As a high-demand suburb of Geelong, it’s no secret that Highton has a lot to offer. At the top of Highton’s hills is Highview, an established housing estate that captures the features of Highton and completes the picture with incredible views over the Bay, You Yangs and the valleys over the Barwon River
With well-maintained streetscapes, the wide roads and neat walkways make for a very pleasant return home after a day’s work or an afternoon’s stroll through the nearby parks and river walkways. Highview residents have been known to move within the estate as they upgrade to a larger family-sized home and enjoy yet another direction of views and large open spaces. On weekday mornings the kids are seen walking, riding or catching the bus to the local schools, whilst parents stop in Highton village for a premium coffee to start the day’s work. On the weekends, the shopping centres fill with locals dining, shopping or browsing, whilst other make their way to visit the attractions on The Bellarine, the Surf Coast and Melbourne. The sporting clubs are a happening place most days of the week, casting keen footballers, cricketers, tennis players and lawn bowlers. The parks fill with parents and kids enjoying the outdoors and open areas, enjoying lunch together whilst calming down from the family cricket or football match. Welcome to Highview Estate - Taking a look could be your best decision yet.
Different areas in Geelong provide different lifestyles, but which area has the best lifestyle to offer? Picture yourself on a weekday afternoon - a young child scooters past along the leafy street, a mother walks by with her children to the corner park, golden retriever in tow.
There’s no traffic other than the local mailman in the distance and some kids making their way to the river with fishing rods in hand. It’s a pleasant scene. Welcome to Highview, the ‘new’ section of Highton.
"THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ARE THE VIEWS, ARGUABLY GEELONG’S BEST.”
Up on the hill between Barrabool and Scenic Roads, the first thing you notice are the views, arguably Geelong’s best. Some houses have a view to the sea, others look across the Barwon River to the You Yangs and the Bay.
A lucky few have both. The next thing you notice are the houses.They tend to be big and new, with a high standard of finish and neat, manicured gardens. So, who chooses to live here and why?
Whenever you ask people why they live in this part of Highton, the word “lifestyle” invariably comes up. It’s one of those words that covers a range of important life attributes.
In this case it seems to cover everything from good local schools, to scenic walks, proximity to the coast and river, a nice neighborhood and local shopping. It’s not just one thing. It’s a mix of location, aspect, environment and, well... lifestyle.
Property is a good investment in the long term. Since the Global Financial Crisis, countless sectors have changed in performance, making the property market difficult to pick as prices have flattened out. Having said that, some areas seem to buck the trend. According to property expert Terry Ryder in the Australian, “Most Geelong suburbs have double-digit growth” and “outlying areas have the best capital growth rates”.
“THE REMAINING LAND IN HIGHTON IS GOING FAST.”
One of those outlying areas is Highton, a suburb that’s shown promising growth since the financial crunch. If you purchased a house in Highton back in 2009 you’d be quietly pleased, as you would have since seen over 17% growth in median value, according to Property Data Solutions. If you’d bought a block of land back then in Highton, you’d be even happier - over the same period, the median price of land has risen by 23%. Compare that to Melbourne, where property prices actually fell last year, and you’d be bordering on smug.
“MORE THAN TRIPLED SINCE WE MOVED HERE”
It’s not a complex explanation as to why land in Highton continues to grow in value so strongly. According to Rene Mogic, Land Specialist with PRD Nationwide, it’s all about supply and demand. “The remaining land in Highton is going fast. It’s a very popular place to build and live.
With only a few hundred blocks left in the whole suburb, we’re likely to see values continue to increase.” But why Highton? According to Mr Mogic “Right now it’s very good value compared to other areas. Access to schools, university, shops, Geelong, the Surf Coast and Melbourne is excellent.”.