Features that add to value

Conventional wisdom holds that prospective buyers are drawn to a home’s kitchen, baths, and obvious upgrades such as hardwood floors and large closets. But there are also many overlooked upgrades that help a home stand out, provide additional security, or boost convenience. Some of the most sought after, yet often overlooked upgrades, include:Security Doors

  • In-ground lawn irrigation An in-ground irrigation system offers homeowners a yard that essentially waters itself. Gone are the days of hauling a garden hose across the yard to keep the grass green and the garden soaked.
  • Energy efficient windows Upgraded energy efficient windows may be hard to spot, but they make themselves known by helping keep the house warm, eliminating leaks and drafts, and working to reduce a home’s heating and cooling costs.
  • Cast iron pipes Pipes sit deep in the walls of a home, causing cast iron pipes to easily be one of the most overlooked home features. Cast iron plumbing is far sturdier than the standard PVC pipes and provides more comprehensive sound insulation.
  • Security door  A steel security door offers your family an excellent combination of safety and insulation. A steel door is far more secure than the conventional hollow core door installed on most homes. It also works to dampen exterior sounds and provides exceptional insulation.

 

Rich Castlemaine Art History

Specimen Gully

Specimen Gully

Night at Specimen Gully

The Wallace/McClelland home and studio offers the artist, or those who yearn to live creatively, a wonderful opportunity to be a part of Castlemaine’s art history.

Blending imperceptibly into the surrounding bushland this quirky, eclectic property offers a rich lifestyle. Aside from the mudbrick home which features brick floors, beamed ceilings and is heated by an open fire and slow combustion stove there is an expansive, light filled studio which has been the scene of many artistic gatherings.

The garden, designed by Michael Wright, a landscape architect, was created to complement the house as an oasis setting in the midst of dry box forest. Once featured in Australian County Style and the Castlemaine Garden festival this garden is in complete harmony with the surroundings.

Country Style Feature

A diverse range of native plants have been chosen to withstand the heat of summer, the severe winter frosts and skeletal soils. They come alive when so many European plants lie dormant.

Live here and you will be surrounded by an endless source of inspiration.

Need to Move Quickly?

Moving HouseIf you’ve suddenly found out that you’ll have to sell your home in a hurry, don’t panic. While you won’t have time to do some serious renovating, there are still plenty of things you can do to make sure you’re home is prepared for buyers.

Use the following tips to get a home ready for sale in 30 days:

  • Start with the exterior. Curb appeal is everything when you’re selling your home. Make sure your front yard looks its best by getting rid of weeds, planting flowers and mowing the lawn. As for your house, give the exterior some fresh paint and new hardware. Pressure wash it as well to make it look as clean as possible.
  • Do small repairs. Fix broken tiles, replace screens with tears in them and take care of any other minor repairs that are needed. Check all of the lights in your home to make sure they work, and replace bulbs as needed. Do routine maintenance on your home as well, such as replacing HVAC filters.
  • Fix up your kitchen and bathrooms. Paint the cabinets, make sure your appliances are coordinated in terms of appearance and replace or refinish the countertops if they’re worn. Clean the grout between tiles in your kitchen and bathrooms, and consider replacing the sinks, toilets and other plumbing fixtures it they’re outdated.
  • Remove personal items and collectibles. Put these in boxes, and make your home appear as tidy and clutter-free as possible.
  • Focus on neutral colors. Paint and decorate interior rooms in neutral tones, such as beige, white or light gray, to make your home more inviting. Stay away from bold colors.

Vibrant Youth Festival

Xtremeinc

 

“XtremeInc was formed in 2009 with the purpose of educating, empowering and engaging young people in central Victoria. It’s grown faster than any of us could have imagined, and we’re looking forward to an even bigger and brighter future. It takes an army to raise such a vibrant, dynamic baby as XtremeInc and for that we want to give props to our members, volunteers, board and staff.”

We are helping by providing substantial sponsorship. Explore the Xtremeinc Web Site and learn what you can do to help.

Striking Heritage Home

Vermont Villa

From the moment you arrive and peek through the gate of 140 Johnstone Street, Campbells Creek it is evident that you have arrived at an immaculately presented, historic, Italianate Villa. Currently, as you enter the main drive you are greeted by a wall of perfumed climbing roses and a quick glance reveals carefully considered attention to detail.

Vermont Villa has been here since 1859 and over that time it has witnessed dramatic changes in the region. Various owners have lived here but it is the current owner who has transformed and breathed fresh life into this property.

The house is surrounded by lush, very private gardens which feature an old palm tree. Large timber windows provide plenty of natural light and offer views of a garden that has been sculptured and landscaped with love.

However, it is the area where the landscaped garden merges with the wilder crown land on the other side of Campbell’s Creek that is truly magical. Here the sound of Campbell’s Creek gurgling on its way to wherever it goes provides a very peaceful setting to relax, unwind and feel totally removed from the hustle and bustle of this busy regional town.

Mega Weekend of Events

This weekend there is something for everyone. The region is offering a diverse range of activities with a wide appeal. Inspired to join this vibrant community? Take the opportunity to visit one of our Open Inspections while you are here.

Mega Weekend in November

Maldon Folk FestivalThis is the region to be in come November. The Maldon Folk Festival, Farmers and Artists Markets and the Castlemaine Festival of Gardens all coincide so there is lots of other stuff to do and see while you’re in the area.

Make sure to be there as this historic town springs to life for their annual folk festival. There will be much to see and do including musical theatre, bush dancing, markets, workshops, garden art, competitions, didgeridoo performances and much more.

The Maldon Folk Festival is an event with appeal for everyone including families or travellers in need of some fun!

 

For Bike Enthusiasts

GreatTrainRaceOnly one week to go until entries close for Race the Train!

Remember, both the Race and Ride will start in Castlemaine at the Old Gaol overlooking the train station. You can race the train, do the leisurely trail ride or catch the historic steam train and watch the bikes go by.

The action kicks off at 11.45am so why not make it a day trip? Coincides with the Maldon Folk Festival, Farmers and Artists Markets and the Castlemaine Festival of Gardens so there is lots of other stuff to do and see while you’re in the area.

Enter before 29th October and avoid the $10 on-the-day admin fee.

Garden Festival

programThis year’s Garden Festival opens on 1 November. Melbourne Cup Day is 4 November: mark Cup weekend and the following week in your diaries.

The theme is Gardens out of the Box and you will see garden boxes outside the Market Building and at the Railway Station.

Souvenir programs are available from the Castlemaine Market Building and can be found in may local shops.

This is an ideal time to combine visiting gardens with visiting some of our weekly Open For Inspections.

And if you are interested in gardening take a moment to check out a few of our Pinterest Boards. There is one for those who love all things Vintage and another more general board that includes lots of ideas for those who are addicted to gardening.

Yapeen History For Sale

Yapeen General Store

Translated from native tongue Yapeen means ‘Green Gully’. From the moment you cross the old railway line into Yapeen Road and sweep around past the manicured verges you know how apt this description is. This is not only one of the prettiest pockets of this region, but one of the most photographed. This is paradise for photographers and it is the stuff that features on chocolate boxes and post cards.

But then there is more! This property is one of the few in the district that remains in its original state. When you go through the door of the ‘old residence’, into the original General Store and Post Office it beggars belief that the original pigeon holes and shelves remain intact. The old post office counter is there, along with the old bell, waiting to be rung.

Slow Selling?

Attend to DetailWhen your home is on the market, there aren’t any guarantees that it will sell. Your best bet is to do as much as possible to make your home attractive to buyers and know what to avoid doing, so you won’t turn potential buyers away.

These are some of the common issues that keep homes from selling:

  • A high listing price. Having a listing price that’s higher than those of comparable homes for sale in your area will hurt your chances of getting bids. Buyers will pass yours up in favor of similar ones with a more reasonable listing price. This can also hurt you in another way. If your home doesn’t sell or stays on the market for too long, buyers will be hesitant about making an offer or they’ll make an offer that’s much lower than what you wanted.
  • Lack of preparation. You can’t expect to get offers on your home if you don’t take the time to get it ready for the market. That means getting rid of clutter, repainting, making any needed repairs and cleaning thoroughly. Your home should also be more universally appealing to buyers, which means keeping personalized decor, such as family photos, to a minimum. If buyers have trouble picturing themselves living in your home, they’re less likely to make a bid. They might not even consider your home at all if it’s showing obvious signs of wear and tear.
  • Poor quality photos or few photos. Photos of your home should be high quality ones taken in the right lighting and from the right angles. Your listing should also have plenty of photos that show each part of your home.

While Your House is on The Market

Open HouseWhen your home is on the market, it’s important to make sure it will appeal to buyers as much as possible. That means making a lot of changes to the way it looks, especially when it comes to your personal possessions. This can be awkward for you since you’ll still be living in it while buyers are looking at it.

Use these tips for living in your home while it’s listed to help things go more smoothly:

  • Do a lot of packing and organizing beforehand. Pack up what you’re not using, then organize what’s left to make it easier to pack the rest away later. The more stuff you put away, the more spacious your home will appear to potential buyers. Getting most of your packing done ahead of time will also make the moving process much easier for you.
  • Rent a storage unit. If you have larger pieces of furniture to store or a lot of boxes around, consider renting a storage unit. That way, you won’t have to worry about finding somewhere to keep them at home during showings.
  • Keep things to a minimum. Clear out as much from your kitchen and bathroom cabinets as possible, except for the things you use on a daily basis. This will help buyers picture their stuff in those cabinets instead, which can help them determine if they want to buy your home.
  • Have showings arranged at convenient times for you. Instead of having your home available for showings at anytime, ask your agent to schedule them during certain hours or on certain days. While you want your home to sell, you also don’t want to be inconvenienced too much.

More Tips:

Protecting Your Privacy

Keeping Your House Secure While It Is On The Market

Central Castlemaine Historic Home

Rosella

Positioned on the corner of Doveton and Barker Street, Rosella retains all of the prestige and graciousness that has been its signature since it was built in 1928. From the moment you step through the gate and enter this home, the sense of a gentler lifestyle, from another era, is ever present. Protected by walls that seem to provide shelter from a busier world it is hard not to sense the zen like quality of the beautiful spaces within.

Rosella proudly names itself a family home. It has seen all the joys, celebrations and calmly protected its habitants during turbulent times. It offers not only a home but provides a sense of hearth. This is a home that has housed generations of Castlemaine people who have been an important part of the Castlemaine community. It seems to have established deep roots in this town.

Rosella is a light filled home with windows that offer landscape views of a much loved garden housing old established trees. It is a home that makes you feel safe.