17th June 2019

Reluctant resident a convert to Geelong growth corridor

Marcail Clark is one of a growing number of people choosing to call Armstrong Creek home. Picture: Glenn Ferguson Source:News Limited

TRAVEL consultant Marcail Clark needed some convincing to take the plunge and build a family home in the Armstrong Creek growth corridor.

Born and bred in Highton, she and her fiance Anton Row had initially purchased land in Torquay before deciding to call Geelong’s newest neighbourhood home.

Seven weeks after moving into their new house in Mt Duneed’s ARMSTRONG estate with Ms Clark’s daughters, Ella, 10, and Grace, 7, she’s a total convert.

She cites infrastructure, transport links and old-fashioned community feel as the biggest attractions.

A membership to Club Armstrong was another attraction for the Clark family

“I was one of those Geelong snobby types. My parents moved into this estate five years ago and I said ‘what are you doing? It’s in the middle of nowhere’,” Ms Clark said.

“We rented out here while we built which was a great way to get a feel for it. I wouldn’t change it for anything.

“I think out of all the estates we looked at it seems to be the easiest to access the ring road and it’s only 10 minutes to Torquay.”

Ms Clark is one of many new arrivals beating a path to Armstrong Creek, which has been named as the third top selling Victorian suburb for Porter Davis Homes so far this financial year.

The volume builder has completed 76 homes in Armstrong Creek, Mt Duneed and Charlemont in 2018/19 financial year, with another 14 under construction.

In terms of Porter Davis sales, the area sits only behind Strathtulloch in Melbourne’s West and Truganina, with Mambourin and Werribee rounding out the builder’s top five selling locations.

There were 160 new house lots sold in Armstrong Creek area in the March quarter, according to the latest research from the RPM real estate group.

Ms Clark said with her fiance commuting to Melbourne, it was no-brainer to move closer to Geelong.

“We are literally three minutes’ drive from Waurn Ponds station, which has been perfect for us,” she said.

“Compared to other new estates in Torquay this has got so much to offer with the schools being built and the shops being built across the road.

One of the playgrounds at the Armstrong estate.

“It has that old-fashioned community feel. The kids are out in the street.”

This article originally appeared here: https://www.news.com.au/finance/real-estate/melbourne-vic/family-embraces-armstrong-creek-builders-third-top-selling-area/news-story/aaf6cb6c5b023fcca27d1a5b8468c370