Relocation Down Under: Melbourne

More than 2 million viewers tuned in last week for the first episode of Phil Spencer’s new programme, Relocation: Phil Down Under.

It was quite a tidy result for Channel 4, and arguably shows the interest at the moment in the Australian property market, or perhaps the joy of watching a British family find their dream home.

In the second part of this new series, which screens Friday night, Phil will be focusing on Melbourne, the cultural capital of Australia, to find a home for Adam George and wife Cam in the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges.

Adam George, a recycling manager, and his wife, Cam, an occupational therapist, from Basingstoke, met while travelling around Australia almost 13 years ago. They are keen to trade in their three bed semi in Basingstoke for spectacular national parks and bush land.  

After emigrating to Australia and  spending nearly nine months in the country with their two daughters they are ready to buy and put down roots.

The Georges were looking for a four-bedroom house with plenty of room for the girls, within easy reach of Melbourne, but also to be near countryside with views and a large garden. Phil managed to find their dream home for £223,000 – and it was three times the size of their Basingstoke home.

Melbourne, in the state of Victoria, is already one of Phil’s favourite cities because of its European-like feel, multiculturalism, four distinct seasons, and top class sporting facilities.

Melbourne is the home of many Australian major sporting events, like the Australian Open tennis and the Melbourne Cup horse race. With 3.8m people, it also has all the amenities and cultural perks, cafes and restaurants that anyone could wish for. 

Phil also considers property in Melbourne to be good value. The average house in Melbourne costs £278,000, according to Australian Property Monitors.

Relocation: Phil Down Under screens tomorrow night on Channel 4 at 8pm.

- Stephanie Bradley is Content and Communications Editor for the Australian Visa Bureau.