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Pristine Californian Bungalow

Cowling is a classic Californian bungalow in Castlemaine Victoria, which was originally built in the early part of the twentieth century and historically owned by the Cowling family. In 2005 it was lovingly renovated with an emphasis on updating the space for modern family life without losing the original character and period features of this charming home.

The house presents a huge flexibility in how the owner uses the space. The front portion of the home consists of a hardwood floor veranda, grand entrance hallway, large master bedroom, two extra bedrooms, bathroom, a formal sitting room and formal dining room which are connected by original wood folding doors and feature original fireplaces. The current owners have used the formal sitting/dining rooms as workspace, but they could very easily be used as bedrooms, reception rooms or a combination of both. Through the second hallway the modern north-facing addition adds a large open plan space with a lovely sun filled kitchen, dining room and living area with French doors out onto the patio and garden. A family bathroom and laundry with ample storage and pantry space lead out through the side door to the carport. New air-conditioning and heating units have been installed throughout the home, 11ft high ceilings, carefully chosen wall colours and beautiful timber floors add to the feeling of space and warmth.

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Goodman House Historic Precinct Daylesford

Set at the foot of the Daylesford Botanic Gardens, with premium views across a town loved for its distinct European flavour, Goodman House offers its inhabitants stylish, private living.

Goodman House, named after Archie Goodman, the town Mayor who lived and entertained Melbourne luminaries here during the 1950’s, was built in nearby Hepburn Springs in 1890 and moved to Daylesford, in one piece in 1910. It had barely been touched before the current owner undertook to breathe new life into the old home. A 70 year old Japanese maple in the back yard inspired the addition of the spectacular steel-framed conservatory with a splendid finial left over from the restoration of the 1880 Royal Exhibition Building.  A striking feature of the conservatory is the Turkish tiled wall, paying homage to the interior design of Ottoman imperial harems of the 16th and 17th centuries.

Goodman house is positioned in Camp Street, within walking distance of the shopping centre, fine dining establishments such as Mercato and Kazuki, the old Convent, Wombat Hill Botanical Gardens and the Hospital. Yet once you are inside the house it is like being enfolded in a cocoon. The outside world becomes oblivious. The choice is yours! You can choose to engage or close the front door and live in complete privacy.

Historic Taradale Home

Long did I build you, oh house!
With each memory I carried stones
From the bank to your topmost wall
And I saw your roof mellowed by time

Taradale is a small town in Victoria, Australia. It is located on the Calder Highway between Melbourne and Bendigo. Its local government area is the Shire of Mount Alexander. At the 2011 census, Taradale had a population of 464. This historic home at 26 Faraday Street Taradale sits on pristine acreage overlooking the hamlet.

Rose Villa (Click this link to view web feature) was named by Florence Hookey, who, newly wedded to Frederick Hookey bought the home in 1902. The home was originally owned and built by William Graham in the 1860’s. Graham was the last Mayor of the Borough of Taradale in 1870 and sat on the bench of the court. He established a butchers business in Taradale.

Legend has it that Frederick Hookey’s father John swapped a block of land next to St Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne for a bullock team and headed to the gold fields. He never got much further than Malmsbury before realising that there was more money to be made supplying the miners with food.

Three generations of the Hookey family have resided in this home since then so it is no exaggeration to say that this is a rare opportunity to secure this beautiful historic property.

Landmark Property in Burnett Road

At the door of the house who will come knocking?
An open door, we enter
A closed door, a den
The world pulse beats beyond my door
Pierre Albert Birot

Pine Hill Castlemaine

Probably named because of two Bunya Pines (Araucaria Bidwillii) and Hoop Pine (Araucaria Cunnighami), these with three Funeral Cypress and several Cabbage Tree Pine Hill is a gracious historic Castlemaine home. Built by Samuel Kelsall in 1862 Pine Hill lies on prize acreage at 9 Burnett Road, Castlemaine, just a hop, skip and a jump from Castlemaine’s Botanical Gardens.

Once you pass through the ornate gates, decorated with peacocks, walk slowly up the winding drive that leads to the period homestead.

Stop to feel the energy of this space and reflect upon the stylistic elements of this home. It features typical gables, an asymmetrical plan and a verandah with open-work supports.

The current owners have a file filled with information about the property, the period when it was included in a Australian Garden History itinerary, and the Yandell family who lived here in the late 1800’s.

A.C. Yandell was a native of the town, the son of a pioneer resident and leading public man. He was a consulting herbalist in Mostyn Street, a consistent advocate of Castlemaine and giver to all progressive movements of Castlemaine.

This is a simply designed, stylish home. Each room has retained original features and with them comes a sense of a bygone time. Make sure to check out the recent owners library, find out which were their summer and winter bedrooms and stop to enjoy the delightful ‘garden room’, the perfect place to have tea and read the paper.

Above all take the time to stroll and discover the not so hidden treasures amongst the magnificent, historic outbuildings.

Innovative Point of Difference

At the door of the house who will come knocking?
An open door, we enter
A closed door, a den
The world pulse beats beyond my door
Pierre Albert Birot

Wimereux

According to the owner of Wimereux  this highly individual web feature  was an innovative and interesting way to showcase his home and extend the reach of advertising.

He felt that by providing this option Wallers provided “a very clever point of difference” to other real estate agents.

Take the time to check out some web featured properties and you will see, not only the potential, but how each treatment shows the insight and depth of understanding that Heather Blakey, the web designer, has of each property.

Sustained Support Brings Results

We Sell

Some properties sell more quickly that others but Wallers have a track record of selling, of sustaining interest no matter how long it takes. The owner of this striking Federation home in Brown Street, Castlemaine knew that Wallers have the reputation of being the ‘top sellers’ in Castlemaine and is thrilled with the recent sale.

When talking about the process the owner made it clear that Tom Roberston’s work throughout the time the home was on the market was characterised by his responsiveness. She made a particular point of mentioning that Tom’s responses were always timely, no matter how small her query or concern may have been.

This delighted owner also noted that Tom never lost interest in her home, that he stuck by her, supported her though the negotiation process and was very present throughout the whole journey.

 

Tom  Robertson

Tom Robertson

Aside from being delighted with the personal responsiveness of the agent, the owner was most impressed with how the property was marketed through the Waller Web site and the personalised blog feature. She was very happy that the firm kept her property prominently displayed throughout. She has no hesitation in recommending Wallers and affirms the company motto of ‘We Sell’! 

Grand Hotel Maldon

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Maldon is a town steeped in history and The Grand takes pride of place in High Street.(Click link to visit web feature on this property) The National Trust declared it Australia’s first Notable Town in 1966. It once had quartz reefs that were among the world’s richest, attracting a population which built grand houses and a very busy commercial centre.

Today, thanks in part to the fact that the community has rigorously maintained the authentic, historic character, Maldon attracts regular tourists and visitors coming to enjoy the wonderful selection of eclectic events that help to give the town a very special personality. There are always people seeking apartment accommodation and the bonus of easy access to the diverse cafe and shops.

The Grand Hotel, set in the heart of this historic village, currently offers the opportunity to shop, relax and stay. Know at Stayz as ‘Apartments on High’ this arm of the business provides a solid income but the flexible floorplan of the building clearly provides the potential to move on to another level. Existing business can be continued or, given that plans to establish two shops have been approved there is the capacity to develop a whole new look.

Perhaps someone, yearning to create their own ‘Marigold Hotel’ might be browsing! Whatever the direction it is a property hard to resist!

An Elegant Country Residence

A sophisticated, architecturally designed property has become available at 109 Captains Gully Road Sandon.

One of the most striking features of this architecturally designed property at 109 Captains Gully-Sandon Road, Sandon, is its elegant simplicity.  In close collaboration with the architect, Martine Seccull, the owners have ensured that within the simplicity, there is stylish, theatrical, detail.  And it is this detail that you cannot help but notice.  The quality of the fittings and the subtle, sophisticated touches capture the imagination.  Everything is functional, yet within this order is a sense of joy and a very comfortable energy.

Set within pristine box ironbark forest land, which quite literally takes care of itself, this home in Sandon genuinely provides a country residence for those with city sensibilities.  Tucked here, within your own private universe, enjoying the beauty of the man-made dam, which is of lake proportions, you are isolated, but by no means remote.  Ballarat, Bendigo, Castlemaine, Daylesford, Kyneton and Melbourne are all within easy reach, enabling the residents to fully enjoy the benefits of both city, rural beauty and all that this vibrant region has to offer.