BRISBANE nurse Vanessa Murdoch is assured she’ll get her COVID-19 jab within the subsequent week however the international pandemic has already had an influence on her household, and they’re promoting up in Brisbane to journey Australia.
“I’ve by no means considered travelling my very own nation, however with all of the (worldwide) borders closed due to COVID and with our daughter not in kindy but, now’s the right alternative,” Vanessa Murdoch mentioned.
Proceeds from the public sale of Vanessa and Mervin Murdoch’s Greenslopes home later this month will go towards the acquisition of a caravan in preparation for the six month expedition that can take the household of three and their American Akita, as much as Cape York after which throughout to Western Australia.
“There will probably be some locations we received’t have the ability to take our fur child however principally we’ll be collectively,” Mrs Murdoch mentioned.
Within the meantime, Brisbane’s property costs are set to proceed rising and the Murdochs are uncertain what to anticipate on their return.
“It’s very onerous to inform. We by no means thought the property market could be so scorching proper now,” Mrs Murdoch mentioned.
“We had a spot in Camp Hill and put that in the marketplace in April final 12 months and it sat there till December once we lastly acquired a suggestion on it. We took it. It settled in January and the market went loopy in February.
“Now I’m studying Camp Hill is the second hottest suburb in Queensland for the time being and the $890,000 we acquired for the property might have been $1.1 million if we’d bought this 12 months.”
Whereas cross nation journey is a brand new expertise for the household, crossing borders shouldn’t be, for the three-bedroom renovated dwelling they’re promoting at 186 Cornwall Street sits on the border of Greenslopes and Stones Nook in Brisbane’s south.
“This was the primary home we purchased collectively,” Mrs Murdoch mentioned of the 2017 buy. “Quite a lot of the home was the unique construction however there have been a number of small renovations completed to the place.”
“We had two sunrooms so we turned one into an ensuite and walk-in wardrobe and the opposite sunroom we transformed right into a bed room.”
Mervin Murdoch, a professional electrician, designed a downstairs rumpus and employed a builder and plumber to finish the job. “We did that in COVID. It was meant to be completed once we first purchased it however when COVID hit we had time at dwelling and we slowly chipped away at it,” Mrs Murdoch mentioned.
The renovated Nineteen Twenties cottage additionally comes with a free park improve, with Hanlon Park, which surrounds the property on two sides, being reworked from a inexperienced discipline right into a nature reserve supporting a mixture of natural world.
“Stage 1A which is correct subsequent to our dwelling ought to be completed within the subsequent couple of weeks. They’re planting and placing down turf. There’s a playground for the children, and strolling paths and a pergola proper subsequent to our home.”
To benefit from the park improve, the couple prolonged the again deck to incorporate a pizza oven for dinners overlooking the parkland. “It’s the location that I’ll miss, near town. It’s been very nice for us as a household,” she mentioned.
Melanie Swindells of Place Woolloongabba will take 186 Cornwall Street, Greenslopes to public sale on April 17 at 3pm.