There is a story behind every property and often in retrospect the vendors are able to look back with a sense of satisfaction about the achievements recorded under their ownership.
The property known as Mayfield Cottage at 3881 Riverina Highway Bungowannah via Albury was purchased seven years ago by John and Virginia Harris as a relocation after their Kinglake Vic. holding was fully destroyed in the 2009 Black Saturday bushfire.
John and Virginia thought they should make a new start after the fire so they bought this property as it offered all that Albury-Wodonga could provide.
It had a coveted Murray River direct frontage and good water access, together with a landform and pastures we felt they could improve significantly”.
Seven years on John believes that there has been solid success to look back on but the time is now right to offer the property for sale and retire with the objective of moving closer to their family.
The property was and still is known as Mayfield Cottage because the original small cottage on the property when it was purchased was the main building improvement.
John who earlier in his life was an award-winning builder along with Virginia have replaced the cottage with a large four bedroom brick homestead with 43 squares under roof with about 25 squares of living area, the main bedroom with ensuite, an enormous chef’s kitchen and two living areas, a study, and with a large garage adjacent.
The new Mayfield Cottage gives what John and Virginia describe ”as very comfortable farmhouse living” with an under-cover alfresco entertainment area and it is all set in an irrigated and landscaped garden.
Other building improvements include a five bay machinery shed with a concrete floor and five roller doors, over 260,000 litres of rain water storage, a set of steel cattle yards with a crush and loading race and two 100 tonne capacity silos.
Then there is the farm land held in four titles comprising a total freehold of 483.6 acres, or 196.6 hectares, broken up into a ten paddock subdivision and laneway access with excellent fencing, principally barb and plain wire and all in good condition.
The water resources are another feature with nothing more important that the direct one and a quarter kilometre frontage to the River Murray including access to a secluded sandy riverside beach.
There is also another 1 km frontage to a Murray tributary known as Parlour Creek that forms an integral part of the district irrigation water distribution system.
The stock and domestic water right is applied to troughs in nine paddocks plus there are a number of paddock dams and lagoons closer to the River.
John and Virginia have also delivered on their pasture improvement program cleaning up about a fifty percent of the property by replacing rough vegetation with pastures of clover, rye, phalaris and cocksfoot, that have been regularly fertilized with gypsum and lime with supplements to suit.
The property is currently running sixty head of cattle while in previous years up to 80 hectares have been cropped but could run up to 200 steers each year.
John and Virginia Harris take advantage of the proximity to Albury noting that they are a comfortable twenty minutes from the centre of town for all their needs and by adding a few more minutes they can access the Albury Airport making the location of their home and property highly accessible.
Mayfield Cottage is listed for private sale by Rodwells Ruralco Property’s Wodonga office and selling agent and branch manager Peter Ruaro says that this is a property that has been extremely well developed by the vendors.
“River Murray frontages along this section of the river are very highly regarded and are always keenly sought.
“When you consider the per acre prices that these properties have been realising at recent auctions as a value guide we are offering the Mayfield Cottage holding at $4.2 million.
“The purchaser will have a lot of options with the potential to introduce whatever production choices are sought, while the Riverina Highway frontage also giving high exposure.
“With the limited number of holdings with the extent and features of the River Murray frontage that the Mayfield Cottage holding enjoys I expect it to be keenly sought by buyers” Mr Ruaro says