LIFESTYLE KEY TO RIVERSIDE BEAUTY
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.”