Off the grid and off the beaten track

Herald Sun - Property - - REAL ESTATE -

IN the spec­tac­u­lar Vic­to­rian Alpine coun­try, with frontage to the Ovens River, is this en­vi­ron­men­tal gem.

The 70.1ha prop­erty has a hand­crafted homestead — made from straw­bale, mud­brick and re­cy­cled tim­ber — a spring­wa­ter sup­ply and al­lu­vial soils.

The house uses pas­sive so­lar de­sign and is ‘‘off the grid’’, with a hy­dro tur­bine and so­lar panel sys­tem.

In­side, there are four bed­rooms, two bath­rooms, a re­cy­cled redgum kitchen and open-plan liv­ing with cathe­dral ceil­ings and a wood fire.

There is also an ad­di­tional cot­tage and an in-ground pool.

Tum­blegum is at 1763 Great Alpine Rd, Smoko. An auc­tion will be held on the prop­erty on Satur­day, April 6. De­tails: PRH Real Es­tate, Matt Childs 0418 512 494 or go to

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