Historic family farm to be auctioned
EMERALD View is an affordable 96.4-hectare rural lifestyle property in the historic Grandchester district that amazingly has been held in the one extended family for the past 147 years.
Of interest, the family cattle brand (HRO) was the fifth registered cattle brand in Queensland.
Owned throughout that time by the Rafter and McLaughlin families, the cattle farm comprising six lots on four freehold titles is being sold now to finalise the family estate. Since day one, Emerald View has been an ideal farm for grazing – initially a dairy farm but operating as a cattle property since 1968. Emerald View is 75 kilometres or just over an hour from the Brisbane CBD.
There are more than 16 hectares of fertile alluvial creek flats that have previously been cultivated. About 70% or more than 64 hectares is cleared. The balance of the country is steeper slopes, which are
timbered, which offer good millable timber like spotted gum and ironbark.
Soil types are fertile black soils on the flats and mostly brown clay loams on the balance.
The comfortable house, first built in 1966, raised in 1987 and extended and renovated only six years ago, has wide wraparound verandas on three sides with pleasant outlooks over the farm.
These areas are ideal for meals, a drink or three and when entertaining in all seasons.
Internally, the timber fireplace is a feature and warms the majority of the home. There is a large reverse-cycle air-conditioner downstairs and the three bedrooms upstairs all have ceiling fans.
Water for both the livestock and the home is well catered for. Seven dams are distributed evenly over the 96 hectares.
The equipped windmill pumps at about 100 gallons per hour, which is pumped to a nearby tank and gravity-fed to a nearby trough. About 45,000 litres of rainwater for the house is collected by three nearby large tanks, one of which supplies the house directly.
The working farm is well improved, with two steel-framed sheds (both with power and lights) and a large machinery and hay shed.
A laneway leads to the timber and steel cattle yards with cattle bail and steel loading ramp. The vast majority of fences and gates are in sound working order.