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  1. Victoria is Australia’s best wine region https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/ausandpacific/victoria-australia-wine-tasting-region-mornington-peninsula-montalto-a8442411.html Why the peninsula is Australia's dining star https://www.goodfood.com.au/eat-out/good-food-guides/good-mornington-why-the-peninsula-is-australias-dining-star-20180921-h15p1t Mornington Peninsula’s ultimate foodie destinations https://www.goodfood.com.au/eat-out/good-food-guides/good-mornington-why-the-peninsula-is-australias-dining-star-20180921-h15p1t Mornington Peninsula is where you find Australia's best wine 3 Best Day Trips from Melbourne https://www.cntraveler.com/gallery/best-day-trips-from-melbourne Why the Mornington Peninsula’s hinterland is the perfect 48 hour escape https://www.vogue.com.au/travel/destinations/why-the-mornington-peninsulas-hinterland-is-the-perfect-48-hour-escape/image-gallery/458f4aeaeeae033edaeacd152c774a74 Why You Should Explore Australia’s Mornington Peninsula https://www.winemag.com/2017/08/08/exploring-australias-mornington-peninsula/
  2. Metropolitan top 10 1. Cottesloe, Perth, Western Australia 2. Noosa Main Beach, Sunshine Coast, Queensland 3. Yarra Bay, Sydney, New South Wales 4. Port Noarlunga, Adelaide, South Australia 5. Freshwater, Sydney, New South Wales 6. Portsea, Mornington peninsula, Victoria 7. Bondi, Sydney, New South Wales 8. Balmoral, Sydney, New South Wales 9. Port Willunga beach, Fleurieu peninsula, South Australia 10. Bronte, Sydney, New South Wales https://soperth.com.au/perth-beaches-best-in-australia-25511
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    Melbourne suburbs for young families

    The Mornington Peninsula is ideal for providing a SE bayside lifestyle at a more affordable price.
  4. bayside

    Melbourne suburbs for young families

    Brisbane and Melbourne are very different cities. Melbourne has plenty more to offer being a bigger city and generally the people seem to be nicer too. The city also has a high proportion of the overseas population in Australia and is particularly popular with Uk-born migrants. The climate and weather is far more approachable and manageable coming from the UK too. Nevertheless the summer months in Melbourne are divine making the coastal regions of Victoria very popular. A fantastic alternative to Geelong is the beautiful Mornington Peninsula. The Mornington Peninsula is also the most popular place for UK born migrants in all of Melbourne. This is compared to the North of Geelong being popular with Croatians and the west being popular with Indians. Generally, Brits, Irish and Scottish migrants tend to live near the coastal suburbs where there is a higher proportion of Australians. The south-east and east of Melbourne tend to be consistently good options.
  5. 'Mt Martha had the strongest median house price growth across Melbourne in 2018. The popular Mornington Peninsula suburb’s median price jumped to $1,100,500 from $980,000 in 2017, Real Estate Institute of Victoria data shows. That impressive 12.3 per cent gain in median price was followed by 10 per cent or more growth in several outer Melbourne suburbs. RELATED: Melbourne’s price growth stars Mt Martha seller scores windfall The rise saw Mt Martha join the growing list of Melbourne suburbs with median house prices above $1 million. Other top performers included Officer (10.7 per cent annual change) and Cranbourne North (10.1 per cent), while another peninsula suburb, Mt Eliza, also did well with a 5.8 per cent price gain. Overall, the city’s median house price rose 1.4 per cent from $815,000 in 2017 to $826,500 in 2018. Local agents were not surprised by the strong price growth recorded in Mt Martha over 2018. “Mt Martha has been a hot spot for buyers in recent years,” McEwing & Partners agent Marcus Gollings said. “It used to be a place where people mainly bought holiday homes but this has changed and now young professionals, retirees and buyers from Melbourne are moving here permanently.” Mr Gollings expected prices to continue to grow because the suburb was seen as offering good investment properties and “value for money”. The peninsula was a different market from the city and this was reflected in strong prices and healthy buyer numbers, Warlimont & Nutt Mt Martha director Trent Cameron said. “Mt Martha has seen more permanent residents coming compared to mainly those buying holiday homes,” Mr Cameron said. “There has been an influx of young families and Baby Boomers attracted by the shorter commute to the city, great beaches and the village.” Mr Cameron noted more holiday-home buyers were looking in Mt Martha instead of Sorrento and Portsea to get away from the summer crowds and traffic congestion in the southernmost parts of the peninsula.' https://www.realestate.com.au/news/mt-martha-marked-top-of-the-class-in-2018/
  6. 'Melbourne’s price growth stars revealed 'Amid the doom and gloom surrounding the Melbourne housing market, the city’s median sale price crept up last year, according to Victoria’s peak real estate body. Find out our top growth suburbs. Amid the doom and gloom surrounding the Melbourne housing market, the city’s median sale price actually crept up last year. Victoria’s peak real estate body found Melbourne’s house median rose 1.4 per cent from $815,000 in 2017 to $826,500 in 2018. The figure was pulled up by booming outer suburbs including Mt Martha, Officer and Cranbourne North, according to the Real Estate Institute of Victoria. But a lacklustre December quarter, in which the house median fell 3.7 per cent, ensured the annual gains were only slight. Melbourne’s unit median also increased 1.8 per cent to $597,000 in 2018. REIV president Robyn Waters said despite sluggish auction clearance rates, a 20 per cent annual drop in residential sales and low confidence in the market, vendors who did offload homes still achieved good prices in 2018. “It might take you a bit longer to sell and you might have to put in a bit more effort,” she said. “But the big picture is showing house prices have increased slightly in Melbourne.” A recent report from another property data firm, CoreLogic, found Melbourne house values fell 9.1 per cent and unit values, 2.3 per cent, in 2018. But the REIV figures only take into account residences that sold in the city last year, while CoreLogic calculated the median estimated value of all residences in greater Melbourne, not just those that changed hands. Melbourne’s outer ring (houses up 3.1 per cent) and regional Victoria (up 5.5 per cent) were the big winners of 2018, according to REIV, with affordability, improving infrastructure and first-home buyer incentives boosting demand. The capital’s top 20 annual growth suburbs for houses were all more than 20km from the city, and many of them in the southeast, with Mt Martha notably rising 12.3 per cent to a $1,100,500 median. It was followed by Officer (up 10.7 per cent to $587,500), Cranbourne North (10.1 per cent, $600,000), Hampton Park (10 per cent, $550,000) and Pakenham (9.3 per cent, $530,000). Bonaccorde director Amanda Haimona expected “sleeping giant” Mt Martha to continue rising in 2019. While formerly dominated by holiday-makers and retirees, the Mornington Peninsula suburb was attracting more permanent homebuyers thanks to new infrastructure like Balcombe Grammar School and the Peninsula Link, and flexible work arrangements allowing work from home, she said. Nicholas Lynch Real Estate director Nicholas Lynch said Mt Martha had also been boosted by the fact neighbouring Mornington had become a “satellite city” with all the amenities a resident could need. “Mornington’s like Chapel St now, with what it offers,” he said.' Top annual growth suburbs for houses 1. Mt Martha: up 12.3% to $1,100,500 2. Officer: up 10.7% to $587,500 3. Cranbourne North: up 10.1% to $600,000 Top annual growth suburbs for units 1. Frankston: up 11.9% to $445,000 2. Richmond: up 11.5% to $640,000 3. Brunswick West: up 10.5% to $482,500
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    Advice re estate agents

    @IIENTry this link: https://www.microburbs.com.au/Vic/Melbourne-Southeastern-municipalities/Mornington-Peninsula-Shire/Mornington-(Vic.) There is a 3 page limit for viewing pages of the site without an account. Then you will need to sign up but it is also free to make an account!
  8. Here are some plans for the summer. Portsea Hotel, Portsea With multimillion-dollar projects springing up all over the Mornington Peninsula, the region's beachside stalwarts are refreshing themselves to keep up with the Jackalopes. Portsea Hotel for one. A recent refresh by design firm Projects of Imagination has spruced up the giant waterfront hotel with a new events space overlooking the bay, a burger bar and whisky den, an art gallery and an entertainment space, which will host live gigs and yoga sessions for the #fitspo crowd. Chef Paul Tyas (ex-Grosvenor Hotel and The Point, Albert Park) is heading the main kitchen and is delivering a polished menu with coiffed pub classics, plus fresher share plates, seafood and grilled meats. 3746 Point Nepean Road, Portsea, portseahotel.com.au Pier Street Kitchen, Dromana Dee's Kitchen in Dromana has become Pier Street Kitchen, an all-day cafe with a Mediterranean/Middle Eastern skew. They're ticking all the good cafe boxes with specialty coffee, all-day breakfast, children's menus and also craft beers and local wines for adults. Get around the spiced sausage rolls or the excellent falafels with silky hummus and bright salads. 19 Pier Street, Dromana, 03 5981 4666, pierstreetkitchen.com.au Hotel Sorrento Hotel Sorrento is also getting a touch-up. On Boxing Day, it launched The Cellar, a new wine and whisky bar, serving local wines, cocktails and Euro-style wine bar food in an old world space of leather booths and exposed limestone walls designed by Wendy Bergman, who was behind the luxe renovation of Giant Steps and the Mount Erica Hotel. Always a summer playground, there will be live music on Sundays. 5-15 Hotham Road, Sorrento, 03 5984 8000, hotelsorrento.com.au The Greek @ Customs House, Geelong Great Greek on the water has come to Geelong at the hands of Sydney's pioneer of modern-Greek cuisine, Peter Conistis. The chef-owner of Sydney's Alpha has turned the heritage-listed Customs House into a seafood-focused taverna. As in Sydney, you can expect tweaks on your Hellenic classics (haloumi comes with candied black walnuts and slow-roasted lamb is cooked in clay) but local calamari, octopus and anything else he can grab fresh off the boat is the clincher, selected from the big display up front and grilled in the olive wood-fired oven in the courtyard. 57 Brougham Street, Geelong, 03 5246 6500, thegreekcustomshouse.com Gladioli, Port Fairy Gladioli is back, and now it's on the beach. Chef-owner Matt Dempsey shuttered his hatted Inverleigh restaurant in 2016, finding it too difficult to maintain standards while commuting from his home in Port Fairy. Dempsey has reopened the restaurant in the heritage-listed Seacombe House – the bluestone vacated in January by Kirstyn and Ryan Sessions when they closed their fine diner Fen. Gladioli has picked up where it left off. The tweezered mod-Oz menu built on gun produce such as Great Ocean Road ducks, Shaw River cheeses and the local seafood is available a la carte or as five or eight-course tasting menus. 22 Sackville Street, Port Fairy, facebook.com/GladioliRestaurant Blackman's Brewery, Torquay Chef Glenn Laurie departed Heidelberg's Little Black Pig and Sons last year, with eyes on opening a place in the city, but he's made a sea change instead and taken the reins at Blackman's Brewery in Torquay. The pitch is a little different to his last post doing home-style Italian. Here, the menu is more broadly European and built to work with the beers, but his produce focus has drastically lifted the offering since starting mid-May. Cheeses for pizzas are coming in from That's Amore, on Saturdays they might do big paellas and Laurie hopes to introduce a lot more fresh seafood. Embracing the brews, dessert might be a granita and jelly made using strawberries salvaged after they've been used to flavour a strawberry gose beer. 26 Bell Street, Torquay, 03 5261 5310, blackmansbrewery.com.au https://www.goodfood.com.au/eat-out/news/going-coastal-the-hottest-new-openings-around-victorias-coast-20181217-h197xg
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    Advice re estate agents

    If you make a free account on https://www.microburbs.com.au/ you can use the site to become more familiar with the area based on various scores including travel/convenience, tranquility, family friendly and affluence. This should assist you in researching suburbs. In the Life in Australia > Education forum on this website you can learn about the best schools and everything education related.
  10. 'Balnarring beauty poised to top $6 million (JANUARY 4, 2019) An elegant American farmstead-and-Hamptons-inspired property hidden inland on the Mornington Peninsula is making waves at the top end of the market — and across Australia online. An elegant American farmstead-and-Hamptons-inspired property hidden inland on the Mornington Peninsula is making waves at the top end of the market. The 3.12ha property at 230 Myers Rd, Balnarring was the most viewed listing in Australia to end 2018 and kick start the new year on realestate.com.au. While no doubt plenty can only dream of setting foot in the laid-back luxe four-bedroom home, Aqua Real Estate director Michelle Skoglund said those with the cash to seal a deal that would “definitely have a six in front of it” were also showing plenty of interest. RELATED: Live like a lord at beachside Frankston South mansion “It’s definitely causing a lot of excitement on the Mornington Peninsula,” she said. “There is very strong inquiry. I’ve had at least five calls a day since it went online (two weeks ago) from people trying to get through prior to the first open for inspection.” A pool, spa, fire pit, pool house and extensive horse facilities are some of the exclusive elements to enjoy on the expansive grounds. The two-year-old house has soaring ceiling heights in the main open-plan living area, with stone features and American oak timber flooring also driving a deluxe Hamptons aesthetic. Balnarring is about an hour from Melbourne. The property’s first inspection is tomorrow, January 5, from 2.30-3pm.' https://www.news.com.au/finance/real-estate/melbourne-vic/balnarring-beauty-poised-to-top-6-million/news-story/b6a2c166c91e07b64761923a7fc06ffe
  11. MELBOURNE’S MOST POPULAR HOUSING MARKETS OF 2018 Top 5 most searched suburbs with a median house price above $800,000 Richmond: 466,909 searches, $1.25m median house sale price South Yarra: 277,221, $1.75m Brighton: 256,999, $2.4m Mt Eliza: 249,717, $1.2m Mornington: 255,576, $800,000 Most searched suburbs Richmond: 466,909 searches, $1.25m median house sale price Berwick: 373,475, $691,444 Sunbury: 299,673, $540,000 South Yarra: 277,221, $1.75m Pakenham: 275,603, $523,250 Point Cook: 258,542, $655,000 Brighton: 256,999, $2.4m Mornington: 255,576, $800,000 Mt Eliza: 249,717, $1.2m Werribee: 245,060, $500,000
  12. Sellers in Mornington Peninsula made the biggest total profit by value in the September quarter in Melbourne $198.43 million Highest total value of profit Mornington Peninsula: $198.43m total value of profit, 99.8% of sales made gains, $318,500 median profit Boroondara: $188.75m, 88.1%, $515,000 Whitehorse: $187.93m, 95.8%, $505,000 Monash: $173.67m, 96.3%, $555,000 Casey: $162.32m, 99.5%, $245,500 Source: CoreLogic, September quarter, for houses and unit combined
  13. ‘Dream peninsula getaways shine in 2018 (31 DEC 2018) Among the top 2018 sales in the Mornington Peninsula was Rovina at 3808 Point Nepean Rd, Portsea, which fetched $13.8 million in April. The early 1960s-built cliff-front residence looking over the pier and Weeroona Bay has a prime Portsea spot on a large 1990sq m. The house, with a design by renowned architect Geoffrey Sommers, made use of recycled materials from well-known Melbourne buildings and was styled like a Mediterranean villa. It offers grand interiors with a five-bedroom floorplan and lovely outdoor viewing terraces. There are multiple living zones, a central pool atrium and outdoor entertainment area. The property has a separate bluestone cottage and also offered the option to purchase a boatshed positioned directly below the house on Fishermans Beach. The Point Nepean Rd stretch of Portsea was listed among the nation’s most-view streets based on data from views by house hunters on realestate.com.au over a three-year period. In Dromana, a new luxury house was snapped in January for above $10 million to set a new suburb record. Cevennes at 97 Harrisons Rd is a stunning five-bedroom, six-bathroom house on an 11.3ha allotment within one of the peninsula’s oldest vineyards. It comprises a main residence with a series of luxury villa suites and also features its own helipad, resort-style outdoor areas and offers stunning views. The buyers were a couple who already own homes in several countries, a spokesman for listing agent Michael Keating International said. The house is one of the most luxurious built on the peninsula and was designed by Greg Coles, who is well-known for luxury resort designs, the spokesman added. The landholding was developed in the 1930s as a vineyard and was once owned by well-known winemakers Seppelt. Towards the end of the year, 3 Callanans Rd, Red Hill sold shortly after being listed with a price guide of $7.5-$8 million. It is understood to have sold within that range. Set in coveted Red Hill spot, the home, with a design by Louis Chiodo Architects, sits on a large acreage with picturesque gardens and views towards Western Port Bay. The bespoke home with quality finishes has an open-plan living and dining zone with a marble-wrapped fireplace. Three lavish bedrooms, multiple living zones, a granite benchtop kitchen, study, balcony and a cellar are among its many features. Outside are bluestone terraces with landscaped gardens and a mod grass tennis court. The versatile allotment also has 14 horse paddocks, three cattle paddocks, state of the art stables and a floodlit covered riding arena.’
  14. https://www.realestate.com.au/sold/property-house-vic-red+hill+south-129562186 ‘Incredible Red Hill South home hits the market with eight-figure price tag (OCTOBER 27, 2018) A JAW-DROPPING Mornington Peninsula property has hit the market with price hopes more than double the record for its suburb. Is the best property on the peninsula outside Portsea? IMMENSE views across the bay and a finely-crafted residence to match. That combination makes 29 Callanans Rd, Red Hill South the “best property on the Mornington Peninsula”, according to Peninsula Sotheby’s managing director Rob Curtain. “It’s faultless,” he said. “The attention to detail, the quality — the stonemason was there for over a year.” It’s on the market with a $15-$16.5 million price guide. With a sale in this price range, the property would more than double Red Hill South’s biggest ever sale of $6 million, achieved in 2016, according to CoreLogic. The 6.47ha property has glorious gardens, with a horizon pool and spa that captures the view across Point Leo to Phillip Island. The meticulously made Hamptons-style house also frames the bay outlook. At its heart is a gourmet kitchen with scullery, joined by lounge and dining zones leading out to an entertainment space and poolside terrace. The home’s extensive accommodation includes a self-contained loft apartment. Horses are spoiled, too — the impressive equestrian facilities include top-notch stables, a full-sized arena, float storage, a wash bay, tack room, plus post and rail paddocks and spring-fed dams. Six-car garaging is also included. The property is being offered via private sale. Red Hill recently took the title of being Victoria’s most-searched suburb on realestate.com.au. Mr Curtain said the suburb and those around it had seen a surge in buyer interest in the past year, with many seeing the bonus in the shorter drive from Melbourne than popular Flinders. “And it’s tightly held,” he added. He said clifftop acreages with views of Westernport Bay were especially sought after.’
  15. The Mornington Peninsula had the highest house price growth rate in Greater Melbourne in 2017 growing by 18.4%. Moody's Analytics also expects the region to continue to be in growth in 2019.