Is acreage living right for you?

19 April 2017

The rising cost of inner-city property is luring buyers to acreage living. It is fast becoming a popular choice for buyers who are willing to travel a few extra kilometres further out to get a lot more land, often to build their dream home.

“When you look at the acreage blocks you can get in areas like Jimboomba, the Lockyer Valley, Caboolture, Greenbank and even the coastal hinterland compared to what you get closer to the city, it really is fantastic value for money,” explained Shaun Wilson, Hallmark Homes’ Sales Manager. “Hallmark Homes have built great value homes on acreage blocks in all of these areas.”

And remember, as the city sprawl spreads, your acreage property will more than likely increase in value – so it’s usually a pretty good real estate investment too!

Acreage offers unique lifestyle benefits
Acreage buyers believe that the lifestyle is second to none. Often surrounded by beautiful scenery, bushland and breathtaking views, they enjoy a level of privacy, peace and space that simply can’t be replicated in the city. In most cases, excellent schools, shops and cafes are not that far away, so they get the best of both worlds.

How much work you do on an acreage property is up to you. Some people opt for ‘natural bush’, which requires minimal effort, while others choose to fully embrace the extra space and create beautiful gardens, a chook pen or a stable for horses – the list of options really is endless.

The pros & cons of acreage living
Still not sure if acreage living is for you? Here, we’ve listed some of the pros and cons for you to consider, before you take the plunge.

Advantages

  • Fresh air and peace and quiet – say no more
  • Wide open spaces with picture postcard views
  • Plenty of room to move – play outside with the kids, take up new hobbies that weren’t possible in the city
  • Space for boats, caravans and trailers
  • Beautiful birds, flora and fauna you won’t see in the city
  • Share fresh, home-grown produce with neighbours
  • Watching the bush come alive in the morning is a lovely way to start the day
  • With no street lights to dull the night sky, you get a spectacular starry show
  • Fall asleep every night to the sounds of crickets, instead of the hum of traffic.

Disadvantages

  • Much of your spare time may be spent maintaining your little slice of paradise
  • You may need to purchase extra equipment and tools such as a ride-on mower, whipper snipper and chainsaw
  • You might be further away from public transport
  • If you still work in the city, it will cost you more time and money to commute
  • The kids can’t usually walk to school
  • Depending on how far out you go, mobile reception can be patchy and the internet might be a little slow
  • No convenience stores or take away food deliveries
  • Fast food outlets and restaurants are further away
  • No city amenities such as cafes, cinemas, newspaper deliveries, etc.

Beautiful acreage homes on a budget
Hallmark Homes offer a selection of quality homes specifically designed for acreage living, with prices starting from just $156,900 for a spacious four bedroom home with two bathrooms, two living areas and a two car garage.

“We believe that Hallmark Homes offer the best value acreage home per square metre. Our homes really are very cost effective.”

“We also offer an Upfront Fixed Price Guarantee before deposit, tailored to your home and land. It’s absolutely obligation free, so we encourage people who might be considering building on acreage to contact us for a quote,” said Mr Wilson.

To find out more, you can visit one of nine Hallmark Homes’ display centres at Burpengary East, Ipswich, North Lakes, Ormeau, Pimpama, Plainland, Springfield Lakes, Sunshine Coast and Yarrabilba.

Hallmark Homes is a family owned and operated business, building around 400 homes a year in the prime real estate areas throughout South East Queensland including Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast and Lockyer Valley.

If you’re thinking of building a new home in South-East Queensland, the team at Hallmark Homes is ready to help. If you have any questions about our home designs or house and land packages, please contact us today.

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