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Finding corona-value in iso-haven near Nation’s Capital

By Laura Tacey

Property:4 Canola Place, Murrumbateman, NSW

The agent who brought buyers a video comparison of “Boorowa versus Bondi” to promote a property in the tiny town, as well as “Five reasons you shouldn’t buy this property” marketing one of his rural offerings, is announcing to the market that he is selling an “isolation haven”.

In his video, “How to make the most of social distancing in Murrum-iso-bateman” George Southwell of Ray White Rural Canberra and Yass markets 4 Canola Place in Murrumbateman (half an hour from Canberra), saying it is great “corona-value”.

“This is a great home for self-isolation. Working from home is a pleasure in this large property,” he said, “Therapeutic views over the paddocks of the neighbouring farm “Hawthorn” are helpful for one’s mental wellbeing during these stressful times. Three living spaces are perfect for social distancing from the family. Plus, a nearby bridal path beckons the keen walker or equestrian.”

“Home-schooling is made far more manageable with a rumpus room for class, lounge room for fun, formal dining for meals, plenty of storage for kids’ sports gear, verandah and outdoor entertaining for recess, a solar-heated pool for playtime, and a separate home office for business.”

“For parents, the two master bedrooms offer a true escape. There’s a full ensuite with double shower, his and her vanities, and large walk-in robe attached to both masters. The new owners will be pleased to know that the three additional bedrooms – all with built-in robes – are located away from the master bedrooms, down their own corridor.”

The five-bedroom 2008 executive home accesses sustainable solar energy and sits on 6,648sqm in a very private tightly held street in the Merryville Estate.

“At the heart of the home is the kitchen which features a gas cooktop, electric oven, large walk-in pantry and island bench with breakfast bar. Next to the kitchen is a light filled dining room.”

The agent says the area attracts plenty of professionals who work in nearby Canberra looking for the perfect rural lifestyle escape. The current owners, Adrian and Kirsty boast that Canola Place is an awesome community of professional families, saying “when the school bus pulls up there is much chatter between the younger neighbours about their days and plans for the weekend.”

“Established gardens with hedges, citrus and fruit orchard, veggie garden, raised garden beds and chook house provide a private sanctuary – and a source of sustenance – during a pandemic. And at the end of each day, you get to choose which wine to have from the local vineyards.”

“The owners had built their dream home here but have given me clear instructions to sell so they can enjoy their new adventures: quarantining in Queensland,” Mr Southwell explained.

“Only this morning my owners, who have relocated, put a new price on this property of $1.085m, down from $1.17m. A great price reduction giving the new owners a great purchase price.”

“The good news is that we can still show you through this property via private inspection by appointment only. We are practicing social distancing and will not be shaking hands but we look forward to being able to have a good yarn as you look through.”


  • Media contact:
    George Southwell
    0429 838 345
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