3 Bedrooms x 1 Bathroom x 2 Garages x 1 Carport
3 Bedrooms x 1 Bathroom x 2 Garages x 1 Carport
Most locals will fondly remember the old Scout’s House originally built in 1920, nestled between the magnificent Dymesbury Nature Park and Gardens and the popular Pony Club on Chester Pass Road. The old Scout Hall was across the road.
The current owners renovated the old house extensively, turning it into a comfortable 3x1x2 home in typical farm house style. Luckily, they managed to retain the old-style character, which definitely has a charm of its own. No, it’s not what you’d call “flash”, but then this property isn’t so much about the fancy home on it, it’s about the three magic words – position, position, position. Bear with me while I explain…
The ultra-rich soil of Dymesbury Nature Park next door is exactly the same as here, the only difference is that this part never got developed. It has the same potential and zoning. And yes, this property also fronts onto Willyung Creek – right in front of the house. It’s your all year-round stretch of fresh water to fish, canoe, catch yabbies, swim in, play in, wallow in or just watch as the water flows gently past towards the weir around the corner where the river becomes tidal until it flows into the King River.
Now that’s a rarity! It’s also rare in this area to find a small, easily manageable block of land of 1.83 ha/4.52 acres – without having a multimillion price tag attached.
You can catch your own breakfast, lunch or dinner – be it trout, bream or mulloway or enjoy some fresh yabbies in season.
Properties like this hardly ever come to market, but a recent change in circumstances for the owners has created an opportunity for a savvy buyer. It’s important to note that this parcel of land is formally zoned caravan and camping. What does this mean?
“Caravan and camping: In a nutshell it means that you can have boarding/guest/lodging, a camp ground, caravan park, caretakers dwelling, chalet/cottage units, holiday accommodation, home occupation, home office, park homes and of course private recreation.”
Well, it looks like you will have multiple options. Firstly, you could turn it into (another) caravan site – admittedly, not my personal first choice.
You could also erect a few chalets on the land – for business purposes – or friends and family to share – with council approval of course. Now that already sounds much more exciting.
You could get rid (and I say this with utter respect) of the old house and build a riverfront beauty on the exact north facing position. A modern eco-friendly home with an extensive river front deck making full use of the exquisite setting. I would imagine you’d have a decent size irrigated garden, vege garden and orchard, maybe a few cuddly sheep and a few free-range chooks? What about a horse, a dog or two – and some gorgeous trees down the drive to welcome you home.
Imagine sitting on your big BBQ deck in summer, looking out over this lovely stretch of water and fertile land, fishing rod and cold beer in hand, enjoying the exceptional bird life and serenity. Or watch the kids shout with joy as they go down the slip and slide and splash into the calm river water. There’s even the perfect old fallen tree log already in place a few metres in. They say if walls could talk… but I reckon this old log would have some stories to share too.
The property could belong to multiple families that can “time-share” the farmhouse between them? What a great weekend and holiday de-stress this could be!
Maybe just keep it as is and use it as your private beach cabin – away from the maddening crowd.
The house is a typical old farmhouse style – and actually in pretty good condition. Yes, the configuration of a bathroom rather than a kitchen facing the deck and river front is a slight design flaw where I am concerned, but that could be rectified without too much fuss.
The laundry is at the entrance with the bathroom to the right. The bathroom boasts a shower over a sittu (deep shower tray that can be used as a shallow bath) – perfect for young children. The kitchen is basic but functional and recently revamped. It boasts a free-standing oven and hob, a large pantry, good cupboard and bench space – and even a plumbed area for a dishwasher.
The dining room flows off the kitchen with a little TV lounge area in the corner. Down the corridor you’ll find three really large bedrooms, (approximately 5 x 2.5m2, 5 x 3.5m2 and 5 x5 m2), two with built in robes (no doors on robes).
A large lounge with a cosy fireplace opens out through French doors to the gorgeous deck and views. All the rooms already have decent size windows, a huge bonus in this style of home. A large double+ carport offers undercover parking for vehicles with room to spare, and a shed built onto the back of the carport means more space for extra storage, a games room or man cave.
The land itself is temporarily divided into a few paddocks as the current tenants have a few sheep. There are quite a few trees on the property but like most lifestyle properties, it could do with a good clean up after winter rains and wind.
This could be the ideal hobby farm or city escape for someone, only approximately 5 minutes’ drive from Chester Pass Mall (6km) and about 12 minutes’ drive from Albany CBD (13 km) – yet it feels completely rural.
If you’re interested to see what we’re so excited about, please contact the exclusive agents Jess on 0410 631 335 or Michael on 0408 202 081 for a private viewing. Please be aware that we have to give a few days’ notice to the month to month tenants.
Note: As with all special zoned properties, we recommend that buyers check on what will/will not be allowed within the specific zoning guideline from The City of Albany Planning Department. Their phone number is (08) 9841 9333.
• Rare River frontage (Willyung Creek)
• 1.83 Ha/4.52 acres
• Zoned caravan and camping
• Home set well back from Chester Pass Road on the very back boundary
• North facing deck to enjoy winter sun and summer shelter
• Kitchen recently re-modelled
• Kids play area in front yard
• Enclosable front yard with fencing and gate for small children and pets
• Enclosed backyard for pets
• Tile fire for heating
• Instantaneous Gas hot water
• Mains water (bonus)
• Main Roads maintain a drain on the property
• TV Points in little lounge off dining area as well as the large lounge
• Bottled gas and septics
• The home is council approved
• Rates and taxes 2018/2019 – $1,750.40 per year
• Rare opportunity to buy under 5 acres in this area