Agents and their spaces: Geoff Hall

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In the world of real estate, Geoff Hall's name is familiar to many. Transitioning from commerce and stockbroking, and eventually finding his stride in property, his path has been both diverse and impressive.

26 October 2023

Aside from his professional achievements, one of Geoff’s most treasured ties is to the Mornington Peninsula. “The Peninsula has been with me since my earliest memories,” Geoff shared. These memories – made during holidays and weekends in Portsea, where his father was captain of the Portsea Surf Life Saving Club from 1959 to 1962 – have shaped both his personal and professional character.

This bond with the region led Geoff to create a permanent haven in Sorrento in December 2020. Named “Southerly” for its location, Geoff and his wife, Annie, had a clear vision for their dream home, meticulously crafting a checklist of their desired features. “Every corner of our home has a purpose,” Geoff says, emphasising the attention to detail that went into building a property that combines modern elegance with a warm, inviting ambience.

Collaborating closely with local designer, Bryce Dowling of BD Building Design, known for producing architectural gems in the Mornington Peninsula, they realised a timeless design with a coastal, Hamptons-inspired touch. Their single-level abode features a flowing floorplan, capturing abundant light via extensive glasswork and 3-metre ceilings. Highlighting an indoor-outdoor living experience, its north-facing living and dining area details a stunning cathedral ceiling and stone fireplace.

This space seamlessly opens to a sunlit deck, complete with a secluded pool and BBQ area, making it their favourite spot for entertaining. The residence, which they regard as their “forever home”, consists of four bedrooms, three bathrooms, and a spacious study out to a further deck. With the sound of waves crashing at night, it’s truly the embodiment of their ideal sanctuary.

Geoff cherishes family moments in his home with Annie, his two daughters, Emma and Sarah, their husbands, and his young grandson, Finn. Every Christmas, they uphold the tradition of taking a family photo in the garden. Geoff also looks forward to Friday night drinks, where friends gather at “Southerly” for relaxed evenings on the deck.

Over his career, Geoff quickly rose to become the director of a prominent real estate firm. As both a Sales Executive and Auctioneer, Geoff has achieved record prices and has been consistently recognised as a top salesperson. Spanning more than two decades, he’s led over 4000 auctions, mentored many agents, and overseen a significant team. Having also spent time as a buyer’s agent, and with a deep understanding of market fluctuations, his expertise in the Peninsula region is unparalleled.

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Geoff’s move to Marshall White marked a pivotal point in his career. When discussing the shift, Geoff said, “I was drawn to their professionalism and the reputation of the brand.”

This shift was not just about aligning with a prestigious brand; it was also about deepening his connection to Sorrento. While the area features residences ranging from historic limestone homes, reminiscent of its quaint village past, to contemporary multimillion-dollar waterfront properties, for Geoff, Sorrento’s charm lies far beyond just its architectural diversity.

“The beaches, the town centre, and unique coastal lifestyle make every day feel like a vacation, while still providing all the necessities for daily life. The sense of community is everywhere; it’s a place where neighbours know each other, and gatherings are frequent. Every friend or associate who’s bought property in Sorrento tells me it’s the best decision they’ve ever made. It’s not just about owning a slice of prime real estate, but about embracing a whole new way of life that is simply unmatched.”

On weekends, Geoff and Annie like to use this time to take their boat out on the Peninsula waters. Geoff’s love of the outdoors doesn’t end there; he’s an avid cyclist, often seen navigating the local cycling trails, and plays golf, which gives him the opportunity to connect with fellow enthusiasts a couple of times each week. He also has a particular fondness for the scenic 30km trail that stretches from Point Nepean to Cape Schank. The trail, which he has run several times, offers breathtaking views and has become a test of endurance for him. But perhaps Geoff’s favourite routine is taking their dog, Cooper, a German Shorthaired Pointer, on daily walks around the area.

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“We opened Marshall White Flinders because our clients were asking for our help on the Mornington Peninsula. Even though the lifestyle is a bit more laid back, when it comes to real estate, you need to be fully focussed and professional. Some agencies open offices down here for their agents to retire and slow down, but that’s not what we are doing. We understand the importance of the market here, and we want to help drive it further. Our clients want a high impact professional service that they associate with in Melbourne.”

In contrast to the Melbourne market, which typically slows down towards the year's end, the Mornington Peninsula, known for its population swell each summer, consistently prepares for heightened activity.

“We expect our peak market from around late January to early March. Everyone starts to arrive for their annual visits, and while ‘on holidays’, they are looking at the real estate market.”

That’s why the beautifully styled ‘Hamptons/Coastal themed’ Marshall White Flinders office has been designed with a full suite of window display photography on two walls of the prominent corner property.

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