First time on market: private Dural estate

An architect-designed residence set upon five acres of land is on the market for the first time since it was built 12 years ago.

The owners, Mark & Anne Greaves, bought the block after the land was subdivided.

“Originally this land was a 40 acre dairy farm that was subdivided to create six five acre blocks of land,” Mr Greaves explains.

“We purchased the land and had an idea of the type of home we wanted to create. We worked with an architect who helped us shape the home.”

For Mr and Mrs Greaves the standout feature of the home is the turpentine forest at the rear of the property; bushland which the couple played a pivotal role in rejuvenating.

“When we purchased the land, the local council called me to ask what we were planning to do with the trees at the rear.

“I got the council to explain why they were important and how I could assist them.

“It turned out that turpentine forests were so depleted that there was only 2-3 per cent of this forest remaining in the Sydney basin.

“What followed was eight years of working with council and neighbours to regenerate the bush and today, we’ve got 22 hectares of the forest restored to its original condition. It’s meticulously cared for and it’s a lovely backdrop to the property,” Mr Greaves explains.

The four bedroom home, located at 3 Dural Downs Way, is designed for entertaining with an outdoor pergola taking advantage of the north-east facing backyard.

“We love the outdoor areas of the home. We’re sitting on 20,000 square metres of land with a beautiful big pool and championship tennis court with lights.The forest attracts many different birds which makes the outdoor living of this home all the more enjoyable,” Mr Greaves said.

Other features of the home include an extensive climate-controlled wine cellar with wall racking that could easily hold 2000 bottles of wine, and two separate wings – one for the parents and one for children or guests.

Selling agent, Sandy Ward of Ray White Dural says the home is private and tranquil.

“The property is on a private road around 300m off Old Northern Road. Outside of peak hour you can reach the City in 35 minutes yet this home feels a world away from City life,” she said.

The property at 3 Dural Downs Way is for sale with offers over $2.5m