AN 8 hectare coastal property, with extensive foreshore frontage and outstanding ocean views, situated behind the Phillip Island Airport, at 75 Veterans Drive, has been sold prior to auction for an undisclosed sum.

The property, which was described in the O’Brien Real Estate blurb as “very unique” was due to go to auction on Saturday, January 29 but was sold in the days prior to the auction.

Located down the end of Veterans Drive, Newhaven, past the Vietnam Veterans Museum and the Phillip Island Boardriders Clubhouse, you wouldn’t even know such a property exists.

You can’t see anything from the road, the location dominated by rising sand dunes and coastal vegetation.

But at the end of a long, sandy driveway is a residence referred to as the ‘pilot’s house’, surrounded by 8 hectares (20 acres) featuring “170 meters of absolute beach frontage”.

Needless to say, it offers breath-taking views of Cape Woolamai and the spectacular Phillip Island coast, around to Pyramid Rock and beyond.

You can also see the boats in the protected bay at Rhyll.

“Here is a rare opportunity to live a free and natural lifestyle away from the hustle and bustle. Surrounded by native wildlife, birds, bushwalking trails, sandy beaches to explore and magnificent panoramic surf views, get away from it all,” according to the marketing material.

“This property delivers on privacy and seclusion with the added bonus of only being a 10-minute drive into San Remo, or 5 minutes from the quaint shopping village of Cape Woolamai which offers a Tavern, restaurants, cafes, surf shop and more.”

The property would be a developer’s dream, if it wasn’t zoned ‘farming’ and according to local community groups, without any appetite at the Bass Coast Shire Council to rezone this parcel of land, or the adjoining 100-acre Phillip Island Airport, to any alternate zoning that would allow residential or commercial development.

The only caveat to that would be the recommendations likely to be included in the ‘Distinctive Areas and Landscapes’ review set to be released soon by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), almost certainly containing a reference to this highly sensitive location.

So, they won’t be buying a “developers’ dream”, it’s just an exclusive, secluded beach front property the like of which you wouldn’t find anywhere else in Victoria – hence “very unique”.

But what’s not to like?

If you had a spare $4 or $5 million or so lying around, it represented an amazing opportunity that may not present itself for another generation.

Spectacular coastal views and beach access are a highlight but you can also see the other side of the Island and the boats sitting quietly in the bay at Rhyll.

The property is zoned ‘farming’ in keeping with surrounding land use and likely to stay that way.