Club Coridale celebrates its opening

December 7, 2023 BY

(L-R) Catriona Rowntree, residents Bill and Beryl Wilkes, Cr Anthony Aitken, Cr Melissa Cadwell and Villawood Properties executive director Rory Costelloe. Photos: PETER RITEVSKI.

VILLAWOOD Properties has opened its latest residents’ club – this one in Lara’s Coridale estate.

Designed by architects ClarkeHopkinsClarke, the $9 million resort-style Club Coridale is located within the 1,100-lot estate on the western side of Lara.

Club Coridale features a boutique café, swimming pool, gym, sport courts, family and function areas.

Villawood says it will serve as a dynamic social and recreation hub for newcomers to the estate.

Club Coridale is Villawood’s second residents’ club in the Geelong region – following Club Armstrong in the Armstrong Mount Duneed estate – and its eighth to date.

TV personality Catriona Rowntree and Villawood executive director Rory Costelloe officially about the residents’ club in front of 250 people at a large party celebrating its completion on Saturday.

About 250 people attended the opening.


Located in the Lara West growth corridor, the Coridale estate was launched in 2018 with its first buyers camping overnight to secure their lots.

It features extensive playgrounds and open space, retail outlets and easy access to Geelong and Melbourne.

Mr Costello said Club Coridale, as part of the estate’s community infrastructure, “will allow new families to meet each other, enjoy the facilities and form new friendship groups and common interest groups”.

“Our Club Armstrong established Mount Duneed as the go-to suburb of the growth areas south of Geelong – now Coridale, with its residents’ club complete, is doing the same thing in the north,” he said.

“It’s pleasing to hear stories of residents making new friends in new playgroups and swimming, walking, yoga and cycling groups within our clubs.”

Coridale has grown strongly, with 600 sales to date.

The crowd at Club Coridale cuts the ribbon to celebrate the opening.


Its capital growth has also been strong, demonstrated by the recent sale of its Good Friday Appeal charity house for $1.13 million after selling at auction for $1.01 million in April – a rise of $120,000 in seven months.

ClarkeHopkinsClarke senior associate Daniel Taranto said the architects designed Club Coridale to be a place “people love to visit with friends and family, spend time in and feel like they belong”.

“We explored scale, form and a mix of uses to create a destinational amenity that would benefit local residents and support active and healthy lifestyles.

“The design provides opportunities for community events and programming, supports local business and is a sustainable, adaptable building.”

Club Coridale was built by Geelong’s Spence Construction, creating 150 EFT jobs during construction, and injected an estimated $12 million into the local economy.