Despite the calls for workers to return to the CBD offices, the exodus to Australia’s countryside continues with roughly 27% of people expressing the desire to live somewhere regional according to research. If you’re yet to find your perfect city escape, then check out these five homes.
On the fringe of the Hunter Valley, Berry House was originally built in 1857 by famed pioneer John Eales and has undergone meticulous restoration by its current owners.
“The first and lasting impressions of the property are the original sandstone walls and the magnificent cedar timber on the floors, door frames and skirting boards – these remain as they were originally built,” says the seller.
“Nothing beats sitting on the wide, fully covered, north-facing veranda, looking out across the floodplain towards the Hunter River.”
In the heart of Mudgee, this classic Californian bungalow is a relaxed and restful home with a beautiful blend of old-world charm and contemporary comfort, with further potential still on the cards.
“I love the plasterwork on the ceilings and the textured glass French doors that lead into the lounge room,” says the seller.
“There’s something comforting about lighting the fire and closing those doors in winter – I often imagine all of the other families who have lived here and have done the same thing.”
Azuma was built around 1892 and has since had six owners.
The current ones have lovingly restored the historic home back to its former glory.
“When we bought the house 33 years ago, it had retained its original footprint and features, and so we sought to create a family home, with the guidance of a heritage architect,” says the seller.
“It’s become a wonderful home for entertaining, filled with firelit dinner parties in the winter and summer barbecues on the back deck and around the pool.”
A contemporary take on the classic Australian beach house, this brand new build has been designed to capture the seaside scenery, taking full advantage of its position across from Seven Mile Beach.
“Finding a property in Lennox Head with uninterrupted ocean views is becoming harder, especially given its ever-growing popularity,” says the seller.
“I love all the natural materials used throughout, like travertine paving at the entrance and Tasmanian oak flooring, but the highlight would have to be the deck, offering a sense of calm and capturing the view perfectly.”
Originally a dairy farm this renovated rural retreat comes with all the trimmings for a tree change, including a separate studio that holds wonderful potential, and is perfectly positioned on the Pacific Highway.
“I did the tree change myself, so I made sure the homestead had little touches and luxuries of the city life,” says the seller.
“The formal lounge feels super cosy and feminine in the winter, while the back decks are definitely the place to be in the summer, providing the perfect places to relax and rewind.”
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