Herald Sun - Property

A sure thing on the shoreline

Outstandin­g renovation leaves nothing to do, writes Nathan Mawby


There will be no need to fish for compliment­s at this impeccably restored lakefront property outside Wodonga. But with more than 1km of Lake Hume frontage, the sprawling 41ha estate offers plenty of opportunit­y to hook your share of redfin.

The 1212 Lake Road, Bethanga, homestead is a renewed throwback to another era. It is being sold after 22 years of updates by the owners.

“They bought it in a really rundown condition and they have spent the time upgrading it to showcase it as it was originally,” Wood Real Estate’s Greg Wood said.

A “like-for-like” renovation has updated the jarrah in the floors and replaced overmantel­s throughout the century-old home.

“There were no gardens at all, and it is now just a like botanical gardens,” Mr Wood said.

The five-bedroom house spreads across a 790sq m floorplan.

Its features include a sun room, a formal lounge room, a dining room a billiards room and a kitchen adjoining an open-plan family zone and casual meals area.

A study, a scullery still featuring the original display shelving for silverware, a separate laundry, an undergroun­d cellar and a wraparound veranda are also included.

Outside, a three-car garage, a sixbay machinery shed and stables provide additional space.

There is also a pool and a caretaker’s cottage.

Striking views capturing the garden and the lake cap off the picturesqu­e package.

“There’s about 1km of lake frontage and, in that part of the lake, it’s deep water,” Mr Wood said.

“You can catch redfin all day.

And there are boats in the cove almost every night.

“But you can walk into this property and not see any neighbours at all, it’s completely private.

“It’s the ultimate quiet spot.”

The town of Bethanga is home to only 471 people across 203 dwellings, according to the latest census.

Interest in the listing to date has come from as far away as Melbourne’s priciest municipali­ty, Stonningto­n.

“It would be a great weekender or summer home,” Mr Wood said.

He also estimated the property was large enough to run 40-45 head of cattle with the potential to return about $70,000.

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