Four lifestyle suburbs you need to know about (but may have not have considered moving to)
A lifestyle change doesn’t need to be something you put off until retirement. In fact, a growing number of millennials are skipping the wait — escaping major cities for a semi-regional tree or sea change, or a mix of both.
And it’s not hard to see why. Congestion is increasing, along with rent and rising living costs. With a growing number of businesses offering flexible and remote working options — as well as government investment in infrastructure projects — looking outside the city fringes, without going completely off the grid, is proving an attractive option.
Here are our top four emerging lifestyle suburbs, still within close proximity to beaches, nature, local tourist attractions and up-and-coming city or town centres.
Just outside the city of Geelong lies the serene suburb of Armstrong Creek. Offering an affordable lifestyle with an easy 15 minute commute to Geelong’s city centre, it’s also positioned within a 10-20 minute drive of local tourist and surfing hotspots such as the picturesque Barwon Heads, Torquay and the Great Ocean Road. It’s also only a 30 minute drive Queenscliff where you can take the ferry across to Sorrento for a day trip to the Mornington Peninsula.
- PDX House & land packages from $459,000
- Median house price: $545,000
- Median rent: $420pw
- Closest city centre: Geelong
Merging coast and countryside, Mount Duneed is located on the Surf Coast region side of Geelong. Less than a 30 minute drive to Geelong’s CBD and a mere 15 minutes to stunning Torquay, it offers close proximity to wineries, day spas, shopping and plenty of rugged coastline.
- PDX House & land packages from $454,900
- Median house price: $561,000
- Median rent: $440pw
- Closest city centre: Geelong
Sitting right between Geelong and Melbourne city is the lush suburb of Werribee. The central and tranquil Werribee River winds it way through the heart of the region, and it is within close proximity to local attractions such as the open-range safari zoo, parklands (127 parks to be exact), a state garden and even a winery — not to mention you can catch an express train ride right into Melbourne’s CBD. There’s also the popular Watton Street, lined with cafes, boutiques, bars and restaurants. Werribee is experiencing solid growth, with the median house price rising 70 percent in the past five years, and the average age of residents ranging from 20-29 years old.
- PDX House & land packages from $469,900
- Median house price: $495,000
- Median rent: $365pw
- Closest city centre: Melbourne
For those priced out of Melbourne’s eastern suburbs, Cranbourne East offers a laid-back, semi-rural location on a budget, that’s only a 20 minute drive to the centre of Frankston and local beaches. Close to walking tracks, equestrian trails, a golf course and country club, it’s perfect for nature lovers while still being close to the action. Just north of the Mornington Peninsula, Cranbourne East is only a 30 minute drive to wineries, boutiques, breweries and farm gates, dotted around Moorooduc, Somerville, Red Hill and Mornington.
- PDX House & land packages from $538,900
- Median house price: $580,223
- Median rent: $395pw
- Closest town centre: Frankston