Geelong West. End. Girls.
If you’re looking to relocate to Geelong without giving up the big city inner urban café lifestyle, this is the place for you. Depending on where you’re coming from, you mightn’t gain much physical space. But you may instantly graduate from an un-renovated diamond, to a period home with the full ‘Block’ style treatment in one foul swoop.
Over the past ten years, Geelong West has blossomed into G-town’s most desirable hood with top prices nudging $1 million. In typically gentrified fashion, it’s heritage homes and retail precinct are largely done-up and awash with café’s, bars, restaurants and some choice shopping.
Once considered the Bratislava end of Pakington St, the northern end is now clearly where it’s at, with the added convenience of Geelong’s best delicatessens, fruit and vegie shops, an IGA and a rather large and well stocked Safeway. Don’t put away the shopping cart, you can pretty much sustain yourself on foot in Geelong West.
Despite heading into upmarket territory, Geelong West retains its unpretentious charm. You’ll find Edwardian, Federation era homes with small miners cottages and larger Californian bungalows dotting the grid like streets.
Geelong Railway Station is walking distance via overpass for much of the suburb or a short bike ride away from North Geelong station. There’s also a private swimming centre, multiple long form daycare options in Church or Aberdeen St’s: Headstart, Ariston, Aberdeen St and Goodstart ELC’s. Geelong West Kindergarten, St Patricks (catholic) and Ashby Primary (government) are extremely popular junior year options. At the Newtown end, St John’s Lutheran School and Newtown Primary add a couple of options to the school mix. Sacred Heart College is also an easy walk from here.
The Geelong West library is a ripper with regular story time, PC’s and free wifi. Sparrow Park is a terrific green space with play equipment, skating and scooting ramps when cabin fever hits.
There’s still the odd bargain and more scope for renovator options in the northern end towards Chruch St. Lawton Avenue is the premier address, closely followed by Waratah St, both offering wide blocks, established gardens and plenty of modernized homes with all the mod cons. Beyond that, there’s many a cute pocket on offer in this friendly neighbourhood.