Mon Abri – For Sale!

19 04 2013

SOLD

By all means read on……..  but if you were thinking of buying, I’m afraid you’re too late.

When I built this place, never in a million years did I ever think we would sell it.  Just yesterday, a permaculture friend (who lives in Black Mountain – see below)  asked me why were we selling after doing all that work?  I only had one reply to that, my ageing body no longer tolerates the heat…… I start struggling when the mercury hits 27 degrees.  She thought it was odd, she told me she was sad to see Summer ending….  whilst I’m glad to see the back of it!  So if you like Queensland’s hot weather, come buy a piece of Paradise.  I want to live in Tasmania. POSITION They say there are only three criteria for picking somewhere to live: position, position, position! Noosa COORAN is in the Noosa Hinterland area.  It’s Noosa Shire’s best kept secret.  Just 30 minutes from Noosa, famous for its National Park, beaches, fishing, sailing, surf and surfing, restaurants, and laid back living, it’s truly affordable real estate.  There isn’t one single traffic light here – but you’ll have to learn to use roundabouts, which I personally think are great!

Cooran's main street

Cooran’s main street

Cooran has its own small shop/Post Office (owned by our neighbours), a hairdresser, a restaurant/takeaway, a brand new business selling organic seedlings, and a large hall – where monthly quality music concerts are held – and it’s serviced by buses and trains.  It also has its own primary school, all within walking/cycling distance. Just five minutes down the road by car is Pomona where you’ll find doctors, an IGA supermarket, shops, restaurants, a [great] hardware store, landscaping supplies, a cinema, two petrol stations, an excellent car mechanic, and I could go on.  Less than ten minutes further down the road is Cooroy, like Pomona only bigger.  There are two High Schools, one in Pomona and one in Cooroy.  There’s a school bus service to take students there from Cooran. There is also a bus service to the Noosa Pengari Steiner School operating from Pomona just 6 or 7 minutes away. Central Queensland University has a hub at Noosaville where my wife was studying. Alternatively, you can shop in Gympie where some things are cheaper. They have great local Sunday markets where I buy all my vegetable seedlings which are top quality. It’s the same distance away as Noosa… (more Farmers markets)  but there are traffic lights! Cooran to Brisbane is a two hour drive, or two and a half hours by train.  There are two daily trains between Brisbane and Cooran.  More if you’re prepared to drive to Cooroy or Nambour. OUR BLOCK Our land covers approximately 1.5 acres. It is part of an estate, for want of a better word, that consists of 1 to 5 acre blocks subdivided from the original dairy farm which existed here until about 1990. The road past our place is a dead end, with perhaps another 25 houses further up the road.  It’s generally very quiet, we never lock the place, and nothing’s ever disappeared!  As a community, we look out for each other, and help looking after friends’ animals when they need to go away for a few days. It all started as a totally blank lawn, and I suggest you visit this page where you can get another idea of what the property lookscooranaerial like.. bearing in mind in never ceases to change…. High and dry and out of all flooding, 95m above sea level.  The original [German] farmer who subdivided his 130 acres has personally told me he never sprayed, and hoed all weeds by hand!  So while it’s not registered organic…. it is.  The land slopes gently to the West and South.  The soil is pretty good, and wherever I’m growing food, it has been substantially improved with loads of goat and chicken poo and compost.  Whatever you plant here just leaps out of the ground!  Rainfall is normally 1200mm a year. noweedsThe whole block has been designed to Permaculture principles, with greywater recycling (which we use to water and produce our own mulch), animals for manures, milk, meat and eggs.  There’s a 200m² vegetable garden which in the past has produced (and still does in season!) Broccoli, Cabbage, Kale, Onions, Garlic, Leeks, Corn, Peas, Beans, Beetroots, Carrots, Artichokes, Capsicums, Chillies, Sweet Potatoes, Potatoes, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Pumpkins, Sorrel, Lettuce, Tahitian Spinach, English Spinach, and I’m sure I’ve left something out……. oh yes, ginger and turmeric, and of course herbs galore.  And of course loads of Comfrey, Arrowroot, and Cassava, the Permaculture stalwarts….

Zone 1, seen from the roof

Zone 1, seen from the roof

A NOTE ON PERMACULTURE We have had people here inspecting the place and obviously had no idea of what Permaculture is all about.  Permaculture is NOT gardening.  If you are unsure about what Permaculture is all about, I suggest you read this….

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Organic Gardening

If you’re after manicured gardens and beautiful lawns, this is not the place for you, and that’s because neither are sustainable.  The first rule of Permaculture is Thou shalt not mow.  Soon enough, there will not be enough fuel to mow.  How will you cope with six foot high grass everywhere unless you get rid of it and transition to edible zero waste landscapes?  We emulate nature, we don’t fight it…  it’s a losing battle anyway.

Sunrise over Mt Cooroora

Sunrise over Mt Cooroora

We have views of three volcanic plugs, Mt Pinbarren to the East, Mt Cooroora to the South, and Mt Cooran to the South West. The aerial photo above shows we have added a small shed parallel to the boundary to the right of the house, and more solar panels have been added to the W roof .  All the fruit trees are considerably larger now. You can see two water tanks, one at each end of the house.  I’m planning to add a third tank at the North end of the shed to drought proof the garden… THE HOUSE (click all photos to enlarge) monabri2909 glossyMon Abri is a unique house.  You won’t find anything remotely like it, anywhere.

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Because of its resource saving features, we won a Glossy Award for the design way back in 2007.  I like to think it’s also Australia’s most energy efficient house.  Prove me wrong, I’ll cop it on the chin…….  we are very very proud of our effort here…..  and if you need convincing it’s not hard to get it all wrong, even with the best of intents, watch this.

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Sunset at beer o'clock on the deck

Sunset at beer o’clock on the deck

Mon Abri Floorplan

Mon Abri Floorplan

It’s a split level design with just seven steps between downstairs, the living space, and upstairs, where all the bedrooms are, and the bathroom and toilet.  It’s 145m²  in area, plus a veranda and large 25m² deck at the rear overlooking the view, and another veranda at the front; it has four bedrooms, or if you prefer three plus an office.  The bathroom has a double corner bath, a shower, a bidet and a hand basin.  The toilet (composting) has its own separate handbasin… and is unique in that it opens to the outside as well as the inside, a most handy feature when gardening…..

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Tiling in living area

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North Point at the front door

The living area is tiled with Terracotta, in a French Provincial style.  Pretty well everyone who walks in is blown away by the character of the place…. no one has ever said they didn’t like it!  The entire house is tiled (except the kitchen which has a cork floor for comfort), and tiled with creative flair at that……

Glenda being a Ceramic Artist, has put a lot of effort in making sure no floor was boring!  There’s even a mosaic of a Black Cockatoo (the emblem of the Glossy Awards) outside the bathroom, which itself is finished in turquoise Balinese river stones…. has to be seen it to be believed..

The kitchen is entirely “hand made”, with not a sign of chip board or MDF board to offgas nasties for you to breathe.  In fact there are none in the whole house…….  And the food garden is right outside for quick access. IMG_0216IMG_0215 Unless you really really object to our hyper efficient fridge, it comes with the house.  We cook on a five burner gas

Walk in pantry

Walk in pantry

cooktop, and the AGA……. which holds a certain place of pride here…  the kitchen is the stereotypical “country style”, and it has a walk-in pantry to store the home brew and preserves with a light that comes on automatically when you walk in…..  It’s the kitchen I’ve always wanted, and I will build another one just like it in Tasmania. SHD2014 finishedcobovenThe kitchen now also has an addition…  our treasured cob oven which we intend to use in Summer so that we can still bake bread and pizzas, and cook roasts without heating up the house.

All the ceilings are raked pine, and mini orb corrugated iron has been tastefully used as features in the kitchen and bathroom to give it that “Queensland feel”…. and it’s so easy to keep clean too.  The windows are either louvres or recycled casement windows from old Queenslanders to maximise ventilation, a must in this climate.  An explanation of the house’s solar passive design can be found here.

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Entrance to bathroom

Bathroom

Bathroom

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Master Bedroom

Mon Abri has three bedrooms.  The Master Bedroom is 3.6m wide by 4.8m long and easily accommodates a king sized bed.  It has excellent ventilation with windows on the North and South sides, and its own door to the outside, which are fitted with curtains and pelmets to keep the heat out in Summer, and in during Winter….  It is also just steps away from the toilet and bathroom. The other two bedrooms have queen size beds, and are also both fitted with curtains and pelmets, as well as ceiling fans.  They both have built in wardrobes, and one has its own door to the outside. All the bedrooms are wonderfully warm in Winter and cool in Summer as they all have substantial thermal mass with Gympie Block walls and turquoise tiles to match the decor….

Bedroom 2

Bedroom 2

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Bedroom 3

Night time view from the Master Bedroom.... I never tire of this aspect last thing before going to sleep!

Night time view from the Master Bedroom…. I never tire of this aspect last thing before going to sleep!

The house tank has never run out, and is in fact half full as I write this.  With 45,000 L of garden water, I estimate it would be possible to keep zone 1 watered even if it didn’t rain for six months at all. The house is plumbed to what must be the most ecologically sustainable drainage system, described in detail at this page on this blog.

Formal Lounge

Formal Lounge

The asking price has now been reduced to $425,000.  This is a bit more than what other houses around here might cost (though our neighbour just put their unsustainable house on the market for $550,000!), but we are selling an established self sufficient lifestyle, and besides none of them offer potentially cost free living.  Apart from the $1000 a year rates, with simple commonsense management, anyone living here would have zero electricity bills (in fact an income), zero water bills, and zero sewerage bills…… IMG_0037 The house also comes with a year’s supply of firewood. Bear in mind we also plan to move as little of our stuff as possible to Tasmania… it is a long way!  So we are prepared to throw in all the furniture as part of the cost. This page is work in progress.  As I make more finishing touches, I will update it with fresh photos, so if you are interested or know someone who might be, return soon to see what else is new. To contact me re buying Mon Abri, email me at damnthematrix at riseup dot net.  My mobile is 0447 500 566.  Seriously interested buyers only please, no tyre kickers.

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28 responses

20 04 2013
foodnstuff

I’ll put a link to this post on my blog as well. Gotta help get a fellow ROEOZer to Tassie somehow!

20 04 2013
Great permaculture property for sale | Foodnstuff

[…] Tassie. If you’re  interested and wouldn’t mind a shift northwards, go take a look at his blog where he describes the property. How good it would be to move into a permaculture property where all the grunt work has been […]

20 04 2013
narf77

Good luck with your selling and hopefully you make it to Tassie…it most certainly ISN’T hot at the moment I can tell you ;).

20 04 2013
mikestasse

I know….. I follow the national weather map every night on TV and i did notice… mind you the whole southern part of Australia was cold, the day it was 13C in Hobart, it was only 14 in Adelaide… and it’s snowed in the Victorian Alps.

here though….. over 30 again, very unseasonal. We obviously stole your warmth!

23 04 2013
lemmiwinks

The government spatial exchange sites have much clearer imagery than google. Try this: http://qspatial.information.qld.gov.au/IQAtlas/ I was able to zoom in on Cooran, but enter your address in the left hand pane and it should take you right there.

23 04 2013
mikestasse

Thanks for that….. I didn’t know that service existed. Mind you, there is one issue…. the data for our place is so old…. the house isn’t even on it!! it’s actually very interesting to see what the place looked like before all the current development occurred…

16 10 2013
Fantasising about our next house…. | Damn the Matrix

[…] important that the next owner likes what s/he sees.  I am planning a page on this blog soon to market the property once I have enough quality photos to show it off properly.  So watch this […]

22 03 2014
James

Hi Mike, I sent you an email via Gumtree the other day. Just thought I’d pop a message on here to see if you got it or not? We’d love to come a view your house around easter time if it’s possible please. One question, do you think a young married couple look after this property & the animals & also both work 40hrs a week? Thanks, James

22 03 2014
mikestasse

Hi James….. yes got your email.. been busy! I wasn’t quite sure whether you were a serious enquiry or just a tyre kicker, god knows we’ve had a few of those just looking for ideas to do their own thing and not at all interested in buying!

I basically look after the whole place on my own right now…. my missus is full time studying (has been away for a whole week now) or otherwise looking/caring for her 90 yr old mother. And I suffer from chronic fatigue! So do I think you could do it? Easy……..

I get up crack of dawn and let the ducks out and change their water.. takes about 15 minutes max. Then I let the chooks out and throw some grain in their enclosure, takes about two minutes. Then I milk the goat… about five minutes. Might take you ten until you get a milker’s hands! All in all, I can’t see it taking more than half an hour.

At dusk, I do it all again, put the birds away, milk again. They all pretty well look after themselves……. and they’re well trained, even wwoofers have no problems dealing…

Where are you coming from, and where do you think you would work?

22 03 2014
James

Thanks for the great reply Mike. Much appreciated! It all sounds very do able that’s for sure. We’re coming down from Gladstone & we were planning to work somewhere on the sunshine coast, noosa or anywhere really. My wife is in administration so, could work anywhere. We know the chances are, we’d be up for a 45min drive each way. That’s not a problem though.

We’ve always had the desire to head in the direction of a self sufficient way of life & we’ve always seemed to put obstacles in front of our dream… Now we’ve had enough of the matrix & really want to step back away but also (more importantly) step into a real close community, which from what you’ve wrote here, is exactly what your property offers.

We’re definitely not tyre kickers & we wouldn’t have the time (or knowledge) to take ideas from you and do it our selves from scratch. We’re serious buyers that are hoping to move within the next 3-6 months. Thanks again for the reply.

22 03 2014
mikestasse

OK, see you over Easter. I do have to warn you though we have another interested buyer who lives a lot closer! But we’ll keep you in the loop…

22 03 2014
mikestasse

In future, email me at damnthematrix at riseup dot net James….

4 06 2014
julie jordan

Hi Mike, find your blog illuminating, many thanks for taking the time to put this info together, it’s important. Tassie is also on my possible next move, having come to Adelaide from NSW 25yrs ago, the intensity of the heat has increased & it’s considerably more humid. Are you looking to settle in a particular area, are there any Age of Limits ‘communities’ in Tassie? cheers julie

4 06 2014
mikestasse

Hi Julie…….

I’m heading for Geeveston. It’s as far South as I care to go to… any further (we investigated it last January) and it just feels too isolated.

Geeveston also has a great community feeling, though as you’d expect most people there are likely rednecks, but some of my friends there tell me they are slowly being replaced by the likes of us!

4 06 2014
julie jordan

Geeveston, well that’s very good to hear, as the Huon Valley area is where we have been suggested as the go to place to settle. Now here’s a thought! What do you think about a local style Age of Limits Gathering once your’e settled, isn’t it time to start bringing people together to talk about what we really need to be talking about & then I get to have a reccie to Tassie 😉 good luck with the move regards julie

4 06 2014
mikestasse

Julie, are you on FaceBook? There’s a Huon Valley Producers’ Network up and running, and they are doing fantastic things…… and there’s a Geeveston Community Group whose cheer leaders I happen to know also doing interesting stuff.

Personally, I am thinking of setting up a Permaculture teaching school of sorts there….

4 06 2014
julie jordan

Thanks for the info, good luck in Tassie 🙂

13 08 2014
Tony

Hi

Just wondering if we could make some further inquiries re your property

Cheers

Tony

13 08 2014
mikestasse

Email me on damnthematrix at riseup dot net

16 08 2014
Tony

Hi Mike

sent an email sent off to above address last Thursday, just wondering if you received it

regards

Tony

16 08 2014
mikestasse

Yes and I replied…… did you not get it?

Mike

16 08 2014
Tony

hi mike

no we did not receive the email. just wondering if you could try and resend
I just tried about 30 minutes ago to send you a message via my own email account, did you receive that?

Tony

14 11 2014
Richard

Hello Mike

What fruit trees do you have on the property?

Thanks
Richard

14 11 2014
mikestasse

Citrus (oranges, grapefruit, mandarine, lemon), sapotes, bananas, custard apple, macadamia nuts, mango, avocado, olives, mulberries.

26 11 2014
On a missed opportunity | Damn the Matrix

[…] though I hate to think how much the driveway cost them….  and we still haven’t sold Mon Abri, though we have some seven parties that are very very interested, but who all have to sell their […]

5 12 2014
Tasmania project update | Damn the Matrix

[…] but unexpectedly, not making me sad in the least.  After having ‘listed’ Mon Abri here on this blog since April last year (it feels like so much longer…) and getting no enquiries […]

14 01 2015
Bea

Dear Mike
What a dream!! Love it, love it, love it…Good Luck for you and may you life a long healthy life!!
Bea

15 04 2015
Well……. we’ve started. | Damn the Matrix

[…] I have been offline, more or less, since Easter Good Friday, which is why not much has happened here on DTM for almost two weeks.  I have in fact done the unimaginable: my son and I drove the trusty old ute and a tonne of our treasures to Tasmania in preparation for the inevitable sale of Mon Abri in Cooran. […]

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