Wild life in your own pri­vate val­ley

A Uraidla prop­erty of­fers a peace­ful es­cape, writes Tom Bow­den.

The Advertiser - Real Estate - - Leamington Rd, Aldgate -

Aprivate val­ley of­fer­ing a sus­tain­able life­style and an abun­dance of wildlife awaits the new own­ers of a Uraidla prop­erty. Andy and Natasha Stankovich bought their Bas­ket Range Rd prop­erty in 2006 and say the home of­fers a peace­ful es­cape in a pleas­ant town.

‘‘I’ve owned an old church in the main street of Uraidla and once we sold that I bought this place and I’ve al­ways liked liv­ing up here and it’s got a beau­ti­ful com­mu­nity spirit,’’ Mr Stankovich says.

‘‘It’s got a re­ally small town kind of feel and ev­ery­one knows ev­ery­one and looks out for each other and you’re 20 min­utes from town and 10 min­utes from Burn­side.

‘‘We’ve got our own val­ley here and that’s so unique, it’s like our own lit­tle part of the world. On cold win­try days you can see the clouds drift past our back door and the whole val­ley’s whited out and last year we had snow here all across the val­ley.’’

The two-level so­lar-pow­ered home has four be­d­rooms, two with built-in robes and the master suite also has an at­tached en­suite.

The liv­ing ar­eas fea­ture floor-to­ceil­ing win­dows which Mr Stankovich says of­fer un­in­ter­rupted views over the prop­erty.

‘‘It’s like you’re sit­ting in the tree canopy and we have blue wrens that dart around and kook­abur­ras and koalas, so we’re al­ways look­ing out on to this green ex­panse and it’s very re­lax­ing.’’ The open-plan kitchen fea­tures a stain­less steel oven and range­hood, dou­ble sink, over­head cup­boards and a servery.

The home is set on a 1.96ha block and fea­tures es­tab­lished gar­dens and a range of fruit trees.

‘‘There are 550 ma­ture cherry trees — 10 dif­fer­ent va­ri­eties in a fully ir­ri­gated or­chard — there are 40 fig trees, 40 or­ganic ap­ple trees, chest­nut trees, plums, per­sim­mons, mul­ber­ries, pears, a kiwifruit vine and two vegie patches, so you could be vir­tu­ally self suf­fi­cient,’’ Mr Stankovich says.

‘‘In the spare pad­dock we have four sheep which keep the lawn down and with our 9 mil­lion litre wa­ter al­lo­ca­tion it would be easy to live here and not have to live off ev­ery­one else. It’s been a labour of love and we’ve re­ally en­joyed liv­ing here, but with most of my work now be­ing based in­ter­state and over­seas, we need to move.’’

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