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Try before you buy: Christmas is the ideal time for it

By Jamil Allouche

Do you enjoy the time of year when all of the family gets together to eat, laugh and be merry? With the festive season upon us, you'll be happy to hear that it's officially accepted to listen to that Rod Stewart Christmas album. 

What's more, Melbourne is putting its best foot forward with the annual Christmas festival in full swing already. It's the time of year to celebrate, which lends itself to go explore the community before you delve into real estate in Brunswick. The suburb has much to offer, with the hustle and bustle of the CBD not too far and the calm of luscious parks close by at the same time.

So what can you do during the merry season?

Not just a pretty display

The Melbourne Christmas festival celebrates all the best things the season has to offer, starting more than a month before children across the country eagerly await a portly man squeezing down the chimney, leaving fantastic presents behind.

A plethora of activities is on display, from dedicated markets to special Christmas decorations strung up across the city, which means that there's something for everyone.

Are you and your partner looking for a great way to celebrate the holidays by yourself? Treat yourselves to some of Melbourne's best restaurants and their special holiday menus. Or maybe you should take your energetic bundles of joy to the weekend "Skate with Santa" for them to enjoy everything from face painting to actual ice skating. 

For those of you struggling to find the fitting present for your hipster-friends or partner's mum, go try your luck at  the Arts Centre Melbourne Saturday Christmas Market or the Dockland's Sunday Market. They're sure to have some great hidden gems for you. 

The festival's focal point though is the fact that City Square, Town Hall and Federation Square are all transformed into a Christmas wonderland for the entire family. From magical light settings, festive trees and free Santa photos available, it's easy to see where the excitement for the season comes from. 

Why Brunswick is the place to be

Considering the fact that a community is most likely to portray itself at its best during the Christmas period, it's a great opportunity for you to get a taste of how everyone gets along. Real estate in Parkville, Brunswick West, Brunswick East and their proximity to everything relevant happening in the city's social life only add to the attraction of renting or buying in the region.

A Residex report on the Brunswick East property market clearly reflects how great a location it is to live. As such, the median house value is $984,000, with a median unit value of $483,000 on the other side of things. This, in turn equates to an average of $420 to $620 to rent in the sublime suburb. 

The dynamic area keeps seeing a steady growth, with house values going up more than 10 per cent and units 4 per cent in the most recent financial year. For you, this could mean that you could be part of a great community in one of the better areas of Melbourne.

And the best thing? You can pre-test if you can see yourself be a part of the local community by popping by to one of the Christmas events before the big day. At Ray White Real Estate Brunswick, our experienced team can help you not only find a house but a home for not just the holiday season, but the long term. So don't hesitate; give us a call today!

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