The house that Mike Leyland built is for sale

Here is the house that Mike Leyland built.

In the late 1970s, Mike and Mal Leyland had become household names in Australia with their TV show built around their adventures, photography and books.

The brothers bought three blocks of land at 40ha each on the Pacific Highway at North Arm Cove in the 1980s.

The northern block is still used as a bush camp and the 1/40th scale model of Uluru is still there too, now used as petrol station.

But the southern block, with its easy access to Bundabah Creek, was used by Mike to build a solid timber home for himself and wife Margie and their five daughters.

The property at 548 Gooreengi Road, North Arm is now for sale with a price guide of $1,350,000 – $1,480,000.

Mike’s home consisted of a lower floor living area with steeply raked and high cathedral ceilings, a mezzanine floor with bathroom and more bedrooms, and a third floor loft. The home is also only metres from the creek.

The name Middle Wharf came from an occasion when, during construction, an old timer timber cutter drove into the property and drawled, “Well, I never thought I’d see a house being built at Middle Wharf. This is where we used to load the logs on the barge to go to the mill”.

After 21 years at Middle Wharf, current owners Norm and Sandy Needham are downsizing but staying in the same area.

“We will miss it. But it’s time for someone else with a large family to enjoy living here,” Mr Needham said.

“We bought the house off Mike Leyland, there’s eight bedrooms across the two houses here so it would suit a big family. Kids love it here with the high cathedral ceilings and the mezzanine loft.

“I can see the place also as ideal for a retiree looking for a tree change or someone who is into boats.”

The Needhams, who have also travelled all over Australia just like the Leylands, fell in love with the place 21 years ago when they spotted a signboard saying “deep water frontage” and were intrigued.

Mr Needham, now retired had owned a mechanical repairs workshop in Sydney, specialising in his passion of 4WDs.

Ray White – Tea Gardens / Hawks Nest principal Stuart Sinclair said the property called Middle Wharf was a 30 minute drive to Newcastle Airport and two hours to Sydney.

“This fabulous 43.51 ha property is accessed via a one km long sealed bitumen driveway which heads straight to the main home. Half way down a turn to the left leads to a second three bedroom house.”

About 10 years ago, the highway was by-passed to the west, and the property is now accessed via Gooreengi Road.

Parts of the original dam water reticulation system are used to supply garden water to both houses, and extra rain water tanks have been added to the buildings. The floating jetty and its access walkway have been re-built.