There’s no denying Canberra has grown in leaps and bounds over the past two decades, and now boasts its highest ever population and an enviable title of the most liveable city in Australia.
But the evolution of our once small country town does not appeal to everyone, with a growing number of people choosing to find refuge in neighbouring towns offering an enviable balance between city life and country living.
Interest in properties in Canberra’s close surrounds – from Sutton to Queanbeyan, Braidwood and Bungendore – has skyrocketed with larger blocks, lower prices, and a short drive to the city all major calling cards.
Ryan Broadhurst, Real Estate Agent from Belle Property Kingston, says demand has been so strong that it has led their team to establish a second location in Queanbeyan where they can provide a dedicated service to these clients.
“Our office in Kingston has been open since 2016, and in the past year we’ve seen a huge increase in clients coming to us from Queanbeyan and surrounding towns. It made sense for us to open a second location there, simply to offer a better service on the ground to those who want to buy or sell in the area.”
The new Belle Property Queanbeyan office opened this month on Monaro Street in Queanbeyan’s main strip. A number of established Queanbeyan agents have opted to move from other agencies to join Belle, citing a great team and premium branding among other perks.
“We pride ourselves on having a great internal culture, and being really involved in the communities we work in,” says Ryan. “Aaron Papahatzis and Christine Fowler have both worked extensively in the region and achieved record-breaking prices for sellers. That’s also a testament to the current market – it’s become the coveted lifestyle to be able to work in Canberra and live on acres of country land.”
Ryan adds that it’s been really exciting for the existing Kingston team to be part of the expansion, and be able to bring Belle Property’s unique approach to areas traditionally dominated by legacy real estate sales methods.
“We know real estate is changing, and you can’t help buyers find the perfect home or sellers sell their home using only what worked 15 years ago. For example, social media is in everyone’s hands right now so it’s become an important vehicle for effective real estate marketing.
“With that in mind, we have invested in a truly modern approach including utilising a specialist social media company from Sweden to help maximise exposure of the properties we list.”
Now having the two offices (Kingston and Queanbeyan), Ryan says clients who list in either also receive exposure across both.
“The idea that you can live 15 minutes from the city – which is a shorter commute than some people who live in Canberra take every day – while living on a large, established property is an opportunity we are very lucky to have in the ACT. And I absolutely look forward to helping more people make that tree change and reap the benefits for themselves and their families.”
For more information about Belle Property’s new office in Queanbeyan, visit Belle Property or call them on (02) 6103 0341.
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