ECO PROPERTIES ON THE MARKET: if you want to get away from the rat race and be self sufficient in luxury then this dream home at Bicheno on Tasmania’s east coast might do the trick.
It’s a two-bed, two-bath architecturally designed home on 108 hectares – but you better have $1.35 million or thereabouts in your pocket because that’s the asking price.
The location is superb, a well known holiday destination favoured by locals, just 10 minutes from Bicheno beaches and the Douglas Apsley National Park. Your conscience can rest at ease because the land is under a permanent conservation covenant which will prevent you from chopping down all those beautiful gum trees and developing more luxury buildings on the property if you are so tempted.
So after you’re done protecting the natural values of the land, including endangered plants and animals you can still have four hectares around the home, as well as two additional hectares overlooking the ocean and by the Apsley River to play with because they are not under conservation protection.
You’ll be relatively safe if things go a bit haywire because the place was built in 2017 to strict bushfire standards and it’s completely off-grid with a 3.5 kilowatt solar power system and two 22,000 litre water tanks, two composting toilets, a grey-water sand filtration system draining into the garden. If you still feel like working after all this off grid indulgence you can connect to the satellite NBN. But how will you resist snuggling up to the wood heater in Tassie’s famous winters or popping a little something on the electric induction stove.
If visitors drop by for a few days there’s a separate studio that has a large outdoor deck, wood heater and is also double glazed and built over a two-car garage, which houses the laundry, workshop, storage space and the solar system and batteries. With a 7600 litre water tank, the laundry has a separate pump to the house.
There is an additional 10,000 litre fire service tank, a 7000 litre tank for garden use, and a 5000 litre water tank above the studio.
The 600 square metre organic fruit and vegetable garden contributes to the home’s self-sufficiency. With a full irrigation system and caging set up, the garden contains 21 varieties of mature fruit trees, berries, herbs, flowers and hazelnuts. There are also five wicking beds for growing vegetables using minimal water, and wire cages for growing potatoes. The garden also features a large boat shed and a 14,000 litre water tank.
For extra accommodation should you so feel inclined, the property includes three Mongolian-style yurts, a fully equipped camp kitchen supplied by solar power, a separate 1100 litre water tank, a composting toilet with a 3000 litre water tank, a gas shower, and a luxurious outdoor fire-heated bath!
The total amount of water tank capacity for this property is around 91,000 litres.
The drawcard to this property is the location close to Diamond Ridge overlooking the ocean, the Apsley River, and the thriving seaside town of Bicheno, which is just 10 minutes away. The town is a popular holiday destination with some of the best underwater diving in Tasmania, as well as surf beaches, swimming beaches, and a boat ramp. In addition to its human residents, the town is home to penguins, and an annual whale migration passes through the area.
Ecoproperty is responsible for the listing, which is at 199 Rosedale Rd, Bicheno, TAS.
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