If you’re looking to buy property or invest in real estate on the Mornington Peninsula, here are some quick and easy need-to-knows before you jump in.

About the Mornington Peninsula

Mornington Peninsula is where residents can live the coastal holiday dream all year round.  It’s a relaxed lifestyle, all cafe charm – without the hustle and bustle of the city!

Located under an hour from Melbourne, the beachside suburbs of the Mornington Peninsula – Rye, Mornington, Tootgarook, Sorrento, and Portsea – all have this amazing urban bay and beachside lifestyle settled behind hills with incredible views of the ocean and beyond.

Silhoutted people walking on Frankston Pier on the Mornington Peninsula at sunset.
Take a relaxing stroll along Frankston Pier at sunset


In the 2016 census, the Mornington Peninsula’s population came in at just under 155,000. 2020 estimates now put this around 169,000.

Just under 38% of households in the area are families with children, with couples showing at least one parent working full time in the majority. Older couples without children make up for 16% of households.

The area has a median age of 46, with children up to the age of 14 making up 17% of the population, while over 65’s account for 25%.

Housing on the Mornington Peninsula

The Mornington Peninsula is undergoing a massive transformation as it becomes more and more popular, not just for purchases of holiday homes but also for family residences to enjoy an everyday relaxed lifestyle. 

Across the Peninsula’s suburbs, you’ll find a good spread of new contemporary townhouses, 4 storey apartments and the older brick residences which are common in parts of Mornington itself. 

In Sorrento, you can choose a modern townhouse or a humble 1950 and 1960’s beach house in Tootgarook. In Rosebud, you will find the older style historical beach shacks, many now being restored after discovery by sea-changers. Portsea has modern or grand style beach holiday homes set on large parcels of land.


If you are moving here with children, you have plenty of primary and secondary education options with 50 schools in the area, made up of 36 primary, 11 high schools and 3 special schools. 37 of these schools are public, 8 Catholic and 5 private.

From the My Choice Schools website, Mount Eliza North Primary School is the highest-rated primary, scoring an “A” rating for academic proficiency. The highest-rated public high school is also found in Mount Eliza – Mount Eliza Secondary College, scoring a “B-“, while Toorak College is the highest-rated private school, with an “A+” ranking.


In 2016, the top 3 employment industries across the Peninsula were: Construction (13%), Health Care & Social Assistance (13%) and Retail (11%). Professional positions made up the majority of occupations across all industries in the area at 19%, with Technicians and Trades workers at 18%

Travel & Transport

And if you’re getting away or commuting to work, the Peninsula Link and the Frankston Bypass offer a dream run into the city and suburbs.  Alternatively, hop on the leisurely Searoad Ferry from Sorrento, which can take you and your car to Geelong, the Great Ocean Road and the Bellarine.

Things To Do

Stay close to town for cafes and fine dining at the restaurants scattered along the bay’s edge.  Visit hinterland wineries or laze on the best Melbourne beaches or stroll through the Wednesday Mornington markets, there is always something to do. 

For the more adventurous, there are bushwalking tracks and bike trails abound or spend a quiet day at the many front bay beaches and beautiful coastal back beaches.

Aerial panorama of Frankston on the Mornington Peninsula, near Melbourne
Aerial view of Frankston, on the Mornington Peninsula

Looking further afield?

We have handy guides for the Pakenham / La Trobe Valley and Dandenong areas too!

Why do you need a building & pest inspection in Mornington Peninsula?

Obtaining a quality building report as part of your purchasing process assists you in understanding that it’s a solid investment.

All inspections by Home Inspections for A Better Peace of Mind are conducted according to Australian Standard AS 4349.3. All our building inspectors and pest technicians are registered with the Department of Health, Victoria.

Our inspections follow a strict checklist that will allow you to know for sure whether or not your prospective property has any damage that should concern you. Some of the most common issues that we find in Mornington Peninsula properties are:

Rising Damp

What makes Mornington Peninsula such a special place, its proximity to the ocean and bay, also makes homes here susceptible to rising damp. 

Not only can it be a health hazard to the family living with mould and dampness, but rising damp can also cause damage to the house and balconies, most commonly to the concrete, bricks and wood structures. 

Rising damp can also cause wet rot (timber is soft and spongy) and dry rot (crumbling or growth on timber) and may stem from many different, often hidden problems in the house’s structure.


Termites also can be found in houses in the Mornington Peninsula. The sandy soil of this area makes it easy for the termites and borers to manoeuvre through homes to find their next feed.

Why choose Home Inspections For A Better Peace Of Mind?

Buying a house is one of the biggest financial decisions that you will make in your life. Obtaining a quality building inspection report assists you in understanding that it’s a solid investment.

We are independent

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With over 30 years of experience, our award-winning fully licenced and insured building inspectors work only in your interest, providing fully independent reports that support you as the buyer when discussing the findings with the real estate agent, vendor or builder. Our staff do not disclose to the agent whom the inspection is being conducted for.

Customers come first

Great customer service and rewarding relationships with our clients is always our goal, so why not find out how Home Inspections For A Better Peace Of Mind can help you find your new home in the Mornington Peninsula area!

What a pleasure it was dealing with these guys! They were super prompt, incredibly detailed, thorough and extremely helpful. The most comprehensive building report I have ever received. Naarah and Ray, thank you.

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