Real Estate

Agent compares Boorowa to Bondi

Written by The ReReport

A young country bloke has released a hilarious short video comparing a little-known rural town to one of Australia’s most popular tourist hot spots.

And he makes some valid points.

Rural property agent George Southwell has thrown down the gauntlet to his city-counterparts in this video comparing the NSW country town of Boorowa to Sydney’s coastal suburb of Bondi.

Mr Southwell says he can’t understand why more people don’t live in Boorowa.

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Looking at lifestyle, cost and house prices, Mr Southwell has posted a ‘research’ video, ahead of this Saturday’s auction of a sprawling five-bedroom, three-bathroom home called Cotton Wood Grove.

And there’s one argument that stands out from the rest.

Mr Southwell is seen drinking an $11 schooner in Bondi, before we cross to him in Boorowa paying $5 for the same schooner.

He could have ended the video there, because what could be better than half price beers?

But he has plenty of other arguments in his 2.5 minute research video.

“Boorowa is a fantastic town on the New South Wales southwest slopes, with a population of only 1200 or so,” Mr Southwell said.

“I get the allure of country kids heading to the city, but I thought we should compare the pair, as they say.

“Just recently, I’ve had some mates try to convince me that I should move to the city, to experience life living in Bondi in Sydney … so today we’re going on a field trip. It’s Boorowa versus Bondi.

The Ray White agent starts out by comparing swimming holes.

First it’s the lush grassy banks of the Boorowa River on a sunny day without a neighbour insight.

Next the video cuts to a cloudy day at Bondi where a signpost points to threatening currents and Mr Southwell’s rural attire attracts confused looks from backpackers.

He heads to the Boorowa grocery store, where the friendly checkout assistant Lilly carries his purchases, before enjoying a cup of tea at a nearby coffee shop where the waitress knows his name.

Mr Southwell’s rudimentary research leads viewers to 50-58 Dillion St, Boorowa, scheduled for auction this Saturday.

The modern brick veneer steel framed 2007 home, with a separate self-contained granny flat, is surrounded by established gardens on a massive block of land.

“Located on outskirts of Boorowa, you’re less than an hour-and-a-half from Canberra and only 30 minutes from Yass,” Mr Southwell said.

“The manicured garden is broken into many ‘rooms’ featuring established trees, there’s a fish pond, a gumtree forest, pergola, established orchard, expansive parkland style lawns, greenhouse, irrigation by a micro sprinkler system and drippers, as well as a barbecue area. The property has elaborate dog yards and a chook house, and a granny flat.”

Mr Southwell is marketing this home with a price guide of $710,000 to $745,000.

“If you wanted anything like this in terms of style, space and features, you’d be up for millions upon millions in Bondi,” he said.

This isn’t the first time Mr Southwell has used a quirky video to market a property.

Late last year, he did a ‘Five reasons not to buy’ video to market a Bombala property, which sold within a week of the video going online.

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