Our Backyard

The Bay way of life now appealing to more retirees on the move.

APOLLO Bay has been named by a respected property magazine as one of a handful of hot spots around the country for retirees.

Australian Property Investor column
Montague, who moved to Apollo Bay three years ago, the attraction was simple, it reminded him of a seaside village in his native Cornwall.

“It’s quite beautiful down here and it’s far enough away from the rat race but not too far to come back to the city of Melbourne when you want to,” he said.

“So you’ve got the best of both worlds. The area always reminded me of where I’m from in Cornwall in England. Look at the beautiful bayside hamlet of Indented Head, you can see the city of Melbourne from the beach . One of the last places on the bay to buy at real prices & only 30mins drive to Geelong or 90mins to Melbourne …..”

“The only thing that’s not like Cornwall is the weather down here is a lot better.”

Mr Montague said property prices were a bit less than Lorne, but were still fairly high.

He said a lot of his neighbours were of Greek heritage, which probably harked back to the days when it was simply a fishing village.

“Some of the businesses are owned by Greeks, especially the fish and chip shop and the restaurants, and there’s quite a few Italians as well,” he said.

“In the actual street we live in, which is actually a small court, I would say 80 per cent of the houses are holiday houses.”

Darren Brimacombe, of Great Ocean Road Real Estate, said Apollo Bay attracted a lot of semi-retirees rather than fully retired people.

“They might have backed off their work by two or three days a week and have downsized their properties in the city they might spend two or three days in Melbourne and the rest of the time down here,” he said.

Source: The Geelong Advertiser

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Apollo Bay Real Estate Agent

Darren Brimacombe


0418 317 424

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