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17 Richards Lane Joadja

An inside look at the ultimate dream home in the Southern Highlands

December 13, 2019 10:00 am by Upside

Sitting proudly at the end of a one-kilometre private driveway is “Highfield”: the Southern Highlands’ best-kept secret.

Exquisitely constructed on 153 prime grazing acres with a detached studio/workshop, this five-bedroom estate is the ultimate in luxurious country living.

Freshly painted and meticulously updated, this opulent double brick and double-glazed home is surrounded by superb landscaping and dry stone wall terracing.

The home’s north-facing layout allows ample natural light in an expansive main living and dining area with recessed ceilings and hardwood timber flooring.

The exceptionally crafted kitchen features an ILVE oven and cooktop, large centre island and marble benchtops.

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The kitchen overlooks an inviting family area with a dual-sided Cheminees Philippe wood fireplace, flowing into a casual dining space featuring a wide bay window with integrated bi-fold doors.

The master bedroom features a sprawling private terrace, walk-in wardrobe and separate twin en-suite facilities appointed with marble tiling and underfloor heating.

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The estate’s expansive 153 acres are fenced into seven paddocks, seven dams and a laneway system for moving stock. There are timber cattle yards with a modern covered vet crush adjacent to the large farm shed.

A taste of Southern Highlands history

The Highfield estate takes pride of place in Joadja, a town steeped in history. Once a flourishing mining hub, Joadja was home to approximately 1,200 people in the late 1800s and early 1900s, many of whom were skilled immigrants from Scotland.

Today, the town is earmarked as having state and national heritage significance. It’s one of the most historically remarkable industrial and archaeological mining sites in Australia, and indeed one of the most important early shale mining sites in New South Wales.

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Despite Joadja’s modern standing as a quiet enclave, the sandstone Joadja School, The School of Arts, the mines, the houses at Carrington Row, the refinery and even the cemetery remain as relics of the township’s thriving community that lived in the town more than a century ago.

Tucked away in the solitude of the valley yet conveniently close to Berrima, Bowral and Mittagong, Joadja is the epitome of rural tranquillity – and the Highfield estate is the jewel in its crown.

Take a virtual tour of Highfield and call Ken Heikkinen on 0490 049 019 to arrange your inspection of this exceptional estate today.


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