8.6 out of 10


Ranked 16th best suburb in Barwon
-38.1970556148925 144.330160603516
Great for
  • Public Transport
  • Safe & Sound
  • Parking
  • Schools
  • Neighbourly Spirit
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
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"Family friendly but a bit tired"

Grovedale is a family friendly area and more affordable than Belmont and Highton. However, the price of property has increased about 20% from 2016-2018. Good for owners. Shops are tired around Heyers Rd, it would be nice to see more investments and more modern feel to them. People are friendly and it's safe. Waurn Ponds Shopping Centre is close and walkable for many but not everyone likes shopping centres. Parks are great especially Coolabah Park.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Parking 5/5

"Wonderful peaceful family-friendly area, definitely up and coming"

Grovedale is a nice peaceful area, polite people, close to all amenities and family friendly. Very up and coming, and I can see the government is pouring a lot of money into the area, with the construction of new community centres and also a new hospital not too far away, also further housing allotments to the south of the railway line where there was once farmland. Shopping complexes a short drive away (including 24 hour Target), medical centre, eateries, schools, Deakin Uni, Marshal and Waurn Ponds train stations, Surf Coast, Torquay and Geelong city centre not far off. The suburb is in my opinion the perfect quiet location between Melbourne and the beginning of the Great Ocean Road. Bought a house on a big block here a few years back at a nicely reasonable price and have felt very comfortable with it, and the market is still affordable but looks to be rising. Not the type of place where you would want to buy a block and flip it for a quick profit like can be done in parts of Melbourne, but life isn't all about making a quick buck that way. If you hang onto it for a couple of years, my feeling is that rewards will come as Geelong expands outwards, the population increases and more people find their way to this nice relaxed area with so much going for it.

One more thing: I grew up around St Kilda, Melbourne. Walking down the street there, people rarely if ever say anything to me, nobody ever says "Hi, nice weather we're having today" etc. Frankly you're more likely to get shanked there. In Grovedale, neighbours say hi, wave to me, people on the street say hi, people are generally polite and friendly and it took me some time to get used to. Obviously this is not a 100% rule but I noticed a difference immediately, a more community spirit that almost stunned me since I rarely if ever spoke to anybody on the street or even a neighbour in Melbourne (I'm sure many will disagree but Melbourne has started to have a colder atmosphere, people avoiding contact with others and just not being generally polite or engaging another person). Definitely noticed a big difference in Grovedale, especially with neighbours in the street who ALWAYS wave, even the ones I never spoke to. It's nice.
  • Peaceful, family friendly
  • Affordable
  • Hasn't been taken over by the investors, developers and subdividers yet
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5

"Everything is close and available."

Friendly neighbourhood, with great potential for capital growth. Great houses to renovate at very affordable prices.
Schools abound and shopping and cinemas are close. So many sporting opportunities, wonderful area for kids with big blocks and close to surf coast.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

Best Streets in Grovedale

"Quiet Street"
-38.2054690848 144.3461443339

Unranked Streets in Grovedale

"Quiet & Pleasant street"
-38.2043147828 144.3486578435
"Quiet spot, close to all business you need"
-38.200717 144.347915
"Easily one of the best courts in Grovedale"
-38.20994 144.32032

Alan Street

"Quiet, friendly street"
-38.1999298014 144.3436718054

Pioneer Road

"Great place for families with kids. Close to good schools and shopping! "
-38.2029931412 144.340010824
"fantastic place to live"
-38.2082 144.31333
-38.2028941035 144.3388223711
"Family area"
-38.20639 144.32973
"The friendliest street in Grovedale!"
-38.19678 144.33427