It's just minutes from Ballarat's shops and hospitals, but step into the northern enclave of Invermay and you'll find yourself in a different world.
Agent Tim Menz of Harcourts described the suburb, which has a current median house price of $1,064,722 million according to CoreLogic, as a unique proposition in the Ballarat market - owing to a combination of easy freeway access and bush-block living.
Its proximity to local hospitals had attracted local doctors and surgeons to the area, while an increasing number of Melburnians seeking a weekender within easy access of the city were turning their sights to the area.
"In terms of acreage properties, it's Ballarat's most highly regarded area. It's actually really close to the freeway and the hospitals and a lot of doctors and surgeons live there because of that," Mr Menz said.
"[It's ideal] for people who want a lifestyle property but don't want to be 30 minutes out of town who still need easy commutes to Ballarat CBD and the train station."
Mr Menz is currently marketing 64 Dawes Road, which sits on 2.9 hectares and is on the market for the first time in five years, with a price guide of $1.4 million to $1.5 million.
"Most of the properties in the area are on five acres, so this one is slightly bigger," he said.
Other highlights included a pool, tennis court and brand-new kitchen.
"It was built in 1988, it's architecturally designed and was recently renovated and extended," he said.
"It's got amazing views back over the Ballarat CBD... I would say buyers will love the privacy and the views it provides."
Peter Burley of Buxton agreed that Invermay offered a distinctly different vibe to other suburbs in Ballarat.
"It's on the fringe of the CBD, so it's more of a country lifestyle but literally only five minutes from the Ballarat CBD," he said.
He is currently marketing a one-bedroom converted church listing at 193 Swinglers Road, advertised at $580,000 to $620,000.
"It would be absolutely ideal for a young couple or an astute investor - it would make a wonderful Airbnb or something like that," he said.
The church was converted by the current owner and has served as "well-loved family home".
"The church itself has got a real rural, country feel to it it - it looks across vacant bush and parklands."