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First impressions deceptive as Orange 'lifestyle' house sells for $1.85 million

August 7, 2022

By Peter Holmes

The house's front façade looks similar to scores of others in the newer developments around the city.

The sort of houses that sell in the $750,000 to $950,000 range. Modern, but nothing of any great note.
This particular property, on an 867-square-metre block, has sold for $1.85 million.

First impressions can be deceiving, illustrated by the dozens of images used to promote the property's sale.

This property is on a waterfront block in the gated Bluestone Lake Estate, which was built on the site of a former quarry.

It was described as a "custom-crafted home".

On a single level, it comes with a vast kitchen with island and enough ovens and mod-cons to run a small restaurant.

There is a second kitchen (aka the butler's pantry) where all the stuff usually kept in a kitchen can be hidden, thus creating the impression the amuse-bouche and mojitos just whipped themselves up. No mess, no fuss.

There is an alfresco area with electric blinds, kitchen and covered, heated pool.

The house has a northerly aspect, four oversized bedrooms, home theatre and office.

The spiel read: "This picture of waterside perfection also treads lightly on the environment, courtesy of a 5.2kw solar system, double glazing throughout, and an unlimited water supply for lawns and gardens, pumped directly from the Bluestone Quarry that is at your back door."

"The natural waterway is perfect for fishing ... spend your days canoeing, paddle boarding, swimming and snorkelling. Or take your morning walks along the perimeter footpath that connects to a community beach, your own private beach hut and barbecue picnic area. All of this exclusively for residents and their friends to enjoy!"

The finer touches include sound screen wall batts in the home theatre, Anticon roof blanket insulation, Arlo security system, inbuilt coffee machine, Calcutta stone bench tops and - for the pool - swim jets, fountain and coloured lights.

The land sold in November 2017 for $295,000 as a vacant block.

Meanwhile, at the other end of the market, a "worker's cottage" on 373 square metres on Buna Street has sold for $260,000.

It was pitched by the agency as an opportunity "for the savvy investor to capitalise on their investment with a bit of elbow grease and healthy enthusiasm".

According to housing website the property sold in 1993 for $53,000 and in 2005 for $125,000.

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