THE affordable belt of homes in Geelong’s western suburbs stirred young buyers keen on a three-bedroom house.
A family relocating from Melbourne with two young children were the successful bidders for the weatherboard house at 3 Little Ave, Hamlyn Heights.
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Buyers advocate Tony Slack helped the couple secure the home for $573,000 in an auction against two other bidders.
A fourth bidder didn’t get a chance to raise their hand for Buxton auctioneer Tom Butters at Saturday’s auction.
Price hopes before auction were $509,000 to $559,000.
Mr Slack said the buyers have family in Geelong.
“It’s for lifestyle. Lifestyle and affordability,” he said.
“They’ll rent out their little unit they own in Melbourne.
“This was in their budget. It was a great place to come here with their family,” he said.
Buxton agent Christine Allison said the precinct east of Vines Rd was a target for first-home buyers.
“They’re neat, honest homes and affordable,” she said.
“The majority of these three-bedders are under $600,000, so first-home buyers can achieve them.
“And there are great schools around here and they get ring road access.
“Hamlyn Heights homes are generally bigger than Herne Hill. Most here are on 600sq m to 700sq m,” she said.