Doggone life’s good at Acton
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.