Selling points: Seaford is excellent value for money and Melbourne’s cheapest beachside suburb, which is still within a 30 minute drive to the city, thanks to the Eastlink Freeway. You can still get three-bedroom houses on over 600m2 blocks within 1.5km of the beach, starting in the low $300,000s.
Most sought after properties: At present we have a high demand from first home buyers and people being pushed down from the more expensive south-east suburbs, but still wanting to live in a beachside suburb. Traditionally any entry level house on the beach side of the Freeway always generates good interest. Also the Belvedere Park area offers great value for those seeking a home to live in.
Most common properties: 1960s and ‘70s brick veneers, with a combination of renovated and original homes. With around 5,000 homes, Seaford varies immensely in property value, generally based on proximity to the beach. A three-bedroom house on Nepean Highway opposite the beach, which would sell for $600,000 if at the back of Seaford on Frankston Dandenong Road, may only sell for $280,000.
Top amenities: Excellent sandy beaches with amazing sunsets over the water; two train stations; many parks and foreshore areas with brilliant walking tracks, including Seaford wetlands and Kananook Creek. St Kilda football club’s newly-built multimillion dollar training facility is in the suburb, as are five primary schools and a high school. Seaford is just a five-minute drive from Frankston CBD and Patterson Lakes marina. The suburb retains a quiet coastal town feel, still within easy reach of the city and Mornington Peninsula; and has huge growth potential.
Local industry and business: Seaford/ Carrum Downs has a large industrial area with a host of small to large manufacturing businesses; and is also home to many trade headquarters.
Recent changes: The opening of the Eastlink Freeway was a huge benefit to the area in 2008. The streetscapes have also changed immensely, with many older homes being renovated and quality townhouses popping up all over the suburb. Also, there are now several cafes at the beach shops with a new beachfront cafe built alongside the lifesaving club. The aforementioned St Kilda football club facility allows kids to walk down to the oval and watch their AFL heroes training.
Best streets: Good value homes can be found right across Seaford, but if I had to pick an area the ‘Fortescue Avenue pocket’ has excellent demand due to the average block size being 780m2 and within 500 metres of the beach. Also, anywhere off Park Street is an excellent, quiet beachside area.
Public transport: The area is serviced by two train stations (Seaford and Kananook), while buses run right throughout the area.
Main arteries: East Link Freeway takes you right into the city, and the Nepean Highway runs right along the beach.