YOU get a real sense of serenity sitting on the verandah of this mobile home in Woodman Point Reserve.
There’s not a towering power pole in sight; just soaring mature trees and an assortment of wildlife.
I don’t think that even Kerrigan’s Bonni Doon has the diversity of native fauna—including bandicoots and ring tailed possums—that live beside these mobile homes.
The agent had me staring at a large peppermint tree on the promise there was a family of tawny owls; unfortunately they had absconded, but there were mountain ducks, some sitting on rooftops, and a variety of birdlife to prolong my David Attenborough fantasy.
Woodman Point van park is home to 106 permanent human residents, living in dinky homes dotted amongst magnificent protected Tuart trees, with some residencies on mini-streets.
Part of the 54-hectare Woodman Point Reserve, residents have peace of mind knowing their view is safe from developers, thanks to its national park status.
And leasing company Discovery has a 40-year lease to boot.
The homes for sale are surprisingly individual, including a tiny one-bedroom ditty.
A two-bedroom home stands out because of its mind-blowing succulent garden: a veritable coral reef of different coloured and shaped cacti.
A three-bedroom abode is particularly well fitted out, with a generous kitchen and open-plan dining/living area.
Towering over the house is the grand-daddy of Tuarts, estimated to be 500 years old.
As the agent and I wander between homes, it’s easy to see why he once stayed here for five years, and why he plans to move back in semi-retirement, as he points out the many features at the site, including a swimming pool and playground (great for the grandkids).
While living at the park, he started up the breakfast club, where residents and holiday makers gather on a Saturday morning for $3 egg and bacon rolls and free tea and coffee.
“It’s a very friendly place, everyone looks out for everybody,” he says.
Homes at the park range from $120,000, for a single bedroom, to $265,000 for three bedrooms.
Residents own their homes, but not the land, and pay $195 a week in rent.
Woodman Point Park Homes
Cockburn Road, Coogee
0420 786 321