Green thumb’s dream property, Tara Rise, for sale in Healesville
A green wonderland featuring century-old trees planted by a famed botanist is up for grabs in Healesville.
Tara Rise contains two historic homes and trees believed to be planted by a former director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Ferdinand von Mueller, more than 100 years ago.
The expansive 3.24ha property could set a residential price record for Healesville, overtaking the $2.26 million paid for 108-110 Badger Creek Rd in 2015.
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Michael Keating International director Michael Keating said the property was advertised for $2.7 million but the asking price was negotiable.
“Properties don’t stay intact so close to a major city for more than 100 years without excellent reasons,” Mr Keating said.
“Stunning properties such as Tara Rise will be seen as a bargain at this price in five to 10 years.
“Melbourne money is rediscovering Healesville in the way previous generations had.”
The property’s botanic highlights include a knot garden, a rose parterre, an orchard and a lakeside rotunda.
A light-filled four-bedroom house built in 1936 and a two-bedroom cottage built more than a century ago are also part of the package.
The vendor, who wished to remain anonymous, said it had been “a privilege” to live on the historic estate.
“It’s like living in a botanical garden,” she said.
The vendor said huge Californian redwoods, or sequoias, and Himalayan cedars were believed to have originally been planted by von Mueller, while he was working on gardens near the Shrine of Remembrance.
“The huge trees — which roar like the ocean in strong winds — were intended by von Mueller to be planted in the vicinity of the Shrine of Remembrance,” the vendor said.
Initial plans to plant the massive trees in those gardens were rejected, creating the opportunity for them to be settled elsewhere.
“He was working with country gardens at the same time and so Tara Rise benefited from that,” the vendor said.
With her kids now growing up, the seller said the family had made the tough decision to move.
“It’s been a fabulous place to raise them but now that they’re teenagers, our lifestyle is pulling us back into the city,” she said.
“We’d like to see it passed to someone who has family or young ones around them who can enjoy it in the same way.”
Joining the original 1890s cottage, the main residence was built by an English shipbuilder in 1936 and named Strathewan.
“You can tell it’s been built by a shipbuilder — it’s got the wooden beams and is very masculine,” the owner said.
And a previous owner seemingly picked up the property after falling in love with the gardens.
“They went out there one day to buy a cat and he ended up buying the property — they ended up just being mesmerised by these gardens,” the vendor said.
“As I understand it, the head of Cadbury lived there at one stage.
“Special people tend to recognise special places.”
The reluctant seller said each season offered something special in the garden.
“I love winter, because it’s very structural. And in the heat of summer (visitors) always love our place — it’s definitely several degrees cooler because of the trees,” she said.
“Autumn is a rise of colour — pinks and reds and golds — and we get an absolute carpet of leaves.”
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