Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Residential - Ary­lene West­lake-Jen­nings

PERCHED high on a hill in South Perth, sand­wiched be­tween Mill Point Road and Can­ning High­way, is this lav­ishly pre­sented fam­ily res­i­dence.

Own­ers Chris­tine and Adam bought the home in 2003.

“We’ve done three lots of ren­o­va­tions and ex­ten­sions,” Chris­tine said.

“It’s been a real work in progress as we bought it be­fore we had kids and the house grew as the fam­ily grew.

“Most re­cently, we re­did the up­stairs – it was orig­i­nally the main liv­ing area – and then ex­tended the ground floor; the pool was added four years ago.”

Pri­vately tucked away be­hind high walls and es­tab­lished gar­dens, the dou­ble-storey house is unas­sum­ing and mod­est from the street.

But past the front gates, the home slowly re­veals an inspired de­sign, start­ing with the trop­i­cal-style gar­dens and Bali-es­que porch.

The theme is car­ried through to the in­te­ri­ors across the ver­sa­tile liv­ing ar­eas, which fea­ture high ceil­ings and stun­ning floor­ing.

The huge master bed­room, po­si­tioned at the front, is the first of four bed­rooms and comes with a large en­suite and a walk-in robe.

Fur­ther in­side, there is a sec­ond bed­room with built-in robes, the main bath­room and a two-way toi­let.

The air­con­di­tioned main fam­ily space at the rear takes ad­van­tage of the north­ern as­pect and is drenched in nat­u­ral light pour­ing in from all an­gles.

The kitchen, with gran­ite bench­tops and stain­less steel ap­pli­ances, has the best views across the din­ing and lounge room and all the way out to the al­fresco and pool area.

Out here, the al­fresco en­ter­tain­ing space car­ries on the trop­i­cal theme with lush gar­dens, peb­ble borders and an invit­ing so­lar-heated salt­wa­ter pool fac­ing the decked bar­be­cue area.

“We just love the pool and the in­door/out­door liv­ing down­stairs,” Chris­tine said.

“We de­signed it so you can watch over the kids as you cook or go in to get a drink.”

On the first floor, there is a sec­ond sit­ting room with lofty ceil­ings and a gas pot belly stove that is cen­tred on two more mi­nor bed­rooms, a third bath­room and a kitch­enette.

This means this en­tire floor can work beau­ti­fully as a self-con­tained re­treat, which is a real bonus for fam­i­lies with teenage chil­dren in par­tic­u­lar.

“The house works well if you want sep­a­rate ar­eas – the par­ents can have the front, the kids can have the up­stairs and then you can all come to­gether in the liv­ing area and around the pool,” Chris­tine said.

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