Rural for sale
2142 Gloucester Tops Road, Misty Ridge,
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Misty Ridge - A Self-Sustainable Life- Super energy efficient home with spacious open plan living areas
- Stunning location 30km SW of Gloucester in the foothills of Gloucester Tops
- Steeper country comprising large sections of eucalypt forest & rainforest
- An abundance of wildlife including over 130 different varieties of birds
- Water security is guaranteed
- Passive solar design of the house is packed with energy saving features
- Proven sources of income from organic food production
Misty Ridge is a property designed and developed to meet emerging climatic and economic conditions of the 21st century. Over the past years, the current owners have been able to create a self-sustainable lifestyle on a unique property in what can only be described as a stunning location on the doorstep to Gloucester Tops and the Barrington Tops.
Certified Organic: 1147
Misty Ridge is fully and nationally certified organic with OGA/BFA. This process took 5 years to complete and the property is fully operational. Organic certification enables a higher return for produce.
Nestled in the foothills of Gloucester Tops, approx 30km SW of Gloucester via council maintained road, adjacent to World Heritage Listed Barrington Tops Wilderness. 3 hours drive to Sydney and 1.5 hours to Newcastle's CBD.
Elevation is 260m at the entry to the property rising to 600m in the NE corner. The topography is best described as steeper natural bush land. There are large sections of eucalypt forest and several beautiful rainforest areas. Pumpkin Creek runs through the block at the front and there are several wet rainforest gullies running through the natural bush land.
There is an abundance of wildlife with over 130 different varieties of birds as well as wallabies, quolls, bandicoots, koalas, reptiles and much more.
The super energy efficient building was completed in 1999 by local master builder Ian Sampson using all natural materials.
The substantial home features spacious open plan living areas, including a sunken lounge designed to take in the panoramic views. There are 3 double bedrooms all with built-in wardrobes (the main bedroom has an ensuite and walk in robe) plus a single bedroom/study with walk in security room and safe. Other features of the home include:
- Large laundry and sewing room
- A generous all-purpose room - suitable for a media room
- Tasmanian Oak designer kitchen with walk-in pantry
- Italian tiles (slate appearance) throughout house
- A wet room with access to laundry, kitchen and bathroom
- 2 car garage with direct entry to house
Rainwater is collected from all roofs and stored in tanks around the house and shed. Misty Ridge has 9 x 23,000 litre concrete water tanks. Four tanks are located in an elevated position up the hill to provide a high pressure, gravity fed water supply. Misty Ridge is also licensed to harvest water from the adjacent Gloucester River for domestic use.
Toilets are a waterless composting model that give an estimated 60% water saving. There is a separate septic tank for the management of grey water. This could be converted to conventional sewage treatment if watered toilets were desired.
Gardens designed for low water use and include wicking beds which reduce water use up to 95% for growing vegetables.
A high pressure fire hose with water points strategically located around house and shed, independent of grid power supply
Gardens and Landscaping:
1. Low maintenance gardens - all the plants have been chosen for their dry hardiness, frost tolerance and fire resistance
2. All cleared vegetation is mulched on-site, and re-used for landscaping and remedial works. Hazard reduction provides mulch for garden beds to reduce evaporation and improve moisture retention
3. The garden has been designed on permaculture principles to provide frost mitigation, shading and wind protection
4. Raised garden beds provide food sources
5. Igloos and net covers to protect from wildlife and predators
6. 95% of the garden plants are fire resistant. Species of plants chosen to attract birds, wildlife and pollinators as well as being attractive and fitting into the environment.
7. No noxious varieties planted
8. Plants also provide nursery stock for propagation
9. Terraced garden beds on southern and northern slopes
10. Local stone from property has been used where possible for retaining walls and paving
- Fully enclosed machinery shed - large 20m x 9m shed
- Nursery flat igloo for growing seedlings and plants and garden igloos for protection of crops and climate control.
- "The Temp" is a small dwelling incorporating a caravan and annexe. It is now used as a general preparation, storage area. It comes furnished with a shower and laundry.
- Poultry sheds and enclosed orchard - until recently chickens and ducks were bred for eggs and meat. The enclosures and sheds can house up to 100 birds.
Renewable energy and energy saving features
The passive solar design of the residence greatly reduces the need for additional heating and cooling. The home is packed with energy saving features such as:
- A photovoltaic (PV) system, grid interactive, provides most of the home's electricity supply requirements. The house is energy positive in that energy bills are in the black.
- Solar hot water system and an insulated hot water tank that gravity feeds to house
- Insulated walls and roof
- Brick and tile heat sink stores warmth in winter during day and released slowly in the evenings
- Ducted vents from the stove distribute warmed air to rest of house
- A draft corridor through house provides cross ventilation to facilitate cooling
- Vaulted ceilings and louvered highlight windows for air circulation and plenty of light
- Energy efficient wood burner in lounge/living area
- Collestery windows provide natural lighting throughout whole of day and assist in directing winter sun to internal masonry for slow release of heat in evenings
- Energy efficient light fittings throughout house
- Double glazed windows on southern living area reduce heat loss during winter months and heat penetration in summer
- Wood burning stove & gas cook top contribute to water heating and also reduce cooking and heating costs
- Fernery and pergola on south-western side for cooling affect
- Reversible ceiling fans in living areas
Proven sources of income
It has taken a long time to achieve but the owners are satisfied that it is possible to be self-sufficient as well as earn a modest income from the property.
The present owners have developed a food production system that provides a considerable proportion of their fruit, vegetable, poultry, honey and olive oil needs, with surpluses being sold. This has in past years brought in an income which exceeded $40,000 per annum at its peak.
- Satellite free to air TV and Broadband
- Landline phone
- School bus at gateway during school terms
- Mail delivery Monday, Wednesday & Fridays
Misty Ridge is truly a property ahead of its time. The current owners regret their need to leave Misty Ridge and sincerely hope the new owners will share their understanding and appreciation of the beautiful and valuable asset they have created.
Property Code: 1060
Last updated: 10:27PM on Apr 11th 2017