Live on the edge of a volcano in Crossley, regional Victoria
Ever wanted to live on the edge of a volcano?
Whether you’re on the hunt for a new villain’s lair or just looking for the ultimate talking point, a rare crater’s edge home is up for grabs in the Victoria’s west.
And the 2ha property could be yours for about what you’d pay for a house in Melbourne.
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Now better known for its lake and wildlife reserve, the Tower Hill volcano is a scenic backdrop to 57 Lowery Rd, Crossley.
And, in good news for your insurance bill, while it’s the fifth most recently active volcano in the state, it hasn’t erupted in 25,000 years.
Roberts Port Fairy agent Paul Ross said he doubted many people would be worried about swapping waterfront views for a lava-front vista at the five-bedroom home any time soon.
“But it’s on the crater of the volcano, so it has nice views and lots of wildlife, and ocean views as well,” Mr Ross said.
And a recent acknowledgment of the region’s tourist appeal meant people activity was red hot, even if volcanic activity was not.
“Tourism has erupted in the area since Port Fairy was named Australia’s best town by Wotif,” Mr Ross said.
At $739,000, the asking price is just above Melbourne’s $710,750 median house price.
And with timber beams sourced from Echuca Wharf, the house is as unique as its location.
“It is fairly impressive as you walk through it,” Mr Ross said.
“It’s pretty cool.”
A red gum kitchen has been designed with entertaining in mind, while the home’s multiple living spaces all feature large picture windows to take in the surrounding views.
Slate floors, timber ceilings and exposed brick feature walls give the interior a unique ambience.
And surrounded by 2ha of land, it comes with landscaped gardens, fenced paddocks currently housing a small herd of alpacas, and established shedding.
While it was possible the home would continue as a farm stay, some might look to buy it as a lifestyle getaway, Mr Ross said.
Most of the buyers in the area were relocating from Melbourne, Ballarat or Geelong — with some also moving from nearby Warrnambool.
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No. 71 next door sold recently for $725,000, but otherwise sales on the edge of the crater are few and far between.
“There are a few properties up there, but it is a little bit unique,” Mr Ross said.
“Others sell in the area, but not directly backing on to the volcano. Historically it’s pretty tightly held up there.”