It’s been 13 years since Ben Shaw and his wife Kerryn made the move from Melbourne to this 1920’s home in Geelong’s Manifold Heights. Ben completed his permaculture certificate shortly after, and has gone on to create one of the city’s most productive suburban gardens!

In the backyard you’ll find a diverse array of seasonal plants, including edibles and mature fruit trees. ‘The garden is really hitting its prime with established fruit trees and incredible soil that makes veggie gardening so much easier!’ says Ben. ‘The new owners won’t have to do any back breaking work – just plant seedlings and watch them grow.’ There’s also a chicken coop, water tanks and composting systems to support the most self-sufficient lifestyle possible. (You can read all about Ben’s garden in our feature on it late last year!) 

The house itself is double brick, and was built by the original owners who lived here until Ben and Kerryn purchased the property. Over the following years, the couple have updated the property to incorporate sustainable design features, such as double glazed windows, water tanks and solar panels. The north-facing living and dining areas look directly out to the garden, enabling this lush area to feel part of the interiors. ‘We love that we have created a home which doesn’t separate the garden from the house; they link beautifully together and bring the people along for the ride,’ Ben says. 

Ben and his family are now entering a new chapter, which means this three-bedroom, one-bathroom home on a 624 square metre block is currently up for sale. ‘The joy that the garden has brought to our cooking, health and happiness is immeasurable,’ Ben says. ‘Hopefully the new owners will enjoy all that an abundant edible garden can offer: relaxation, connection and wholesome food!’

See the full listing for 34 Sydenham Avenue, Manifold Heights



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