Drumcondra. Bayside aristocracy.
The grand dame of Geelong’s teeny tiny suburbs, Drumcondra offers magnificent homes overlooking Western Beach and Corio Bay. Think East Melbourne by the bay and think tightly held. The grid like structure provides no shortage of north facing backyards on ample sized allotments, typically more than 600sqm.
There’s nothing much other housing, lovely parkland and walking tracks, and if you’re lucky enough, water views. But as Pakington Street’s action spreads further north, her café’s, bars, restaurants and pubs are becoming increasingly accessible to this austere pocket, via a quick trundle across the highway overpass. This also connects you to the closest primary options St Patricks Primary school (Catholic) and Ashby Primary.
To the south-east, the CBD is a leisurely walk or short bike ride away, so it’s a winning location for central Geelong workers or those looking to board a train from Geelong station.
The M1 freeway runs along the perimeter of the suburb, providing value for money addresses on Melbourne Rd itself. Check for double-glazing and double brick to block out the traffic noise. For everyone else, this means easy access to Melbourne for those driving for business or pleasure. Off peak, expect an hour door to door.
Secondary options are all a drive away in neighbouring suburbs so take your pick.