
Weddell road, seems to be
basically Geelong W/Drumcondra), -herne hil
-newcomb
- east geelong (could only afford
the further secions though)

What would people recommend? Which has more of a up and coming feeling? Which is more likely to increase in value?

1:18 AM  
Blogger John Bond said...

We are thinking of moving to the Geelong area...Specifically the Bellarine Penninsula. Can anyone tell me about the towns in this are. I have noticed on realestate.com that Clifton Springs has the most houses for sale and the cheapest prices. Is this town the Corio/Whittington of the Peninnsula? I.E.the low rent area. Could anybody perhaps rate the towns as say.... Great, OK, or Scum. Do these towns have good and bad areas within them.Thank you.

6:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

corio isn't even that bad! unless you no scumbags! nethir is whittington. stay away from the city of geelong alot a mall rats!

6:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Me and my partner have found a nice house in redstone court in whittington, is that a good street? I drove down freedom court and as soon as I saw a shopping trolley in the front yard I was like hell no! Redstone seems alright but some opinions would be great before I sign anything :)

4:05 PM  
Blogger Kim Jennings said...

Shhh, I shouldn't be telling you this but I highly recommend North Shore.
It's in the northern suburbs, as the name suggests, but isn't anything like Corio and Norlane. It's a quiet, mostly older, community there and you can still pick up houses close to the beach for a very fair price, although the houses along the Esplanade are getting more expensive.

That said, I do feel that Norlane and Corio get a bad rap. There are some nice streets and some wonderful people but the trick is to do your homework.
Considering North Shore just 10 minutes or so from Geelong CBD and just the other side of the same bay at a fraction of the cost, it's a hidden gem.

Hope this helps and good luck.

3:44 AM  

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