Owner-builder re­alises ru­ral vi­sion

316 Car­ra­dine Road BEDFORDALE Of­fers from $1,475,000 Sotheby’s In­ter­na­tional Realty

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With ex­pe­ri­ence in build­ing ho­tels, re­sorts and about 20 houses for his fam­ily, this owner-builder knew ex­actly what he wanted for his coun­try re­treat.

A re­sort feel, high ceil­ings, a lake and plenty of walls and niches for his ex­ten­sive art col­lec­tion were on the wish list when he built the house three years ago.

“I en­joy build­ing,” the owner said.

And it shows.

The ar­chi­tect-de­signed home with three bed­rooms and three bath­rooms was de­signed by Ned­lands de­sign firm Paul Meschiati and As­so­ciates.

A new ad­di­tion to the 2.02ha prop­erty is a strik­ing, white per­gola over­look­ing a spring-fed lake.

“We only fin­ished it a cou­ple of months ago,” the owner said.

“You can’t get tim­ber like this from Bun­nings; we had it milled in Walpole and trans­ported to Bedfordale.

“Even­tu­ally it will be cov­ered by a wis­te­ria creeper.”

The su­per-sized main liv­ing area with 4.6m high ceil­ings, white tim­ber-clad ceil­ings and a lime­stone fea­ture wall was de­signed around big fam­ily gath­er­ings.

“It’s great for get-to­geth­ers with three gen­er­a­tions of our fam­ily,” he said.

Agent Neil McAl­lis­ter, of Sotheby’s In­ter­na­tional Realty, said the prop­erty would be ideal for peo­ple in the west­ern sub­urbs who wanted a coun­try re­treat less than an hour from the city.

Mr McAl­lis­ter de­scribed the price – in the mid $1mil­lions – as an “ab­so­lute steal”.

“Re­place­ment value would be more than $2mil­lion,” Mr McAl­lis­ter said.

The su­per­sized main liv­ing area was de­signed for big gath­er­ings with three gen­er­a­tions of the owner’s fam­ily.

The spa­cious bed­rooms have plenty of walls to hang art­works.

Tim­ber for the new per­gola was milled in Walpole and trans­ported to Bedfordale.

When the weather heats up, take a dip in the spring-fed lake.

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