Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Residential -

WHEN the own­ers came up with the de­sign for this river­side beauty, they not only had to work with the shape of the block but tick all the boxes when it came to the life­style they were af­ter.

“It’s a down­ward slop­ing block and we al­ways in­tended to work with that,” Mrs Stephens said.

“So we drew up the plans to in­cor­po­rate sev­eral en­ter­tain­ment ar­eas in sep­a­rate zones so that all those dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties did not im­pact on the oth­ers.”

On the Sal­ter Point penin­sula on a 450sq m block close to Aquinas Col­lege and the banks of the Can­ning River, the res­i­dence has a re­laxed, fam­ily-friendly vibe.

“I take our one-year-old daugh­ter for walks along the river all the time and meet many other mums and peo­ple walk­ing their pets; it’s a won­der­ful way to start the day,” Mrs Stephens said.

“I also have a friend who lives around the cor­ner and we run to­gether as well.

“We’ve al­ready start­ing build­ing our next house in the area be­cause we just love it here.”

The prop­erty was built from scratch by their own com­pany, Stephens De­sign & Con­struc­tion, and com­pleted in 2013, and now of­fers three dis­tinct lev­els with spe­cific func­tion­al­ity across 452sq m of living area.

From the street, the ul­tra-mod­ern ren­der and stone fa­cade beck­ons to­wards the porch and tim­ber dou­ble-door en­try.

This swings open to re­veal a stunning en­try hall­way, which looks straight into the games room at the rear with a built-in bar and di­rect ac­cess to a ve­randa that leads down to a decked ter­race.

Also on this floor are two mi­nor bed­rooms with built-in robes, a home of­fice, the laun­dry, a bath­room with shower and bath, a toi­let and the shop­per’s en­try from the dou­ble garage.

A stunning marri tim­ber, stain­less steel and glass stair­case leads down to the base­ment level, where there is a 6.1m x 5.3m gym area as well as an en­closed home theatre, where the kids can watch the nois­i­est block­busters with­out fear of an­noy­ing mum and dad.

Of course, this means all the ac­tion hap­pens on the first floor, which is cen­tred on a huge open-plan fam­ily living area that in­te­grates seam­lessly with the al­fresco area.

The kitchen is at the rear and fea­tures luxury in­clu­sions such as Miele and Fisher & Paykel ap­pli­ances, soft-closing cab­i­netry, glass splash­backs and a break­fast bar.

But the living room is the real show­stop­per, with bi-fold doors slid­ing away to blend the in­doors and out­doors for the ul­ti­mate en­ter­tain­ing space boasting re­lax­ing panora­mas.

The rest of this level is re­served for the two re­main­ing bed­rooms – the mas­ter retreat and guest suite, which is cur­rently used as the Stephens’ daugh­ter’s room.

“One of the best things about the floor plan is we have her room next to ours be­cause we don’t want her far away” Mrs Stephens said.

“But at the same time, we can have friends over down in the games room and she doesn’t hear a thing.”

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