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.