A huge block and lush, peace­ful sur­rounds make for a per­fect fam­ily home, writes

Thomas Conlin.

The Advertiser - Real Estate - - Under The Hammer -

ALARGE colo­nial-style house on a gen­er­ous block ended Dave and Kerry Pike’s three-year search for a fam­ily home 15 years ago. Hav­ing pro­vided a per­fect en­vi­ron­ment for rais­ing their chil­dren, the beau­ti­ful home is on the mar­ket again. ‘‘We first saw the sign on this one af­ter we spent three years look­ing for a home,’’ Mr Pike says.

‘‘We said, ‘Why not? Let’s pull over and have look at it’.

‘‘We had a look the next day and it was just ne­go­ti­at­ing from there on. ‘‘It’s been a good fam­ily home.’’ Set on a huge block – al­most an acre (4000sq m) – the house has four bed­rooms and four bath­rooms as well as for­mal din­ing and liv­ing ar­eas.

The spacious rooms have been fin­ished in a tra­di­tional colo­nial style to match the ar­chi­tec­ture of the house.

The big for­mal lounge is ac­cented by a large wooden fire­place and or­nate cor­nices. The for­mal din­ing room is equally spacious but Mr Pike says the home cin­ema is a fam­ily favourite.

‘‘We prob­a­bly spent the bulk of our time in there. It’s got un­der­floor heat­ing for win­ter.’’

A large bay win­dow in the cin­ema pro­vides the best views of the large land­scaped gar­den that sur­rounds the home.

‘‘The gar­den takes a lit­tle bit of main­te­nance but I en­joy it,’’ Mr Pike says. ‘‘If you keep on top of it, it’s not a huge amount of work.’’

The huge block has am­ple room for the in­ground swim­ming pool, pool­side gym, sauna, tool­shed, car­port and de­tached two-car garage – which is air­con­di­tioned and could be used as a work­shop for a car en­thu­si­ast.

The prop­erty also has plenty of off-street park­ing from its three street frontages.

There is a large un­der-cover al­fresco din­ing area over­look­ing the pool and the house has fully ducted re­verse-cy­cle air­con­di­tion­ing.

The large block also means there is po­ten­tial to ex­tend the home pend­ing coun­cil ap­proval.

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