Whittington is not an aspirational suburb but offers affordability in spades. Like Corio, it’s quite a high demand investor suburb. In its early years, Whittington was home to significant levels of public housing. Today, only around fifteen per cent of dwellings remain so. Despite that, the stigma remains, relegating Whittington to the bottom end of the region’s neighbourhood hierarchy. Community renewal programs are aiming to address this, attracting funds and goodwill from various tiers of government. More importantly, these initiatives enjoy very strong community support. The impact of these programs is obvious on neighbourhood aesthetics and improving access to early years services. It seems canny investors are noting the improvements: prices in Whittington are on the rise.
Much of the housing stock dates from the 70’s through to the 90’s. There’s a trickle of updated homes coming onto the market, further evidence of growing confidence in the area. Whittington has some glorious eucalyptus trees that really lift the local streetscape. There’s some nice parkland too.
Because of it’s small stature, some amenities can be a bit light on. Whittington Primary is the only neighbourhood schooling option. Shopping is all located across the Bellarine Highway in Newcomb, along with secondary and catholic schools.
On the upside, it has some great fitness options. Splashdown is a council run pool and fitness centre with playing fields tucked behind it. For cycling enthusiasts, the Bellarine Rail Trail runs right through Whittington. Monday to Friday, Melbourne commuters can ride a few direct kilometres into South Geelong Train Station for Melbourne services. On the weekend, cruise east for a pedal to Queenscliff.
Families with pre-schooler’s are actually very well catered for in Whittington. The Apollo Drive Family Centre, operated by the City of Greater Geelong, offers 3 and 4 year old kindergarten, playgroup programs and other family support services. There’s also a couple of private childcare options in the ‘hood too.
You’ll find Geelong institution ‘Manchester Imports Direct’ in Apollo Drive. It’s an outlet for discount quality cotton bedding sheets and towels.
Whittington is a small tight-knit community with many long term residents calling it home. Haters gonna hate, but there’s plenty on offer here for buyers with budgets in the $300K range. Given it’s only 5kms from Geelong’s CBD and a leisurely half hour walk to East Geelong’s cafe strip, it seems a reasonable bet the only way is up for Whittington.