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Discover Upper Ferntree Gully’s answer to an Incan icon.

With sweeping views over the Dandenong Ranges and world-class eco cred, 8 Olivette Ave soars to new heights.

The six-bedroom property — dubbed the vendors’ own “Machu Picchu” — is on the market with a $2.3-$2.5 million price guide.

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The Upper Ferntree Gully home was designed with sustainability in mind.


Peru or Ferntree Gully? Photo: by Percy Hurtado / AFP


The mostly native rooftop garden provides natural insulation, and the views aren’t bad either.


The property has an asking price of $2.3-$2.5 million.


Compared to the Incan icon for the property’s place in the clouds, it also shares other similarities to the Peruvian wonder.

Volcanic rock upcycled from the previous build is the same stone as was used to create the Incan site, vendor Anton Englemeyer said.

He said it was also built to stand the test of time and held a close relationship with the sun.

“Machu Picchu was built to worship the sun gods, we instead harvest the sun and use it in powering the house,” Mr Englemeyer said.

A sale in its price range would raise the bar for residential sales in the suburb in the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges.

That standard was set with the early 2017 sale of 26 Wynette Ave for $1.26 million.

Green features are evident from the top down at the Olivette Ave abode — winner of the most sustainable house gong at the 2013 Master Builder’s Excellence in Housing Awards.

Gardens on the property are dominated by native plants and grasses.


There’s space for 1000 bottles in the cellar.


The main bedroom’s ensuite bathroom has wonderful views.


Lush living.


A rooftop garden of indigenous plants and grasses provides thermal insulation.

The house also features passive-solar-design best practices, including an internal thermal mass wall that regulates temperature.

Mr Englemeyer said the rock work on display in the home was upcycled from ground works carried out on the site by the previous owner.

“It will be around for ages and the next buyers won’t want to leave,” Mr Englemeyer said.

“It’s an amazing place to live and whoever buys it will be the next custodian of the house.”

Not quite the Inca Trail, but still a bit of a hike.


What a way to wake up.


A cinema room is fittingly close to the cellar.


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Internal plants oxygenate rooms in the airtight house.


Mr Englemeyer, a builder specialising in sustainable design and construction practices, said the home was designed with green-star energy ratings in mind.

“Sustainability to me is building something that lasts longer and if you use good quality materials then you don’t have to do anything,” he said.

Added features of the tri-level house include a lift, a cinema room and a 1000-bottle cellar.

An open-plan ground-floor kitchen, dining and lounge space looks out to a roof garden, with a balcony also capturing panoramic views.

The open-plan kitchen, living and dining space, alongside the granite thermal mass wall.


There’s a lift for the tri-level house.


Did we mention the views?


Ray White Forest Hill director Hugh Francis said every aspect of the home incorporated functionality with design.

“Everything in the house that’s beautiful still has a job to do,” Mr Francis said.

“The perfect buyer is going to be someone that does have a real respect for sustainable living and unique construction.”

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