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Why should I consider living on the Mornington Peninsula?

December 11, 2018

Once upon a time, the Mornington Peninsula was seen as a wonderful holiday destination or the perfect place for Baby Boomers to retire. These days, the beautiful and calm coastal area is becoming home to more and more residents - both retirees and younger generations. The Mornington Peninsula opens up opportunities for flexible working arrangements, trades, and home-based businesses. Living in the Mornington Peninsula isn't just seen as a great alternative to the busyness of Melbourne. ‘The Pen’ also offers great shopping opportunities, schools, and value for money properties.

What to expect when buying on the Mornington Peninsula

There are many reasons why moving to south-east Victoria is becoming more popular. The Mornington Peninsula is not only a gorgeous part of Australia; it’s also well-serviced by public transport, educational, sporting, recreational/leisure, and cultural, commercial and retail facilities. Here are just some of the highlights -

Shopping

For all your everyday needs, gift-buying, and the occasional retail therapy, there are plenty of options available. Rosebud Plaza Shopping Centre is a big area on the Peninsula with plenty of chain stores and boutiques to explore. There’s also Main Street in Mornington, which is another popular shopping destination. If you’re into arts and crafts, then you need to check out Flinders’ art galleries, homewares stores, fashion boutiques, and the popular artisan bakery, Flinders Sourdough. More recently, Sorrento has become a really great shopping spot with iconic Melbourne designer brands such as Gorman, Emia, as well as locally curated stores. You can also find markets, such as the Mornington Racecourse Market, Portsea Market, Emu Plains Market in Balnarring, and Red Hill Community Market, with plenty of produce, jewellery, vintage fashion, homewares, crafts and sculptural available to purchase.

Schools

The Mornington Peninsula offers a wide range of educational opportunities for families in the area, with over 50 primary and secondary public/private schools. It’s important to note that Mornington Secondary is the only public high school in Mornington itself. However, the school has great facilities, such as its large basketball centre and indoor swimming pool, if you choose the public school route. Toorak College in Mount Eliza is one of the best. There’s also The Peninsula School to consider. Also noteworthy in Mornington is Padua College. While it is a Catholic school, the fees aren’t high and it provides great quality education. For primary school, there are many options including:

Transport

While most residents on the Mornington Peninsula own a car, getting around the area is easy with extensive public transport services such as frequent buses, trains, and taxis. To get around the bus and train network, you’ll require a ‘Myki’ card. You can purchase ‘Myki’ cards from authorised outlets and top up across various retailers, including 7-Eleven stores. For those who work in the city, trains from all Melbourne CBD stations depart for and arrive from Frankston station approximately every 15 minutes Monday to Saturday and every 20 minutes on Sunday. To travel further down the Peninsula by public transport, you’ll need to catch a connecting bus.

Housing

One of the key benefits of the Mornington Peninsula is affordable housing. While the most popular areas, such as Sorrento, attract a high median price of $1,367,000, you can also find beautiful and high-quality homes in suburbs like Rosebud for $610,000*. If you’d like to find out more about Mornington Peninsula properties, Listing Loop is here to help! We provide a database of off-market houses just waiting for you to discover. Get in touch with a local Mornington Peninsula real estate agent or contact us today. * Realestate.com.au as of November 2018

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