French Island: Off-the-grid property with ‘private forest’ for sale

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233 Overpass Rd, French Island, sprawls over 40ha.

A triple-threat French Island home is proving popular among buyers looking to “get away from the mainland”.

The standout package comprises gorgeous water views, an off-the-grid house built two years ago to be functional and stylish, and more than 40ha of quality land.

Century 21 Home Port director Phil Bock said the 233 Overpass Rd property was being offered “walk-in, walk-out”, meaning the furnishings and equipment would be included. The vendor was open to negotiating when it came to selling his Angus cattle, too.

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Enjoy the views by the fire.

Contemporary style inside.

“There’s nothing else for sale of this quality on the island,” Mr Bock said.

“The pastoral quality is reflected in the cattle – they are so fat and healthy, and shiny. The owners are inviting offers, but we expect it will get close to $2m.”

Early interest had come from retirees “looking at getting away from the mainland and having a nice bolthole to hopefully see the rest of their days”, Mr Bock said.

He said the island in Western Port Bay offered freedom from the pandemic and council rates, while being only a 12-minute ferry ride from mainland Victoria.

“It’s like stepping back in time – it’s so far removed from everything, but it’s also not far away,” said Mr Bock, a French Island resident.

“(Living on the island) is not for everybody – there’s only one general store, so no latte or shopping strips. But you’ve certainly got isolation, and the fact there are no council rates is a huge plus.”

The next owner of the Overpass Rd pad would also avoid power bills, thanks to a solar and battery system.

Mr Bock said it was “tucked away from the wind” and featured full-height windows that allowed light in and “framed all the views superbly”.

An open-plan living, dining and kitchen area forms the heart of the house, flanked by three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a study on either side.

One of three bedrooms — and no neighbours to complain about the drums.

A fireplace warms the large living space, which opens out to a deck, while a freestanding gas stove and oven, and a butler’s pantry star in the kitchen.

The main bedroom, zoned away from the other sleeping quarters, has custom cabinetry, an ensuite and an adjoining study.

A “private forest” sprawls over 8ha of the property, which also features lemon trees, dams, fenced paddocks and shedding.

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