A $5.5 million country estate nestled in the Sunshine Coast hinterland has turned heads with a surprise entry onto the market. Built in 1999, the 98 acre North Maleny homestead was a labour of love for its current owners who have remained at the property until now.
Remax Hinterland agent Mark Clayton says the land has had just the one owner since it was bought in the 80s and developed in the 90s.
“They enjoyed the home for more than 20 years,” Mark says. “But now they’ve decided it’s time to move on.”
Their love extends beyond the house, the cottage, and the barn they built on the land. In the ten years before they could actualise their dream, the owners planted 44 acres of rainforest timber on the site, leaving a miniature 100-acre-wood for its new owners to explore.
But to fully experience this stunning site, you need to start at the beginning. A pine tree-lined driveway showcases views of the Pacific Ocean in the distance before curving up to the main house and splitting off towards a self-contained guest cottage and barn.
Manicured shrubs and pristine lawns surround the house, and this refined style is reflected inside the tall, white walls of the building. Ten-foot ceilings and oversized windows allow light to flood across the natural sandstone and wood floors.
“The house is built to the very best of quality,” Mark says. “It’s based on English country homes and has all the hallmarks of that older style country mansion. It’s a unique property for the hinterland; that type of architecture, the quality and design is rarely seen in Queensland.”
The entryway boasts built-in bookshelves and a gorgeous wooden staircase, but downstairs is where the action happens.
Inset bookshelves are a feature throughout, making this villa a booklover’s dream. The blend of old-world elegance and modern style is most obvious in the kitchen however, which makes a statement of its deep red rangehood and double oven.
Heading back outside, beautiful paved courtyards look across to nearby Lake Baroon, which is accessible from the property via a 4WD track.
“It’s got that perfect northern aspect,” Mark says. “You’re up on top of the north plateau, about a kilometre from the lake, which is open for non-motorised sports and fishing.”
But the property doesn’t end here. Just down the slope from the home is a self-contained cottage. Tasmanian oak floors and high cathedral ceilings give the cottage a simple elegance, while a mezzanine level adds charming character. Just next door is the old timber barn, easily repurposable with a mezzanine floor and cupola.
Hidden away in the folds of the surrounding land are multiple spring-fed dams, creeks, and waterfalls just waiting to be found.
“There’s been very few properties of this type offered,” Mark says. “It’s truly a rare sight. The land is completely private and tucked away but it’s only two minutes from Maleny and 40 minutes from the beach. Going through the house, people are very complimentary of the quality and layout of the house. They think it’s amazing.”
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