Real Estate

Slice of hinterland history served up to property market

Written by The ReReport
As seen in the Source link, written by on 2019-07-11 15:00:00

The 1.5ha property at 3175 Nerang Murwillumbah Rd, Natural Bridge, includes a cafe and cottage.

A POPULAR hinterland cafe and cottage is offering house hunters looking for a tree change or investors keen to tap into the tourism market a chance to own a piece of history.

The 1.5ha Natural Bridge property, which is in the mountains above Numinbah Valley on the outskirts of the Gold Coast, has hit the market with a $995,000 asking price.

It is home to the popular Natural Arch Cafe Restaurant, also known as the Two Pines Cafe, which is one of the oldest in the area.

Marketing agent Alex Caraco said the Nerang Murwillumbah Rd property held a lot of history.

The cafe and restaurant has a rustic look on the outside.

It was built in the 1930s as a house before it was changed to a post office then the cafe and restaurant that stands today.

“The house was built in about 1935,” he said.

“It was originally a house and the house was (converted into) the local post office and telephone exchange.”

It has also operated as a small petrol station and nursery, and had a renovation in the early 1990s.

While it operates primarily as a cafe and restaurant today, the owners live in rooms that were added as part of an extension to the building. It also has a loft.

Mr Caraco said it could easily be converted back into a family home or short-term holiday rental with plenty of space for more cottages to be built on the land.

He said it could also continue to be run as a dining destination as the owners were happy to relinquish the cafe and restaurant’s name.

“It’s wedged between two national parks so there’s lots of tourists that go past,” he said.

“The last time I went there I had to wait six hours to see the owners, it’s very popular.

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It has a loft upstairs that could be used as a bedroom.

The owners have lived and worked there for 20 years.

“I’ve had calls from Melbourne, Sydney and Byron Bay.

“Quite a few wedding venues have called me too (because) there’s room to put a wedding chapel in.”

The owners, who are in their 70s, have listed the property so they could retire on the Sunshine Coast.

There have been several attempts to sell it over the past three years.

Property records show it was relisted late last month in a renewed push to sell through Alex Phillis Real Estate, Christies Prestige and Taylors Property.