WHAT PRICE A VIEW
What price when every window has a view? What price when there are no power/telephone lines or roof tops to spoil your view; every day, 365 days a year?
Reflections in the windows show some of the views from within the kitchen
What's in a view ?
A few years ago, there was an article in The Telegraph (UK), about a survey of "The cost of a British view and what buyers are prepared to pay for our most valued vistas". It stated "A view of water or rolling hills can add up to 50 per cent to the price of a house."
This perception of the value of a view is not shared by all Brits. When my mother and my new English father-in-law, visited Heide and I when we lived in Sydney, we showed them our new block of land in Fishermans Bay near the Royal National Park near Sydney. It was on a steep slope, covered in large rocks, but had magnificent water views. He could see no merit in our precious block and proclaimed "You can't live off a view!"
We have in fact, been living off our views for almost twenty years. Unfortunately, I can find no actual proof that we have benefitted financially from our views, or even that our views have improved our health. However, there have been numerous studies showing the psychological benefits of living in a serene and tranquil environment. It is clearly "good for the soul".
We are totally spoiled for choice. As you can see from the images below, we do literally have gorgeous views from every room - apart from the laundry where they are merely interesting.
We are in no doubt that our quality of life has been enormously enhanced by the beauty and tranquility of our surrounds.
The ever changing face of Hobbs Point
These four photographs of Wagonga Inlet Narooma, were taken before sunrise from Hobbs Point in the first week of May this year. This is the view that we, and our guests at Hobbs Point Cottage, wake up to every day, winter or summer, rain or shine.