East Geelong - period gems on the city fringe
Sprawling east from Garden St, East Geelong is home to the Geelong Botanic Gardens on the city fringe, with waterfront parkland running along Hearne Parade. Garden St and Ormond Rd offer terrific and ever improving strip shopping, with plenty of good coffee spots for weekend loitering and a proliferation of real estate agents. There’s enough specialty boutique options to burn a hole in your wallet.
East Geelong offers a diversity of exceptional period homes. You’ll find some wonderful examples located on busy city thoroughfares connecting to Bellarine Peninsula destinations. There are some particularly lovely homes overlooking the botanic gardens on Ryrie St. Quieter pockets are tucked off these streets. Depending on the quality of the house, some of these may command higher prices. Meakin St is one such delight.
Cars are negotiable at the city end of East Geelong, which has good access to South Geelong and Geelong train stations. Beyond that your work will dictate whether or not you need a car; off street parking may have to do in some cottage-lined streets.
There’s plenty of primary school options on offer, including South Geelong, Geelong East, Tate St and St Margaret’s Primaries. Over the next three to four years, Geelong High School will benefit from a $20.5 million rebuild. Its lovely art deco façade onto Ryrie St is long overdue for a spruce-up.
East Geelong offers a mixed big of values. Affordability is found further east. The occasional mansion boosts stocks at the city-end where generally prices are higher in line with the size and quality of the digs.
Genteel recreational pursuits abound, with the East Geelong Golf Course, Eastern Park Bowls Club and Eastern Park Croquet Club offering a heady mix of Saturday gaming options. You can just taste the Pimms and cucumber sandwiches.