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Unique, Off-Grid, Earth Sheltered Terra Dome

St Arnaud
$465,000 Under Contract
Acreage/Semi-Rural
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Car spaces
  • 20 Acres

Description

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity has arisen to secure an iconic, sustainable and alternate living/lifestyle property to exceed all expectations. Elevated on 20 acres of tranquil natural bush land, this unique, earth-sheltered Terra Dome home boasts exclusive and breath-taking views across the Wimmera from Charlton to Donald and beyond. Established in 1996, this eco-friendly property offers the best of seclusion and privacy, yet is conveniently located within a five-minute drive of the local amenities offered in St Arnaud.

This rare and forward-thinking property was built with a focus on sustainability and ‘off grid’ living. The residence is constructed of solid concrete, steel and stone, and comprises two Terra Domes, 60% of which are earth-sheltered. A large 16m x 3m north facing kitchen/living/lounge area front faces the Terra Domes and features an expansive, tinted glass window façade positioned to minimise summer and maximise winter sun. These harnessed warming rays contribute into the heat bank of solid concrete to assist the passive annual heat storage within this home, contributing to an average comfortable living temperature of 18-22 degrees.

Within the Terra Domes, the home includes; 30m2 of living space with four bedrooms (main with ensuite and large walk-in robe), two self-composting Rota-Loo toilets, family bathroom, walk-in pantry, laundry, along with a snug living area and study. Completing the home is the adjoining and very spacious north facing kitchen/living and lounge area with beautiful slate flooring, leading to a superb conservatory room and fernery. The north facing aspect of this room along with the unique angled window façade ensures this brilliant area is flooded with light and warmth on those sunny winter days. A solid fuel heater (with water jacket) complements this space for evenings by the fire.

Nothing has been overlooked with this amazing semi-underground home. There are five domed solar tubes providing an impressive amount of natural light into the subterranean part of the home, coupled with stunning silky ash parquetry flooring which creates a warm, inviting and secure atmosphere. Beautiful bespoke timber woodwork features throughout the home. The timber kitchen features gas cooking, excellent storage and good bench space. A large adjoining carport makes for convenient and easy access entering directly into the living area of the home.

Furthering the eco-credentials, the property also features three large water storage tanks along with sundry smaller tanks and a 1.5 meg dam. A reed bed filters grey water from the home. A substantial solar power system with 22 solar panels, associated batteries and inverter provides hot water and power. In addition, there is Satelite NBN available to keep you connected. A 6m x 10m work shed with concrete floor (power and water available) provides ample additional workspace, along with an additional smaller garden/woodshed.

This is an undisputed, one-of-a-kind, self sustaining property. No power or gas bills, no high density living. Freedom. Connected. Natural beauty. The only views available in St Arnaud are to be enjoyed from this well presented, elevated and accessible property. Waiting for the astute and discerning buyer seeking a fulfilling and unique lifestyle opportunity. Phone Lois De Jong for more information and to arrange a private inspection - 0413 175 087.

Features

Shed
Broadband Internet Available
Built-in Wardrobes
Study
Workshop
Grey Water System
Solar Hot Water