the-classic-rural-retreatThe home has been refurbished to include a modern kitchen and bathroom and central, reverse-cycle heating and air conditioning.

IF location is the most important thing in real estate then ‘first impressions’ must come a close second for prospective buyers inspecting what might be their next home for the first time.
And, when it comes to first impressions, a charming rural retreat, out on Loch-Wonthaggi Road at Black Forest has a lot going for it, so much so that selling agent, Phil Hanley of Alex Scott and Staff in Wonthaggi will be very surprised if it makes it through to the advertised auction date on Saturday, February 8 at 11am.
“I think you could sum up ‘The Farm House’ as the perfect rural retreat,” Mr Hanley said last week.
“And the place that brings it all together for me is the view from the window in the kitchen/dining room, looking out over the beautiful Glen Alvie hills, a picture postcard view that is framed by the trees which have been planted specifically for that purpose.
“I’ve already had a number of inspections and each time the visitors are struck by how well the home and the property is presented.
“It’s the perfect rural retreat with enough land for horses or the sort of small-scale farming enterprise we see springing up around the place to serve the vibrant Farmers’ Market scene around here.
“It’s really right in the centre of that when you think about it, equidistant from Wonthaggi, Kilcunda, Grantville and Loch with the Kongwak Market just down the road. They’re all just 15 minutes away and you’re also very close to the coast as well.”
Mr Hanley is also enthusiastic about the period-style country homestead which is the centrepiece of the property.
“The sort of response I am getting indicates the property could be sold before auction and we will be accepting offers prior to auction day on February 8.”
On arrival, the feature of the home is the bullnose veranda which runs right around the house providing outdoor living space and a wonderful welcoming feel.
Like the rest of the home, it has been fully refurbished, with concrete decking in the busy areas and timber decking on other sections.
The original layout offers three large 5m x 4.5m double bedrooms, with a working fireplace in one of these.
Heating and cooling throughout the home is at your fingertips via a Daikin R410 Super Inverter ducted, reverse cycle system.
Polished timber floors in the central hallway lead you down to the main living area of the house, entering the large lounge and sitting room to the right.
The fully refurbished kitchen is a light and bright location to prepare and take your meals and there’s also an enclosed observatory on the corner of the veranda which is another place to enjoy the views and your new, relaxing rural lifestyle.
The central bathroom has also been renovated and features bath and shower, large vanity and attractive layout.
Outside there are 4.77 well-kept acres with good fencing and gates, while water is provided to each paddock on the property from a feature dam.
The property is described as gently undulating, well set up and lending itself to a variety of future uses.
“We’re delighted to have been given such a well-presented property to sell and from the interest we have received already, I’d be fairly confident we’ll sell before the auction date but you never know.
“I’d certainly encourage anyone interested to call us and arrange an inspection.
“All the work has been done to present this property in superb order and it’s just a matter of moving in and enjoying a classic rural lifestyle, with maybe a bit of income on the side,” Mr Hanley said.
To arrange for an inspection, contact Phil Hanley at Alex Scott and Staff, Shop 2/23 Murray Street, Wonthaggi by phoning 56721911 or mobile 0417 140 508.
If the property does go to auction, it will be offered for sale onsite on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 11am.