Luke Ferguson has fond memories of weekends and school holidays spent on his father’s secluded property perched high on the ridge overlooking the Molonglo River.
Long summer days exploring the rugged bushland of Whiskers Hill and cooling off in the river, never quite able to touch the bottom of the deepest waterhole around – even when he and his mates leapt 10 metres off the rock!
His dad, John, was an internationally renowned geologist who called this tranquil bush retreat home for 37 years.
“My dad travelled the world for work, and I always remember him saying he’s been everywhere, but that was his favourite place on the planet,” Luke said.
It’s not hard to tell why.
With spectacular mountain vistas and views as far as Captain’s Flat, the architect-designed home at 52 Yilgarn Road at Carwoola sits high in the treetops, surrounded by birdlife. It is simply spectacular.
Luke says his dad recorded 164 species of birds in this park-like setting and revelled in the annual return of nesting peregrine falcons.
Whiskers Hill is the only home in the area, built on the edge of the escarpment, with an expansive wall of north-facing windows framing mesmerising views of the valley below.
The modernist-style buildings, designed and built by two architect brothers in the 1970s, is connected to its natural surrounds.
Timber, copper and glass are used to create an earthy, robust interior, a glorious warm space with vaulted ceilings and wood-burning fireplaces.
Luke recalls family Christmas gatherings on the expansive treetop deck, with the sea breeze bringing relief, right on cue, on those hot summer afternoons.
Inside, behind double-glazed windows with the fire roaring, the winter storms would roll in, creating a spectacular natural light show.
“It’s just incredible any time of the year,” Luke said.
“Every room has been designed to take in the spectacular views.
“It’s a super simple home, but really interesting and unique.”
Luke hopes another family will love the property as much as his has for almost 40 years.
“It’s such a special place, and I can really see an artist or writer being inspired here,” he said.
“It’s an incredible place for anyone that loves nature and birds. It’s super peaceful and secluded, yet it’s only 25 minutes to Civic and 10 minutes into Queanbeyan.”
Set on 40 acres, the property has subdivision potential, offering the only riverfront plot along that stretch of the Molonglo in Carwoola that hasn’t been built on.
The main two-bedroom home features open plan living, a rustic kitchen and hardwood flooring throughout.
It has a wine cellar under the house and gas hydronic heating, as well as reverse-cycle air conditioning.
The free-standing granny flat or studio has an oversized bedroom, kitchenette and wrap-around deck.
The property has solar power and electricity, a dam with an irrigation system and 14,000-litre water tanks.
With expressions of interest closing on 3 May, be quick to discover this compelling bush oasis that will take your breath away.