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LORNE – HERE AND THERE

Happy Easter from all here at Great Ocean Road Real Estate, and what a big weekend it’s going to be. We have the Lions Easter Art Show, the Lorne Foreshore Market, the Lorne Country Club Ambrose Tournament, the Angler famous Easter Sunday, last year’s Grand Final rematch between Lorne and Birregurra, the Surf Clubs “Last Supper” plus all of Lorne’s amazing restaurants and amenities open for business and awaiting to look after you. There is also the famous Bells Beach surfing tournament – The Bells Pro. Lorne’s very own Gail Couper, unbeknown to many won 10 Bells Beach surfing trophies and her record has never been beaten. Gail, who taught many locals in her career as a teacher at the Lorne school, whose record of Surfing at Bells Beach has never been broken – by a man or a woman. Gail won Bells 10 times across the amateur and professional eras in the 1960’s and 70’s. Gail Couper – an absolute Lorne Legend.

LORNE – MARKET ROUND UP

After a very slow start to 2019 the coastal real estate market has continued to show signs that the demoralising news of Sydney and Melbourne home prices going south, the changing of the financial landscape and general consumer confidence is not going to stop purchasers from securing their lifestyle asset. Interesting to read that for a female born today figures show that the life expectancy is 84.6 years, while for male its 80.4 years. Financial experts will say that in real estate timing is everything “if you can purchase at the bottom of a cycle, you will be rewarded with capital gain”. Yes, I can’t argue with a statement like that, but I also ask “if you purchase your lifestyle asset at a younger age, your years of enjoyment will be greater?” Hopefully the financial experts would also answer positive to my question. So, it begs me to suggest that wherever the economic, political or social climate currently sits and you want a lifestyle asset for yourself and family to enjoy for your remaining years, why wait?

A productive week in Lorne with the sale of a Mantra apartment and also the residence at 10 Tradewinds Avenue, which are good signs leading into Easter. With a sprinkling of new listings, and the life clock ticking, it’s a great time to be “in the coastal market”.

OPEN HOUSES THIS WEEKEND

Saturday 20th April

11 – 11:30  18 Dorman Street, Lorne

11:30 – 12  10A Deans Marsh Road, Lorne

12 – 12:30  3/11 Staughton Ave, Lorne

1 – 1:30   20 Wallace Street, Lorne

Sunday 21st April

11 – 11:30 45 Charles Street, Lorne

12 – 12:30  10/3-9 Armytage Street, Lorne

Monday 22nd April

12 – 12:30  36 Aurel Road, Deans Marsh

LORNE – A LITTLE SECRET

The Forest Fire Management Victoria planned burns around Lorne over the past week are such an integral part of fuel reduction to help ensure the best possible protection through our high-risk bushfire seasons, but they do come with a risk. With sprawling temperatures and exceptionally strong winds the burns behind Lorne really started to “heat up” last Wednesday and Thursday. To see the multiple water bombing aircraft working vigorously above the fire ground, was a tell-tale sign that all resources were employed to ensure containment. It wasn’t until last Wednesday in driving along Smith Street and noting the line up of CFA tankers from Belmont, Geelong and Lara that I was to realise just “how hot” the burn really was. Thank goodness all was under control and a very effective burn complete!

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“To plant a garden, is to believe in tomorrow”.

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