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The me­dian house price is be­tween $400,000 and $500,000 for a two- to three-bed­room brick or tim­ber home in Tren­tham. Ac­cord­ing to Frances Harkin, sales di­rec­tor of Harkin Prop­erty in Tren­tham, the town is in­creas­ingly at­trac­tive to city and in­ter­state buy­ers look­ing for a change and the opportunity to move into an orig­i­nal early home or farm­house, which tend to get snapped up quickly. “Peo­ple from Mel­bourne of­ten have a ro­man­ti­cised idea of the clas­sic min­ers’ cot­tage from the 1800s or a farm­house on the out­skirts of town,” she says. Frances also adds there are new de­vel­op­ment ar­eas around town, where the trend is to­wards build­ing en­ergy-ef­fi­cient homes de­signed for the re­gion’s cool cli­mate. Part of Tren­tham’s at­trac­tion is that it’s very much a coun­try town with a vi­brant com­mu­nity. “It doesn’t have a train sta­tion, so it’s not a com­muter town,” Frances says. “But there’s ev­ery­thing else here. There are great eater­ies, gal­leries and fes­ti­vals. It might have a cold cli­mate, but it’s got a warm com­mu­nity spirit.”

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