The 12 hectare or 30 acre rural property at 110 Crawford Road Benalla is listed for auction sale by the Wangaratta office of Elders Real Estate on Saturday October 20 to conclude the estate of the late Harold Stacey who held the holding for the last twenty five years.
The property is level flat productive farmland of a rectangular shape that fronts Crawford Road and runs through to an anabranch of the Broken River as its rear boundary.
Located on the property is a 700 metre sand-based harness horse training track together with a related mix of yards, stables and farm support buildings of an older style but in generally usable condition.
This track surrounds a central Lucerne paddock and it was professionally laid out and been maintained to be used for some years by local trainers.
The late Harold Stacey did in his day have a long career as an owner-trainer of harness horses.
The property has a three paddock subdivision with multiple smaller turnout paddocks.
There is also a three bedroom cottage considered to be in liveable condition but capable of being quite easily upgraded.
An electric pump equipped bore on the property delivers a drinking quality water supply.
But the major feature is the suitability of the property for a harness horse trainer although Elders Real estate selling agent Michael Everard says it would suit almost any equine exercise or hobby farm interest particularly due to its easy access.
“Crawford Road directly parallels the Hume Freeway on its eastern side starting at the eastern access ramp off the Benalla-Mansfield interchange on the Hume.
“It seems harness trainers, may of whom operate from stables and farm holdings in the outer metropolitan area, are increasingly coming under pressure from residential development.
“For a trainer seeking a quieter, easily accessible place to base their pacers and trotters this property could be the ideal alternative as it offers easy access to harness race tracks at Shepparton, Wangaratta and Echuca with an easy run by freeway almost all the way to racing headquarters at Melton or the outer tracks like Kilmore or Yarra Valley”.
Another benefit he says is that the property also offers easy access to all the services of the central business district of Benalla itself, including local schools.
Mr Everard says he is anticipating a sales price in the region of $500,000.
As the agent he is under the executor’s instructions to quickly realise the 110 Crawford Road property by an on property auction on Saturday 20 October at 11am.