Rus­tic charms yet with all mod cons

The Weekend Post - Real Estate - - Front Page - BIANCA KEE­GAN

A LUM­BER­JACK’S dream home just came onto the marke t an d it ’ s on l y mi n u t e s from Cairns.

The four-bed­room wooden char­ac­ter home on Dempsey St in Gor­don­vale has the feel of a moun­tain lodge but boasts all the mod cons.

Co-own­ers John Hus­ton and Wayne Chou said the acreage block was once a cane field.

“The house it­self was about 20 years old when we bought it in late 2010,” Mr Hus­ton said.

“The owner- builder had lived here only a cou­ple of years when he sold it to the fam­ily that was here when we ac­quired it.”

The house was built us­ing six types of tim­ber in­clud­ing red cedar cladding on the ex­te­rior, in­te­rior walls made from Ore­gon pine and floor­boards, beams, rafters, doors and stairs from kwila, rose­wood, tal­low­wood, and ma­hogany.

“We liked the house ... be­cause we’d been liv­ing on a small al­lot­ment of less than 700sq m in a Mel­bourne sub­urb. Be­ing on an acre, the place has lots of space for many pos­si­bil­i­ties.

“Inside, there’s plenty of room for kids and pets, and out­side there’s a big shed plus room for a play­ground, a size­able gar­den, and even a horse or a cow.”

Mr Hus to n sa i d h e an d Mr Chou were now sell­ing to down­size.

“We’re five years older, past re­tire­ment age, and ready to ac­tu­ally down­size for a change,” Mr Hus­ton said.

Me­dian sale price: $338,000

Price change in a year: +5.3 per cent Me­dian ask­ing rent: $360 Houses sold in past year: 108

Av­er­age days on the mar­ket: 96

“That said, there are things we will def­i­nitely miss. At the top of the list is the in­cred­i­ble nat­u­ral set­ting.”

The two-storey prop­erty has views of Walsh’s Pyra­mid, nearby moun­tain ranges and is close to shops, parks, schools and a golf course.

Mr Hus­ton said the top fea- tures of the prop­erty in­cluded the out­door en­ter­tain­ment space with a pa­tio and pool area, and a gar­den which of­fered sea­sonal fruits.

“(We) can of­ten make a meal from ve­g­ies grow­ing right out­side the back door.

“We have also planted sev­eral kinds of clump­ing bam­boo, which pro­vides pri­vacy, and we can even eat the new shoots in soup, salad or stir-fries.”

The charm­ing house has cathe­dral ceil­ings, slate floor­ing on the ground level, an of­fice, a tim­ber stair­case with a stained­glass fea­ture win­dow, a mas­ter bed­room with a pri­vate deck and en­suite with spa bath, a dou­ble­bay shed and a 16-panel 4KW so­lar sys­tem.

The house has been listed for $648,000.

WOODEN WON­DER: John Hus­ton at his Gor­don­vale acreage cot­tage that has been built with six types of tim­bers.

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