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4 Reasons Why a Sea Change Might be Right for You

Poised between city and surf, Harriott at Armstrong Creek is the perfect retreat for buyers looking to make a sea change. Nestled between an established shopping village and 500 hectares of serene wetlands, Harriott offers café culture, daily essentials and simple serenity close to home.

Encouraging a relaxed lifestyle, with ample space for families to live and grow, here’s why you should consider making a sea change to build your home at Harriott, Armstrong Creek.

1. Live in a Superior Location

Harriott’s prime location, near the coast with proximity to incredible beaches, allows you to enjoy family days at the beach, beautiful summer sea breezes as well as stunning sunrises over the Sparrovale Wetlands. The vast and peaceful surroundings at Harriott add to the benefits of making this sea change. And with the decreased traffic and the ability to walk or take a short drive to many amenities such as the Warralily Village, Breamlea Beach, and 13th Beach, you will not believe how wonderful your life is.

Just a short drive away, Harriott is nearby the Bellarine’s best wineries set to the backdrop of the stunning surf coast. Find yourself winding along The Great Ocean Road and Port Phillip Bay, which are just 15 minutes from home – offering you a gateway to internationally renowned surf beaches and kilometres of wild, beautiful coastline. Golfing, fishing, swimming, paragliding, hiking, and surfing are just some of the outdoor pursuits that could become a regular part of life at Harriott.

Furthermore, Geelong is quickly becoming a thriving and innovative business destination. Geelong offers abundant work opportunities and encourages the perfect work-life balance. Geelong also features a diverse arts precinct and a rich history. The dazzling waterfront attracts more than five million visitors a year with its scenic piers and iconic carousel. There is an abundance of sculptures and heritage-listed architecture, galleries, iconic pubs, laneways, and cool back street cafés, as well as antique stores, bakeries, fine food, and exclusive boutiques. There is something to appeal to everyone!

2. It’s more affordable

Housing costs continue to rise in Australia and moving to a coastal town is an excellent proposition for all first-time home buyers. Housing costs and living expenses in these suburbs are lower, giving families the ability to spend more of their income on holidays, schools, retirement, and bills. The opportunity to internally migrate is a better “bang for the buck” move. highlights that even though property prices for regional Victoria across Australia have increased, due to outside factors such as COVID-19, it is still a far more affordable alternative than that of the state capitals. Currently, the median housing price in regional Victoria is $455,000, unlike Melbourne City which is $800,000. A recent survey highlighted that out of 1000 individuals living in high dense dwellings in the city, they said they would move to regional Victoria to reduce debt and increase affordability. Finding vacant land to build what the home you and your family need, might actually save you over the long term.

Additionally, The Australian Government has issued a First-Time Home Buyers Grant, this is where stamp duty exemptions for purchases of properties under $600,000 are accepted, alongside the First Homeowner Grant where $20,000 is given for new homes that are built-in regional Victoria. Highlighting that the opportunity to have a smaller mortgage and deposit payment is a big lure for regional migrators.

3. It’s a trend that’s set to rise

Over the past couple of years, the trend towards living in regional towns and cities has surged across Australia and is set to continue to rise. In the March 2021 quarter, there was a net loss of 11,800 people from Australia’s capital cities through internal migration. This was the largest net loss on record since 2001, surpassing the previous record net loss set in September 2020. BBS Australia highlights that the sales volume in Regional Australia has increased by 20% since the start of 2020. Since the start of January 2021 dwelling prices in regional areas have grown by 25.9% with suburbs doubling in population size. With continued work flexibility, the choice for a sea change will continue to appeal to buyers.

4. There are plans for new infrastructure

The regional growth plan will help to enhance connectivity, recreation, and urban convenience for Harriott’s future residents. With railway upgrades coming soon to the area and transit corridor planning for Armstrong Creek, Geelong City boasts improved commuter connections for traveling to and from Melbourne. Geelong’s Fast Train is due to commence building in 2023, cutting down the commute time between CBDs to 50 minutes. Investment in tourism, diverse employment opportunities, and protection of local natural reserves will help families flourish as the region becomes an increasingly attractive place to live, work, and invest. This plan is reviewed every four to six years to ensure that regional Victoria is maximizing their growth.

5. Choose your neighbours with our NEW referral program

What’s better than getting to choose your neighbours? If you have a Melbourne-based friend or family member looking to make a sea change, introduce them to Harriott and if they go on to purchase a land lot you will both be eligible to receive $5000* upon successful settlement of your friend’s land lot at Harriott.

Harriott at Armstrong Creek creates a sanctuary where serene wetlands, sandy beaches and everyday amenities combine, forming the perfect playground for both the young and old to call home.

*terms and conditions apply – link to: Referral Terms & Conditions – Harriott Armstrong Creek | Land for Sale, House & Land Packages

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