“Harpley” is a 23.16 hectare (57.2 acres) estate and would have to be of one of the best lifestyle farming opportunities currently available on the market. Positioned idyllically between Devonport, Latrobe and Shearwater/Port Sorrel and only a couple of kilometres (by road) from Mooreland’s Beach for further recreational opportunity it really does tick all the boxes both for lifestyle and professional convenience.
This property has so much to offer yet you would hardly know it was there! That makes it so attractive; it is hidden away yet has wonderful views over Bass Strait and the surrounding premium farmlands. Only eight to ten minutes from the town centres yet boasting a rural setting and level of privacy, it has two outdoor entertainment areas, and generous indoor areas for family and friends to relax. The main homestead features spacious rooms, comfortable settings, generous amenities, quality fixtures and furnishings.
The entrance to Harpley is a private, concealed laneway, pleasantly obscured from traffic with native Tea Trees, the main homestead (rendered brick), second residence (weatherboard), outbuildings and infrastructure in a convenient central position into the property. The main residence features easy to maintain lawns and gardens set in front of a secure, walled yard. The property has a rich history of running livestock and cropping alongside recreational and lifestyle pursuits such as equine enterprises on the highly fertile soils.
The main homestead (circa 1960) features bright, spacious kitchen with dining area and Blackwood cabinetry housing electric cooktop, wall ovens and dishwasher. Formal dining and connected lounge rooms look north over the patio, front paddocks of the property and out to Bass Strait. Up to 5 bedrooms are a feature of the home; however the vendors currently utilise one as an office and one as a sun/sitting room. All bedrooms but one feature built in cabinets, while the guest room also features an ensuite. The main bathroom features separate bath and shower along with WC, a generous size laundry also allows plenty of space for boots and all-weather attire that goes along with rural life. The homestead is heated in winter with an inbuilt fan forced Austwood wood heater. The homestead has had regular maintenance and renovations since built keeping the home fresh and bright.
Two outdoor areas provide further relaxation and entertainment options, an undercover entertaining and barbecue area provides an all-weather option, while the stone paved patio in front of the dining and lounge rooms provides an ideal sheltered suntrap to enjoy morning and afternoon tea with family and friends.
A second residence features on the property further providing guest or supplementary income options. The two bedroom weatherboard residence is in need of some renovation in order to achieve its maximum potential however, with power and water connected and an astute make over, whether it be as a secondary family residence, tenanted, or as guest accommodation (B&B or otherwise STCA and appropriate permits) the sky is the limit. Its position provides the more spectacular views over the coastline of the two properties, and could easily once renovated become the primary residence for a couple without the need for family bedrooms, giving the same income options for the main homestead. The residence features open plan kitchen lounge and dining room, two large bedrooms with solid Tasmanian Oak flooring, along with bathroom combination with laundry, WC and shower over bath. The home also features a small balcony boasting lovely views out to sea.
Domestic and stock water for the property are sourced via bore from a subterranean aquafer and 5,000 gallon cement water tank. Water for commercial use in irrigation is provided by a 10 megalitre water licence from the Wesley Vale Irrigation scheme supplementing the properties turkeys nest dam, 6 inch underground mains are established with hydrants for irrigation by travelling or hard hose irrigators. The property is predominantly comprised of the prime red basalt soils common to the premium cropping belt of the farming lands of the North West Coast along with a smaller section of alluvial silts and clays.
The current owners have a regular history of crop rotation, including potatoes, poppies and poppy seed, seed canola, feed oats and other cereal grains, hay and silage for fodder as well as brassicas and root vegetables have all been grown. Along with crops a modest number of cattle and sheep have been run for pasture management and livestock sales. The livestock are afforded shelter on the South and Western boundaries with established native shelter belts from the prevailing south-westerly elements during the winter months, those same shelters enhance the privacy of the property from nearby traffic routes that many other properties do not have.
This is a property that due to its position, commuting options by road (including access to the Devonport airport only 2 kilometres) and the ferry terminal in East Devonport for the Spirit of Tasmania really does fit the real estate cliché of Location, Location. It is a very pleasant and productive property as is where is, but coupled with its further potential it can only appreciate in quality and value for an astute purchaser.
For further information or to schedule an appointment for an inspection do not hesitate to contact Neil Colbeck. Further details are available upon request.