charlottes web farm
The farm used in the filming of the 2006 film Charlotte Web is for sale. Image – Elders.
  • The Lot 1 Ballan-Greendale Road, Ballan farm was used during filming back in 2005
  • Despite being in Victoria, the farm is portrayed to be in Maine
  • There is no residence on the property

A Greendale farm that was used in the 2006 film Charlotte’s Web has been listed for sale.

Though the film itself is set on a fictional farm in Somerset County, Maine, the movie was actually filmed in Melbourne and surrounding Victorian locations for four months in 2005.

It is based on the novel of the same, which was published in 1952 by E.B. White. It is the second film adaption of the book, with an animated version released in 1973.

charlottes web scene
Image – Paramount Pictures.

One of these locations was Greendale, which is located about 70 kilometres northwest of the Melbourne CBD, or just over an hour drive.

The Lot 1 Ballan-Greendale Road property covers 12.9 hectares (or 31.89 acres), with the pasture fully-fenced and power available at the boundary.

There is no existing residence on the property, although the two barns from the film remain there.

“Located within the attractive rolling hills of the verdant Greendale area this unique property presents as a rare opportunity to own a piece of Australia’s film history,” said Elders Real Estate Ballarat agent Bram Gunn, who is tasked with the sale of the property.

“With 2 structures remaining and creek access this land is a perfect rural retreat. It is zoned Rural and would require a successful Planning Permit application to build a residence.”

The rolling Victorian hills and period streetscapes assisted in transforming Melbourne and Victoria into 1950’s New England.

From a financial perspective, federal and state government incentives assisted with the film’s production, which enjoyed box office receipts of US$150 (AU$234) million from a $85 (AU$134) million budget.

Thanks to this success, the Zuckerman farm is one of the most well known fictional farms in the world.

Image – Elders.

Mr Gunn is also selling the adjacent lot, which has 54.5 acres with no existing house.

No price guide has been disclosed. Expressions of interest for the property close on Friday, 4 November.

Other quirky properties listed in recent times include Pig Island, an entire Victorian mining village and a rural Western Australian property with two runways.

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