MU­SI­CIAN’S RE­TREAT BACK UP FOR SALE

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A SE­CLUDED Jan Juc bush hide­away built by mu­si­cian Xavier Rudd is about to hit the mar­ket again.

The stun­ning sus­tain­able house crafted from tim­ber and rammed earth is a na­ture lover’s par­adise, set on 2ha of pri­vate bush­land mo­ments from the surf.

Fash­ion de­signer Ara­bella Ram­say and her fam­ily bought the four-bed­room house from Rudd and re­vamped the in in­te­rior be­fore sell­ing to the he cur­rent ven­dors Clarissa Ram­sey and Ra­nia Awad in 2016. 6.

The pair added an in­fin­ity stone-clad swim­m­ming pool, de­signed to o repli­cate a nat­u­ral la­goon, as the cen­tre­piece of an In­sta­wor­thy out­door en­ter­tain­ment area hid­den among gum trees.

McCart­ney Torquay ay agent Tim Car­son is pre­par­ing to list 40 Bells Boule­vard, Jan Juc, which hich is ex­pected to have price hopes of $3.1 mil­lion-$3.3 mil­lion.

Mr Car­son said it was the ul­ti­mate coastal re­treat, with its use of re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als and nat­u­ral fin­ishes set­ting a sus­tain­able de­sign bench­mark.

Se­lected tim­bers, py­lons sal­vaged from the old Geelong pier, pier pol­ished con­crete and Amer­i­can oak floor­ing cre­ate lay­ers of char­ac­ter in­side.

Ms Ram­sey and her part­ner moved from Syd­ney af­ter fall­ing in love with the largely offthe-grid prop­erty. She said the house was so pri­vate there was no need for cur­tains, so you coul could watch the stars at night.

“T “The drive­way up to home is a l long and wind­ing dirt track thro through the bush so it feels very pri­vate and quiet,” Ms Ram­sey said. “In say­ing that, when the surf is big at Bells and I am in the veg­etable patch I can feel the earth vi­brat­ing.

“We get so much wildlife — we thought we would get kan­ga­roos and wal­la­bies, but we get echid­nas, owls and lots of pos­sums; we’ve even had a pair of deer.”

A tim­ber board­walk over a dry creek bed in­tro­duces the house, which is ori­ented for north­ern sun­shine and beau­ti­ful bush­land views.

There’s a con­tem­po­rary feel in the open-plan kitchen, din­ing and liv­ing space, where a Chem­i­nees Philippe cast-iron wood heater and

AGA oven are key fea­tures.

Dual slid­ing doors link to a large split-level deck with a wood-fired pizza oven over­look­ing the swim­ming pool and bush beyond.

There are three bed­rooms, a rum­pus room, study and bath­room on the ground floor, with the main bed­room suite tucked away up­stairs.

HIDE­AWAY: The Jan Juc home orig­i­nally built by Xavier Rudd (left) is set to hit the mar­ket.

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