Whether you are looking to buy a low maintenance townhouse around the lake, a more traditional home with a quarter-acre block to kick the footy around with the grandkids, or a lifestyle block to reconnect with nature, this is the place for you!
Read our local guide to find out what you need to know when it comes to buying property and living in this beautiful region at the foot of the Dandenong Ranges!
Family-oriented and a growing population of just over 116,000, Pakenham and its surrounding suburbs have a real spirit and vibrancy.
With a median age of 34, the area has a lower proportion of retirees and the elderly compared to younger age groups and sees 38% of couples being parents. (2016 Census)
Pakenham and its surrounding areas have grown and changed over the years, but it still maintains a good mix of some older style houses as well as many newer housing estates.
There are homes and living options for all generations and needs. Large family homes on traditional blocks, low care high impact family homes on 400-500sqm blocks of land, townhouses, cottage homes, waterfront townhouses and luxury custom-built homes are all available options to suit any budget
Within the estates that include Heritage Springs, Lakeside, Cardinia Lakes and the popular Northside, the houses are relatively new, featuring all the mod cons, and most of the homes we inspect feature 3 or 4 bedrooms.
And if you’re looking for a more country feel, you can opt for one of the larger, lifestyle properties on the outskirts of town.
What we think
As locals to the area ourselves, and during our many building inspections of Pakenham properties over the last twenty years, we have found most are predominantly newer, having been built in the last 15 years.
These houses are generally of good construction with quality fittings, making the area a good investment in one of the fastest-growing satellite cities of Melbourne.
Pakenham’s size means you are rarely more than 5 minutes away from shopping, dining, coffee with friends, a workout at the gym or a stroll along the lake.
And for those itching for more, the large shopping centres of Chadstone and Westfield Fountain Gate are just a drive away!
You are also spoilt for choice when it comes to schools and further education in the local area. There are several public primary schools, an older state high school in Pakenham and a newer one in Officer.
For private secondary schools, you have Beaconhills College, Cario College, St Francis College, Lakeside College, Heritage College and Marinartha College – lots of options ensuring you’ll find the perfect one for your children.
For travel to Melbourne’s CBD, some 50km away, you have the option of limited express trains, or a short drive and quick access to the M1 Freeway and Princes Highway. A car journey into the CBD takes roughly 50-60 minutes.
It is also an easy, 15 minutes drive into the Dandenongs, or a day trip to either the Latrobe Valley, Phillip Island or the picturesque Mornington Peninsula – all adding more reasons to live in Pakenham!
Why are building & pest inspections in Pakenham important?
If you’re considering buying in the area, we do recommend a pest & termite inspection as part of your pre-purchase building inspection.
Termites are well known in Pakenham and the surrounding La Trobe Valley area due to the amount of bush throughout the region and its clay and sandy soil – which termites love!
Home Inspections For A Better Peace Of Mind offer a range of building inspection, pre purchase inspection, pest inspection and pest control services to the Pakenham and La Trobe Valley region.
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.
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.
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 Pakenham & La Trobe Valley area!
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