Rustic charms yet with all mod cons
A LUMBERJACK’S dream home just came onto the marke t an d it ’ s on l y mi n u t e s from Cairns.
The four-bedroom wooden character home on Dempsey St in Gordonvale has the feel of a mountain lodge but boasts all the mod cons.
Co-owners John Huston and Wayne Chou said the acreage block was once a cane field.
“The house itself was about 20 years old when we bought it in late 2010,” Mr Huston said.
“The owner- builder had lived here only a couple of years when he sold it to the family that was here when we acquired it.”
The house was built using six types of timber including red cedar cladding on the exterior, interior walls made from Oregon pine and floorboards, beams, rafters, doors and stairs from kwila, rosewood, tallowwood, and mahogany.
“We liked the house ... because we’d been living on a small allotment of less than 700sq m in a Melbourne suburb. Being on an acre, the place has lots of space for many possibilities.
“Inside, there’s plenty of room for kids and pets, and outside there’s a big shed plus room for a playground, a sizeable garden, and even a horse or a cow.”
Mr Hus to n sa i d h e an d Mr Chou were now selling to downsize.
“We’re five years older, past retirement age, and ready to actually downsize for a change,” Mr Huston said.
Median sale price: $338,000
Price change in a year: +5.3 per cent Median asking rent: $360 Houses sold in past year: 108
Average days on the market: 96
“That said, there are things we will definitely miss. At the top of the list is the incredible natural setting.”
The two-storey property has views of Walsh’s Pyramid, nearby mountain ranges and is close to shops, parks, schools and a golf course.
Mr Huston said the top fea- tures of the property included the outdoor entertainment space with a patio and pool area, and a garden which offered seasonal fruits.
“(We) can often make a meal from vegies growing right outside the back door.
“We have also planted several kinds of clumping bamboo, which provides privacy, and we can even eat the new shoots in soup, salad or stir-fries.”
The charming house has cathedral ceilings, slate flooring on the ground level, an office, a timber staircase with a stainedglass feature window, a master bedroom with a private deck and ensuite with spa bath, a doublebay shed and a 16-panel 4KW solar system.
The house has been listed for $648,000.
WOODEN WONDER: John Huston at his Gordonvale acreage cottage that has been built with six types of timbers.