Those who think “off grid” equates to “roughing it” will be stunned by this lavish house on the NSW Mid North Coast.
The trophy home has no access to town electricity yet its 20 solar panels and 8 x 12V battery system provides enough power for the house and its 23m swimming pool – and it’s been doing so for more than 15 years.
The four bedroom house at 107 Arrawarra Forest Rd, Woolgoolga was built in the early 2000s after a visit to the Greek Island of Paros proved a source of inspiration for an Armidale couple close to retirement.
When the pair saw the architecture in Paros, they decided to build their own slice of white-rendered paradise in NSW.
They travelled 215km to snap up a 7.75ha parcel of ridge-top land and set about building their retirement home – a three-bedroom house with a pool spanning its width and a detached studio overlooking the South Pacific Ocean.
Selling agent Gurk Singh of Nolan Partners Coffs Harbour said the property was designed to run off grid as a matter of necessity.
The closest power line is about one kilometre away and the street is not connected to the town’s electricity supply.
In fact, the house is completely self-sufficient, relying on a 95,000L rainwater tank and its own septic system.
Mr Singh said the property had garnered “phenomenal” interest since being launched to market, receiving more than 7,000 online hits in two weeks.
“It’s unique,” Mr Singh said.
“I don’t think there is anything like it in our area with that sort of design. It’s east-facing so it has phenomenal ocean views – the photos don’t really do it justice.”
The house has an open-plan living area that flows to the kitchen under a double height, vaulted dome ceiling. The space opens to a curved patio that extends to the length of the house and overlooks the lap pool.
The main bedroom with a walk-in wardrobe and an ensuite is on the southern wing while an additional two bedrooms are on the other side of the living space. A studio is perfect as guest accommodation.
The property also has fruit trees, a 12m x 6m machinery shed and a backup diesel generator.
The house has been listed for sale through Nolan Partners Coffs Harbour with a price guide of $1,950,000-$2,050,000. Inspections are by appointment.