With Melbourne’s median house price continuing to increase buyers seeking to get a foothold in the residential property market are being encouraged to look towards affordable lifestyle acreage holdings with a good home and services close to strong regional towns and all their facilities.

Ruralco Property’s Kilmore sales office is offering one of these opportunities at 2 Wikman Road Locksley in the Avenel area.

Ruralco’s selling agent Jeanette Laffan says the property with a large four-bedroom home and 23 hectares or 58 acres of good, level, well developed pasture has bitumen frontage and no through road access.

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This property is two minutes off the Hume Freeway so the northern suburbs are about 90 minutes away while the well-resourced Avenel township is only ten minutes drive to reach good retail, schooling, lifestyle and community facilities.

Other good strong towns in Euroa, Seymour and shepparton are also within easy reach.

Public transport to Melbourne is via Avenel station, also transport to public schools is via school bus from the front gate.

The vendors Peter and Gwenda Van Egmond have owned and lived on the property for twenty years where they raised a family of five daughters.

Their children have all moved away and they are selling to move closer to family with south Gippsland their likely destination.

Consequently, the home was built and subsequently renovated to suit a brood of five children with all modern features, copious verandas on all sides and attractive aspects.

During their ownership they constructed the internal fencing division into seven paddocks and planted 10,000 trees so the property has an oasis like presentation of treed shaded fence lines and extensive garden areas, even a large and productive orchard.

Water is never a problem with about 35,000 litres of rainwater storage, a large dam and a spring fed well is equipped with a traditional efficient Southern Cross windmill.

This water is pumped for garden and orchard irrigation and stock watering with numerous distribution points around the holding.

Another feature is the large power connected and concrete floored Colorbond clad workshop measuring 12 by 6 metres as Peter is a craftsman woodworker and has equipped the workshop to meet his needs.

Some years ago, eighty-year-old Cypress trees in Avenel township were felled and Peter scored a stock of their timber.

He dried and processed it with his handiwork reflected in the distinctive timber doors and panelling that are a feature of the kitchen.

The vendors started out raising goats for milk production then turned to Boer goats for meat production under the name of Monea Goat Farm.

Peter says their goats, about seventy most of the time, are contract processed in Wangaratta and their meat is supplied to local butchers.

“A new owner could if required continue this business, although the property is set up with high quality fencing, stock watering and shady trees to suit almost any livestock type”.

Ruralco Property agent Jeanette Laffan says that the 2 Wikman Road property has a combination of good scale, easy access and excellent facilities including the large four-bedroom homestead with expansive living, lounge, dining and rumpus spaces with an area under roof of about 36 squares.

“There’s even a one bedroom bungalow, two carports and a 2.5kW solar panel system that reduces power costs”.

“With an asking price in the range of $550 to $580,000 I anticipate the 2 Wikman Road Locksley property will have no shortage of interest and admirers”.

“All the hard development work has been completed here and an ideal lifestyle awaits with the opportunity to create or continue a home and property based business interest, or to seek employment opportunities in the nearby towns.

“Comparing prices for City residential properties I think this is a very affordable lifestyle opportunity for permanent or part time family living”.

Click here for further information or contact Ruralco Property Kilmore on 03 5782 0400 or selling agent Jeanette Laffan on 0438 452 641.