This home is a truly gorgeous, yet very practical work of art, tastefully built with a mix of new and recycled materials with massive windows allowing views over the land as well as the Porongurup Ranges.
The owner, one of our best architects/builders in the area designed and built this 230 m2 home for his own family – and it simply takes your breath away. The block is 16.49ha/40.7 acres situated just minutes from Mt Barker town, on the Perth side.
The homestead could be described as an American barn-style design with a mix of mid-Eastern and bold Aussie touches – suitable for buyers with a more refined taste who will appreciate a home which is both aesthetically pleasing and practical.
The entry to the farm gate sets a wonderful first impression with its rough wooden posts and horseshoe inserts while a gorgeous horse sculpture stands ready to welcome you. The buildings were placed close to the side boundary, so drive past the lay-down yards and sheds towards the homestead.
Step onto the impressive 14.95 m long and 6 m wide east-facing front deck and admire the next stand-out feature – an antique round wooden window set in the sidewall. Enter through the lead-light French doors… and prepare to be seriously wowed. The magnificent space, ceiling heights and natural light – not to mention the gorgeous exposed beams are all breathtaking in their understated simplicity.
Not only is the property fully self-sufficient with solar power and water tanks, but the clever use of windows and panels allow light to penetrate into the adjacent corridor and bedrooms as well as all corners of the 4 m high ceilings of the massive open plan lounge/dining/kitchen area (a mere 105m2). Extra storage space is built into the long window seating area.
The kitchen is stunning with its elaborate green/turquoise tiles providing a pleasing contrast against the natural wood surfaces. The enormous walk-in pantry cleverly provides counter space for all your modern appliances which will leave your kitchen counters neat and uncluttered.
The kitchen boasts a breakfast bar and stunning solid timber surfaces. There are lots of workbench space and built-in cupboards with pull-out drawers and convenient double lazy Susan’s in the corners for easy access. A dishwasher adds another modern touch. An Italian Tecnogas stove and oven make cooking a breeze while the double sink is installed below a big picture window with gorgeous views towards the BBQ and garden area.
You will find the family bathroom at the back of the corridor. It consists of a large step-up bath with an overhead shower and a massive separate toilet “room” – complete with views over the property and an antique door opening onto the southside patio – another unusual but delightful feature. The striking tiles around the stainless-steel basin perfectly complement the antique mirror.
Continue down the corridor to find two queen size bedrooms, both roughly 3 x 4 m2 with gorgeous southerly views and leadlight windows plus an open area suitable as a library/study with a door leading out to the south patio. There aren’t any built-in robes in these bedrooms, but more than enough space if you wish to add some.
The stunning master bedroom is situated at the eastern front of the house and shares the gorgeous round, wooden window with the front patio. It’s roughly 5.6 x 3.6 m2 with a huge walk-in cupboard and a gorgeous French door opening out to the side patio. The plan was to incorporate an en suite next to the walk-in robe, so the space is there if that’s on your wish list.
Every inch of space has been utilised, so there is a ladder leading to a little lounge/playroom (lower ceiling) and another full bedroom (normal height) in the loft space overlooking the massive open plan area. It was specially added as a “private room” for the owners’ two girls.
Two large sheds were combined totalling 144 m2. They’re interconnected with a double, high-span entry on the western side and high-span sliding doors on the northern side. A 12 x 2.4 m2 storage container was attached to the side. The shed’s design allows for the container to be moved if necessary. The roof structure above folds down and becomes a solid sidewall of the main sheds – clever. The sheds have concrete floors, water and electricity.
A large 7.2 x 7.2 m2 double undercover parking bay is conveniently situated near the back entrance of the property. The side closer to the home has an extra under-roof area, roughly 1.5 m deep and 7.2 m long, ideal for storing rubbish bins and other items out of the weather. A few steps take you to the concrete and pebbled back patio. You have a choice of direct entry into the lounge through the beautiful stained-glass door or through the lovely amber-stained door to the bathroom and bedroom areas.
This is horse country, with a few sheep and cattle in the area, so of course there is a stable – and what a stable it is! A large enclosed tack room, roughly 8 x 4 m2 is on the side, while the characterful stable is a delightful mixture of old and new and provides a pop of colour to the already stunning landscape. The total area is 16 x 12 m2.
All fencing around the property is geared to be electric, so the stables have their own solar power system, from which you can operate the fencing. There is also a water tank, trough and a tap at the stables plus a horse shelter at the top corner of the property on the opposite side of the home. A large arena of approximately 75 x 35 m2 is adjacent to the stables. It clearly shows up as a lighter colour in the video.
A winter creek runs through the bottom part of this property and most of the neighbours’ properties too, so it was left preserved as a natural habitat.
I simply adore the huge open spaces, big windows with amazing views over the trees and fields, the fact that it’s self-sustainable and of course all the special little contrasts of old and new, smooth and rough that work perfectly together to accomplish a fascinating yet highly practical and functional piece of art.
Most astute buyers will love the land, love the position, love the home and love the very reasonable price – but be quick as we don’t expect it to be on the market very long.
Qualified buyers only please – cash, pre-approved finance, or another property under offer – at the asking price of Offers Above $699,000. This home is ready for the next owners to move in so we’re looking for a quick and simple contract. Contact the exclusive agent Jess soonest on 0410 631 335 for a private viewing – you won’t be disappointed.
What you need to know:
- 16.49 ha/40.7-acre horse property
- 10 Minutes’ drive from Mount Barker’s big roundabout towards Perth and 11.7 km/12 minutes’ drive from Mt Barker CBD
- Only 2.7 km/3 Minutes’ drive of well-kept dirt road on Halsey Road
- Year build 2014
- Absolutely stunning and unique 3-bedroom home plus loft room and office/library with 1 large bathroom.
- American barn-style with mid-Eastern and Australian touches – approximately 230 m2 including the loft
- Completely off-grid and self-sufficient. The off-grid solar system is 48v with 2 volt/960 Amp hour batteries, 6 kW of panels on the shed roof. The control room is accessed at the west side of the shed.
- Main sheds total of around 173 m2 with concrete floors, electricity and water.
- Water tank 110,000 litres
- Gorgeous stables with a large tack room and its own solar power system, horse shelter at the top of the property near Fisher Road.
- Large arena measuring 75 x 35 m2 adjacent to stables
- Roughly 10 acres under pasture
- A winter creek runs through the bottom part of this property
- Electric fencing around property
- All doors and windows have been fitted with fly screens
- Timber framed walls with steel and seasoned hardwood columns, cedar cladded weatherboard
- Small shed next to the water tank is the pump shed, also used as the mower shed
- Vege gardens and chook pen
- Good satellite reception
- The leach drains and tanks are on the south side of the house, outside the toilet area.
- The hot water system is supported by the Rinnai Solar S20 booster which is switched on automatically if needed so you never run out of hot water.
- The home has a Solar Aus hot water system that uses Australian solar tubes – no gas or electric booster but is boosted via the wood fire in winter.
- You might get permission to build 2 houses and 4 chalets on the block because it’s over 10ha, but please confirm the facts with Plantagenet Shire.
- The winner takes it all, so be quick!