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Architecturally designed home ticks all the boxes

With no sign the Covid tree-change is slowing down, this architecturally designed home at Collector is the pick of the bunch.

With no sign the Covid tree-change is slowing down, this architecturally designed home at Collector is the pick of the bunch.

Owners Gary and Julianne Daw were living in Sydney when they sought their own tree-change in Collector about 20 years ago.

“We moved to Sydney from country Tasmania and we saw similarities in landscape and lifestyle at Collector,” Julianne said.

“One of the most important features is the space and lifestyle available in the village atmosphere, but with close proximity to work in Goulburn or Canberra or from home.”

The Daws bought their slice of country living - a 2007m2 block they’ve kept vacant apart from fruit trees, building on the adjacent 2010m2 block, both which are on the market to be purchased together or separately.

The couple engaged renowned Goulburn architect Andrew Randall from Dutaillas Architects to design the luxury, modern Australian home completed in 2006.

Randall carefully positioned the property to be north facing, with an undercover north-easterly situated patio Julianne said was a “very private space we used constantly”.

“Spacious rooms and high ceilings make the house cool in summer, but the flexible design and ability to close off sections of the house enables privacy for our visitors, also making it perfect for an Airbnb or for a family with teenagers.”

Agent George Southwell said the Daws and their architect were ahead of their time with the home’s design.

“The resurgence in city dwellers embracing the work-from-home directive induced by the pandemic has seen people want to relocate to the wide open spaces and fresh air in regional areas.

“But people are seeking a modern design and that’s where ‘Hazelgrove’ delivers, it’s a true country estate offering the best in home design and high quality finishes that wouldn’t be out of place in home built today.”

Julianne describes the Collector community as having a young population with a good local school attracting families to the area. 

Despite most people working in Canberra or Goulburn, Julianne has seen significant change in Collector with a modern café opening, award-winning cellar door, monthly produce markets and an art gallery.

“Little businesses are popping up,” she said, a trend she expects to keep growing as the tree-change movement continues to gain traction.

Being able to access artisan breads and local produce in Collector is certainly welcomed by Julianne, whose passion for cooking is reflected in her home with an entertainer’s kitchen, a woodfired South African barbecue in the garden, along with mature fruit and olive trees.

“The kitchen is my favourite part of the house, I’m a passionate cook with a commercial background in cooking.”

The Daws are moving for family and business reasons, but Julianne knows the new owners will relish the village life as much as they have.

“I know the new owners will enjoy the tranquillity and peace our home offers as much as we have, including winter nights in front of the wood fire and waking up to bird song.”


Agent: George Southwell +61 429 838 345 george.southwell@raywhite.com