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Looking at the property stats of Keilor, one thing is obvious: units don’t rate a mention. Head up there (for some reason it feels “up” from Melbourne) and you can see why for yourself. This is the domain of the 1970s super house. The original McMansion. There’s little room for units among the towering larger-than-life architectural (or not) wonders that line the streets. With valley, city and even Port Phillip Bay views to be grabbed, home owners appear to have gone for any angle that will give them a slice of them. Or perhaps many just did their best to try to outdo their neighbours with grandness and embellishments. Some haven’t fared so well over time and appear to be in a state of ‘sheets as curtains’ sadness. Tradies’ cars fight for space on the narrow hillside streets while, for many of the bigger homes, their front gardens have become car parks. Lush greenery at Keilor Golf Course. Photo: Brimbank City Council In Keilor, instead of guerrilla vegie gardens taking up some nature strips, you get guerrilla palm trees. It’s gobsmackingly different. Keen for a sticky beak? Keilor’s cul-de-sacs make your adventure a little obvious, but still enjoyable. But Keilor is more than its houses. There is an even grander, but little doubt haunted, castle here: Overnewton, a Victorian Tudor that does weddings. There’s a lot of history in this town, the most recent being its role as one of Melbourne’s gold rush stopover points. Visit on a weekend and you’ll find celebrations going on in the centre of town: parking’s almost impossible at Lagoon Reserve as people pack it with parties. Cycling families slowly meander through on its bike path. Cycling through Brimbank Park in Keilor Photo: Simon O’Dwyer There’s a low key cluster of shops opposite Lagoon Reserve. You could be in any one of those towns that dot any long route between Melbourne and Sydney. Craig Teal, director of Brad Teal Keilor, says that this suburb is basically a country town. What makes this one different is that it’s just 18 kilometres from the city. “It’s got the Ring Road, Tulla, Calder Freeway … it’s great for accessibility,” says Teal. “It’s also surrounded by the valley and the Maribyrnong, which meanders around, and from the outside you drive down into the village – it’s really the best country town in town,” he says. Haunted? That depends on who you ask about Overnewton Castle. Photo: Brimbank City Council And Teal says that it’s also a town that appeals to families because kids can get around on their own steam. “It’s got a village vibe and friendly atmosphere,” he says. “You can walk everywhere … walk down to footy training, and feel comfortable.” So how much is it to live in this “country town in town”? Teal says people have paid $5.5 million to live here. ‘We’ve got one on the market for about $3 million – that’s for 600 square metres, with views over the Brimbank Valley. Another sold for $4.9 million. It’s becoming an affluent area,’ he says. ‘A lot of the homes built 40 years ago are either being purchased and knocked down, or being fully renovated.’ According to listings on Domain.com.au, you can pick yourself up a four-bedroom house here from $550,000, but you might want to budget for more like $721,750 – the median in the past six months according to Domain data. Teal says price depends where in Keilor you want to buy. “One area is Keilor Village. That’s where you get $1300 per square metre of land, and that’s the highly sought after area. Then there’s the Calder Rise Estate from the ’70s – that’s probably gone up 25-30 per cent in the last 12 months to around $800,000. “Small pockets behind the council offices are tightly held and have risen up phenomenally as well.” Five things you didn’t know about Keilor The “lagoon” part of Lagoon Reserve was filled in in the 1970s. So now it’s just a park. The Maribyrnong river here has a couple of popular swimming holes. Check with locals before getting in. There’s a huge sporting complex right in town, with cricket, tennis and football, including women’s football. (The men are reining premiers.) Overnewton College is a highly-sought school near Overnewton castle. Horseshoe Bend, a large Parks Victoria park, has been closed for some time, but Brimbank Park is nearby and popular.
Guest posted a topic in VictoriaDear all, found house price in Keilor East is still OK (still some nice 3drm house with land available within 550K) but have no idea about how the suburbs like. really appreciate if you could comment on the neighorhood (and suburbs on the east and south of Keilor East please), shopping facilities, and if there are any industrial setting or public housing nearby. am moving to Melbourne early 2010 so really need some help in identifying a nice suburb to buy a house in. thanks heaps! Bill
Firstly, hi everyone! Okay, so I've just been offered a job in Keilor Park, Melbourne. Still living in the UK and don't know Melbourne at all. I'm currently not driving so I'm looking for a place that's either within a walking/cycling range or commutable by bus (I'm aware that the buses may still need me to walk/cycle from the stop). Can anyone suggest somewhere to live. Ideally looking for a flat-share as it will just be me moving out there and am 23 years old (male) and a recent university graduate so not looking for family homes or posh neighbourhoods. Just somewhere safe, inexpensive and commutable without a car, although if I start work in a month I might be able to do some accelerated driving course to get myself driving as quickly as I can. Also can anyone make suggestions on prices and if getting about without a car is even possible. The place I'll be working is about two miles (3.2km) off Keilor Park Drive. I haven't accepted the job yet but hope to have a decision ASAP. Any advice welcome, and thanks in advance