YOU could be forgiven for thinking that a place like this couldn’t be found in the suburbs. But in the heart of Highton, this private 4198sq m site with a classic family home and scenic views, sits behind a treed perimeter in a court.
The property for sale at 4 Merrigum Court offers a rare opportunity to purchase a private, family retreat or develop an expansive parcel of land in one of Geelong top suburbs.
Selling agent, Marcus Falconer from Hodges Geelong, describes the property as an “oasis”.
“Breathtaking views over the Barrabool Hills, north-westerly views back across the countryside … perched up here, it’s quite a tranquil location,” he said.
The current owners have enjoyed the privacy, space and family character of this property for 17 years, but have decided to downsize now their children have left the nest.
“We live in a unique little bubble – it’s been quite extraordinary,” the vendor said.
“All our children have had a fairytale existence here.’’
The single level, four-bedroom home has an engaging simplicity and warmth to it.
A stretch of large windows along the front allows the bedrooms, living room and a study to take in the garden and scenic views.
And at the rear, the kitchen, dining and lounge room look out to a stunning 120,000 litre pool and entertaining area.
Three separate verandas each play a part in the superb liveability.
One extends the main bedroom – a true parents’ retreat – another sits off the front living room, and the third extends a bungalow overlooking the pool at the rear of the home.
The vendor’s favourite space is the front living room which has a gas log fire and French doors opening onto the veranda and front garden.
“You can watch the world go by here – and the seasons,” she reflected.
“The flora and fauna, and bird life is wonderful.”
The house was built in 1980 on a block that was preserved by a local farmer, when he subdivided the surrounding land.
Since purchasing it, the owners have enhanced the house’s capacity for relaxed family living and large gatherings.
The family room and dining area open out through stacker doors, to an outdoor space and landscaped pool area; and the kitchen has a servery to the outdoor dining.
“We’re proud of what we have done here and all the extraordinary times we have had,” the vendor said, adding that the four living spaces and expansive outdoor area was the family’s “saving grace” during the pandemic lockdowns.
While the property is a beautiful natural space in itself, it is also close to Geelong’s riverside landmarks – Buckley Falls, Barwon River trails and the Queens Park golf course.
The Barrabool Hills Shopping Plaza is a three-minute drive and some of Geelong’s top private schools are just over the Queens Park Bridge.
Given the size of the block, Mr Falconer confirmed redevelopment was an option for a future buyer, subject to council approval.
“It has multiple redevelopment potential,” he said.
“It could be a multi-unit site or be subdivided into a few blocks. Most of the blocks in this area are 700 to 800sq m, so with a 4000sq m you could get some luxurious homes on the site, or alternatively high-density development is being cried out for in this area.
4 Merrigum Court, Highton, is listed for private sale with price guide from $2.95 million to $3.2 million.