Fed up with the daily grind and commute? More and more people across Australia are escaping the rat race and making a living closer to home, sometimes at home!. Technology is rapidly changing the face of many industries and allowing for more flexible working arrangements. Even large blue chip companies and professionals have adopted the benefits of this new working style and it is opening up the way we work incredibly. Parents now have the option to adapt their work life around their families and the baby boomer generation have many new means of making an income outside of their super.
When it comes to making a sea or tree change, one of the biggest factors that influence the decision is income. The well paid city job is not always available in coastal and rural areas which is one of the reasons that South Gippsland and the Bass Coast have experienced the growth that they have over the last decade - they are commutable!
What if the property you purchased for your own sea / tree change could provide you with an income and do away with the city commute altogether!? Possible? We think so, and we've identified five sea / tree change homes that could do just that!
A BUSY CAFE & ART GALLERY?
Set in heart of Fish Creek this landmark building offers it's new owners a myriad of opportunities. Described by Back Roads host Heather Ewart as "a whimsical town straight from a story book, home to children's book authors and illustrators, world renowned botanical artists, musicians and sculptors".
15 Falls Road is currently being run as a business, Gecko Studio Gallery, offering exhibitions, framing, art materials and a busy cafe catering to locals and the many tourists who pass through the town on their way to Wilsons's Promontory. The property is to be sold as a blank canvas to the new owners without the Gecko Studio Gallery Business, Leaving unlimited opportunities for the entrepreneurial spirit. The perfect live in business, currently on the market for $735,000.
A TURNKEY WELLNESS & ACCOMMODATION RETREAT?
If you've ever dreamed of making a sea change but were unsure how to make an income, this beautifully presented coastal retreat featuring 6 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms, only 300m from the ocean could be the answer. The main guest wing on the first floor comprises of 4 en-suite rooms and a large spa room with balcony overlooking the stunning landscaped grounds and the outdoor spa & sunbathing decks. The ground floor consists of an impressive entrance foyer, spacious lounge, dining room and bar with a semi commercial kitchen and two further large treatment rooms. The opportunities here are endless for the entrepreneurial spirit. The property also benefits from an attached 2 bedroom 1 bathroom owner's quarters offering complete privacy from the main property if required. Currently on the market for just $897,000!
A FARM STAY B&B ON 20+ ACRES?
A traditional Victorian homestead with spectacular views for miles. The property is a magnificent example of Australian grandeur and elegance set within a breathtaking 22 acres approx. Featuring 5 bedrooms and five bathrooms in the main property all beautifully finished and appointed, it's very easy to see how people would want to stay here. Manicured gardens, hedges and fruit trees surround the property providing a truly magical space. Outside of the spectacular deep established gardens complete with tree house and tree lined driveway, lays a dam and multiple fenced paddocks. The evocative and large former dairy, close to the main house is dripping with potential to be converted into something sensational. A once in a generation opportunity, this majestic home also includes 4 remote double garages and electronic front gates. We see, cooking schools, yoga retreats and weddings in this property's future - you will too! Currently listed for $1,250,000.
RELAX & REJUVINATE IN A GREAT LOCATION?
Join one of Gippsland's fastest growing suburbs, located just over an hour away from Melbourne's South Eastern suburbs. This 3-level home is perfectly positioned to enjoy country living while still being close to the retail of Wonthaggi and the beaches of Phillip Island and Inverloch. The sizeable property currently operates a successful home run business, Bass Coast Float, featuring floatation tanks and infrared saunas. Currently on the market for $489,000
FARMGATE? TREATMENT ? THERAPY? ACCOMMODATION?
Set amongst 12 acres of orchards, olive groves, wildlife & fauna this outstanding lifestyle property offers generous and lavish resort style living with spacious bedroom accommodation, expansive living and outdoor areas for entertaining on a grand scale. A stunning tree lined asphalt driveway provides a memorable entry into this private retreat. Currently operated as a therapeutic massage and meditation business, the unique layout, design and scale could lend itself to many other business ventures ranging from farm gate shop to riding lessons or accommodation - the opportunities here for the right owner are endless. Currently on the market for $1,175,000.