Selling points: Frankston has :many attributes that make it a great place to live. The four best features for buying property in the area are simple: the beach, transport (we have a train line direct to the Melbourne CBD), affordability of housing and an abundance of local infrastructure - schools, hospitals, university, shopping centres).
Most sought after properties: Investors that I have dealt with generally look for three-bed homes with two bathrooms and garaging. Properties within the Frankston High School zone are the most popular.
Most common properties: Large detached homes, units – both new and older type, apartments, acreage and waterfront.
Top amenities: High quality public schools such as Frankston High School are highly regarded. The Frankston foreshore has recently been updated with new cafés and restaurants, new boat ramp facilities and several new major housing projects, putting Frankston well and truly in the media spotlight.
Local industry and business: A significant number of residents commute to the Melbourne CBD for work. Frankston itself has always been a popular regional area for white collar workers, retail and tourism. A major recent announcement by our local MLA outlined a further 750 jobs in Frankston, with South East Water opening a new regional office.
Recent changes: There have been huge inroads in terms of major arterials being built, while billions of dollars in infrastructure investment over the past 10 years has played a major role in buyers (both occupiers and investors) flocking to the once-ridiculed peninsula suburb.
Best streets: Gould St (waterfront) has always been a premier street in Frankston, while the acreage properties in and around Humphries Rd and Overport Rd at Frankston South are considered great value by families looking for a lifestyle change. A typical two-third acre property, with four or five bedrooms, two-three bathrooms, tennis court, swimming pool and garage will sell for anywhere between $800k - $1.4 million…compare this with other Bayside suburbs along the waterfront for value.
Public transport: Being the last stop on the Metropolitan line is a huge advantage to commuters. An adequate bus system and reasonable taxi operation mean Frankston is well-serviced in transportation.
Main arteries: The billion-dollar East Link arterial is set to open in mid-2013. This major project will allow a smoother flow of traffic through Frankston and towards the Mornington Peninsula. From Frankston, there is not one traffic light until you reach the Melbourne CBD. Keep in mind that once commuters utilise the East Link, local traffic is tipped to be reduced by over 30%.