Couple find their land of opportunity
HE has spent years extolling the virtues of country living in Tassie. Now, property agent and Real Estate Institute of Tasmania president Adrian Kelly is making a move to “practise what I preach”.
Kelly and partner Peter Bultitude are in the process of making a tree change from their waterfront Sandy Bay unit to rural Woodbridge.
They have set themselves up in a converted shed, which they will upgrade to include a kitchen and bathroom, on the 3ha property.
Even now, it would be an injustice to call this just a shed.
The french doors, picture windows and eclectic furniture make for a comfortable living space in progress.
After living in their converted shed for a few years, the couple plan to build a new house.
“We had a great time in Sandy Bay, but got a bit bored,” Peter said.
“We want to grow our own food and produce our own meat and enjoy the community lifestyle down here.”
Originally looking for land in areas such as Mountain River and Allens Rivulet, the pair found many properties needed too much work.
“We were a bit disheartened,” Peter said. “We visited friends and fl icked through the [ Mercury] real estate guide while we were there and Adrian saw this.
“We shot down for a viewing that afternoon and the shed was here and the garden organised. We knew then what we could work off.
“We were looking for about 15- 20 acres [ about 6- 8ha] and I’m glad we didn’t get it because this is seven and it’s enough for us, as we’re still working full- time.”
The Channel region was not always the top of their list as a location, Adrian said.
“We weren’t even looking down this way because we thought it was too far to drive,” he said.
“We were worried coming down here that no one would visit us, but every weekend, all hours of the day, people just love going for a drive in the country.”
Buying the land in October, Adrian and Peter have managed to do quite a bit of work in their fi rst three months.
A flourishing veggie garden, expanding orchard, dam and 11 Hampshire Downs sheep are now permanent fi xtures on the property.
“This is all new for me and I love it,” Adrian said.
“It’s addictive. What has surprised us is the neighbours and the local community.
“Our neighbours have been incredibly welcoming. We have eggs and cucumbers being delivered to the front door.”
Added Peter: “We asked one neighbour over for a drink, said don’t bring a thing, and she turned up with a cabbage, zucchinis, a dozen eggs, a punnet of raspberries, a bag of broad beans and three different berry plants for the garden.”
Tucked away in the hills, away from the highway, the property is a haven for native wildlife such as spotted quolls and wallabies.
“We’ve got a pair of wedge- tailed eagles nesting in one of the dead trees on the border of the property,” Adrian said. “They’re huge – their wingspan is incredible. “It was all dolphins, fi sh and seals in Sandy Bay and down here it’s the same thing but different.”
We were worried coming down here that no one would visit us, but every weekend, all hours of the day, people just love going for a drive in the country