LONG gone are the days when Templestowe was known as a sleepy rural area.
But at one of the suburb’s original farmhouses, homebuyers can step back in time.
Believed to have been built in the early 1900s, the two-bedroom weatherboard cottage’s charming character has been well preserved and maintained.
The 1.37ha site at 7 Watties Rd is also surrounded by equally large blocks, with stunning views across the paddocks to the CBD and Dandenong Ranges.
The house has even charmed experienced real estate agent, Steve Schumann, of Fletchers Manningham.
“It’s like a little museum, a work of art – it’s got some real history behind it,” Mr Schumann said.
“You’d swear you were out in the Yarra Valley here. I don’t have anything to compare it to.”
Iris Da Costa bought the property 25 years ago with her husband, and she and her family have also loved the home’s charm and tranquillity.
Her daughter, Karen Da Costa, said plenty of fun family times had been held there over the years, with her sons riding motorbikes across the paddocks and her sister living at the house for awhile.
“Blocks like this just don’t come up very often,” she said. “It’s beautiful and got a lot of charm, and it’s nice and quiet. At night, you can see right over Lower Plenty Rd.”
Ms Da Costa said her mother had restored the property “quite a bit” when she bought it, as it was quite rundown.
It now features a country-style kitchen with a cast iron kitchen stove while in the living room, and one bedroom, there are open fireplaces.
A claw foot bath is in the extended bathroom and throughout the house, there are pine floors, stained glass windows and high ceilings.
The property also includes a dam.
Mr Schumann noted that while the house had no heritage overlay, the area did have a single dwelling covenant while its environmental significance ensured no one could subdivide the north-facing block.
“You can’t just bulldoze the block — there is an overlay on the land from Manningham City Council in which you would have to get approval on what to build on the block,” he said.
“Any new buildings would have to match the surroundings. It will stay as acreage around here.”
Despite its small size and council restrictions, Mr Schumann said he’d had “lots and lots” of interest in the house.
“It seems to be more families, people who want to buy the block and build a family home,” he said.
The house will go to auction on Saturday, July 1 at 10am.
SUBURB PROFILE: TEMPLESTOWE