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Keysborough, 3173: Sweet spot between the bay and paddocks

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Offering a perfect mix of suburban and semi-rural lifestyle, Keysborough is positioned as a middle ground between the bay and bush.

On the fringe of Dandenong, it is also close to the gateway of the Mornington Peninsula. 

A suburb where lifestyle options are plentiful, Keysborough will immediately feel like home for families, retirees and professionals.

Part of the City of Greater Dandenong, the suburb is quickly becoming a buyer’s market, with renters only hoping they can slip in. A relatively young residential area, there is a blend of updated 1960s family homes, modern housing estates, and newer properties in development.

The Keysborough property market has seen ‘extraordinary’ growth in the past 12 months, according to Barry Plant Keysborough/Noble Park/Dandenong director Cameron Davison.

“The market is very buoyant and is performing well beyond what we expected, with 450 properties sold in the last financial year,” he said.

“Considering we were in lockdown and could only sell property for half of the year, it really does say a lot about the state of the market, that the Keysborough postcode has gone bonkers.”

Mr Davison said 21 years ago much of the suburb was farming land that was rezoned in 2002.  Subdivisions and new developments were a feature of the early 2000s and it created a fresh market of people buying newly built houses.

“From Melbourne to Narre Warren, there was no vacant land to build on. Oakleigh and Clayton were all built out, that’s why Keysborough grew quite quickly,” Cameron explained.

“People were selling their 20 square homes in Chadstone and Oakleigh and building these 40 square homes in Keysborough where you could pick up large land lots for under $200,000.”

Keysborough’s history dates back to 1845 when the Keys family arrived on the land and began dairy farming. The family contributed greatly to the area’s agricultural history as the suburb is still home to many idyllic acreage properties that surround the suburban centre.

The median sale price for houses in Keysborough, as of July 2021, was $902,000, a considerable quarterly price change of 7.3 per cent, while the median sale price for units was $702,000, and a very minimal 2.1 per cent drop, according to Real Estate Institute of Victoria data. 

It is home to the second largest school in Australia, prestigious Haileybury College, which is a major drawcard as it offers ‘world class education’, according to Cameron.

Students have the choice of an array of public and private schools including Chandler Park Primary School, Keysborough Gardens Primary School, Keysborough Secondary College and Cornish College.

Grocery and retail shopping is taken care of with plenty of centres such as Parkmore Shopping Centre, Keysborough South Shopping Centre and HomeCo Keysborough. Shopping enthusiasts can find fashion giant Chadstone Shopping Centre just 15km away.

Lovers of sports and the outdoors will feel right at home with Keysborough Golf Club, Keysborough Soccer Club and Keysborough Tennis Club. The cricket ovals are perfect for a big family game on the weekends. 

Children will love Somerfield Drive North Pirate Playground – a pirate-themed playground with interactive equipment, a basketball court and barbecue facilities.

Keysborough’s dining scene includes 3 Sons Café – an eatery that combines delicious food with artisanal presentation. Other food haunts include Beletti Restaurant Café Bar, Mr Craftsman and the Keysborough Hotel.

The suburb is near Yarraman, Noble Park and Dandenong stations, on the Cranbourne or Pakenham line or Mordialloc on the Frankston line, with multiple bus routes leading towards the CBD from the area.

As well as excellent road access to the Princes Highway, Eastlink and Frankston freeway, Keysborough’s proximity to the beach and Bayside neighbours is one of its shining features.

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