The town is reputedly named after the ship Calliope, which brought the Governor of New South Wales, Sir Charles Augustus FitzRoy to Port Curtis in 1854. Industries of the town and surrounds since that time have included gold mining, beef, timber, and more recently heavy industry (Aluminium, Coal, LNG), shipping and tourism (Wikipedia 2018).
Recently we have seen an increasing trend of buyers looking to move into Calliope for the relaxed, country lifestyle but without compromising on modern conveniences. The Calliope Historical Village is a regional landmark with markets held each month bringing together a mix of fresh produce, crafts and street food. The river is also great for skiing, crabbing and fishing, and it isn’t uncommon for travellers to stay at the camping site close by.
Three key features buyers are looking for at Calliope;
- Peaceful living on larger lots
- Growing retail precinct including Drakes IGA and adjoining shopping centre
- Affordable property compared to Gladstone and Boyne Island/ Tannum Sands
The local school has recently been refurbished and extended to accommodate the growing demand for education in the area. Calliope has an 18-hole golf course with club and a bowls club as well as two pubs and plenty of character to boot! The town also has a swimming pool, racecourse, sports fields, Hazelbrook Park and a skateboard ramp to keep families entertained on weekends without having to leave the area.
As Calliope becomes an attractive prospect for buyers given the quality of homes available to buy and also the price point, we are seeing demand increase in the area.
Lowest brick homes are fetching between $195,000 for a 3 bedroom and $240,000 for a 4 bedroom depending on age and location. There is also an established home market circa 1980’s and these houses are often renovated and extended as families have grown over time. Buyers looking for larger acreage lots tend to buy in areas such as Calliope Country Estate and also out towards Calliope River Road.
LOCATIONS are pleased to market 33 Monterey Way, a lowset modern brick home with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, media room and open plan living as well as a double lock up garage with side access all on 700m2 for just $255,000. There is also room for a shed if desired. This property is ideal for investors and first home buyers alike looking to get into the market. It would even suit someone looking to downsize their current property for a low maintenance option.
We have had lots of interest in 149 Calliope River Road as well given its yesteryear charm, self sufficient power (off the grid living) and beautiful gardens, only 10 minutes to Calliope. At $299,000 it affords its new owner the peace of the country and room to move on 3.8 acres.
Rental prices are also starting to improve in the area. Three bedroom homes on average let for $170 per week and four bedroom homes are trading around $240 per week again depending on size and location. Large blocks with sheds and pools are very popular also as people seek out a ‘country tree change’.
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