I have lived in Somerville for over twenty years and seen it grow from a village to a small town. There are about four thousand people living in Somerville and about ten thousand live around about on small acreage and larger farms and horse studs.
Somerville was originally a centre of the Apple growing agri industry and so was Tyabb which is six kilometres south. A lot of the elderly residents are farmers and orchadists from the area who have moved into the town on retirement. Old well known families still live in the area so that says something about it.
Somerville is eleven kilometres from Hastings, Mornington, and Frankston and not far from Baxter, Mount Eliza and Pearcedale. Pearcedale residents shop in Somerville and it has the same post code.
The attraction of Somerville is the access to major arterial roads with ease which Mornington and other areas do not have. Its five minutes from the Westerport Highway which runs into Dandeong. Ten minutes from Moorooduc Highway which joins the Frankston Freeway and therefore its better for commuting. Also there are back routes one can take.
2 state primary schools
Catholic primary school
State high school to year 10 but there are hopes to go to year 12. Its a new school and the architecture is very much in keeping with the environment. A wetland has been created for the school .
2 child minding centrs.
Private schools in easy vicinity say 10 minutes away.
Woodleigh at Baxter
Flinders College at Tyabb
Buses also collect children from Somerville who attend:
Padua Catholic College Mornington
Mornington State College
Westernport State College Hastings
Mount Erin Secondary College
Other private schools which children attend from Somerville 10 15 minutes away
Toorak College Mount Eliza
Peninsula School Mount Eliza
Bayside Christian College
St Johns Catholic College in Frankston is also popular.
Other State Colleges
Mount Eliza Secondary
Dame Elizabeth Murdoch College Langwarrin
There is a village shopping centre on the eastern side of Frankston Flinders Road. Shops include Ritchies Supermarket, Butcher, two Bakers, two hairdressers, fruit shop, Ladies clothes shop (which is popular). Coffe shop. National Australia Bank, Commonwealth Bank. Take away shops, florist and cards. Aldi is being built nearby.
Somerville Plaza Shopping Centre
Safeway, Discount Chemist, Optician, ANZ Bank, Westpac ATM, CBA ATM, Newspaper shop. Chinese Restaurant, Subway, Charcoal Chicken. Fresh chicken shop, butcher, surf shop, coffee bar, dry cleaners, pet shop, noodle bar, Photographic shop, Womens clothes shops, subway, pizza. Large timber and hardware store.
Centro Shopping Centre
Coles Supermarket, Rivers, Reject Shop, Target, Westpac Bank, Best and Less. Book Shop, coffee bar, chemist. Small shops.
Doctors Dentists and others
There are a lot of doctors in Somerville. There are two dentists, two opticians, podiatrists, physiotherapists, chiropractor, Xray and ultrasound clinic.
Vet clinic is very good and part of the Westernport Vet practice.
A lot of the smaller houses are now rental properties but first home buyers are buying these as they are on larger blocks of land and being cheaper they are good for refurbishment.
Larger new homes are also available but more expensive. There is still some land for sale in Somerville and a subdivision is going in opposite the new Centro Shopping Centre. Everything is walking distance in Somerville if you live in the township.
Somerville zoning is restricted and it is ringed by small acreage then a bit larger acreage and then farms. It will not be rezoned as it is green wedge.
Acreage properties like mine have no sewer and are on septic (with the drought this is a godsend)
ADSL2 is available within the township boundaries of Somerville.
Who lives in the area. Horsey people many many. Professionals, business owners, trades people. Ordinary people. Lots of retired people.
There is a retirement village in Somerville
Basketball, Netball, Footy club, cricket club, tennis club.
Community house provides lots of things for people to do
Library is here
Train we have the train it runs to Frankston and then people get the train to the city for work. Buses also run intermittently with the train service.
We have a pub and its popular has meals etc. The Indian Restaurant has been around for many many years and the owners own a winery and their wine is very nice. It used to be in Frankston but moved to Somerville some time ago and all its following still go there. We have gone to this restaurant for over 20 years now.
Chinese restaurants there are 2 and I must admit we do not go to them.
Thai restaurant is opening in the new complex.
Pub has meals and my son says they are ok but we prefer Baxter Tavern
We have a graffiti problem at the moment but it seems to be quite universal as there is just not enough deterrent for people and all over the Peninsula is affected.
There is a gym and swimming pool in Somerville.
Other businesses around are mechanical, panel beaters, kitchen designers, garden centre, plumbing, saddlery, Pets warehouse, solicitors, accountants, and lots of others.