After a lifetime of farming, Peter and Jacquie O’Malley have made the decision to put their exceptional 18 hectare (or 45 acre) edge of town property at Leongatha on the market and downsize as they transition towards retirement.
The property which has 300 metre frontage along the main road was originally part of a larger farm which the well-known O’Malley family operated as a profitable dairy farm for three generations before converting to beef production.
A pleasant 90 minute drive from Melbourne and sitting along the eastern boundary of the strong rural township of Leongatha, this property offers a quality lifestyle in every sense of the word.
The superbly built residence with about fifty squares under the roofline is set well back off Nerrena Road on top of the hill and the many other property features including excellent shedding make the offer a highly desirable opportunity.
In 2005 Peter and Jacquie employed a local building practitioner to build their new home which replaced the old farmhouse.
Peter, being a successful concreter for many years and with a natural gift for building all kinds of things, worked alongside his mate to create the family masterpiece.
The home, paved to perfection, sits in a stunning landscaped paradise with an array of garden beds and adorned with numerous unique ornamental features all crafted by Peter.
A solid sandstone residence with its 50 squares providing over 30 squares of living all finished to a high standard the home affords four large bedrooms, three of which are large enough to comfortably accommodate king size beds.
The master bedroom has a walk in wardrobe, as well as a large ensuite with a double shower and double vanity.
The living area is open plan and includes a quality kitchen with granite benchtops and a large pantry.
There are two large separate living zones, providing a large entertaining space and a private relaxation zone.
Double glazed cedar windows provide views over a magnificent landscaped garden with farmland views in the distance.
On the property is a collection of older farm sheds adjoined by a new Colorbond clad steel framed shed that measures 24 metres by 12 metres, with a workshop located in one bay with the remaining shed open and able to house large vehicles or farming machinery.
Concrete flooring throughout the shed also surrounds the building making it a very accessible space.
The property has excellent access for larger trucks to yards and buildings as well as having good livestock handling facilities including a holding yard, crush and loading race.
The property is passed by mains water and gas and has three phase power but Peter also harvests the local rainwater since he says he prefers the taste.
Presently running Angus cattle this well maintained and low maintenance property would suit almost any type of animal enterprise including alpacas, while the rich red soils are ideal for horticulture, viticulture or a small boutique cottage industry.
Rodwells Ruralco selling agent Ray Cullen says this is the type of property within easy reach of the City that is well held as a lifestyle farming interest or for its future development potential.
“There are quality improvements including the fine family home, a great outlook and this property reeks quality on the edge of a good town.
“Although Peter and Jacquie now want to downsize they are planning to remain locally in or around the Leongatha district”.
Although sited in a Rural Living zone Peter says “‘you’d have to say there is subdivision potential subject to planning compliance in future as Leongatha is expanding and more residential sites will be needed some time in the future”.
“For a buyer seeking a top lifestyle property with a point of difference, this one has to be considered and only an inspection will reveal the standard of the presentation on offer’ agent Ray Cullen says.