3003 Bruny Island Main Road, SOUTH BRUNY TAS 7150

Offers over $1,190,000



‘Unique’ is an over-used word in real estate descriptions – but in the case of this remarkable property, it’s well deserved.

Located between two beaches, the property offers a rare opportunity to acquire one of only two private holdings that exist on the iconic Neck of Bruny Island.

3003 Bruny Island Main Road comprises an appealing trio of versatile off-grid buildings, set on 2.6 hectares (6.4 acres) of attractive native coastal bushland on the southern stretch of The Neck, the spectacular narrow isthmus that links North and South Bruny Island.

The property is accessed by a gravel driveway from Bruny Island Main Road, which runs close to the shore of Isthmus Bay, on the western side of The Neck. At the end of the driveway, the three dwellings occupy a private and secluded space near the property’s eastern boundary. From here, a short walking track through the bush crosses a Parks & Wildlife reserve to reach the magnificent and almost always deserted 10-kilometre sweep of Neck Beach, which has just been named number 6 on the list of Australia’s 20 best beaches. Just a couple of minutes’ walk from the house, you have unlimited scope for surfing, surf fishing, calm-weather kayaking and beach walks. If the surf is up, you can always launch a kayak or canoe on the other side of the property, for some fishing and oyster-gathering in the sheltered waters of Isthmus Bay.

The main dwelling is a two-level, one-bedroom straw-bale home, featuring a dual-arch roofline, designed by acclaimed architects X Squared and built in stages from 2007. Warm, welcoming and comfortable, the interior showcases a range of specialty Tasmanian timbers, with reclaimed myrtle and celery-top used in the staircase and reclaimed celery-top posts and rails on the upstairs deck.

Downstairs is the bright and sunny living area and kitchen, with walk-in pantry. Adjacent is a contemporary bathroom with glass-enclosed shower. Also on this level is an enclosed porch, used as a study nook with a single bunk; and a storeroom, which could easily become a second bedroom. A couch in the ground-floor bay window is the ideal spot to relax with a book.

On a stairwell landing is a state-of-the-art composting toilet. The timber staircase continues to the upper level, with the master bedroom opening to a timber deck with views into the bushland.

The 450mm-wide straw-bale construction creates an outstanding level of thermal insulation, enhanced by 40mm foam under the concrete slab, wool insulation in the ceiling, double-glazed windows and thermal honeycomb blinds.

The owner has installed top-range equipment and systems just six months ago, to ensure that off-grid living is trouble-free. There are six kilowatts of solar panels on the roof of the main building, connected to two 4-kilowatt lithium batteries, with the option of adding extra panels and a third battery. In the kitchen, the timber island bench incorporates a cooktop and compact oven. The heart of the house is the Rayburn multi-function slow combustion stove providing cooking, hot water and hydronic heating. It is connected to a 380 litre hot water cylinder. Three tanks hold 35,000 litres of rainwater storage for all the buildings.

A short distance from the main home is a second separate and self-contained one-level, two-bedroom accommodation cabin, with galley kitchen, shower and high-quality composting loo, all serviced by the property’s main off-grid facilities for solar power and hot water.

A separate open-plan music studio completes the trio of buildings on this remarkable property. The current owner has loved playing in this room during rehearsals with her jazz band and a future musical homeowner would probably enjoy continuing this use. Bright and spacious, the room would also make an ideal working studio and gallery for an artist or a writer’s retreat. It could also potentially be adapted for separate, self-contained accommodation.

Nestled amongst rich birding habitat, you are immersed in birdsong. Thornbills, fantails and robins flit from bush to bush and nest amongst the dense midstory. The melodious chatter and song of honeyeaters and whistlers fills the air as they weave through the canopy. Overhead, eagles, yellow-tailed black cockatoos and seabirds glide by on majestic wings. Bruny Island is famous for its birdlife and this remarkable property is a haven for bird lovers.

Echidnas, pademelons, wallabies, and quolls scurry in the undergrowth and along the walking track through to the surf beach. There, you’ll enjoy simply amazing panoramas – to the east, the vast expanse of the Tasman Sea, to the north, the entire stretch of Neck Beach, all the way to Cape Queen Elizabeth and beyond to Cape Pillar and Tasman Island on the far side of Storm Bay. And more than likely, you’ll have the whole place all to yourself.

With all Council permits in place, all three buildings are completely ready and comfortable for a new owner to move in and enjoy the freedom of off-grid living. This way of life has many attractions – no more power bills is just one of them. If an environmentally-sustainable lifestyle in a pristine and magnificent coastal bushland location appeals to you, this could be your new home.

Call Jude to arrange a private inspection.

*The information contained herein has been supplied to us and we have no reason to doubt its accuracy, however, cannot guarantee it. Accordingly, all interested parties should make their own enquiries to verify this information.

Property Features
  • House
  • 3 bed
  • 2 bath
  • Land is 2.60 hectare
  • 4 Open Parking Spaces
Real Estate Agent
Jude Viney
Property Agent
0417 101 936
03 6225 4000
Jude Viney is the Fall Real Estate Property Consultant on Bruny Island. She and her husband Chris owned and ran a successful accommodation business at Dennes Point for six years and have a shack on South Bruny. She is supported by the Fall professional team at Hobart, Howrah, Kingston Beach, Lauderdale, Lindisfarne and Sandy Bay. She brings a fresh approach to real estate on Bruny Island with energy, enthusiasm, honesty and integrity. Jude has a friendly, positive attitude and a successful track record. Whether you're selling or buying on Bruny Island...
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