Kellermans to miss mountain view

FROM the veranda which overlooks stunning mountain views a fresh, cool breeze sweeps through.

It hardly feels as if you’re in blistering-hot Rockhampton, but it’s just one of the perks of living the high life.

Tony Kellerman and his wife Carolyn just finished a slow, four years of renovating their Swiss chalet-style home on top of Mt Archer and it’s on the market for $869,000.

High-end properties like this are sparking up the market again.

Joint principal of Think Real Estate in Rockhampton, Jason Rayner, said they were expecting high-end sales to heat up even more as we head into the festive season. “The people looking at property come with the intention to buy. They’re real buyers,” Mr Rayner said.

Mr Rayner said one of the most recent high-end properties to go under contract was one on Connemara Drive at Kawana, for nearly $800,000. He said there was big interest from investors as far south as Sydney, from the western mining fields and local business people.

“Saturday’s Property Week in The Morning Bulletin has become a vital tool for us. When people see properties in print it’s a call to take action more promptly.”

The Kellermans’ house was built in 1990.

Tony said when they bought in 1994, it was in need of maintenance and they saw the opportunity to open it up to bring in the views.

They have renovated it into a modern home that still incorporates an original Swiss twist and immediately you are exposed to breathtaking country views of the mountains.

When you walk through the open-plan dining room, kitchen, living area and then out onto the veranda to take a closer look, the 180-degree views incorporates pockets of lush forest.

Tony said the cool temperatures and the beauty was what drew them to buying their home after moving down from Townsville.

“I don’t think Rockhampton people appreciate the beauty they have living here,” he said.

In winter, Tony said they would often wake up and step out onto their private bedroom veranda to look out and see the clouds form into what he described as an ocean with little islands.

Throughout the four-bedroom, three-bathroom home, the Kellermans have incorporated a new quila timber staircase and New Guinea Rosewood to finish the kitchen.

And when you walk downstairs, it’s a whole new world.

“This was outside when we first came, so we decided to build it in,” Tony said.

It has separate areas currently used as an office and entertainment area, and there is a bathroom and Tony’s famous cellar.

“I decided to buy enough wine to last me through retirement and until I drop dead.”

Downstairs has its own outdoor area that could be the perfect teenager retreat.

Tony proudly showed off his luxuriant gardens, a peaceful, easy-maintenance, paradise that literally extends right to the edge of the mountain.

“Look, there he is,” said Tony pointing out a kangaroo which has become a regular backyard visitor along with the other bird wildlife.

The Kellermans have now bought a block of land down south and are moving away to be closer to their grandchildren.



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