Grovedale - maturing family fare with Surf Coast access
The Grove. In some respects the Armstrong Creek of yesteryear, Grovedale saw an explosion of young families settling into new housing estate homes in the 70’s and 80’s.
It’s still a family stronghold with no less than four primary schools. Grovedale Secondary College is located in the south of the ‘burb, servicing the new estates in Armstrong Creek and Marshall until more localised secondary options open.
Abutting Belmont, Marshall and Waurn Ponds, Grovedale now boasts two train stations on its borders with connecting Melbourne train and local bus services. These conveniences and low entry to market pricing is driving one of Geelong’s better rental yields for investors.
Unlike new ‘planned community developments,’ it’s fair to say that dedicated retailing was perhaps a bit of an oversight. Grovedale Central in Burdoo Drive is most definitely not a destination shopping strip. But it’s convenient for life’s essentials all the same. Waurn Ponds more than over-compensates a short drive away.
Along Grove Road towards Cobbin Farm you’ll find some massive blocks. Blessed with with northern oriented backyards opening directly onto Waurn Ponds Creek, some of these are already cut and carve fodder. Others remain crazy-big-family-backyard-cricket material.
Access to the Surf Coast is an enduring hallmark of Grovedale’s appeal. So too is its proximity and attractiveness to Deakin University students as an affordable short-term home.
Leisurelink Aquatic and Recreation Centre and Pioneer Reserve provide key sporting facilities, as well as the home to the East Belmont Saints Baseball Club. Burdoo and Grovedale Recreation Reserves house other open spaces and various sporting clubs. If that’s all too much, while away some time in the historic cemetery.
The Grovedale Hotel is the local watering-hole with its goldmine bottle shop. Craft beer’s explosion can also be felt in the humble Grove. The Odysee Tavern and Brewery is a hop, skip and a jump down the Surf Coast Highway.