At a stage in life when most small acreage and lifestyle property owners are seeking to downsize, John & Deb Hanton have placed their delightful Yea property on the market.
They want to upscale their rural and lifestyle interest in donkeys to a larger property most probably in the local district.
Their delightful Amelia Rise property at 46 McLeishs Road in Yea is currently listed for private sale at offers over $650,000 through the local Ruralco Real Estate office and agent Brendan Woodley.
Ten years ago they were living in Singapore where John a mechanical engineer was building oil rigs but a family emergency caused them to return to Australia and they chose Yea purchasing the four hectare (ten acre) property with an architect designed high quality four bedroom rendered brick home.
Feeling that they would need a pet Deb chose two Irish jennies and this has led on to the establishment of their Amelia Rise Donkeys a breeding enterprise that specialises in Mammoth, Woolly and Miniature Donkeys.
They are currently running sixteen donkeys on the property plus a small sheep flock that plays an important role in pasture rotation and helps to keep their property in prime condition.
John says that while Amelia Rise Donkeys may currently look like a hobby that has got out of control but they pretty much breed to order having a waiting list from buyers who want to purchase a donkey as a pet, as an interest or to start a business.
Tourist visitors want to come to see the unique donkeys and they pay a gold coin which is donated by the Hanton’s to animal rescue and welfare bodies.
He says donkeys have the ideal temperament, are easy to manage and be involved with in a larger scale and he likens them to having a Labrador as a pet!
The Hanton’s have undertaken a high quality development of their property including fencing into fifteen paddocks, built four shelters and created a stable complex with an attached hay barn and float storage area.
Infrastructure includes an eight by six metre steel and Colorbond clad machinery shed with an adjoining feed or tack room, separate storage plus a woodshed.
There is also a bird aviary currently home to an equally well cared for duck.
But selling agent Brendan Woodley says that the spacious brick homestead with its excellent outlook over adjoining farm and lifestyle holdings really stands out.
“There are four double bedrooms, or three with an office, two large bathrooms, with large light filled open plan living and an adjacent kitchen area with front and rear timber decks.
“The double garage with an automatic door is also under the same roofline and the bonuses include ducted central heating and cooling, a double sided fireplace that also provides an in-floor heat transfer system that warms a large area of the house.
“Solar hot water and a grid-connected solar panel power system rated at 5 kW ensures that the home services are highly efficient”.
The property entry includes a solar operated automatic gate plus a long sweeping driveway leads to the home which is set in a well established and maintained garden.
The water supply includes 95,000 litres of rainwater storage plus there is a large dam and a fully equipped bore that provides for stock water reticulation and garden irrigation.
Mr Woodley adds that the location and position provides easy access to the Yea township and its services which is about 3 km distant all by bitumen road and the improvements could suit a range of other hobby farm or specialist enterprises from say ponies to horticulture.
“The Amelia Rise property is located in a private setting amongst one of Yea’s best lifestyle and small holding precincts and the home is light filled so it provides a great living environment”.
Click here for further property particulars or arrange an appointment to inspect through Ruralco Real Estate’s Yea based agent Brendan Woodley on 0429 033 620.