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.