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cheltenham 1970s rundown home transformed into balinese inspired paradise

Written by The ReReport

This tropical paradise is found in the backyard of 3 Allnutt Court, Cheltenham and will make you feel like you’re on a holiday every day.

It’s hard to believe you can find a tropical paradise in Melbourne suburbia, but this Cheltenham property is just that.
Purchased as a dated pad in 2006 for $315,000, a 10-year renovation has transformed 3 Allnutt Court into a Balinese-inspired resort unlike anything else across the city.

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From drab …

… To tropical fab

From a blissful garden with a three-tiered pond and water feature with a Buddha statue, to a Balinese-style chicken coop and an entertainment deck with a built-in fireside bathtub, the home has plenty of hidden features throughout.
The two-bedroom property has hit the market with $1.1- $1.2 million price hopes ahead of its November 24 auction.
Vendor and landscape gardener John Couch, who has lived at the property with his partner, said he was inspired to create the tropical haven by holidays in Bali and time spent living in Miami.
“I have put my heart and soul into it, I cried walking around and thinking about selling,” Mr Couch said.
“Once that door is shut it doesn’t matter what suburb you’re living in, you’re in paradise.
“Whoever gets this house will be living the dream.”

A tired, lifeless garden …

… To an absolute paradise.

No, it’s in Cheltenham, not Bali.

Mr Couch said it might not look like it but the garden was easy to care for and didn’t need a gardening guru for its upkeep.
“I planted hardy tropical plants; I didn’t want to have high-maintenance plants,” he said.
“Anyone who isn’t a gardener would be terrified but anyone who knows gardens would know its low maintenance.
“All it takes is weeding, mulching and feeding it, plus a couple of big garden days a year where I cut the palms.”

An interesting addition — a fireside bathtub in the deck.

The tropical theme is continued inside.

The home would suit a downsizer or young couple and was an entertainer’s delight that was large enough to host up to 200 guests, according to Mr Couch.
The property was featured in the August 2018 House and Garden magazine and also snagged a spot in Open Gardens Victoria.

The kitchen had no Zen.

But now is a cooking haven.

Hocking Stuart Mentone agent Robert Pullia said it was like waking up in a tropical villa each day and had to be seen to be believed.
“What really makes this place stand out from anything on the market is the gardens,” Mr Pullia said.
“They are the best gardens I have ever seen in a residential property.”

What the living room once looked like …

… And the resort-style room now.

Mr Couch is moving to Baringhup, a town 96km north west of Melbourne, for a tree change to escape the city’s traffic.
He has purchased a 4.45ha property as his next project which he hopes to transform into a petting farm where people can go and stay.

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