Quirky German style acreage in Wallarah to go to auction
An astonishing Wallarah acreage with houses described as ‘Hansel and Gretel style’ is up for auction with an affordable bidding guide of $700,000, but there are a few catches.
The property at 350B Bruce Crescent is completely off-the-grid and is only accessible by a remote fire trail.
The secluded parcel is set on a peaceful 2.08 hectares of land and includes two dwellings and a studio loft, all built by the German owner and her grandchildren.
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While the property has been vacant for a few years, it was built about 40 years ago.
Peter Simmons, the owners son-in-law, said that the houses were built in traditional German fashion.
“The windows were made from glass bottles with steep rooves made from timber, which are designed that way to ward off snow in Europe,” he said.
With mosaic concrete flooring and timber walls, the loft houses are like something from another world.
“My mother in law came out here with her five daughters in the 1960s and started out in a migrant camp down in Albury Wodonga,” Mr Simmons said,
“She was a hard woman with a hard life. With no electricity, she had to do things like bake her own bread and grow crops for food.
“If I had the money, I’d love to buy the property — it’s so private and peaceful.”
The main residence features four bedrooms, spacious lounge, family and dining rooms and a balcony overlooking lush bushland.
The second dwelling includes three bedrooms, living and dining and an additional undercover area plus three water tanks.
There is also a studio loft with plenty of storage.
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Agent Renee Wright from McGrath Toukley said that the property would work well as an Airbnb, due to the unique design.
“These unique homes are perfect for those looking to make their mark and add their own style,” she said.
“It was hard to put a price on this one. You would need a four-wheel drive just to access it. In its current state, it’s not particularly liveable. So it will take a certain type of buyer.”
No. 350B Bruce Crescent, Wallarah will go to auction on Thursday, 19 September at 5.30pm.