Go-kart fans find their ultimate backyard
It sounds like a dream inclusion that would have any car enthusiast in a tail spin — a property with its own go-kart track.
But two such acreages — one located in Tasmania and the other in Queensland — with the hard-to-find feature didn’t result in a speedy sale.
At Ma Ma Creek, just outside of Toowoomba, it took two and half years for the sale of a 7ha estate with a four-bedroom home and its own motorsport complex to get across the finish line.
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Agent Sandra Steadman, from Elders at Gatton, said not many people realise unique features like go-kart tracks can be searched on property websites such as realestate.com.au.
As a result, it was difficult to let motoring fans know the property, used once a month by the Lockyer Dirt Track Kart Club, had hit the market. The home at 4 Neumann Rd eventually sold for $500,000 to a local buyer.
“It was really by accident that people stumbled across it — you would have thought it would have been a little gold mine,” Ms Steadman said.
“We’d only get one couple every six months going through the property.
“We had a few people interested in changing the track for motorbikes but noise levels do come into play. It would be really hard to start something like this from scratch now because of local council regulations and safety.”
The property, which is on town water, is well sign posted for its carting facilities but the track is not visible from the street.
It has a single level modern home with sunken lounge room, cathedral ceilings and a fireplace. The master bedroom features a walk-in wardrobe and an ensuite.
“It is a nice country home, on a nice country block, and you just happen to be able to play with your hobby there,” Ms Steadman said.
Another go-kart track at Dysart, a small rural town around 35kms from Hobart, also took some time to sell.
The 60ha lifestyle estate located at 180 Harbachs Rd, which also comes with a race pit and garage, was listed on the market in February 2018.
It fetched $880,000 last month through Harcourts Glenorchy and is the second highest property sale ever recorded in the town, according to CoreLogic RP Data.
The acreage has a main three-bedroom homestead with rustic interior featuring exposed natural beams and district views. Overall there is parking for 24 vehicles.
Also on the property is a studio flat, two cottages, as well as camping facilities for tents and caravans with the potential to generate additional income.
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The estate also includes stables, an arena and horse riding trails making it possible to turn into a commercial centre.
According to realestate.com.au, there have only been a few properties to sell with a go-kart track. The last previous sale was a property in Pine Mountain, Queensland, which sold for $410,000 in March 2016.