Escape to the Country
The COVID-19 pandemic has unequivocally changed the way we live our lives and also where we choose to live. The Corona Virus has presented us with an unexpected silver lining – the freedom to escape to rural living communities.
While the number of people working remotely has steadily increased over the past decade, the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic has quickly accelerated the growing trend of people working from home. In the post-pandemic world, working from home is set to become the new norm, as employers now have greater confidence in flexible working arrangements.
Working from home, along with the introduction of the HomeBuilder Grant, has prompted many city dwellers to explore more affordable rural and coastal property markets. The long held dream of working from a home in an idyllic, rural community is now a possibility.
LandGipps Sales Manager, Brad Creighton has observed a considerable rise in metropolitan-based enquiries and sales since March this year, “We have seen a major increase in buyers coming from Melbourne since the virus outbreak, particularly to our Ferntree Ridge development in Drouin. Now with workplace flexibility, buyers are eager to escape the suburban hotspots and the hardship of stage-4 lockdown. People are looking to the countryside to recalibrate the balance between work and lifestyle. It’s great to see so many buyers opting to make the shift to our rural and coastal communities’.
The Covid-panemic has placed rural land in the spotlight and demand is higher than ever. Metropolitan buyers can see the value of rural living in large regional centres like Drouin. The township provides all the necessary services, amenities and infrastructure, a broad choice of schools and best of all, a healthier lifestyle and land is affordable.
Carolyn Gilcrist, Ferntree Ridge Sales Associate, has seen Families and First Home Buyers from Melbourne accounting for a high percentage of land sales in previous months; ‘The buyer demographic has definitely changed. I’m seeing more and more people from South East Melbourne exploring our display village. The HomeBuilder Grant has generated a frenzy of buyers who want to lock in contracts before the scheme ends on the 31st of December. Melbourne Families and First Home Buyers are often priced out of the Melbourne property market and they have been particularly excited about the affordability of our rural land and house and land packages’.