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Saturday, February 6, 2010


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On the 18th of January, I arrived in Hobart, Tasmania to stay with my friend Erica and her family for a couple of weeks, looking after their house and dogs and one lovely daughter for one of the weeks while the rest were away on holidays. Well,they have now returned and I am into the 3rd week, hanging around like a bad smell perhaps.... but I have been so enjoying Hobart and surrounds that I have gone and bought a house here!

When you buy a house you need to have a few things in your mind that are so important to you that if just one of them is not right, then you must not go ahead. To me these were:

  • The main rooms must be filled with light all year round
  • At least 1 acre of land (4,000 m2), already cultivated to some extent, and private
  • Quiet..... no road or other noise
  • Fertile soil
  • Mains water inside and plenty of water for the garden
  • Large kitchen
  • Energy efficient heating /cooling, including a slow combustion heater
  • House in sound condition
  • Broadband internet available
  • Not too far from a city (less than 1 hour's drive)
  • Walking track suitable for taking a dog off the lead
  • A nice setting and outlook.... water or hills views
  • Flattish land

After these, there are some things that are preferable:

  • Farmers Union Iced Coffee
  • Mains sewer, not septic
  • Insulation
  • A house with character and history
  • Established fruit trees
  • No tall trees on the northern side of the house or garden
  • A verandah like Deb's... now I cannot find the photo to show you why!
  • Solar panels / solar hot water heating
  • Down to earth community
  • Doesn't have things I don't want, that make it expensive for all the wrong reasons, like extra bathrooms, fancy kitchen
  • Large building suitable for future Bed and Breakfast maybe

And here are some dreams:

  • A creek
  • A spring
  • An established organic veg garden
  • Cheap
  • Within walking distance to some shops and a cafe
  • By the sea

Built in or before 1910. Weatherboard.
A little dam fed by a winter creek. 1 acre
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Location, location, location! But cheap!
Sheltered veg garden and fruit trees
Walk to shops and community garden
Excellent condition, sunny verandah like Deb's
Quirky wheel house, creek, winding paths.

This gorgeous little house in Cygnet, Tasmania, has all of the "must have" requirements and most of the rest as well. There are a couple of extras that I am so excited about..... no water meters and mains water from the Huon River area which comes from the rain forests of wild south west Tasmania.... read that word.... RAIN forests! It has a creek and associated easement running diagonally through it which makes it impossible to sub-divide in the future which means it is much cheaper than other, similar properties. The local GP has a permaculture property rather than a fancy city house. There are blueberry and other berry and fruit farms, and even some organic ones. It is 5 minutes walk to the sea and it has never ever been 40 C .....!! And every few years it snows.... oh is this paradise or what?



Like Pattie, I thought I would have a competition  "Who will be the first blog-reader to come and visit me?"

Here is a photo of the future B and B..... but, as you can see, its not ready to use yet so you can sleep inside the house..... or in the quirky, old ship's wheelhouse in the garden !

There are more photos here.

Is anyone else having trouble with photos on Live writer?


chaiselongue said...

This looks idyllic, Kate (but maybe a bit rainy from my point of view!). I hope you'll be very happy there. Thanks for your comments - if you can leave your new home let us know. We'd love to see you here again if you're anywhere near!

Re your other comment - we sow broad beans as well as peas and mangetout peas in autumn, and then again in spring so we get two crops of each, one early spring and another late spring/early summer.

Gaia's Hope said...

I search to find this post to understand when you move to Tasmania.

It looks great and it's perfect to have this sea near.
I wish you happy moments in your new life there

Kate said...

Thank you so much Mary for going to all the trouble of finding me again!