Doggone life’s good at Ac­ton

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REL­A­TIVELY new, as sub­urbs of Ho­bart go, Ac­ton Park has had a fast rise to fame. Since be­ing carved up in the late 1950s, the semi- ru­ral lo­cal­ity has be­come a par­adise for horse- lovers and hobby farm­ers and now reg­u­larly makes the list for Tas­ma­nia’s top- 10 most ex­pen­sive sub­urbs.

Lat­est REIT fig­ures list Ac­ton Park’s me­dian house price at $ 605,000, beat­ing pres­ti­gious sub­urbs such as Sandy Bay, Bat­tery Point and Mt Stu­art. The devel­op­ment of a four- lane high­way, com­mer­cial precinct and nearby Seven Mile Beach, horse fa­cil­i­ties such as Tan­gara Trails and the state eques­trian cen­tre have all added to Ac­ton’s pop­u­lar­ity.

Hav­ing lived in the area for more than 37 years, Ho­bart so­cialite Edyth Lang­ham un­der­stands bet­ter than any­one the ap­peal of her home and has even done her part to get its name on the map. She and hus­band Grant Good­win have spent the past year over­see­ing the con­struc­tion of their lat­est Ac­ton Park home, Sh­elomith, just two doors from their pre­vi­ous res­i­dence.

‘‘ It’s a lovely spot; I adore it,’’ Mrs Lang­ham said.

‘‘ I love look­ing out the back at night time, it is just so beau­ti­ful and I love watch­ing the air­crafts come in.

‘‘ I know it’s gor­geous in places like Sandy Bay with its water views but I’m not all that keen on water, I pre­fer horses.’’

Con­structed by Laud­erdale builder Shane Py­bus, the new home was de­signed by Mr Good­win who drew in­spi­ra­tion from the home the cou­ple orig­i­nally lived in when mov­ing to the area.

‘‘ This house was mod­elled on the house we had at 926 Ac­ton Rd, 37 years ago,’’ Mrs Lang­ham said.

‘‘ It was a gor­geous house and back then there were only about seven houses from the main road right past us at 926. ‘‘ Now there are so many houses around the place.’’ Sh­elomith is de­rived from a Jewish term which means ‘ peace­ful’ very apt for the serene coun­try land­scape which un­folds around the 415sq m home.

‘‘ Ev­ery­thing is usu­ally too small for me; I like liv­ing big,’’ Mrs Lang­ham said in ref­er­ence to the size of the home.

Hav­ing moved in less than a month ago, the fin­ish­ing touches are still be­ing ap­plied and al­ready the cou­ple have plans for other ad­di­tions such as a fire­place in the for­mal liv­ing area.

Light, bright and with clean lines through­out, the home has been well- con­sid­ered as they move into their golden years.

An ex­tra bed­room has been in­cluded should a nurse or carer need to stay overnight, mak­ing it the per­fect re­tire­ment pad which will al­low them to hopefully stay in their own home for the rest of their lives in­stead of go­ing into an aged care fa­cil­ity.

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