Where to buy a property?

Submitted: Monday, Feb 08, 2010 at 21:21
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We are on a three year plan to become Grey Nomads but will rent our house in Adelaide while we travel around. Not wanting to become total gypsies, we are looking to buy a place on the east coast to call home.

By a "place", I mean a shack, or block of land with a shed (less than $300k). We are open to location but somewhere between Southern Queensland and Victoria. We want to avoid the sunshine coast, gold coast etc.

As we are still working to pay for our plan, we don't have the time to travel up the coast to find the right area.

I imagine at least some forumites have stayed in places they would like to settle, or have actually settled down.

I will send the coordinates of my favourite salmon beach fishing spot to quality replies.



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Reply By: Member - Chris D (Newcastle) - Monday, Feb 08, 2010 at 22:15

Monday, Feb 08, 2010 at 22:15
My favorite location is the southern NSW coast and over the border into Vic. Any further north along NSW coast becomes much more expensive and hotter. There is aways a lovely cool breaze off the ocean down south. Tathra, Pambula, Ulladulla, Kialoa, have a look at them all.
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Follow Up By: 2000 Red Rodeo - Monday, Feb 08, 2010 at 22:34

Monday, Feb 08, 2010 at 22:34
I would 2nd that.

We live in Gippsland (Sth East Vic) and reguarly head to Eden/Merimbula for holidays. Not as good as the gipsland lakes area (home) but a beautiful part of the world.
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Follow Up By: Nifty1 - Tuesday, Feb 09, 2010 at 07:15

Tuesday, Feb 09, 2010 at 07:15
DON"T tell people you don't know, about the Gippsland Lakes! We're trying to keep it for ourselves.
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Follow Up By: D200Dug- Tuesday, Feb 09, 2010 at 17:55

Tuesday, Feb 09, 2010 at 17:55
we have just done the same thing selling our home on the sunny coast and building a new home in Heyfield.

We are amazed and delighted with how friendly and welcoming the local community is.

2 hours drive to Melbourne 1 hour to the beach 1 to the mountains. Good facilities in the regional areas and a central base for our touring.

The Gippsland lakes are awful Don't bother visiting them !
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Follow Up By: D200Dug- Tuesday, Feb 09, 2010 at 17:57

Tuesday, Feb 09, 2010 at 17:57
Heyfield is in Gippsland between Sale and Traralgon

Cowwarr where we live now while building is also delightful we wish we could have found a suitable block of land here but non is available for what we wanted :-(
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Reply By: The Landy - Tuesday, Feb 09, 2010 at 09:07

Tuesday, Feb 09, 2010 at 09:07
Hi Skull…

I read an article recently that there is a proposal from the CMCA to redevelop a section of the Casino Airport (Northern NSW) into a motor home village.

The concept is that it will provide a home base for full-time travellers and I understand the idea is that you drive your van/motor home into your own individual site and there is other infrastructure built around the site.

I can see that this might be something that will ‘take-off’ given the propensity for the ‘baby-boomers’ to travel and if this development is successful it might lead to similar elsewhere.

I’m not sure when they expect it to be completed; however you might want to research this yourself if it is of interest.

Good luck with your travels……

Cheers, The Landy
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Follow Up By: Member - Norm C (QLD) - Tuesday, Feb 09, 2010 at 19:52

Tuesday, Feb 09, 2010 at 19:52
This is well under way. Apart from the 'motor home and caravan' sites, there are cottage sites etc. Possibly worth considering due to the security provided when you are not there.

Full membership of CMCA is only open to caravan and camper trailer owners, but associate membership is. Not sure is associate membesship entitles you to 'buy in' at Casino. A call to CMCA would answer that.

Norm C
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Reply By: FredA - Tuesday, Feb 09, 2010 at 09:51

Tuesday, Feb 09, 2010 at 09:51
hi, its been up and running for a few years. google casino village and u will get all the info

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Follow Up By: The Landy - Tuesday, Feb 09, 2010 at 10:18

Tuesday, Feb 09, 2010 at 10:18
So it is...great concept. Must go back and check the date on the article I was reading (if I can find it).

Casino Village

Cheers, The Landy
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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Tuesday, Feb 09, 2010 at 14:52

Tuesday, Feb 09, 2010 at 14:52
Agreed it appears to be a great concept.

Good part of the world also ;-)

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Reply By: Member Boroma 604 - Tuesday, Feb 09, 2010 at 10:18

Tuesday, Feb 09, 2010 at 10:18
Yes Casino has been up & running for several years.
However there is a proposal to build a similar complex a Maryborough Qld, company being set up by 2 Brothers, they are looking for Investors at 50,000-00 a share.
If you Google rv homebase you will get all the info.
Have no connection with it, saw it on another Forum & also was in Qld Sunday paper a couple of weeks ago. I think they are a great idea, not everybody's cup of coffee but huge in the US.
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Follow Up By: Right at home - Friday, Feb 12, 2010 at 18:16

Friday, Feb 12, 2010 at 18:16
Hi, I'm Mark T, marketing manager for RV HOMEBASE Fraser Coast. Thanks for mentioning our new project.

Finding a home base that supports the RV lifestyle is obviously a pressing subject - we've been amazed by the volume of enquiry and the enthusiasm of those contacting us since we launched our capital raising campaign a few weeks ago.

Our management team comprises a number of keen caravanners and decades of property development experience, and our vision is to create a community of like minded people focused around the RV lifestyle - similar to Casino, but with a Queensland flavour.

No need to invest in the project to buy a home in the village.

Affordable, architect designed homes - all with the ability to park an RV alongside, connected to services

$3m in community facilities - including regular favourites like pool, bowls and fitness club, plus wash bay, dump point and Happy Hour hut.

2mins to the Bruce Highway in Maryborough, with easy access north and south, and close proximity to extensive services and facilities, and a wide range of different lifestyle destinations.

No deferred management fees

Happy to go on, but have a look for yourself. Would love your feedback and constructive suggestions.

For more details on either investing or lifestyle, please go to RV HOMEBASE Fraser Coast
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Reply By: Member - Timbo - Tuesday, Feb 09, 2010 at 13:03

Tuesday, Feb 09, 2010 at 13:03
It might depend what you're looking for...

If you're looking for some place you can take a swim, it might be better off looking towards the northern parts of NSW (the south coast can be quite cold most of the year). Do you actually want to be ON the coast, or just nearby?

It will also depend if you want a place away from the towns/crowds or if you want the convenience of facilities offered by a larger centre. There are many nice little spots from Ullladulla down to about Narooma or even Merimbula/Eden that are tucked away in smaller towns (and most within an hour from the larger towns) but even these get busy during the Canberrans' annual migration (in January)!

If you are looking in some of the busier areas, you could even look at renting out this second property during the times you are out travelling (particularly if you are likely to travel during the times when the coast is more busy).

A bit more info ie. what sort of area you're thinking of (eg. rolling green hills or absolute beach frontage, close to cafés that serve lattés or out in the sticks, etc.) and I'll be happy to suggest a few areas I think would be worth looking into.
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Follow Up By: skulldug - Tuesday, Feb 09, 2010 at 16:29

Tuesday, Feb 09, 2010 at 16:29
Very relevant questions many of which we have considered. I am more concerned with the region, rather than a specific type of property, but I have some preferences about what we do and don't want.

We want a holiday atmosphere, not suburbia.
Prefer to be close to a bigger regional centre or established holiday destination for choice of restaurants and services etc.
Views are a strong preference.
Near the coast would do as absolute beachfront may be too expensive.

Renting the second property is a good idea but if we had to do that we would have spent too much buying it I guess.

I know the area around Ullladulla - great in the warmer months. Never been there in winter.

I think our next trip might be a driving holiday from Ullladulla down to Gippsland. I hear Nifty 1 may be moving out because it is getting too crowded down by the lakes.

Thanks for the feedback.

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Follow Up By: Nifty1 - Tuesday, Feb 09, 2010 at 21:22

Tuesday, Feb 09, 2010 at 21:22
Place across the road just sold under $300k. 1200sm with an OK house - not flash though. Can see the lake from the front yard, 6 doors from the lake and shops, walk to everything in town, 90 mile beach just across the water, catch your own prawns at the end of the street, dolphins, bream, flathead, big centre 16km away, 3 hours on the train to Melbourne, hour and a half to the snow, boats everywhere. Or you could live on the island with the koalas, absolute waterfront facing north with views of the town, the straits, the lake and the mountains.

Damn! What am I saying? No you wouldn't like it at all......
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Follow Up By: skulldug - Wednesday, Feb 10, 2010 at 11:45

Wednesday, Feb 10, 2010 at 11:45
Aahh, I can smell the breeze and if I close my eyes, I can hear the koalas grunting. Would I have to become a Victorian? Do they have language classes anywhere?

Thanks Nifty. Will definitely be over for a look.

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Follow Up By: Member - Timbo - Friday, Feb 12, 2010 at 20:56

Friday, Feb 12, 2010 at 20:56
I was going to suggest somewhere around Tilba Tilba (it's one of my Dad's favourites) - arguably the greenest area on the SE coast, and not far from Narooma (although not exactly ON the coast, it's not too far off).

Ulladulla area is not too far from Sydney but seems a bit busy (& higher prices because of it) while Gippsland area is not too far from Melbourne - might depend if you have family in either of these cities.

The SE coast is a nice part of the world, I think it's just a matter of picking somewhere close to the facilities you want and finding somewhere near by that's acceptable for the price you're looking at - I don't think you'll go far wrong! It might also pay to check it out over a major long weekend or school holidays (esp. summer, Christmas to New Year) to see if it becomes too 'suburban' during that time, or if you can put up with it for the couple of weeks a few times a year.
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Reply By: Wilko - Tuesday, Feb 09, 2010 at 13:42

Tuesday, Feb 09, 2010 at 13:42
Come live in Parkes For 300k you could by good acreage with house shed the works and if global warming continues we will have ocean views in several thous years time lol

Cheers Wilko
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