When Rachael and Anthony Brown purchased their Earlwood property in 2003 for $530,000, they had one goal in mind: transform the south west suburb into a tropical oasis.
Over their 19 years at 1a Carbonne Ave in Earlwood, the Browns have utilised 110 plants and various exotic types of timber to shield their property from passers-by and use their personal tropical rainforest to escape from busy Sydney surrounds.
Listed via Ray White Earlwood agents Kieran Gianoudis and Dean Vasil, the two bedroom and two bathroom tropical home is steps away from the Cooks River and a five minute walk to Tempe Station.
“We’ve had 35 groups come and look at the property, many of whom are from the inner city and inner west areas of Sydney,” Mr Gianoudis said.
“We’re getting buyers who, previously, weren’t even looking for a property but stumbled upon it and had to register their interest.”
“A lot of first home buyers and upsizers are looking to move into the property, many of them disregard the house and just go straight to the backyard!”
The property is expected to sell in the $1m range when it goes for auction on the 19th November.
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Mr Brown is a plumber, but has years of experience building and working with timber and loves woodworking as a hobby.
The backyard had been transformed using a range of timber that are hard to come by, including rosewood slabs, coconut poles and bamboo for the front fence.
“This was a long term plan from my husband, he had drawn a picture of what he wanted the property to look like. We recently dug up the picture when we were packing our things and it looks exactly like the finished product,” Mrs Brown said.
“We started planting the tropical trees straightaway so it’s taken us 19 years for it to grow into the forest that you see today. Previously if you sat on the veranda, you’d get cooked from the lack of shade from the Sun. Now it’s nice and covered, and provides a lot of privacy from people who walk past.”
The couple have purchased a new acreage near Port Macquarie, and are planning to use the extra space to transform that property into a self-sustainable farm.
“We plan to section out our new property to include separate zones – one part will be another tropic-themed section, another includes a cottage where we plan to grow cherry blossoms nearby. We’d love to start our own veggie patch, so we’ve got an orchard and some nut groves ready to use.”
“We’ve loved having our neighbours come over for beers in the summer and feel like they are on holiday, but it’s hard to get them to leave! Having an area outside the hustle and bustle of Sydney will be perfect for us.”
Features of the home include a full-sized bar and laundry, an outdoor shower, an alfresco zone with a built-in barbecue and a cedar hot tub.
House prices have remained stable in Earlwood, with the median house price currently sitting at $1.8m.
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