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As Melbourne “locks down” for another six weeks, Lorne continues to be so unseasonably busy. With school holidays drawing to an end, except for those in lockdown areas where they have been extended for another week, it will be interesting to see what the following weeks deliver on many different fronts. Yesterday our local police had positioned themselves near the Great Ocean Road Archway at Eastern View, as they checked Lorne bound vehicles as to the legitimacy of their journey.
The “Melbourne lockdown” is different to the last given that the directive from the Premier Dan Andrews clearly states that you can’t travel to your holiday home during lockdown. For those that are lucky enough to already be in residence in their holiday home, that’s more than fine and those that were holidaying in Lorne prior to lockdown are able to complete their stay. Wherever you find yourself, stay safe and look to abide by the health directives.

Talking of holidays, I was fortunate to receive an image of youngsters on the beach in Dubai going through basic water safety skills and activities and in the line-up, a member of the Lorne Nippers contingent. You can’t miss him as the image below clearly portrays – needless to say we are proud international sponsors of the Lorne Surf Club.


If there is ever one good thing that comes out of this COVID pandemic it may well just be the emergence of a strong new sector in the Lorne market place and for want of a better term, I’ll call it the “life changers”. The events of the past four months have had a profound effect on many that have lived in the heavily populated areas of Melbourne and through multiple lockdowns and crowds on a daily basis have said “enough is enough”. Increased enrolments at the Lorne School, sales demand are all very strong indicators of this new source of demand.

In the past week, we have contracted three homes, two at full asking price and we have had a number of inspections on others. The stand outs were the neighbouring homes at 10 and 12 Skyline Court that sold and are now both unconditional.

This unseasonal demand has seen stock numbers now under pressure and for those who may have been considering selling later in the year, I would urge you to speak with one of our team members as we are continuing to service a number of clients that are looking to call Lorne home!

Kind regards,
Ian Stewart
For and on behalf of the entire Great Ocean Road Real Estate team


It is with some sadness that I share the news that the landmark residence of “Yuruga” is no longer with us. The original Stribling family residence on the corner of Mountjoy Parade and Armytage Street has been demolished. With no current planning permit in front of the Surfcoast Shire it will be interesting to see what the future will bring.


“If something is wrong. Fix it now. But train yourself not to worry. Worry fixes nothing!”

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