Wildlife are the only neighbours to this cosy property, hidden within one of the last remaining pockets of Adelaide Hills bushland.
Kym and Michael Bourgonjen are selling the High Street, Stirling property their late parents built in 1979 and say the pristine scrub surrounds have remained virtually untouched for the past four decades.
“There’s not much natural bushland left in the Adelaide Hills – the rest has been carved up – so it’s pretty unique. It’s still in its natural state, as much as it could be,’’ Kym says.
“That property has never had poison on it. Most people think, `I will just spray these weeds’ but that’s never happened there.
“It’s got the spider orchids that come up in September and October and it’s on a ridge top setting so you’ve got a very impressive view – you sort of feel a little bit like the king of the castle in terms of you are on the top of the ridge line.’’
Kym says it was the natural environment that drew his parents to the area all those years ago, with his mum resorting to cunning methods to deter other interested buyers from snapping up the parcel of land.
“Mum saw the potential straight away,’’ he says.
“There was someone else (viewing the property) at the same time so she said to Dad, `Did you see that black snake?’ – just loud enough for the other person to hear.
“There was no snake and the agent was not very happy because he thought he had lost a sale but Dad bought it straight away.’’
The 4.33ha property includes a two-bedroom home with lofted ceilings and mezzanine floors, a slow combustion heater and an open central fire.
Michael says both bedrooms are quite large and the internal timber walls have no bearing on the main structure of the home so can be reconfigured to create additional bedrooms if necessary.
He says his father was a clerk who indulged in many practical hobbies, creating the stunning stained glassed window that is a feature within the home.
His mum loved the outdoors and would regularly feed the birds and kangaroos that came to visit.
“We get koalas coming through as well and we’ve even had a couple of echidnas, although you don’t see them too often,’’ Michael says.
“Mum and dad loved it there – they loved the seclusion and being out in the bush with nobody to annoy them.’’
— written by Lauren Ahwan