I live in Geelong west, just off pakington street and it is great! Great cafes here, and pako festa!
Melbourne is too busy for my liking, but I do like travelling up every now and then for the Vic market or the south Melbourne one.
I find that it makes my trips to Melbourne more enjoyable nit actually living there. I love planning s trip to the aquarium or IMAX or the zoo, and making a day of it.
Good luck with your choice