If you’re looking for a bargain priced block of land to build your dream home on look no further than Merbein’s newest development site located in Chaffey Avenue, where more than 40 lots are being sold at a rapid rate.
Mildura and District Real Estate are at the forefront of the sale of the blocks, which are selling fast and no wonder − you can purchase one from $85,000.
Mildura and District Real Estate’s top gun sales executive Liam Garlick said that compared to other areas in the region, Merbein is an affordable and ideal place to build.
“I look at Irymple for example, where you’re paying $160,000 for a block of land that’s 800 square metres, and we’ve got 800 square blocks for about $85,000 − $90,000 thousand,” he said.
“So personally, I believe we’ve got the cheapest blocks of land in the Sunraysia region and that’s why everyone is wanting to move out to Merbein.
“They can see that everything’s starting to grow here. The community’s real tight, it has great amenities, and it’s the next closest town to Mildura.”
The ‘Weekly recently featured a story about Mildura developer Bob Faulkhead’s latest project. He’s selling blocks that are now all fully serviced and ready to build on.
At the time, Mr Faulkhead predicted that Merbein, Wentworth and Red Cliffs are the next growth centres.
“The fact is Merbein, Wentworth and Red Cliffs haven’t been really pushed ahead yet,” he said.
“The reality is that they are all well serviced with supermarkets, a post office and banks. It makes them ideal places to live.”
Mr Garlick said that with the government first homeowners grants available at the moment, together with the low interest rates, there has never been a better time to build your new home.
“Ninety five per cent of the blocks being sold out there are first home buyers wanting to pick up a really affordable block, put a house on it, and then they may only live in it for two years and sell it for a profit,” he said.
“I have even been getting phone calls from Melbourne, Gold Coast, Adelaide and Sydney based investors − the interest is enormous.
“A four-bedroom home, two-bathroom, double garage these days, you’re looking at about $270-300,000, and then you add the block of land for $90,000, which brings it up to less than $400,000 for a really nice home in a great, sought after area.”
Agency principal John Fumberger said it was good for the town to see someone like Bob Faulkhead bringing the development online.
“It took a person like him to take a risk, because it was just plodding along, and no one wanted to bite the bullet,” he said. “He’s that sort of guy and he loves a project,” Mr Fumberger said.
Echoing Mr Faulkhead’s call to see Fourteenth Street extended from Ontario Avenue through to Ranfurly Way, Mr Fumberger said that Fourteenth was “screaming out for that extension.”
“It does need to be on the agenda − it would be a game changer,” he said.
Liam Garlick is also a hot shot on the sporting front having played for the Premiership winning Irymple Football Club and was also the recipient of Mildura and District Real Estate’s annual ‘Rising Star’ award in 2017.
“It was the year I won the senior flag with Irymple and an even better achievement was being the Rising Star in the same year,” Mr Garlick said.
“I play full-forward and hopefully I’ll be playing again in the seniors at Irymple this season.
“It’s been good because with my sporting background and Bob’s sporting background, I’ve got a good relationship with him, so I can go there and talk to him about the project and we’ll talk for an hour about footy.”
My father, Richard Garlick, is known in the sporting circles and is a former Imperials footballer, and so I’ve grown in his footsteps and played most of my football at Irymple. I was also interested in other sports like basketball, tennis and cricket.”