Here it is! This block met all the requirements for our green home development AND was within budget. Libby was quite stunned when the auctioneer indicated that everyone else had dropped out of the bidding and she was the buyer. I was away at a school camp (RACV Energy Breakthrough) and had to be reminded over the phone exactly what it was that Libby had just bought.
As you can see, it is a large block of land, nearly 1400 m² in size, running north/south. There are two easements running through the property which may have put other potential buyers off. However, we see the opportunity to be creative with how the block is divided for three units + gardens.
The garden contains a variety of mature shade trees and fruit trees which provide a starting point for the landscaping plan.
Ringwood East train station is within walking distance, as well as two sets of shops. Libby reported that at least one of the local coffee shops is a keeper. However, others probably need to work on extending their opening hours to include Saturday afternoon and, dare I say it, Sunday.
It’s a thrill to have completed that essential first step of the project. All three of us are eager to get on with the next stage – creating the design.
Layout of the block showing current house location
Two easements run through the block
Standing out the front of the house
View along the western side of the house (looking south)
Back of the house showing the verandah and VERY rickety stairs
Garage where Libby’s electric vehicle will live
Carport next to the garage where Howard’s Golf TDI will hang out
View towards the back fence – taken from about halfway down the property
View from near the back fence looking back to the house (look carefully to spot Libby near the steps)
View from the back stairs looking towards the back fence (Howard is waving his arms way back there)
Section of the back garden showing where the vegie patch used to be.
Old shed near the back fence – wood storage, chook shed, …?
Tree on the left of the picture is a grapefruit tree (other fruit trees on the block include apples, plums and apricots)