TWO of Bayside’s prestige streets are some of Victoria’s most viewed online, with beachside properties proving a popular choice.
The Black Rock stretch of Beach Rd was the state’s fifth most searched street, while Brighton’s North Rd was ninth on the list, compiled by realestate.com.au.
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North Rd is one of Victoria’s most viewed streets.
The house at 145 North Rd is owned by Melbourne DJ Simon Digby.
Nick Johnstone director Nick Johnstone said it was no surprise both highly sought-after strips made the cut.
“When people get to these areas they never want to move anywhere else,” he said.
He said families looking for their dream home often scoured the internet looking at properties for sale along the popular roads.
“North Rd is a very prestigious street, with a beautiful canopy of trees on show when you drive through,” he said.
“While it’s a fairly main road, houses are set back from the street and it’s got huge nature strips on both sides.”
Mr Johnstone also said a number of new townhouses and apartment buildings was adding interest to North Rd, which connects Nepean Highway with the coast.
Apartments and townhouses have been built along North Rd.
The apartment has a price guide of $2.1-$2.3 million.
“We’ve sold four apartments at 18 North Rd in the past year and every single one of them has been popular,” he said.
The idyllic beach lifestyle on offer in Black Rock was a major drawcard for buyers — with Beach Rd one of the best vantage points for bay views.
“It’s a really sought-after pocket with a great village,” Mr Johnstone said.
“People who live in Black Rock never want to move anywhere else, because of its unique community feel.”
A house at 212 Beach Rd, Black Rock sold for $3.1 million this year.
The house is across the road from Half Moon Bay.
Beachside locations were popular across Victoria, with Watts Parade and Kunyung Rd in Mt Eliza, and Point Nepean Rd in Portsea also making the top ten.
But an inner-city lifestyle still came out on top, with Richmond’s Highett St Melbourne’s most viewed street on realestate.com.au.
Chief economist at realestate.com.au Nerida Conisbee said people loved “having a stickybeak” at houses that have views of the water.
“Water frontage is so unusual in Melbourne — even in the beachside suburbs, there’s still a main road between you and the water,” she said.
“These are aspirational suburbs.”
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