“If it doesn’t look like the right one, it’s the right one” — so says the vendor of this spectacular Inman Valley property when directing guests to his front driveway.
Secluded and humble from the roadside, that driveway leads to a glass-filled ridgetop retreat that was designed by Flightpath Architects eight years ago as something of an eco-friendly design showstopper.
A local to the Fleurieu area, selling agent Paul Clifford of Elders Hills & Fleurieu, admits he did not even know the house, at 329 Strangways Rd, existed until recently.
On seeing it, his first thought was that the architects had done an excellent job creating a space that seamlessly integrated the indoors with the home’s spectacular natural setting.
The property is set on a pristine 34.5ha site with panoramic views over Inman Valley, all the way to the ocean.
Vast sheets of glass ensure the vista can be enjoyed from numerous vantagepoints indoors, as well as from a vast entertainer’s deck.
“They are bringing the outside in — it has views and it’s just a very private area,” Mr Clifford says.
“Every time I’ve been there, there are eagles flying around and you can always find kangaroos.”
He says the vendor who built the home has a trade background, a creative mind and a strong interest in the environment and nature.
The property, which can sleep up to 14 people, has been used for short-term holiday rental accommodation, and is a regular haunt for small group yoga retreats.
“There’s no TVs there and you can get immersed in nature and enjoy bushwalking,” Mr Clifford says
It is being sold as a home rather than a business but Mr Clifford says the next owner may choose to live in it or could continue to rent it out, at least for part of the year.
Arguably the standout feature of the abode is its environmentally-friendly design.
Building materials include timber floors, interior cladding and wrought iron, and the toilets are run on a compost rather than a flush system.
The property does not have conventional ducted heating and cooling.
Instead, cleverly designed north-facing glass walls take in the winter sunshine and there is a combustion heater in the main living area.
In summer, meanwhile, louvred windows are designed to keep the home cool without the need for powered airconditioning.
There is also a 2KW solar system with a back-up generator, and 40,000-litres of rainwater storage.
Despite its feeling of seclusion, Mr Clifford says the property is about 12 minutes’ drive from the shops, cafes and services of Victor Harbor.
Inquiries so far have come mainly from South Australian locals looking for a holiday home with additional income potential.
The floorplan is set over two levels.
On the ground floor, you will find a central alfresco living area, a bunkhouse sleeping zone, an open-plan kitchen/living/dining space, a bathroom and a second toilet.
Upstairs there are two more bedrooms and an additional living space.