JULIE Thompson’s two-year mission to relocate a Californian bungalow from Geelong to a Long Gully block has not been without its troubles.
The house was moved in two parts onto Ms Thompson’s block on Eaglehawk Road on Monday.
Ms Thompson found the house in the Geelong suburb of Newton about two and a half years ago.
The Long Gully local was initially looking to relocate to Geelong to be closer to her son and daughter.
“I went to Geelong and looked at houses, but they were so expensive," she said.
“Then in my travels, I found this house and I just loved it.
“I walked in and it felt good.”
Ms Thompson estimates the house dates from the 1920s.
She then went about finding a block of land to relocate the house and discovered one - in her front yard.
She subdivided her Eaglehawk Rd block and went about getting the necessary paperwork to put the new home in front of her old house.
It’s taken her two years to get the house approved for the big move.
The house was looked after by Geoff Martin, of removal company Martin Brothers’, for the whole time.
Ms Thompson hopes to have the house completed in about three months.
She said she will be relieved when the whole thing is over.
“It’s been so stressful,” she said.
“I will be thrilled once it’s done.
“It has Baltic pine floors, a wood kitchen and the ceilings are all original and intact.
“There is so much about this house I love."