Two years of a pandemic has changed the way almost all of us live our lives, and for many, this change has been expressed in a move out of the big cities. For more reasons than I’ve got space to list, 1147 Old Hume Hwy, Alpine is the ideal tree-change inspired estate, offering excellent views, palatial gardens, and just an hour from Sydney airport.
The impressive country property is nestled in the heart of the Southern Highlands, a location that has exploded in popularity in recent years after seeing more than 16,000 people move to the area in 2021. Thanks to its relative closeness to Sydney’s CBD, stunning surrounding landscapes and close proximity to the towns of Bowral and Mittagong, the homes around Alpine are in higher demand than perhaps ever before.
Known as Attunga Grove, the property covers 116 acres that include a lake, native forests that are recognised koala habitats, as well as the more domestic features of a chicken coop and veggie patch. One of the main drawcards of the home, however, is the expansive gardens that surround the main residence, which likely take inspiration from Europe’s finest royal gardens.
The gardens are grown around a geometric canvas, which uses the natural topography of the property to cascade down towards the lake and clipped lawns, the latter of which is framed by a beautiful row of pencil pines. The recently landscaped land also features terraced gardens, a modest olive grove, and even a three-hole golf course.
Once inside the main residence, you’ll be greeted by two light-filled floors (and an underground level) that contain four bedrooms with adjoining ensuite bathrooms, as well as all of the features you’d expect from such a grand estate. Boasting a cinema, games room, and wine cellar below the ground level, the ground level itself is home to the open plan kitchen area, complete a butler’s pantry, and cool room. Separate to the main building is a guest cottage that includes two bedrooms, plus a modest garden and fitness room.
Leaving the rear doors of the home and you’ll step out into an oversized outdoor dining area, which is adjacent to the turquoise waters of the swimming pool – perfect for cooling off after a summer lunch. Also surrounded by pencil pines, you’re presented with uninterrupted views towards Mt Gibraltar, while also enjoying the naturally afforded privacy of the gardens.
When you consider Attunga Grove in the context of the white-hot market of the Southern Highlands, it’s not only immediately obvious that it’s one of the finest estates in the entire region, but also that the $15 million asking price is worth thinking seriously about. If you understand what that same money could buy you in Potts Point or Mosman, the choice of which represents better value becomes clear very quickly.
Recently listed by Drew Lindsay Real Estate, 1147 Old Hume Hwy, Alpine, is a rare gem in one of NSW’s most beautiful regions. The property is currently open for inspection.