Meet Erin and Allan
SEARCH LOCATION: Yarra Ranges (Dandenongs) just near Melbourne about 40 mins from CBD
BUDGET- $350,000 - $370,000
THE BRIEF- Couple description – Erin and Allan Komar, early 30’s. Geeks that met online. Live in a cramped apartment in Blackburn and want to buy their first family home. Erin wants to move to the mountains to be up in the trees. They need to be close to a train station to commute to work. They want 3 beds, backyard, 2 living spaces, 1000sqm of land and double garage. Budget max 350K – they could push to 370 but that’s it!
PROPERTY #1 ADDRESS: Deans Rd Upwey
Sale Price- Over $360,000
House Description- It is a really cute cottage that is completely finished. It is in a very private location but still close to the train station. Nice bushy outlook, there are 2 bedrooms but a 3rd bedroom/studio outside.
- Completely renovated cottage.
- Really private street
- On budget
- Plenty of space to out sheds / garages
- The backyard is steep and the house is quite small.
Land Size - 1031 m2
Agent - Janet- Barry Plant
- The Dandenong’s are much like the Blue Mountains of Sydney – quaint villages as well as more suburban, areas. The community of Upwey is quite bustling, with beautiful views of the National Park. There is a train station there so it is a bit busier.
- Scenic drives—popular for many years on the abundance of winding roads throughout the ranges
- Picnics—dedicated picnic areas can be found in Fern Tree Gully Picnic Ground or at One Tree Hill or in Sherbrooke Forest.
- The various coffee shops and restaurants, bed and breakfasts, craft shops, antique shops and gardens
- Puffing Billy Railway – a narrow gauge heritage steam railway, from Belgrave to Gembrook
- Lookouts & Views—There are several locations throughout the ranges that offer excellent views on both sides of the range. On a clear day, features as far as Mount Macedone, the You Yangs, and Port Phillip can be seen simultaneously.
- Walking & Hiking—various tracks and trails are available at a variety of lengths and difficulties
- Cycling—the Dandenong Ranges are one of Melbourne's most popular cycling areas. Popular road cycling climbs include the "1 in 20" on the Mountain Highway, "The Wall", a steeper route between Monbulk and Olinda, and the also-steep "Devil's Elbow", heading north from Upper Ferntree Gully along the Mount Dandenong Tourist Road to Ferny Creek.
PROPERTY #2 ADDRESS - Kaola St, Belgrave
Sale Price- $365,000 plus.
WHY WE CHOSE THE PROPERTY: This house has amazing views and a great deck. You really feel like you are up in the mountains here. It has a nice spacious floor plan and the exposed beams style that Erin likes. It is a big house with 4 bedrooms.
- Great views
- Good sized deck
- Spacious floor plan
- Good location – close to Tecoma and Belgrave Station as well as shops.
- It is in budget - 355 plus.
- The backyard is steep.
- They would need to do some work, it definitely needs painting and a new bathroom.
- They would need to enclose the carport to make it a garage and this means they would be restricted with off street parking.
Land Size - 1003m2
Agent - Jan- First National
Area Description - Belgrave is lush and artsy township just next to Upwey – a suburb of the Dandenongs. It is famously known as the home of “Buffing Billy” the antique steam train. It enjoys lovely views to the National Park. It has a population of 4094 and is only 16 years younger than Melbourne CBD.
Belgrave has a state of the art Police Station and is also home to the Dandenong Ranges Fire Brigades Group HQ, which manages all major fires within the Dandenong Ranges.
The Belgrave Town Park, just below the police station, provides a great view over the town as well as a public space for events such as the annual Christmas carols. Just off the Belgrave-Hallam Road is the Belgrave outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts and a playground.
Belgrave is home to many cafes, restaurants and B&B’s for visitors.
PROPERTY #3 ADDRESS - Kingswood Drive, Churnside Park
Sale Price- $340,000 going to auction.
WHY WE CHOSE THE PROPERTY:
The main reason we chose this property was because during backstory it was revealed they like it! It is not really in the search area and it is 3km from Lilydale train station. It is brick and on a flat block with 3 carports. It backs onto a golf course and still has a bushy outlook.
- On budget
- Flat block, brick house
- 3 bedrooms
Land Size - 940m2
Agent - Brett- First National, Treeby
Area Description - Chirnside Park sits at the foothills of the Dandenongs. It’s a suburban area with pleasant streets and lots of natural beauty. It’s 33 km northeast from Melbourne's central business district.
Chirnside Park is a satellite community of nearby Lilydale. The residential area is set around the large 18-hole golf course. Further residential development and shopping districts exists to the west and north.
Most of the 'suburb' still retains a pretty rural flavour, extending well into the Yarra Valley to the north, with 40 commercial wineries, orchards and livestock farming, as well as large area residential estates.