TasWeekend: Treechangers are loving new laid-back Tassie lifestyle
MAYBE it’s the water views from almost every room or the peace and quiet of the property, but when Lisa Peterson walks into her new home her stress just dissipates.
She and her husband Rob and toddler daughter Amelia live near the mouth of the Tamar River — one hour’s drive from Launceston and a little under an hour from Devonport.
A year ago they were juggling a busy life in Sydney when they found their Clarence Point home on the internet and transferred the money without even inspecting it.
Occasionally Lisa still has to fly back to Sydney for work and says walking through the front doors after a trip to the mainland makes her appreciate her new tranquil lifestyle all the more.
“Nothing is urgent anymore,” she says. “We’re not in traffic for an hour every day. We are enjoying getting back to the real world where you have the time to just stop and enjoy life and think about where your food comes from.”
The Petersons were looking for a tree change and it was the perfect 3ha sea change property that sparked their move to Tasmania.
“We didn’t want to bring up children in Sydney,” she says. “We wanted to have plenty of space for them to run around.”
The outdoor lifestyle of beaches, bush walks, wineries and locally grown fruit and vegetables is something they’ve both loved exploring.
“Everyone is so grounded and down to earth here and nothing is too much trouble. It’s been a massively positive experience for us,” Lisa says. “It’s worlds apart from what we’re used to.”
The previous owners were meticulous in looking after the four-bedroom home so she says even though the home is a decade old, it feels brand new.
“There wasn’t a dint in the flooring, or a scratch on the walls. And the fact that it was the same price as a one-bedroom unit in Sydney was an added bonus.”
A special feature she loves is the ducted vacuum system that makes cleaning the floor a breeze. The home also has a zip tap system for instant hot water so she never has to boil the kettle.
Her favourite part of the home is outside — sitting on the patio with Rob in the evening, with a glass of wine in her hand watching the sunset.
The uniformed and manicured gardens are extensive and include several orchards.
They can be on their private beach after a few minutes walk and they own the land right up to the water mark.
The couple run a holiday property management business called L’Abode Accommodation and have converted an artist’s shack on the property into a holiday retreat called Stargazer — it pays their mortgage.
They spent $40,000 furnishing the cottage and adding a new bathroom and kitchen. It hasn’t had a night without guests in the past four months.
“At night the stars are magnificent,” says Lisa. “There’s absolutely no light pollution — the stars look incredible.”
The closest vineyard is just a few minutes down the road and Lisa has been keeping busy learning how to keep all the great fruit and vegetable plants on the property alive.
“We are working things out and muddling our way through,” she says. “We are loving our new life.”