Re-discovering Your Local 5kms

Melburnians have had to adjust to life within a 5km radius of their home. This shift has had a huge impact on our day-to-day, and how we go about work and leisure. Whether it’s going on a Sunday drive to a new cafe, or seeing an old friend that has made a sea change; this radius living has definitely altered our boundaries of freedom. The 5km rule has also had a big impact on the way that we operate as a real estate business, shifting our processes and services to online!

In-person inspections and live auctions have been banned until at least mid-September, meaning your decision to move may have been pushed back. If you were planning on either a sea or tree change, the process will now look very different. We are not saying that it has become impossible (quite the opposite), but it does mean that you won’t be able to see your property of interest in the flesh. Melburnians are keeping a little bit closer to home, and a lot of us are now rediscovering what’s within our 5km radius. A one-hour walk might just be the perfect opportunity to stroll past your future home. It has long been suggested to find the ideal home, first discover the suburb itself. We should be able to slow down somewhat, and really take in what an area has to offer! By walking through the suburb of interest, we are able to find those hidden gems that may not have been noticed on a zig-zag drive by! Did you know that the suburb had a community veggie garden? Or that the local cafe does a daily lunch special? All of these suburb idiosyncrasies are what makes a suburb special, and by rediscovering your 5kms, you can truly see what was always under your nose!

When re-discovering your local 5kms, take these things into consideration;

1. What’s within walking distance?

Buying a home that’s within walking distance of amenities will add huge value to your property in the long-term! Convenience is always king! That includes schools, shopping centres and grocery stores, and even a local cafe.

2. How are the local walking/biking tracks?

We have learnt very quickly that we must find other alternative ways to get in our daily exercise! What local walking trails are accessible? Are the bike lanes safe and well taken care of?

3. How does the area look?

They say to never judge a book by its cover, but when shopping for a new home, it does play a rather large part! A neighbourhood’s landscaping, maintenance and architecture style add a lot to the atmosphere of a suburb. How often do you hear the term “tree-lined street” in a longing tone?

4. How noisy is this area?

By taking an hour walk through an area, you are bound to get a good sense of how noisy it can be! If you have the opportunity, take a walk at different times of the day over the course of a week. If you require a noise-free zone, this will be particularly useful for you!

Rediscovering your 5km zone is not only a proactive way to kick-off the Spring property season, but it’s also a great way to get some fresh air, and kill some time in lockdown if you’re a city or town currently in restrictions! If you want to get the inside tips to your 5kms, get in touch with one of our knowledgeable agents today. They are not only experts in the area, but in most cases they are locals themselves passionate about the suburb and community they work in.