Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Couple's 800km Trip to Buy Dream 'Treehouse'

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Couple's 800km Trip to Buy Dream 'Treehouse'

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Byline: Jarred Sferruzzi jarred.sferruzzi@dailymercury.com.au

A QUICK google search and a last minute decision caused a couple to travel almost 800km from Gayndah to Cape Hillsborough to buy the property of their dreams.

The sailing, views, simplicity and affordability is what drove the Sunshine Coast pair to purchase their "treehouse" home.

Max Worger and Karen Worcester had just finished a sailing trip with her children in the Whitsundays last month and were driving home when Ms Worcester decided to search through properties in the region.

As the couple own a boat, they liked the idea of having a holiday home close to their favourite sailing spots.

"So we got to about Gayndah when I googled and saw the property and just thought 'my god'," Ms Worcester explained.

She had found a property on Kippen St in Ball Bay built almost entirely of natural wood and overlooked Cape Hillsborough.

"We had to make a very quick decision by then because there was a cross road coming up where we would either take the road to go home, or turn around and come all the way back up," she said.

"So that's what we did."

On the drive north, they called the real estate agent and enquired about the house.

"I think they thought we were a bit crazy," Ms Worcester said as she laughed.

"They said we'd better go out and have a look around outside first and if we're still interested to give her a ring.

"Once we got there, we rang her immediately and asked her to come out straight away."

After looking through the inside of the property, the couple spent one night thinking about it, but the next morning put in an offer. The couple bought the house for $165,000.

The house is built on high stilts, the longest being 6metres to the lower deck.

To lift items to and from the house, the couple had to make a small crane which helped avoid carrying goods up the steep hill to the entrance. During the first day, reality quickly set in for Ms Worcester when she became daunted by the work required to fix their new home. …

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