The bush meets the ’burbs at this Beaconsfield farm that is on the market for the first time in more than a century.
The 17.4ha estate at 160 Holm Park Rd was a working dairy farm until 1990 when part of the land was subdivided and sold to a developer.
That land was used to create Berwick Views Estate.
The remaining bare parcel has a proposed site for a house and barn, with water and electricity already connected.
It is on the market for $3.5-$4 million, with the vendors set to pocket a nice windfall considering how much property prices have shot up in the past 100 years.
The owners, who did not want to be named, said the last back paddock of Coronel Farm was the “jewel in the crown”.
“It has been kept in the family and treasured for four generations with plans to build the dream mansion and horse property but plans have now changed,” they said.
“This farm has always been a heavenly sanctuary so close to the modern conveniences of suburbia and still to this day abounds with lots of wildlife: kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, echidnas, deer, wedge-tailed eagles and parrots are all still common.
“The spring-fed dam has been stocked with trout and (there is plenty of) birdlife.”
The owners said it was used in World War I as a safe haven for family and friends.
“Many families would join them to enjoy the fresh farm produce that was rationed in Melbourne and take safe haven in this beautiful lush, county retreat and enjoy the tranquillity that can still be felt today,” they said.
“Coronel Farm was one of the last three dairy farms in Beaconsfield.
“A friend’s dairy farm in Hessel Rd, Berwick, Coronel and another were the last to fall to development.”
Peake agent Jo Paynter said the property was a rare opportunity to secure a large block of land in suburbia.
“You can build one dwelling on it, so the opportunity is there to build an amazing family home,” she said.
“We have had inquiries from all different aspects: farming, residential, just someone wanting to build a house and have that amount of land.
“The views from up there are amazing, you can see the Melbourne skyline, Westernport Bay, French Island and Arthurs Seat.”