Liv­ing ar­eas for ev­ery­one

Fam­i­lies need space to stretch out in, writes

The Advertiser - Real Estate - - Family Home -

AF­FORD­ABIL­ITY and func­tion­al­ity are two key fea­tures sought by fam­ily buy­ers in a new house. LJ Hooker agent Ralph Pacillo says houses suit­able for fam­i­lies must have a flex­i­ble floor­plan to al­low the house to trans­form and de­velop as the fam­ily’s needs change or grow.

‘‘There needs to be room for the kids to play both in­doors and out­doors,’’ he says.

‘‘A lot of peo­ple like to have two liv­ing ar­eas so if the kids are mak­ing a racket, the par­ents can be in a sep­a­rate place – that’s im­por­tant for fam­i­lies.’’

The ven­dors, Sue and Joe, have listed their fam­ily house, which is ex­pected to sell for an af­ford­able price at auc­tion, in the fam­i­lyfriendly Flin­ders Park area.

‘‘It’s been our fam­ily home for 15 years . . . we’ve brought up four kids here,’’ the ven­dors say.

‘‘We’re mov­ing in­ter­state, that’s the only rea­son we are go­ing. It has two sep­a­rate liv­ing ar­eas at ei­ther end of the house so you’re not com­pet­ing for space and there’s not a lot of noise. There are two rooms out the back suit­able for a games room and my daugh­ter uses one as a bed­room be­cause it’s more pri­vate.’’

The bath­room, laun­dry and toi­let were all up­dated last year.

At the end of the street are two schools plus there is a ma­jor shop­ping cen­tre within walk­ing dis­tance and pub­lic trans­port stops out­side the prop­erty.

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