A real estate agent has been inundated with phone calls after listing a quaint country town for the same price as a house in the city.
Ian Mason, the director of Victorian real estate agency Mason White McDougall, said his phone had been ringing off the hook since the Gippsland town of Coopers Creek hit the market last week.
Coopers Creek is around three hours, or 170km, from Melbourne’s CBD.
‘Interest from the public and the media just exploded,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.
‘I’ve had huge amounts of emails, the phone just keeps on ringing.’
Mr Mason said the interest had been ‘off the charts’ and he had received hundreds of calls.
‘Some of the interest has come from people who have an affiliation with the place and others who are wanting a big life change and have been thinking about how they can live off the grid and get closer to nature,’ he said.
A real estate agent has been inundated with phone calls after listing a quaint country town for the same price as a house in the city (pictured, Coopers Creek from above)
The property is complete with a fully-functional pub (pictured) complete with pool tables and a commercial kitchen as well as a spacious two-bedroom home
The town, which has been owned by the same family since the 1960s, consists of 21 titles that span across 11 acres of lush parkland in Victoria’s Gippsland Region.
The property is complete with a fully-functional pub complete with pool tables and a commercial kitchen as well as a spacious two-bedroom home.
Coopers Creek, located about 170km from Melbourne, has an asking price of $2.5million to $3million – roughly the price of a renovated house or terrace in Sydney or Melbourne.
The asking price is less than half the median house price for a home in Sydney’s eastern suburbs and about the same for a home along the Mornington Peninsula.
Mr Mason said he has received interest from buyers in both Sydney and Melbourne as well as from the United States and the United Kingdom.
The town, which has been owned by the same family since the 1960s, consists of 21 titles that span across 11 acres of lush parkland in Victoria’s Gippsland Region (pictured, the home)
Coopers Creek, located about 130km from the city, has an asking price of $2.5million to $3million – roughly the price of a house in Sydney or Melbourne
‘The interest is coming from a few different parties,’ the agent said.
‘People who want to set up a high-end country restaurant, camping groups, private school groups as well as wealthy individuals.’
Even a 4WD group has expressed interest.
‘This is the perfect holiday destination and is a favorite for the 4WD community, hikers and kayakers,’ the listing reads.
‘Located just 15 minutes drive from Rawson and a few hours drive from Melbourne, Coopers Creek also has close accessibility to Traralgon and Mt Baw Baw.’
Coopers Creek sits on the Thompson River and boasts countless walking and horse trails as well as the opportunity for visitors to kayak and fish.
Mr Mason estimated it would take about 15 minutes to walk from one side of the township to the other – with the river running straight through the middle.
The historic town has been in the Holyoak family for over four decades.
Coopers Creek sits on the Thompson River and boasts countless walking and horse trails as well as the opportunity for visitors to kayak and fish
The Holyoak family have now decided is the time to pass the town into the next set of hands who have the same drive and passion to do the area justice (pictured, inside the pub)
The agent said the family have decided to pass the town into a new set of hands who have the same drive and passion to do the area justice.
Mr Mason said the Holyoak’s ancestors had traveled to Coopers Creek to find accommodation, with no real plan of where they would travel next.
He said they woke the next morning and decided they would never leave.
‘I think this property has captured a lot of people’s imagination,’ he said.
‘They may be feeling as if they’re stuck in some sort of rut and and this property gives them the chance to do something out of the ordinary.’
The entire town of Coopers Creek is being sold for roughly the same amount as a home in Sydney or Melbourne (pictured, pool tables inside the property’s pub)
Coopers Creek is a former copper and gold mining township and was once a thriving town home to 250 residents
Coopers Creek was once a thriving copper and gold mining town home to 250 residents during its boom.
Some of the more noteworthy tenants were the Grollo family, Italian emigrants who worked in the mines during the 1930s to 1950s.
The family later moved to Melbourne and build a property, tourism and investment company and one of Australia’s most successful construction groups – Grocon.
Grocon went into liquidation in November 2020 after 70 years in business.