Loads of land, bountiful fruit and nut trees, a gorgeous house and just a few minutes from town. Could it get any better? Emma Goodwin went to find out.
In a delightful setting off Milson Line, remote from any traffic noise, is a secret hideaway that you have probably passed a hundred times without realising it’s there. That’s one of its attractions – the fact that it is so private, yet conveniently close to the city and all its amenities.
The Brian Elliott-designed house has living on three levels, with soaring ceilings, numerous exits to the pretty garden, and lots of windows that are placed to provide perfect views of the surrounding land.
But most remarkably, it is a house that has two parts, each of which could become a self-contained home.
The smaller part is on two levels, and has two bedrooms, a living/dining area, a kitchen and a well-appointed bathroom. There’s even office space and a heat pump.
It has its own entrance and doors to a private deck, and would make fabulous homestay or rental accommodation.
The second part of the house has three bedrooms. Two are downstairs and the third – the main one, with its own balcony – is on the second floor.
On the third floor is a room that would make a great library, office, art studio or den in which to write that novel.
This part of the house has a kitchen that is new and spacious, with a walk-in pantry, a terracotta-tiled floor and grey cabinetry.
There’s a wood burner with a wetback in the dining area and living room, so there will always be plenty of warmth and hot water in winter.
The house is such a sun trap, there are shade blinds to protect the furnishings from the harshest rays. But these don’t obstruct the view, or prevent you from watching the birds as they play in the mature shrubs and bountiful fruit and nut trees surrounding the house.
With paddocks for ponies or a few sheep, plus sheds, a tank and bore water, this really could be heaven on earth.