The splendid green wedge that is Rippleside Park separates Drumcondra from its neighbor to the north. The lovely people at Apex built a pretty fabulous playpark here and it gets a solid work-out from local small people. Saint Helens Park, pictured above, is also a delightful green space overlooking the water.
Comparatively, the blocks are smaller and the housing stock considerably more hotch potch than Drumcondra, reflecting gradual home builds through the decades. More recently, an abundance of subdivisions, knock-downs and multi-dwelling rebuilds is further evolving the neighbourhood character. To put things into a broader value context, for something you like in Rippleside, you can expect to pay almost double the price for an equivalent style dwelling in Yarraville. The real cost, if you’re prepared to wear it, is an extra 48 minutes journey time into the city by train.
Recent development is driving climbing prices in Rippleside, reflecting the convenience of its Melbourne-side-of-Geelong locale and proximity to North Geelong train station. Any realo will tell you it’s definitely attracting commuting professionals. As a general rule, housing is more suitable for smaller families or downsizers with no walking distance schooling options. But you be the judge.
St Patricks Primary School (Catholic) and Ashby are the nearest primary schools in Geelong West. Secondary options are all a drive away so that decision will ultimately be down to your personal preference.
Balmoral Quay is an $80 million waterfront housing and marina development that promises to inject luxury townhouses into Rippleside with prices to match. Interest in this estate is extremely strong, according to developers with prices in the $1million + territory.
To the north is heritage listed Osborne House, a community diamond in the rough with a great vista and potential as a future arts hub. Further north again into the bayside industrial precinct of North Geelong is the graffiti art wonderland of Geelong Powerhouse. Both these features are a good chance to further drive the gentrification of Rippleside over the coming years.