Thursday, February 02, 2012

East side, west side

While I wasn't exactly a born and bred Mornington Peninsula person, it was an area I was very familiar with. My granparents holidayed at times at Rosebud and Rye, as did my parents in my early days. Later we holidayed on Phillip Island for many years. Tradie Brother lives down that way, as does Ex Sis in Law and their kids. It wasn't until Sister moved to Geelong to take up her teaching position that we had any awareness of the Bellarine Peninsular. We did learn something of the area as Mother's late second husband came from Colac.

R has being looking at property on the laptop and I always get afraid as he might find something he likes when I have no intention of moving from the Highrise. He found a house in Lexton Grove, Prahran. As soon as I saw it, I deemed it wrong for us. He kind of saw sense when I told what price it would be, and that it was only bedrooms that connected to the back yard. We have already lived in the Highrise longer than we have lived anywhere else, and I'm not for moving.

In my mind, the Bellarine Peninsular was a nothing area. Portarlington, St Leonards, Queenscliff, Point Lonsdale, Indented Heads, Ocean Grove, Barwon Heads. All places that were quite alien to me, although I know them well enough now.

Yet, R informs me that a place in say Point Lonsdale now costs around $200,000 more than its equivalent in Rosebud. Turn the clock back twenty years and Rosebud would have been more expensive than Point Lonsdale.

East is east and west is west, or perhaps south of the river and north of the river, but the rules just don't hold anymore. Over the past three decades, it has become increasingly difficult to live on the wrong side of the tracks.


  1. Hello Andrew:
    Our sense of Geography is hopeless so East and West are pretty much the same to us when it comes to Australia. However, we understand that Melbourne is becoming increasingly expensive as a place to live and that there are some forms of incentives to encourage people to move out of the city into less populated areas. Is this correct?

  2. If you're happy living in the Highrise why bother moving because these days its very expensive and stressful. I won't move out of my unit unless i'm carried out in a box or a bag :-).

  3. JayLa, east and west translate as expensive middle class areas and poorer working class areas, but my point was that it is no longer is a valid stereotype. Melbourne is quite an expensive place for overseas tourists purely because of the current dollar exchange rate and housing demand is higher than supply, so housing is expensive, but otherwise, certainly for locals, I don't think it is so expensive.

    I am happy here Windsmoke but R often mentions he would like a backyard now. Like you, it will the box or the bag for me.

  4. I think the joy for most Australians is living ON the beach. And if we cannot do it during the year, we will do it on holidays. Rosebud, Rye and Phillip Island are excellent choices; Queenscliff, Point Lonsdale, Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads are even more excellent choices.

    If you can afford it, don't move from your home - just buy a shack on the beach for weekends and holidays.

  5. I might be mistaken but it sounds to me like a case of the city vs suburbia/country. On one hand you have so many things readily available and a certain amount of sophistication and on the other you have family/yards/pets/too much space. If I could afford it, I would have definitely stayed in the city.

  6. Hels, while I am not really a beach person, I like being near the beach. We really a nation of coast dwellers. I shan't mention a beach side holiday shack. R wanted to buy one years ago and it my fault that we don't have one, apparently. Yep, me who works many weekends and not very often has two days off in a row, put the kibosh on it. Anyway, now we can stay at my sister's any time, which is ten minutes walk to the beach.

    It is very much like that Rubye. We have done the suburban thing in the past and we were over it. His memory is selective. It is very easy living where we are now.

  7. Rosebud is the most URBAN of all the places you named, but along the Nepean Road a few miles and Blairgowrie is Hello Darling Big Wallet I hope.
    Across The Rip, those beaches are close to the big $chool$ Geelongs Grammar and College etc so wealthy Melbourne parents of boarders might want their weekender to combine with wherever Alastair and Angus want to surf.
    I am going to Flinder$ on Tuesday. Very gorgeous real estate there. We will daytrip to Merricks hoping to sight the Hon. Tammy*Fraser and her pal Lady*Potter in their natural habitat.
    The Highrise is your best base for visiting all your family. The only option I can see for Bellarine access ease is Williamstown which is lovely but expensive, and far far from WORK.
    East, West, HOME is best.

  8. Long ago, before even I was born, the west was industrial. [Is there a pattern in other cities, in that if you are driving into the sun in the morning and into the sun at night, you are heading for the industrial area?]
    Perhaps the 2 things pushing people westward are attractions on the great ocean road, and cheaper prices in an overpriced market.

    Some young pup was whingeing last year that empty-nesters are selfish to stay in big houses young families need, and that they should downsize - as if no one over 60 has any friends etc. The biggest factor is stamp duty on a new home which would chew up any price difference.
    Let the snobs on Morn Peninsula keep their $7million dollar beach shacks, I say. [Look what happened to Harold!]

    I like having pets, but hate mowing and would like to be near the city so I vote with you, Andrew.

  9. I love the Peninsula, but it's too far away from stuff. And things.

  10. FruitCake, I used to think that theory held water, west is always the industrial area, but I don't think it works for Perth, and no doubt other cities too. Not sure about Harold though. I think the Point Lonsdale rip would have taken him out to the waiting sub as quickly as the Portsea one. You can have pets in our building. Once R retires, soon, we will probably have one.

    Which one Fen? One is blighted with traffic and the other is a bit too far.

  11. Ann, Frasers live in Merricks now? I know Flinders, or used to. Expensive real estate???

  12. I'm happy living where I am, but I still check out real estate online, just to get a peek into the mansions and maybe daydream a little about what I'd buy in which location should I suddenly find myself filthy rich.

  13. Would a mansion make you happy River? Maybe not, but it is better to be miserable in comfort.

  14. If he's that desperate then he can have my backyard to play in. The grass needs cutting, the lemon tree is dropping lemons which need to be raked, ditto the mandarin. The hose connections need replacing, the ivy needs cutting back.
    He'll just have to be careful where he puts his feet as there are holes in the lawn (bwhahahaha, lawn) where I've had trees removed.
    Backyards are evil and need bricking in.

  15. Jah Teh, I would gladly lend him to you at times.