Green cred could solar-power sustainable showpiece sale

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51 Combarton St has been fitted with an array of environmentally friendly assets.

A Box Hill home with serious eco credibility is set for a solar-powered turbo boost when it goes under the hammer on March 30.

The California bungalow at 51 Combarton St, which was awarded the 2013 “Sustainable House of the Year” by the City of Whitehorse, became a sustainability project when it was purchased by the current vendors in 2006.

The 1929-built home, which had a rear extension added in 1998, was subsequently fitted with sub-floor and roof insulation, a solar power system, drought-sealing and double-glazing to doors, windows and skirtings.

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The large pergola area has a removable shade cloth for the summer warmth.

Baltic pine floorboards end at French doors out to the backyard.

Also among the projects undertaken was a rain harvest system that fills under-house bladder tanks up to 5,000 litres, with the independent water supply switching to mains automatically when reserves are low.

“There was a whole raft of projects undertaken,” Ray White Box Hill agent Derek Tsao said.

With 20 groups going through the property so far in the marketing campaign, Mr Tsao was optimistic the property’s features would help it find a buyer.

“We’re only halfway through the campaign at this stage, we’ve got interest from four parties and we’re expecting that to build up a bit closer to auction,” he said.

“There’s a lot going for the property — the location, there’s heritage (overlay) on the home, the neighbours won’t be building units or these towering apartments nearby — there’s a bit of protection, there’s nice streets and school zoning.”

Period timber fretwork is a feature of the home’s interior walls.

One of the two bathrooms has a claw foot bath and a bidet.

The three-bedroom, two-bathroom home sits in the Combarton Street Precinct heritage-listed by the City of Whitehorse to preserve the high proportion of California bungalows in the area.

“Because the property is heritage listed, there’s only so much you can do to it … we need the specific buyer that likes the classical look of the home,” Mr Tsao said.

The home, originally named “An Grianan”, or “Place of Sunshine”, also features period timber fretwork throughout the interior, while French doors open the open-plan living and dining area out to a veranda, bringing a sense of modernity to the property.

A bluestone fish pond installed with a UV and biofilter system adds a sense of calm to the spacious backyard pergola.

Granite tiles, benches and splashbacks lend durability to the kitchen.

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