Time and tide in prime position
With the beach metres away, an 1860s cottage has an idyllic location, writes Ben Hyde.
LOCATION, location, location often is trumpeted as the main rule in property. The same was obviously true in the 150 years since the original custodians of an 1860s seaside timber cottage picked a prime location to build.
Perched on the outskirts of Victor Harbor, the three-bedroom cottage faces the beach, with about 30m of vegetated dunes and sand between the back veranda and the sea.
The vendors, who have owned the property for the past six years, say the location is idyllic.
‘‘The views are breathtaking,’’ one of the vendors says.
‘‘You feel like it’s your own little private beach and it’s probably one of the few little pockets where you have exclusive beachfront. There is a lovely little walkway down to the beach and you can just sit out on the back veranda and savour the moment.’’
The cottage boasts three bedrooms, including the master with an ensuite, and a second bathroom.
An open-plan lounge and dining room spans the width of the cottage, taking advantage of the views and opening to the timber-decked veranda. A large games room or second living area also is inside.
‘‘We have had it recarpeted and we have painted it throughout,’’ the vendors say.
‘‘It remains a ‘real shack’ because of its age. It’s nothing stunning with regard to amenities, and that’s what it should be.’’
The kitchen is practically encased in glass and has uninterrupted views to the beach and Granite Island. ‘‘It’s the only time the kids didn’t mind doing the dishes,’’ the vendors say.
‘‘You’re nearly fighting to do the washing up because the views are so good.’’
The cottage sits on a 630sq m allotment with a 36m frontage and has a detached lock-up, two-car garage.
The vendors say they will leave with many fond family memories.
‘‘Our children had lovely use of the property when they were a bit younger,’’ they say.
‘‘We’ve probably outgrown Victor Harbor a bit and we now have a place along the River Murray.
‘‘We do have a lot of friends down there who we will miss.’’
The vendors say the property also has worked well as an investment.
‘‘We used it a fair bit in the first four years but in the past couple of years, we’ve mostly used it as a holiday rental and it’s worked well as that,’’ they say.
‘‘We think it’s time to pass it on to someone else to use it.’’ Features: Three-bedroom maisonette with polished floorboards, kitchen/meals area, separate lounge and lowmaintenance yard.
6 Davidson Court, Strathalbyn Agent: Raine & Horne Strathalbyn, ph 8536 3830, Sally Ness 0438 364 320. Features: Set on about 3.4ha of land, the range-style home comprises four bedrooms, two bathrooms, an open-plan kitchen, meals and living area, and a formal lounge and dining room.