South Geelong. Craft beer, celluloid and speccy's from dawn to dark.
Walking distance to the commercial hub of Geelong. A train station offering a guaranteed seat to Melbourne. Home of the mighty Cats, the Pivotonian Cinema (arthouse cinema, pictured above) and Little Creatures Brewery. If this neighbourhood isn’t high on your consideration list, it should be. Like it’s hipster western counterpart, South Geelong is increasingly home to café foodie options and surely it’s just a matter of time (please God) before someone splashes out on a decent gastropub refurb here.
Foster and Maud Streets offers wide tree-lined blocks with some lovely period homes. But for the most part, low density, high quality living is on offer here, with no shortage of townhouse developments and subdivisions.
South Geelong does lack a conveniently located supermarket. These are just a stroll into town away or to neighbouring East Geelong.
The emerging bar, restaurant and café culture in the heart of central Geelong is key to the appeal of South Geelong. Inner city housing is thin on the ground still, so the South is where it’s at for now. To that end, a car really is an optional extra here.
Rowers will delight at the close proximity to the major rowing clubs lining the northern shore of the Barwon River. Athletes big and little can be on track at Landy Field in the time it takes to leap out of bed, throw on your runners and jog down the street.
Heritage industry within dumping distance of river systems gives South Geelong many of it’s wonderful warehouses. They’re not all re-purposed breweries though. There’s still some active industrial pockets in South Geelong – especially heading south-east to the river. So check the particulars of the surrounding streets before you elect to rent or buy; Barwon Terrace is the industrial hotspot.
On the flipside, if you’re looking for a workshop space or manufacturing set up for your business as well as a lovely period home to live in, you can probably tick both boxes in South Geelong. Throw in a ten-minute walking commute and it’s a pretty compelling case for the goodlife. Notable also is the Op shopping on Barwon Terrace – it’s supreme!
South Geelong Primary School is in the heartland. Catholic Primary schools St Mary’s services the city end, while St Margaret’s caters to the east. Matthew Flinders Girls Secondary College is a short walk into town away.