The Mornington Peninsula is changing. Once the summer holiday playground for suburban Melbourne, the beachside towns that dot the coastal strip down the eastern edge of Port Philip Bay are increasingly attracting home seekers looking for a ‘sea change’.
One of the best examples of the transition from sleepy drive-through strip to attractive residential domain, is Seaford.
Located just 5 km north of the city of Frankston, Seaford has a great deal to offer in terms of convenience, lifestyle, value for money and future potential.
Seaford, the suburb, is best defined in terms of its beach. Seaford beach could genuinely be described as a hidden gem – although hidden only in the sense that not many people have yet discovered it.
Routinely classified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as one of Melbourne’s cleanest beaches (equal # 1 again this year), Seaford beach is a tranquil, safe, family-friendly strip of crystal white sand alongside shallow turquoise water.
Ideal for swimming, kayaking, sailing or just enjoying the lap-lap of the gentle waves along the water’s edge, Seaford beach is also home to Seaford pier, a safe popular fishing spot all year round.
Running the length of the coastal strip of Seaford beach is the Kananook Creek, with its surrounding natural bushland where water-birds of all descriptions make their home, or migration stop-off, on their way north each year.
Preserving this natural wonderland, the Kananook Creek Reserve provides protection for the native wildlife, and safe access for local residents with a network of walking and cycling paths along the beach and river frontage.
This idyllic setting is already attracting new residential developments as new housing and apartments are springing up along the Nepean Highway adjacent to the beach front.
Seaford township is also changing. The once tired and fairly run-down 1950’s era shops are giving way to new cafes, boutiques, eateries and community facilities to match the changing demographic. This new population is increasingly choosing to buy into the lifestyle and promise of rising property values that come with a re-generation of old places into new cosmopolitan suburbs.
Seaford is convenient too. Just a short drive brings you into the centre of Frankston. Frankston is a large, self-contained city within the city. Its shopping precincts have everything from new car dealerships, to cinemas, to pubs, to supermarkets, and a large shopping mall at Vicinity’s Bayside Frankston.
For residents who want to, or need to, head into Melbourne proper, Seaford is well serviced with highways, freeways and the Metro Rail to the CBD and the City Loop.
Seaford is, of course, also the gateway to the Mornington Peninsula and for weekend day-trippers this means more bayside and ocean beaches, wineries and restaurants, tourist attractions of all kinds and a recreational playground that deservedly adds to Melbourne’s reputation as the ‘World’s Most Liveable City’.
Seaford is just one example of an old urban-fringe suburb undergoing change as Melbourne continues to expand in every direction. But it is an outstanding example of what can be found for people looking to the future, and finding the rapidly changing past is just what they have been looking for.