Our Backyard – Lorne


As the pandemic tightens its grip on the Melbourne Metropolitan area, and also infiltrates some of our larger regional areas the need to be careful and have the safety disciplines front of mind more than ever before. With our Colac neighbours under threat from a growing Coronavirus cluster over the past week all of a sudden, the threat of the virus has never been closer.
I sit on a local board of representatives of local community leaders, Surf Coast Shire, Great Ocean Road Health and others with credentialled medical backgrounds and the message is clear. With all Melbournians and Mitchell Shire residents embracing the new compulsory norm of wearing face masks, the united belief of our group is that if you can’t be guaranteed of your absolute ability to “social distance”, you should wear a mask. Whether it be at the supermarket, the chemist or local coffee shop, if you can’t practice your 1.5m, then “mask up”.
Overnight this direction was enforced across all NSW health workers and although not compulsory here in Lorne we are advocating the action to give our town every chance to evade the trends that are so threatening in close communities.


Across the various circles of real estate colleagues of which I circulate, the most common question is “How has COVID effected the real estate market?” The responses have been so varied, inner city Melbourne residential holding strong, Geelong seeing its first signs of easing in a decade, while rural land and lifestyle areas have seen unprecedented winter demand. Lorne and the coast are a direct reflection of the closing statement and another full price sale of a Kalimna Apartment in the past seven days adds another result to the exceptional July sales register. With this increased demand comes the inevitable that all purchasers hate to hear “there is also other interest in the property”.

On multiple occasions of recent months this increased demand has led to zoom and private “boardroom” auctions becoming the norm rather than exception as we strive to deliver the best possible outcome for our Vendors. If you would like to know more as to how these processes work, speak to anyone of our team members!

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


You’ve got to take a look at the rock retaining work being undertaken at the George River back point to assist the coastline from ocean erosion. What is the equivalent of a “construction jigsaw”, the excavators skilfully driven, put the “one tonne” pieces of the puzzle delicately into place and the outcome is brilliant. Hopefully this will continue in other local “hot spots”.


“The more effective way to do it, is to do it”.


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