One of Victoria’s oldest homes, a two-storey Georgian mansion built in 1852, has been renovated as an outstanding home and stands just 15 minutes from one of Victoria’s most picturesque beaches, Cape Bridgewater.
With 10.5 hectares for the polo ponies, hundreds of jobs currently unfilled in nearby Portland, and a price tag well under $1 million, the only mystery is why Brierly has not sold yet. The renewable energy, timber, shipping and manufacturing industries are booming in the Portland area and Brierly would make an outstanding lifestyle choice for aspiring treechangers – for less than Melbourne’s median house price, which currently stands at $833,000.
The lovingly-restored home is considered to be one of the finest examples of Georgian architecture in the State, and is a fitting tribute to the intrepid Scottish Builder Robert Herbertson, who moved from Tasmania to the fledgling whaling outpost at Portland in 1840, building a range of fine buildings in the young town before constructing Brierly as his family home.
No doubt equally intrepid was Herbertson’s wife, the formidable Isabella, who raised seven children in the three bedroom home, around 3 kilometres from Portland’s town centre.
The home is a landmark property on the winding country lane which has since become a favourite drive between Portland and Cape Bridgewater, surrounded by fine heritage treescape. Herbertson died in Portland in 1879 and his descendents owned the house until 2001. It is listed as a building of architectural and historical significance.
The house is now available for $795,000 and is a great lifestyle property for anyone considering a move to the thriving Glenelg Shire.
83 Cape Bridgewater Rd, Portland