Australia’s own version of Schitt’s Creek – an entire town – is for sale.
Tiny Coopers Creek in Victoria’s bucolic east is on the market, with price expectations of $2.5 million to $3 million.
That sum is for the lot, which isn’t much at the moment, although it has a rich history and the area is frequented by holidaymakers.
The unusual listing mirrors what the Rose family did in the Emmy-winning show Schitt’s Creek – they owned the backwater town of Schitt’s Creek, where they moved to when their fortunes came crashing down.
For the sale price, the buyer will score all of the postcode of Coopers Creek – comprising 19 vacant blocks, from 660 square meters to more than 12,000 square meters, lining a single road (simply called Coopers Creek Road), plus a pub and a two-bedroom residence.
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The listing is aimed at someone who wants to make the quaint spot, north of Traralgon in the Gippsland region, their life and work.
On 4.45 hectares on the Thomson River, Coopers Creek is a former copper and gold mining township and during its boom era, had a population of 250. Now, it has its own marketing website.
Copper was discovered there in 1864 and that led to the establishment of a town and the opening of a post office four years later.
Today, it is a speck in the mountains near Walhalla but draws nature lovers, including bushwalkers, kayakers, off-road drivers, horse riders and skiers destined for Mount Baw Baw (for this purpose, Coopers Creek has a dedicated campsite).
The Holyoak family owns the town, which they bought incrementally, starting in the 1960s, the listing agency said.
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The Coopers Creek Hotel, with a pool room, dining space, a kitchen and a stage for live bands, is the only surviving building from its heyday as a mining settlement.
Mason White McDougall director Ian Mason is handling the sale, which is by expressions of interest.
He said it was hard to put a finger on what an entire town should cost.
The $2.5 million to $3 million asking range is less than half the median house price of Bellevue Hill in Sydney, and is on par with the median house price in Sydney’s Chatwood and Melbourne’s Middle Park.
“If you have ever wanted to own your own town or be the mayor of your own domain, this is the place for you,” Mr Mason said in a statement.
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“Whether it’s setting up a tourism business or a desire to live off grid immersed in nature, Coopers Creek offers endless opportunities including a break from city life and a change of scenery in one of Victoria’s most pristine natural environments.
“Like the Rose family in Schitt’s CreekCoopers Creek could be a life-changing move for the right buyer.”