Hot five homes to escape the urban grind

WHEN your day turns slightly sour and the urban grind gets a little too gritty, Australasia’s largest real estate group has the solution to soothe your soul.

Ray White offers more than 60,000 properties for sale each year, including these stunning sanctuaries you simply won’t find in the heart of our capital cities.

Pour a cup of tea, put up your feet and gather the energy to scroll through our hot five restful retreats currently on the market.

Ever heard of Dum Dum? Well, it’s about time you became acquainted with this 73ha protected wilderness which is only 35 minutes to Gold Coast Airport and 45 minutes to Byron Bay.

Imagine driving home to Lot 39 Glenock Rd (above) and relaxing on the timber veranda of the two-bedroom, one-bathroom home.

Across from the house is a separate loft bedroom/living space and bathroom, which is perfect as an extra accommodation option.

Contact Ray White Rural Murwillumbah’s Matt Armstrong for more information on this extremely private property with sensational views, which is on the market for $995,000.

“It’s a very special, very unique property,” Mr Armstrong said.

“It’s one of only around 25 homes every allowed to be built there at that elevation and it’s a lovely house with an orchard surrounding it.”

“There’s a 1.8km driveway up to the house and there’s simply no one around you so it’s very special.”

On the market for $1,690,000 is an award-winning Queensland hideaway (above) at Lot 47 Bloodwood Ave South, Agnes Water.

Queensland’s Home of the Year 2007 is tucked away in natural bush setting, on top of a ridge overlooking the ocean.

Ray White Agnes Water principal Bill Meade is managing the sale of the eco-friendly ‘Treetops’ which is located in the exclusive Sunrise at 1770 estate.

“The rich and famous live there,” Mr Meade said.

“If you have a look at this place, you’d spin your head.

“It’s right on the water and it’s just a stunning property.”

Take a step back in time at ‘The Gables’, a grand Federation Queen Anne two-storey home dating back to circa 1907.

The solid red brick five-bedroom, three-bedroom house (above) is at 69 French St in Hamilton, a large town in the southwest of Victoria.

Highlights of this property include three large reception rooms, an impressive mahogany staircase, views to the Grampians, and gorgeous gardens.

Ray White Keatley’s Melissa Ferrier is marketing the sale of The Gables which is listed for $1,375,000.

For less than $550,000, own a landmark three-storey home built in 1873.

‘Brewery House’, at 8 West Tce, is in the picturesque township of Laura, 218kms north of Adelaide in the eastern slopes of the southern Flinders Ranges.

The property (above) is three allotments, two titles, and around 4800sq m.

Ray White Clare Valley property consultant Carlee Daley said it offers amazing value for money.

“It has endless possibilities and because of its historical significance in the region, we’ve received good enquiry,” Ms Daley said.

“The current owners have lovingly restored the property, returning it to its original glory.”

An expressions of interest campaign is running on a rural mixed farming property in Bindoon, a small town on the Great Northern Highway 84kms from Perth.

The property at 3101 Bindoon-Dewars Pool Rd is comprised of a two-storey home, swimming pool, self-contained accommodation and excellent horse facilities which include a ten-bay stable, covered arena, round yard and tack room.

Marketed by Ray White Rural WA director Simon Wilding, there’s also a machine shed, hay shed, spring-fed dams and large capacity rainwater tanks.