Park liv­ing with fea­tures for a fam­ily

A tran­quil set­ting, pool and ten­nis court add to the charm for fam­ily and friends alike, writes Ben Hyde.

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ATRANQUIL set­ting, a ten­nis court and pool are among the key fea­tures of a Hyde Park prop­erty to its present own­ers. For about four years, the own­ers of the Fashoda St prop­erty have en­joyed the strong fam­ily at­mos­phere that has grown in the 1905-built re­turn ve­randa sandstone-fronted villa.

‘‘The thing that at­tracted me most was there was a lovely feel­ing of tran­quil­lity when we walked into the house,’’ one ven­dor says.

‘‘It’s very peace­ful and a happy home and I think that comes through from the last fam­ily that was here, who hosted their daugh­ter’s wed­ding on the grounds. It’s very much a fam­ily home and it feels like that.’’

The prop­erty’s phys­i­cal as­pects have been en­joyed just as much as the in­tan­gi­ble traits.

‘‘What also at­tracted us was hav­ing the pool and the ten­nis court, and the fact that it’s in Hyde Park, next to Wal­ford, where our daugh­ter goes,’’ the ven­dors say. ‘‘It’s a lovely neigh­bour­hood and a re­ally nice place to be.’’

Po­si­tioned on a cor­ner al­lot­ment of 1431sq m, the house is set over two lev­els and fea­tures plenty of ac­com­mo­da­tion. It has six bed­rooms and mul­ti­ple liv­ing spaces.

The lower level fea­tures two bed­rooms, which have char­ac­ter open fire­places. The mas­ter bed­room has a built-in robe, walk-in robe and an ensuite.

A large study, a for­mal sitting room, a mod­ern kitchen over­look­ing the light­filled ca­sual meals area and a fam­ily room that opens via french doors to an out­door en­ter­tain­ing area are also down­stairs. Up­stairs are four fur­ther bed­rooms and a bath­room – a set-up that al­lows sep­a­ra­tion be­tween par­ents and chil­dren.

‘‘The kids have al­ways been up­stairs and it’s never been an is­sue,’’ the ven­dors say. ‘‘There’s also two spare bed­rooms so it’s ideal.’’

There are land­scaped gar­dens, deep ve­ran­das, ideal for en­ter­tain­ing, a flood­lit north-south ten­nis court and the in­ground swim­ming pool.

‘‘We quite like the out­door ar­eas – the pool in the sum­mer time, the out­side ar­eas where the kids are of­ten rid­ing their bikes and play­ing on the ten­nis court,’’ the ven­dors say.

‘‘It’s great for par­ties. We have par­ties ev­ery Christ­mas and in­vite lots of friends and fam­ily around – it’s a fan­tas­tic party house.’’

Open­ing their doors and shar­ing the prop­erty with friends and fam­ily is some­thing the ven­dors have en­joyed im­mensely.

‘‘Our daugh­ter’s friends on a Fri­day af­ter­noon of­ten ask to come over for a swim,’’ they say.

‘‘The home is here to be used and here to be loved.’’

The ven­dors say the lo­ca­tion also been a joy. ‘‘We are sur­rounded by ex­cel­lent school­ing and we like be­ing able to walk up to King Wil­liam Rd for cof­fees,’’ they say.

‘‘It’s very close to shop­ping precincts, there are heaps of take­away restau­rants if you ever don’t feel like cook­ing and it’s re­ally easy to get into town.’’

Leav­ing the prop­erty will be dif­fi­cult when the ven­dors re­lo­cate to their new fam­ily home.

‘‘It’s been a beau­ti­ful four years,’’ the ven­dors say. ‘‘We’ll miss ev­ery­thing. It will be very, very sad to leave it.

‘‘It’s a fam­ily home and would def­i­nitely suit a fam­ily with youngish kids grow­ing up. There are heaps of ac­tiv­i­ties to keep them oc­cu­pied.’’

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