Mordialloc is a charming coastal community in Melbourne’s southeast. While it is a longstanding suburb whose rich backstory is woven through the tapestry of Melbourne’s history, it has of late been generating home buyers’ attention. We’ve learnt that “Mordialloc” derives from the Aboriginal meaning “muddy creek”, however we’ve received a small wave of positive reviews- from its family-friendly culture, comparative affordability to its appeal for those with a fondness for fitness (think boating, horsing, footy). So we took a look at what all the fuss is about and cast a net over the Mighty “Mordy”.
Mordialloc is a bayside suburb located 25km down the Nepean highway from Melbourne’s CBD. Situated on Port Phillip Bay, nestled between Parkdale and Aspendale, it’s home to around 7, 500 residents. It is iconic for its avenue of palm trees and famous blue charter boats- essentially it’s a seaside village that is as quaint and picturesque as the term “seaside village” conjures up.
On a Saturday morning, you’re likely to see kids riding their bikes along the walking trails, couples stopping in at one of the local charming village cafes, or city slickers on route to the beach to enjoy what this seaside suburb has to offer. According to the REIV, it is fast becoming a growth area but as always with suburbs of reasonable CBD distance, it is usually easier to afford a house of decent size and quality. Could this explain the suburb’s surge in popularity?
A history of fitness and fodder
Mordialloc is built upon foundations of food and fitness. It was established in the mid 1800’s and while the sea has always been a recreational attraction, it also became a mecca for fishermen who flocked to the area to catch and supply for Melbourne’s daily auctions. Simultaneously, a strong horsing culture also developed in the late 1800’s when the Epsom racecourse was built. Such roots set the tone for what makes Mordialloc unique today- it boasts a Food and Wine festival each year drawing in tens of thousands of visitors while the community continue to enjoy it’s beautiful coast. If the heart of Mordialloc is its beach, then the local Surf Life Saving club is the blood that keeps it pumping. Local volunteer, Grant Rattenbury says the organisation has been running since 1921 and is fundamental to the village’s strong community ties.
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Local homeowner, Ran, says moving to Mordialloc was an easy choice for him and his young family. To be within zone of some of northern Melbourne’s best schools was a priority, all the while being more affordable than its neighbors, Parkdale and Mentone. “Like other families, we enjoyed Brighton for its beach culture and safe neighbourhood, but Mordialloc has a much more down to earth, relaxed vibe which we preferred”.
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Who is suited to living in Mordialloc?
Ran explains that “Families like us, who are next home buyers will really benefit from the safe and community- orientated feel of the area”. He says that “to be able to move further out means you are likely to set yourself up in a bigger house- one which is of beach proximity which is perfect in the Summer, especially for kids. There is a solid pocket of residents here who take the easy CBD commute via train, but with the Nepean highway being so accessible this is also a positive for drivers.”
Local favourite: Locals tell us Hendrik’s café is hard to beat- you’ll just have to line up after every man and his dog when ordering your coffee on Saturday morning.
What can $700, 000 buy you in Mordialloc?
According to the REIV in June 2015, the median house price sits at $680, 000- a decrease of $26, 000 from the overall Melbourne median house price of $706,000.
What the local experts have to say
While Mordialloc has always been a hotspot for families, local Hodges agent, Christine Henderson, feels that prices are pushing young people out of neighbouring eastern beach suburbs like Elwood and St Kilda, and are becoming another group choosing to call Mordy home. “The age old saying that you can’t put a price on community really shows in Mordialloc– it’s the kind of place where people come, fall in love, and don’t leave”.