Clifton Springs. Bayside mineral gem.
Without doubt, Clifton Springs must have some of the most affordable views over Port Phillip Bay within 90 minutes of Melbourne’s CBD. “The Dell” must also be one of the loveliest bayside beaches and beautiful picnic areas going around, for real. It’s an absolute stunner. The town’s name is derived from mineral springs discovered in the late 1800’s. Steamers regularly deposited the well heeled off for some old school pampering, and promenading. There’s fab info from the local historical society with the full shpiel at the Dell lookout.
You approach the Dell via a makeshift carpark between the Bowls Club and Golf Club House, both with amazing cliftop vantage points and vistas. One wonders how many developers are schmoozing the respective club presidents and members as you read this.
Initial real estate development really took off in the 1960’s and quietly continued into the 80’s and 90’s. Thanks to the Jetty Road Urban Growth area to the west of the suburb, Clifton Springs is again ‘going off’ with more than 3000 dwellings and 8000 people tipped to reside in the area once development is complete. Building is underway and it’s happening fast, from larger style waterfront digs to identikit house and land package homes. Modern big brand shopping amenities are part of the new development and seem certain to attract younger families to the area.
Housing stock is hotch potch so do your homework up close. There’s no shortage of water views across the hood, from the top of the hill down to the waterside. Also look out also for a handful of gems backing directly onto golf course greenery. Beach Vista Drive, Clifton St, Bayshore Ave, Country Club Dve, Clear Water Dve, Catalina Crescent, Coronae Dve, Edgewater Dve are most certainly worth a look. For those seeking a bit more space, acreages can be found on High Ridge Drive and up towards Portarlington Road.
Depending on which side of the golf course you’re on, walking distance primary schools include Drysdale and Clifton Springs. The town of Dyrsdale is just down the road with an abundance of extra schooling options on offer. Kids or not, you need a car to live here. There’s tennis courts and a skate park and a variety of kids play parks for younger kids in both the established open spaces and within the new estates.
If you plan on commuting to Melbourne for work, like other coastal hoods, this is a long commute. There’s little time difference boarding trains at South Geelong or Geelong. The former is a better prospect for getting a seat. The long-term vision for G21 is to see the Geelong Ring Road link to Barwon Heads Rd and then through to the Bellarine Highway and Portarlington Rd. It’s hard to know how much time this loop would actually save for Clifton Springs commuters. But in any case, it’s not a choice just yet.
Capital growth has been clipped by the additional supply coming on to the market. But the rental market is reasonably strong with a pretty decent yield. It seems just a matter of time before Clifton Springs and Drysdale meld completely, given the volume of development taking place and the planning underway for a Drysdale bypass. Adapting to this rapid change is challenging and something the local community is working their way through together.