WELCOME to the beautiful Balla-Wein.
No, it’s not a spelling mistake, but an opportunity to secure a modern home in a popular lifestyle belt on the Bellarine Peninsula.
This timeless five-bedroom residence at 72-80 Waterson Place, Drysdale offers the best of both worlds – the pavilion-style house is draped in northern sunshine through walls of north-facing double glazed and tinted eco-glass on a home block stocked with an orchard.
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It all sits on a 39.26ha land holding that’s ideal to run sheep and cattle or for horse enthusiasts.
HF Richardson, Geelong agent Matt Poustie said the market for lifestyle properties remained hot on the Bellarine, with buyers also able to keep one eye on the potential for capital appreciation and landbanking as Drysdale develops.
But for most, this is a lifestyle opportunity.
Accessed at the end of a no-through road, the property offers expansive countryside views, yet in proximity to Drysdale’s shopping and schools and within easy reach of Geelong and Bellarine Peninsula attractions.
There’s plenty to keep the family occupied at house designed with high ceilings to take full advantage of the northerly aspect.
Each of the five bedrooms has wall-mounted electric panel heaters and built-in wardrobes (the main bedrooms get a walk-in wardrobe, an ensuite and split-system airconditioning for added comfort).
There are three bathrooms, plus a laundry, each with electric slab heating.
The main living areas are divided into two areas, with a formal lounge adjacent to the entry.
Here, there’s a gas log fire and French doors opening to the deck.
The adjacent space combines the kitchen with living and dining areas.
The kitchen has a walk-in pantry, stone benches and an induction cooktop.
Bi-folding doors provide a spacious connection to the deck, which greatly expands the area for entertainment.
Outside options include a firepit and swimming pool.
There are several sheds, including a six-car garage and workshop with a tractor/machinery shed. A double carport is attached to the house.
Other outbuildings include a horse shelter and an original woolshed.
The property has five dams, a 22,500l tank water supply, town water and an 8.3ML irrigation licence. A substantial solar power supply is connected to a battery.
The orchard has pear, nashi, lemon and lime, pomegranate, peach, apricot and olive trees, and a vineyard efficiently growing shiraz grapes.
“It’s got a beautiful northern orientation and a super-warm, homely feel to it with all that gorgeous natural light,” Mr Poustie said.
“The acreage is a unique size at just under 100 acres. You get a lot of smaller rural lifestyle properties on two to five acres in that area, but to have something with a decent size is very rare indeed.
“People are very impressed with the layout of the home, the middle section has that decking and pavilion, and a nice big open-plan lounge and another lounge room.”
Expressions of interest for 72-80 Waterson Place, Drysdale, close April 29. Price expectations are $2.8m to $3.1m.