Stargazers should set their sights on this country escape on Melbourne’s eastern fringe.
A “rotating observatory” with a retracting roof forms part of the Macclesfield property.
Barry Plant Emerald agent Justin Barrot said the vendors built the observatory alongside a double-storey house designed to maximise “one of the best views in Macclesfield” on the 5.48ha landholding at 11 Mulhalls Rd.
They’ve now listed their creation, with a $1.9m-$2.09m price guide.
“They’re keen astronomers,” he said of the owners.
“Everyone (in the area) builds close to the road, but they went to the extra expense of running power up to the house (so they could build) at the peak of the hill.
“From the top level of the home, you can see views of Warburton and the Dandenong Ranges.”
The outlook can be enjoyed from three balconies and a deck, and via full-height windows throughout the 2008-built home.
Mr Barrot said a fern gully and a creek occupied the front of the block, making way for clear pasture where the vendor kept cows as you proceeded further into the property.
Kangaroos, wombats, king parrots, kookaburras, galahs and eagles were also known to visit the nature-rich spot.
The agent said the bottom floor could be a self-contained studio, comprising a living room, a kitchenette, bathroom and laundry alongside two bedrooms.
An open-plan living and dining room awaits upstairs, featuring a kitchen with a stone island bench and stainless-steel appliances.
There is also a third lounge, two further bedrooms and bathrooms, and a study.
Mr Barrot said not too many buyers were familiar with Macclesfield.
But the town was within 10 minutes of Emerald and its cafes, walking tracks and the popular Emerald Bakery.
The agent also highlighted nearby Avonsleigh’s Bam Bam Italian restaurant as a local favourite.
“Macclesfield is really tightly held, it has a lot of long-term residents,” he said.
“It’s well known for its horses. There are more horses than people.”
Early interest had come from inner-Melbourne buyers, who Mr Barrot said had become prominent since the pandemic normalised working from home.
“We never really had buyers come out here from areas like Richmond and St Kilda previous to Covid,” he said.
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