Time and tide in prime po­si­tion

With the beach me­tres away, an 1860s cot­tage has an idyl­lic lo­ca­tion, writes Ben Hyde.

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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.

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