Wild life in your own private valley
A Uraidla property offers a peaceful escape, writes Tom Bowden.
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.’’