No. Sleep. Till Belmont
Gentrification begins with artists. Songwriters were jumping out of trees to set up digs in Belmont between 2003 and 2012, according to Australian Performing Rights Association figures. During that time, the growth in songwriter numbers calling 3216 home was without peer in Australia. Combine this with Belmont’s proximity to the city, views over the Barwon Valley, mix of period homes and solid shopping amenities and you get lifting property values and growing cachet.
Perched on the southern banks of the Barwon River, Belmont is a rather large suburb. It’s also home to Geelong’s most highly regarded Government secondary school, Belmont High. Like most suburbs, some areas are more highly regarded than others.
The High St shopping strip is the heartland, meandering south from the Barwon River/city junction en route to Waurn Ponds creek. It offers a convenient mix of supermarkets, café’s, fast food, dumplings, and mixed retail. From high-end homewares and furniture (Living Etc) to fashion stalwarts from days gone by (the Joker Shoppe), Belmont offers a broad spectrum for its diverse inhabitants, as well as a great library and plenty of medical facilities.
South of the river towards Mt Pleasant and Roslyn roads offers a mix of period homes including Edwardian, Californian bungalows and 1940’s era clinker brick beauties close to Belmont Primary. As a general rule, this pocket commands the highest prices.
Heading west towards the Highton border and Shannon Avenue river crossing, Belmont is also home to some fantastic modernist homes on large blocks near Roslyn primary and the high school.
Overall, south of the Barwon offers exceptional value in Geelong, as well as great proximity to Barwon Heads, Ocean Grove and surf coast beaches. It’s a beacon for families and canny developers looking to exploit larger home blocks, with easy access in the north to South Geelong station and Marshall station from the south/east pocket.
The more recent patch of Belmont bordering Grovedale and Waurn Ponds offers 70’s and 80’s era estate homes, close to Oberon South and Oberon High Schools. With less in the way of walking distance amenities, this area sits at the very affordable end of the Belmont market. Marshall Train station, High St and Waurn Ponds shopping and fitness centres are still just minutes drive away. Some retro beauties are meeting an untimely end here, in part due to the high cost of renovation versus knockdown rebuilds. Keep an eye out for some lovely pockets backing onto the creek parkland itself.
Bellaire Primary and Clairvoux (catholic) Primary School both have large students bodies servicing west Belmont. Barwon Valley special school is located around the corner from the high school.