Currumbin eco village: rare treehouse hits the market

6 Tallowood Tce, Currumbin Valley a true eco-tree-house is on the market.
A tree-house offering a true lifestyle change has hit the market in Currumbin Valley’s world-renowned and tightly held eco-village.
It is one of only three properties on the market in the village of 120 properties, for which there has been increased demand since the onset of Covid.
Architect Rob Norman of Symbiosphere teamed up with ecological interiors expert Sally Stent to design the home at 6 Tallowood Tce, which, like others in the eco-village, have a focus on sustainability.
The property was built using recycled matreials and timber.
The two-storey house, built on stilts, has a tiny footprint – a considered decision by the owner and architect to avoid cutting down any of the gum trees among which the house sits on the 0.35ha block.
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Clad in corrugated sheeting, the house is constructed from natural materials such as recycled and locally-sourced timber, including the floorboards which are made from remilled telegraph poles.
The property is fully sustainable and has a vegetable garden and orchard.
Recycled blockwork walls rendered with natural clay and an aggregate of wheaten chaff provide insulation, while the orientation of the house promotes airflow, so there is little need for artificial cooling or heating.
Thoughtfully placed windows maximise sight-lines and views to create a connection with the surrounding bushland, while also letting in plenty of light.
The bathroom overlooks the surrounding bushland.
The bathroom, which has three walls of glass, overlooks the rainforest below where kangaroos can be spotted grazing.
On the upper level, the open-plan kitchen has a lower ceiling than the adjoining living spaces to create a sense of warmth and contrast. Two bedrooms can be also be found on this floor, with the potential for another to be added.
The kitchen is cosy and warm.
A further bedroom and ensuite are on the ground floor, ideal for guests or short-term holiday let.
A Feng Shui Grand Master has ensured all the rooms are in the best possible position, with metal, wood, stone and water elements bringing an added touch of tranquillity to spaces.
Given the long list of eco-credentials, buyers may assume a life here to be somewhat rustic or rudimentary, but don’t be fooled.
Mod-cons are hidden away in this eco home.
There are plenty of mod-cons such as an inbuilt sound system and hard-wired internet, they are simply hidden from view.
Owners who do relish an opportunity to get their hands dirty can do so in the organic vegetable garden and orchard, washing off the day’s grime in the property’s creek and private swimming hole.
A Feng Shui Grand Master aided with the positioning and interiors of the rooms.
Marketing agent Scott Keatley of Queensland Sotheby’s International Realty said opportunities to purchase in the eco-village, which comprises a total 120 homes, were rare, with the property suiting anyone seeking a more sustainable lifestyle in the wake of Covid and climate change.
It is owned by long-time eco-village resident and therapist Heike Hamann, who purchased the block in 2009 for $495,000.
All the home’s materials were locally sourced.
Marketing agent Scott Keatley of Queensland Sotheby’s International Realty said opportunities to purchase in the eco village were rare and the property would suit anyone seeking a more sustainable lifestyle in the wake of Covid and climate change.
Only two other properties are currently on the market in the eco-village, with recent sales ranging from $1.8m to $1.85m.
The home has the tiniest of footprints and appears to sit among the tree branches.
Mr Keatley said the eco village had experienced a rise in prices and interest as more people seek to be part of a more holistic community that is viewed as sustainable.
Currumbin Eco Village is one of only a few of its kind in the world, the village is the most awarded in Australia with more than 33 accolades, including The World’s Best Environmental Development (FIABCI Prix D’Excellence Award 2008).
The property is open to expressions of interest.

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