If you’re a fan of anything equine or simply keen for some fresh, rural space within minutes of amenities, this fabulous Melbourne property is for you. An hour east of the CBD at the foot of the Dandenong Ranges, “Pirangi” offers the perfect blend of city-country living.
Owned by horse lovers, the 8 acre stretch of clear pasture at 255 Beenak Road, Wandin North, features top-notch equine facilities. There are two stables, a floodlit, all weather arena, hay shed, tack room, hot wash, and four well-fenced paddocks with horse shelters and water points.
As well, Pirangi offers a triple storey, three-bedroom, brick veneer home with plenty of charming country style, plus an original, fully self-contained, two-bedroom cottage. The latter residence offers buyers a rental income of $350 per week – an income badly needed when it comes to the wealth of expenses horse-lovers encounter every day.
Ray White Blackburn sales agent and senior auctioneer, Allan Smith, is also a founding member of the Yarra Valley Quarter Horse Foundation and believes Pirangi’s stables are the best and most beautiful he’s ever seen.
“The owners are a couple who are into eventing and the husband is an engineer, so everything he does is over engineered,” Allan says. “The stables have 2 inch thick rubber matting and Colourbond doors.”
Allan adds that while the couple are getting older and finding the rough work and long hours of horse life too hard, other horse lovers are very interested in the extensive property.
“We’ve had 26 inspections and two open homes (in the two weeks since it’s been on the market),” he says. “It’s certainly worthwhile looking at.”
Surrounded by peaceful countryside and only 10 minutes from Lilydale train station and 20 minutes from Ringwood and the Eastern Freeway to the city, Pirangi’s location is also a big attraction – and not just for local horse-lovers. COVID-19 dissatisfaction with suburbia has only increased the appeal of the treechange property.
“After putting up with COVID for 12 months, people have decided there’s another life outside of their apartment,” Allan explains. “They’re looking for somewhere to breathe and to have a couple of dogs, horses and a donkey. Everybody’s had a reality check about what’s important in life.”
Allan adds that city workers could live at Pirangi and still commute to the city comfortably.
“It’s a rural lifestyle that’s still in reach of the CBD,” he says. “The presentation of the main home is great – it should have 10 out of 10 for its cute factor. The verandah wraps around the whole house and finishes up with an outside alfresco space, which is a fabulous spot to sit on a summer’s afternoon. There are polished hardwood floors and upstairs and downstairs bedrooms.”
Other charming features include a fireplace in the open-plan living area and a curving timber staircase reaching up to the second floor. Mature trees including birches are scattered throughout the leafy lawned gardens. There is also a large lockup garage with a study or studio, two double carports and machinery storage.
Pirangi will go to auction at 1:30pm on Saturday, February 20, with a price guide of $1.2-$1.3 million.
255 Beenak Road, Wandin North, VIC 3129
0419 522 440
Ray White Blackburn