Private Eco-Friendly Luxury On Kangaroo Island
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Private Eco-Friendly Luxury On Kangaroo Island

This clifftop residence could be yours.

By Terry Christodoulou
Fri, May 20, 2022 3:09pmGrey Clock 2 min

Created for the coastal environment by South Australian architects Geoff Nairn and Tim Ross of Design Inc. comes the remarkably positioned Little Cuttlefish on Kangaroo Island.

Overlooking the vast blue waters of Backstairs Passage to the mainland, the 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom, 2 car garage home offers an isolated, eco-friendly retreat like no-other.

Perched on the ultimate clifftop platform and spanning approximately 135 acres, the structure is designed to be completely sustainable with off-grid infrastructure including solar power and rainwater tanks offering a complete shift in lifestyle.

Upon arriving at Little Cuttlefish, you are guided along its 1.5km sheoak-lined driveway, leading you alongside paddocks before revealing the blue ocean below and rammed earth house.

On the property, the current custodians have planted an incredible 10,000 trees over the past 20 years to create an immensely private property.

The ground floor consists of kitchen, living, dining and lounge spaces with a facilities room located behind the kitchen.

There are two spacious bedrooms fitted with Moroccan style ensuite bathrooms. Above the top floor has a beautiful balcony to sit on and enjoy the changing light of dusk and dawn. Elsewhere the second bedroom can be utilised as a library or guest bedroom with its own ensuite.

Heating and cooling have been intelligently designed to use the natural environment and elements of the home. Concrete floors are heated throughout the cooler months through an underfloor heating system.

Outside sees a long, swimming pool running almost the length of the property and overlooking the grand ocean views.

Further, a large garage adjacent to the garden offers potential for conversion into further accommodation — or as a link to the main house.

The house is enclosed at the rear by a superb walled garden — including a vegetable garden — which combines with park-like surrounds and world-class ocean views.

Little Cuttlefish is located just 10 minutes from the ferry terminal and township of Penneshaw on the eastern end of the wilderness paradise of Kangaroo Island, South Australia.

The listing is with Deborah Cullen (+61 401 849 955), EOI.


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In signs that the RBA’s aggressive approach to monetary policy is making an impact, CoreLogic’s Home Value Index reveals national dwelling values fell -1.0 percent in November, marking the smallest monthly decline since June.

The drop represents a -7.0 percent decline – or about $53,400 –  since the peak value recorded in April 2022. Research director at CoreLogic, Tim Lawless, said the Sydney and Melbourne markets are leading the way, with the capital cities experiencing the most significant falls. But it’s not all bad news for homeowners.

“Three months ago, Sydney housing values were falling at the monthly rate of -2.3 percent,” he said. “That has now reduced by a full percentage point to a decline of -1.3 percent in November.  In July, Melbourne home values were down -1.5 percent over the month, with the monthly decline almost halving last month to -0.8%.”

The rate of decline has also slowed in the smaller capitals, he said.  

“Potentially we are seeing the initial uncertainty around buying in a higher interest rate environment wearing off, while persistently low advertised stock levels have likely contributed to this trend towards smaller value falls,” Mr Lawless said. “However, it’s fair to say housing risk remains skewed to the downside while interest rates are still rising and household balance sheets become more thinly stretched.” 

The RBA has raised the cash rate from 0.10 in April  to 2.85 in November. The board is due to meet again next week, with most experts still predicting a further increase in the cash rate of 25 basis points despite the fall in house values.

Mr Lawless said if interest rates continue to increase, there is potential for declines to ‘reaccelerate’.

“Next year will be a particular test of serviceability and housing market stability, as the record-low fixed rate terms secured in 2021 start to expire,” Mr Lawless said.

Statistics released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics this week also reveal a slowdown in the rate of inflation last month, as higher mortgage repayments and cost of living pressures bite into household budgets.

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