If the turbulence of 2020 has left you aching for a slower, more mindful style of living, Milton might just be the perfect spot.
Sydneysiders and Canberrans alike have long been flocking to the historic town that bridges the gap between country and coastal living with its quiet streets, cafe culture and close-knit community.
Nestled almost exactly halfway between Milton and Mollymook lies the sort of idyllic property that most only dream of.
Number 83 Garrads Lane may have only been built in 2002, but the four-bedroom home is infused with local history and purpose-built to make the most of its impeccable location.
“The current owners were involved in the construction process and helped make the mud bricks onsite all with local materials,” says selling agent Ally Mitchell of Raine & Horne Mollymook/Milton.
“All of the hardwood timbers inside the home are recycled and were locally sourced, with quite a few magnificent timbers coming from an old 100-year old bridge that was dismantled locally on the South Coast.”
For the sustainably minded, the thoughtful construction of 83 Garrads Lane is a real drawcard.
The seller was heavily involved in the design of the home which features double-glazed windows, double insulation and an internal mud-brick wall that helps to regulate the temperature of the home year-round.
Winters will see you curling up by the slow-combustion wood fire with a good book. In summer, open up the north-facing windows to enjoy the cool sea breeze or take cover underneath the outdoor shade-sails. If ever there was a time to appreciate self-sufficiency, 2020 is it.
Across the property’s 6793 square metres, you’ll find three kilowatts of solar power, a mud-brick chook house, beehive and citrus orchard. There are even a few alpacas and a flock of sheep to keep the grass at bay.
“Moving to an acreage can be a romantic notion for a lot of buyers with little or no thought given to the upkeep of the property. The sellers have cleverly fine-tuned the runnings to be easy and manageable,” says Mitchell.
Low-maintenance living seems to be the hallmark of this property. The low upkeep means that there’s more time to make use of the outdoor pizza oven on the expansive deck or spend a few productive hours working in the self-contained studio.
“We’ve said that Garrads Lane is one of the most prestigious addresses in the area, however, I would have to argue it’s probably the most prestigious,” says Mitchell.
The property has hit the market for the first time in 20 years and is quickly garnering attention for its north-facing aspect, sustainable design and an unrivalled location.
“It offers a taste of everything: you’ve got the beach three or four minutes away, Milton is within walking distance, and while you do have neighbours, it’s really quite private,” Mitchell adds.
Should you fancy a day by the seaside, you’ll meander through verdant green pastures before arriving at the stunning Mollymook Beach.
Prefer a taste of local culture? Milton township is bursting with local galleries, boutiques, cafes, fine dining restaurants and the iconic Milton Theatre.
Of course, you could hardly be blamed for whiling away the days at home, soaking up the quiet comfort and stunning views
Price guide: $1.9 million – $2 million
Agent: Raine & Horne Mollymook/Milton, Ally Mitchell 0428 663 804