A rare property’s for sale in spectacular, historic Skippers Canyon.
The hilly, 7.8-hectare property, including a four-bedroom, two-bathroom home, has been owned for the past 28 years by Jane Scheib.
She originally co-owned it with her ex-husband Laurie Scheib, a fourth-generation Skippers local.
Scheib’s selling it via local Tall Poppy Real Estate consultant Dennis Croll, whom she worked with at Mountain Scene in the late ’80s. The sale’s by deadline private treaty, expiring December 12.
Accessed via Coronet Peak Road and the historic, one-lane Skippers Road, the fenced property’s only a 35-minute drive from central Queenstown.
Calling Skippers Rd “my driveway”, Scheib says “you just drive around every corner like something’s coming around the other way”.
A four-wheel drive vehicle’s required, but even in winter the road’s rarely closed, she notes.
Unlike the rest of the Wakatipu, Skippers remains undeveloped.
“Anybody who wants to buy some space knows they’re not going to get built out in the next 100 years,” Scheib says.
But, she adds, residents had to fight “a couple of would-be developers who wanted to put noisy things in there”.
She happily lives ‘off the grid’, using solar panels and a small generator, while a tank up the hill supplies gravity-fed water and there’s septic wastewater disposal.
However there’s good cellphone reception and WiFi.
Scheib says she’s selling as “I’d rather go now where I can have a nice new start somewhere without taking my walker with me”.
She raised both her sons in Skippers – Sam, who was one when he moved there, and Ryan, 28, who still lives there.
“He doesn’t want to leave Skippers, I might have to leave him behind as chattels,” she quips.
“I just always liked the space and the peace, so I’ve never wanted to change it, but if you wanted to run animals, or whatever, you could [subject to the property’s historic, rural zoning]. There’s heaps of potential.”
Croll says there’s a building platform, away from the house, “where somebody could build an amazing house, looking right up to Mt Aurum”.
He notes it’s very unusual for Skippers freehold property, rare enough itself, to come to market.
“If you know the history of Skippers, people who live up there stay up there forever – they just go generation to generation to generation.”
He thinks it could suit as someone’s getaway from Queenstown’s hustle and bustle.
Croll says because having open homes “is a bit of a logistical nightmare – we don’t really want people to go up there”, but he took taking prospective buyers on a bus trip on Sunday afternoon.