The Rates May Rise But “Old Thomo” Keeps it Cool

It’s a gorgeous day in Melbourne and I’ve stopped by my favourite haunt – Santina’s Cakes on High Street.  There’s a buzz in the air you don’t feel in many of Melbourne’s suburbs. It’s something the “old Thomo” has managed to effortlessly maintain, something which has become most important in this post Covid era: Human connection.

Local traders casually talking with customers – with whom they are now friends; in some cases, they have known each other for decades. Delicacies from a by-gone era sit next to new hip cafes where both Nonna and an international student can order their barista-made coffee.

Director of Barry Plant Thomastown, Con Constantinou, confirmed the appeal of the Thomastown lifestyle.

“In recent years it has been noticeable how many of today’s buyers grew up in the area and are now returning.  They want to be close to the facilities and amenities that they grew up with decades ago”.  Constantinou said.

John Keating, a leading expert in property development for 30 years, agrees.   He recently completed four townhouse residences at 38 Highlands Road.  “We invested in an address that ensured our buyer could walk to the train station and stay connected to the community while enjoying the magnificent array of amenities on High Street” John Says

With Australian borders now open, now is the time to buy in Thomastown, according to

Thomastown was the third most researched suburb in Victoria as searched by overseas buyers, up 54% up on last year. 1)

Being a homeowner in Thomastown, I am happy with the growth, but to be honest with you I am more excited about getting home and munching on my lemon tart slice from Santina’s Cakes and I’m glad that won’t be changing any time soon.

Pictured Above.
Unit 4/38 Highlands Road goes to Auction Sat 18 March
Contact: Christine Constantinou, Barry Plant Thomastown Mobile: 0417057736

Santina’s Cakes is located at 187-189 High Street Thomastown Phone: 9466 2883

1) Melbourne suburbs that international buyers want to live in revealed, Scott Carbines, Property Journalist, 28 January 2023

Written by Cath Apswoude.