A FAM­ILY’S HAVEN

This re­sort-style man­sion is just wait­ing for a large fam­ily with friends to fill its invit­ing rooms, writes Ben Hyde.

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TUCKED be­hind a high fence and elec­tric gates in a jacaranda-lined Malvern street sits an im­pos­ing man­sion. But far from be­ing in­tim­i­dat­ing, peel­ing back the gates re­veals a sweep­ing cir­cu­lar drive­way and crys­tal lead­light front doors that carry you into a warm and invit­ing fam­ily home.

Ven­dor Ran­jit Kaur, who has lived in the home for the past 11 years, says the prop­erty rev­els in the pres­ence of chil­dren and large par­ties.

‘‘The house is built for lots of kids. It’s a home for a big fam­ily,’’ she says.

‘‘We used to have five or six kids in here a night. Dur­ing the sum­mer­time we would al­ways have lots of kids around in the pool.’’

Ms Kaur says the fact that less chil­dren are now grac­ing the home’s hall­ways is a rea­son to sell the home.

‘‘My chil­dren are all grow­ing up re­ally fast and I only have two stay­ing here now,’’ she says.

‘‘My chil­dren would bring their friends around, but now it’s just too quiet.

‘‘The home is get­ting too lonely. It needs more noise in it.

‘‘We’ve en­joyed it. It’s time now to let an­other fam­ily en­joy it.’’

The 1920s man­sion on a 1599sq m block fea­tures five bed­rooms, large liv­ing ar­eas, a home the­atre and an en­ter­tainer’s-de­light back yard com­plete with in-ground pool, all-weather en­ter­tain­ing deck and wa­ter fea­ture.

But the grandeur of the prop­erty is no more ev­i­dent than in the mighty col­umns on the front porch sup­port­ing the over­head bal­cony, or the vast en­try hall that would not be out of place in a topflight ho­tel.

‘‘My home is like a re­sort-style home,’’ Ms Kaur says.

‘‘You don’t have to go away for your hol­i­days, you can just stay home and re­lax.

‘‘Once you shut those gates, you close off the rest of the world and en­joy what you have.’’

In her 11 years at the prop­erty, Ms Kaur has made some im­prove­ments, chiefly in the front and back yards.

‘‘We’ve re-done the front sec­tion and added the gar­den to make it more homely. You come in through the cir­cu­lar drive­way and it’s just a mag­i­cal home,’’ she says.

‘‘We also paved the back yard and put the en­ter­tain­ing deck­ing in.’’

Ms Kaur says the back yard has been home to many a party, host­ing up to 200 peo­ple on some oc­ca­sions.

The prop­erty’s lo­ca­tion also is some­thing that Ms Kaur has thor­oughly en­joyed.

‘‘It’s a great lo­ca­tion, there are schools and shop­ping cen­tres around,’’ she says. ‘‘It’s not far from Un­ley Rd and there are lots of cafes and restau­rants nearby.’’

Ms Kaur is adamant she will not re­gret the sale of the home.

‘‘I don’t think I’ll miss it too much and I’m sure that we will find some­thing else,’’ she says. ‘‘ . . . I want to go out and find my­self a one-level home.’’

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