A 12-hectare Ohoka farmlet, a rare and generous size for a lifestyle property in the heart of one of North Canterbury’s most desired localities, is for sale.
Ron and Diane Dalley bought the property in 1975, as Ron explains.
“It was originally a dairy farm, with a wee cottage. After we moved in we progressively built a new house, then removed the cottage. It’s been an excellent base for us, both when we had an irrigation business in Ohoka township, then also for the family.
“We’ve taken great pleasure in the house, and the outlook around the garden is something you can’t replicate in an urban area.”
As their business was irrigation, including heavy involvement with the establishment of New Zealand’s centre pivot industry, the irrigation system, delivering 11 litres per second from a well on the property across the whole 12 hectares, ensures grass year-round. “Linked to the Eyre River system, it’s an exceptional location for abundant spring water.
“We’ve fattened cattle for the last 48 years, running between 30 and 40 head of beef cattle for six months of the year, de-stocking in April for the winter. As a farming unit it’s given us a good return, paying the rates and the insurance,” says Ron.
Their business, Irrigation and Pumping Services, grew from a two person operation in 1976 to 90 employees, one of New Zealand’s largest irrigation companies. They were instrumental in establishing this country’s centre pivot business and held the franchise for Italian imported irrigators, American centre pivots, and British and Australian irrigation products. PGG Wrightson bought Irrigation and Pumping Services from the Dalleys in 2003.
Ready to downsize, the couple have now engaged Kevin Rowe of PGG Wrightson Real Estate, Rangiora to offer their property for sale. He says the outstanding setting, 24 kilometres north of the Christchurch CBD and 1.5 kilometres from the well-respected local primary school, accentuates the charm of the four bedroom home.
“Ron and Diane have developed a large, much admired and lovingly tended garden, with a natural stream flowing through close to the house. It includes two ponds, one with a fountain system, and will provide new owners with a tranquil haven.
“Oriented to capture all day sun, built with heart rimu and featuring an in-ground swimming pool and indoor spa, this quality residence and its prime location offer numerous admirable qualities. Many barns and sheds, electrified laneways throughout, plus a high standard of sheep and cattle stock handling facilities, set this well above most lifestyle offerings, providing a solid revenue opportunity.
“Taking a slightly longer term view, the Dalleys have also secured resource consent for subdivision into three four hectare blocks, the standard lifestyle property size in Waimakariri District, providing a new owner who so chooses with the opportunity to develop within the next four years,” says Kevin.
Offers on the property over $1.9 million plus GST (if any) will be considered.
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