Baxter: the affordable family suburb

11 minutes to the beach with good schools for approx. $530k! Sounds too good to be true, doesn't it? Affordability, the outdoors, a place to raise a couple of kids and beautiful swimming beaches close by is the great middle-class dream many grew up with. This Great Aussie Dream is still alive today in Baxter. Bordering million-dollar suburbs including Mount Eliza and Moorooduc; Baxter property has a lot going for it - but without the hefty price tag you may expect. Our local expert, Paul Williams, shares his extensive knowledge of the Baxter area and highlights how Baxter is keeping the Great Aussie Dream alive.

Plenty of outdoor activities

Although small in population, this rural township is much larger than it seems. Farmland and acreage classified as Green Wedge with tight zoning in place, makes Baxter home to some incredible spaces. Sages Cottage (34 acres) and Baxter Park (59 acres) are two firm favourites, however, vast private landholds are scattered throughout the township as well. There are plenty of room for activities that the whole family can enjoy. Baxter Park has its own pony club and there are also archery, football, cricket, soccer and tennis clubs available. For those who prefer a little less structure, Olstead Drive has a playground and BMX track. If you are looking for family filled bike rides, the Peninsula Link Bike Trail meanders through parts of Baxter and finishes at The Cool Stores in Moorooduc where there Baxter family fish farm is not too far away.

Quality selection of schools

Baxter's schooling is as diverse as the locals, ranging from the elite Woodleigh Private School to the quaint Baxter Primary. For public high schools, Mount Erin up the road caters for hands on learning as well as children with hearing impairments. Plus, Mount Eliza High school is only a short 10-minute car trip away.

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Rural setting on suburb fringe

Although Baxter is a rural township, all the convenient amenities are within reach. The pristine beaches of Mt Eliza and Frankston are only a stone's throw away and you have easy access to the Arts Centre, library, cinema, cafes, and co-working communities with only a 10-minute drive from the heart of Baxter. Also, a car trip from Baxter to Melbourne CBD will take roughly 55 minutes. On top of this Baxter also has its own pub, a winery, Indian restaurant and Woolworths, as well as Dentist, Doctor, Chemist and purpose built retirement village. So, if you thought that Baxter was an isolated place in the middle of nowhere - you thought wrong.



Baxter has a median home price of $530,000 with many blocks sitting on land over 600 sqm in size. This makes them large enough for trampolines and cubby houses whilst kids are young, and yet big enough to be subdivided at a future date when the kids leave home.

Rental prices sit at roughly $370 per week.

When you compare other prices in neighbouring suburbs, Baxter sure is keeping the Great Aussie Dream alive.

Suburb Price
Frankston South $875,800
Moorooduc $1,584,500
Mount Eliza $1,387,400
Pearcedale $766,300
Somerville $635,400
BAXTER $529,100


If you are thinking of buying, contact your local real estate agent Discover Residential in Frankston, Seaford, Frankston South, Langwarrin, Frankston North, Somerville and Baxter for assistance.

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