Known as “Burnbank”, the property features a main stone homestead, two separate cottages – one of which dates back to 1847 – extensive shedding and other outbuildings, landscaped grounds, a dam, and six paddocks.
After raising seven children on the property, vendors Darren and Lisa Pope have decided it’s now time for a lifestyle change and are preparing to move on after 16 years.
“We’ve got older kids who don’t live at home and they’re all disappointed we’re going to sell it,” Mr Pope says.
“I was always keen that the kids had a rural aspect to their growing up … they’ve all gone through and enjoyed living there.”
The main 1880-built homestead is a five-bedroom/one-study residence offering a seamless blend of historic character and sympathetic modern extensions. “Fourteen years ago we did a $250,000 extension, all in local stone from the property so it was in keeping with the existing house,” Mr Pope says.
“We’ve also put in a tennis court, a bitumen driveway and we’ve fully landscaped it.”
Mr Pope says the property’s “privacy, seclusion and space” were among its key attractions.
“At the time I was working behind a desk with lots of people and lots of noise and I could drive back here and be anywhere in the world.”
He says Burnbank could appeal to a wide range of people – from professional couples with an interest in animals and retired farmers looking for a smaller block, to growing families and those looking for an Airbnb venture – keen to enjoy a rural lifestyle close to the city.
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441 Springs Rd, Mount Barker Springs
Contact agent for price
Agent: Harris Real Estate, Arabella Hooper 0403 336 407, Will Scott 0421 636 007.
Land size: 31.17ha. Offers: Close Friday, December 20 at noon. Open: By appointment.
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