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.
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.’’