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EVERY­ONE dreams about it – that get­away. The chance to recharge the bat­ter­ies, to laze the day – or days – away; with­out a wor­ry­ing cloud in sight. Not every­one, in fact only very few, can achieve that dream with­out ever leav­ing home. But heaven on earth does ex­ist – and in the case of Echuca 70 Rutley Ave might not have pearly gates but once you pass through the ones that are there you will be on cloud nine. Be­cause ev­ery­thing within is just so spec­tac­u­lar; and you will want to be ev­ery­where at once. So rather than rush­ing, why not stroll down to your pri­vate river­bank set­ting, lay back on the lush lawn and lis­ten to the birds, leaves rustling in the trees and plan what to do with your lit­tle piece of par­adise. A par­adise that is as close to the ul­ti­mate get­away life­style and yet still so close to ev­ery­thing the twin towns have to o er. Run­ning through the nuts and bolts that means four bed­rooms, three liv­ing zones and two bath­rooms. The mas­ter bath­room, the kitchen, the ground oor bed­rooms and the laun­dry have all been ren­o­vated in the past 12 months. The car­pet through­out the house, which com­ple­ments the pol­ished con­crete oors, was newly in­stalled at the same time. But let’s be hon­est here – what makes every­one get ex­cited on the rare oc­ca­sions 70 Rutley comes onto the mar­ket is the whole pack­age, not just its de­light­ful res­i­dence. And that pack­age in­cludes some­thing very few peo­ple out of Cam­paspe Shire’s 37,000-odd pop­u­la­tion have – and about which most of them dream. Your own beach. Your own pri­vate stretch of the Cam­paspe River. Your own sparkling swim­ming pool perched above stun­ning grounds blan­keted in a ver­dant set­ting which gen­tly rolls down that river and your beach. Your own breath­tak­ing ca­sual meals area jut­ting out from the op­po­site side of the home to the pool from where you can take in the whole panorama. Your own oa­sis in an in­creas­ingly crowded world. The ven­dors have even thought­fully cre­ated a built-in bar­be­cue kitchen that will come with the sale, com­plet­ing all the es­sen­tials for the to­tal re­sort life­style. At 70 Rutley peo­ple nd it very hard to think about life out­side the pri­vate and se­cure grounds be­cause it is al­most im­pos­si­ble to tear your­self away and en­ter the rest of the world. Which is per­fectly un­der­stand­able – you will re­alise it im­me­di­ately once you get there – be­cause the rest of the world can never com­pare. Best of all, while you can sim­ply reach out and touch the river, the res­i­dence is set so high that even the once-in-a-bazil­lion-year ood which saw the Cam­paspe al­most wash Rochester away came nowhere near it. But if you want a quick pre­cis of what you can do with the river you only need to see the yab­bies and sh in the fridge, the shing rods in the garage and the Amer­i­can In­dian ca­noe pulled up on the beach – not to men­tion hear­ing the shrieks of de­light from kids play­ing in the river it­self. This is also the ul­ti­mate fam­ily home. How­ever, you do have to go in­side at some stage so a quick run through of the home would not be amiss. The front door opens into a soar­ing space two storey’s high – its im­pact en­hanced by a curved and translu­cent light fea­ture arched above that. The mas­ter bed­room suite makes the most of that lofty re­gion with a huge bed­room, gen­uine par­ents’ sit­ting room, big walk-in robe, very big en­suite, sep­a­rate toi­let and ad­join­ing of­fice which could just as eas­ily be­come a nurs­ery, fth bed­room (but why share?) or even the re­gion’s nest dress­ing room (much bet­ter). Or a home of­fice so you al­most never have to leave this par­adise found. And from its pri­vate bal­cony it all over­looks the pool, the river, the lawns and the seren­ity – you can just sit there and soak up that seren­ity. A slow-com­bus­tion heater with a ue of epic pro­por­tions works so ef­fec­tively the ven­dors are yet to re­alise the full ef­fect of win­ter from be­hind their closed front door. At the heart of the home is that newly-ren­o­vated kitchen with its neu­tral pal­ette, con­crete oor, is­land bench, dou­ble oven, in­te­grated dish­washer, plenty of workspace and cup­boards above and be­low. Set o the kitchen is an in­ti­mate TV/fam­ily nook, meals space and ac­cess to that jaw-drop­ping view from the ca­sual meals area. Tucked away be­hind it are two gen­uine dou­ble bed­rooms, the main bath­room and laun­dry. The fourth bed­room is set closer to the front door. Gi­ant river gums pro­vide shade for most of the 1760 square me­tres on which this lit­tle slice of heaven is based, and a row of es­tab­lished (but still grow­ing to their full glory) or­na­men­tal Manchurian pear trees com­pletes the pic­ture at the front of the block. The ter­raced lawns which link the river to the back door pro­vide a stately path to your pri­vate beach and are main­tained with a ri­par­ian wa­ter right and sprin­kler sys­tem mak­ing them worry-free all year round. The man­i­cured gar­dens com­plete the sense of re­sort as does that large in­ground pool with its flag­stone paving and glass safety fence – just imag­ine hang­ing off the side of your pool and look­ing down the slope to your river and beach. Yet from the street this is all a hid­den won­der, all the neigh­bours know about you, espe­cially those un­for­tu­nate folk who live on the op­po­site side of the street, is you have an at­trac­tive front fence and dou­ble garage – be­cause that’s all you let them see. If you think you can pic­ture any­thing to match all that, and nd it all at the one ad­dress any­where in Echuca-Moama other than 70 Rutley, you would be dream­ing. Con­tact Kathy Walker on 0409 801 740.

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