Hot spots on the Bris­bane River. Apart­ments off the plan.

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VIC­TO­RIA Morn­ing­ton Penin­sula. 89 Punch­bowl Road, Flin­ders

$3.5M

Steve and Amanda Oates spent a year trans­form­ing a 1970s brown brick ve­neer house into this chic ru­ral of­fer­ing. The cou­ple wanted a rus­tic style for their home with a con­tem­po­rary feel.

“We wanted to make the most of the site, it’s got mag­nif­i­cent views over Western Port and Phillip Is­land,” Steve says.

The fa­cade is in­spired by the board and bat­ten homes of the US, with the de­sign re­sem­bling two barns linked by glass.

The Oate­ses, long-term res­i­dents of the Morn­ing­ton Penin­sula, bought the 3ha prop­erty three years ago and fin­ished an ex­ten­sive ren­o­va­tion six months ago.

This in­cluded tak­ing the top level off the ex­ist­ing home and build­ing a large tim­ber deck, which now houses the open-plan liv­ing space and an invit­ing so­lar-heated pool.

The home has five bed­rooms and four bath­rooms, with most rooms de­signed to cap­ture views over the coun­try­side or out to the ocean.

Steve says he will miss the scale and size of the prop­erty, with pitched 4m ceil­ings and walls of glass to cap­ture the views.

“It’s such a quiet place to live. We hear the clip­clop of horses along the road, but if you hear a car you know it’s one of your neigh­bours.”

The Oate­ses plan to trade up to a larger land hold­ing, where they hope to keep some Black An­gus cat­tle. “I’m al­ready spoiled but I want to be com­pletely in­dulged,” Steve says, laugh­ing.

AGENTS: Prue McLaugh­lin and An­drew Hines, Kay & Bur­ton, Flin­ders. Auc­tion, April 10.

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