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Five homes under 500k that are perfect for a sea or tree change

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Samantha is a Sydney-based real estate and home improvement writer. She is currently Head of Marketing at OpenAgent.

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Living in the world of Covid-19 has taught us many things; how to bake an elaborate cake, how in-demand toilet paper is, and if we’re lucky enough, the interesting experience of being able to work from home. It’s also taught us that life really is about being thankful for the simple things. For some of us, this universal reset has been a chance for us to slow down, and it’s got a lot of us thinking, do we really need to live in big cities? And is it time to move somewhere quiet, and maybe somewhere new? 

If you were thinking about a seachange, tree change or even a new investment, here are five new listings around the country under $500,000. For the city dwellers out there that are craving a bit of nature, we’ve made sure to curate a list of properties that have room for a veggie patch too.

33 Jenolan Street, Oberon, NSW 2787

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We’re quite taken by this quaint solid timber home in Oberon, one hour’s drive from Sydney’s Blue Mountains. The four bedroom home boasts, amongst many features, high ceilings, large rooms, and French doors opening onto a sun-kissed deck. The block is 1,796m2 and is home to plenty of deciduous trees that put on a gorgeous colour show in Autumn. The home needs a bit of TLC, but for $392,000, we think it’s an absolute steal, and with a bit of love, it could be spectacular. 

1 Topham Lane, Birdwood, SA 5234

topham lane south australia birdwood

Fancy a little slice of history? Consider this character cottage in the beautiful town of Birdwood in South Australia. It was built in 1890, is around 30 minutes from the Barossa Valley and an hour from Adelaide, so in the grand scheme of things, it’s just a stone’s throw from those craving a cosmopolitan day-trip or a little escape into wine country. 

The property is on a fairly large block, has a gorgeous front verandah, polished floors and those amazing high ceilings that you just don’t seem to get in houses anymore. It’s been lovingly restored by its owner, and will be snapped in no time with an asking price of between $465-$485k.

9 Fords Road, Geeveston, Tas 7116

geeveston house for sale tasmania

Have you ever watched Escape to the Country? This home in Southern Tasmania is giving us those vibes, and more. It’s another historic dwelling, built in 1880 and being the original Manse for the local Church. It’s been completely renovated to highlight its original period features, sits on an elevated 2000+ sqm block and has an enormous kitchen for any budding chef. 

Not far from Huonville, Cygnet and the Hartz Mountains National Park, this is the perfect lifestyle property for anyone who is craving an idyllic country escape. It’s also just an hour and a half from Hobart if you’re looking to get a bit more of a ‘city’ fix. How much is this property? Oh, only $495,000.

10 Cowley Street, West End, Qld 4810

Have you ever dreamed of owning an original Queenslander? Now’s your chance. This four bedroom home in West End is simply stunning. With original stained glass windows, decorative fretwork, tongue and groove walls and beautiful timber flooring, there’s plenty to love, and not much to be critical over. 

It’s also on the market with an asking price somewhere in the mid-$400,000s.

98 Dalton Way, Molloy Island, WA 6290

dalton way molloy island

Where do we start with this incredibly unique property? Is it Tuscan? Is it a ski chalet in Switzerland? It’s kind of a bit of both, but nestled in the bush, on an ISLAND in the middle of a RIVER, by a LAGOON, in Western Australia. How cool is that?!

This property is beautiful. It’s on a 2,020sqm block, has two bedrooms, a log fire, cathedral ceilings, expansive windows, a veggie patch, a chicken coop, and a gorgeous jarrah and iron staircase. It’s the perfect place to retire, or holiday, when you want to get away from the hustle and bustle. You can even take your kayak out for a paddle, since you’re just minutes away from a pristine lagoon. 

The coolest part is, this property is only $395,000.