Countrified city living
A TRADITIONAL return veranda villa offers a country feel despite its location just minutes’ drive from the city.
The property, which is about 100 years old, retains many of its traditional features, including high ceilings, open fireplaces, leadlight windows and ornate ceiling roses and cornices.
The original structure houses the master bedroom, a home office, sitting room, formal dining room, a second bedroom, kitchen and bathroom.
At the rear, an extension provides a large entertaining area, a second bathroom and a laundry as well as two further bedrooms.
The family room was built with a cathedral ceiling and fullheight windows to overlook the lush garden, which includes a large veranda, swimming pool and a garage with rear access via a laneway.
The home has an impressive street presence from the treelined Third Ave.
The vendor, who has lived in the property for 16 years, says living 3km from the CBD makes the home perfect for working parents.
‘‘Particularly those that have children going to schools in the area such as St Peter’s or Prince Alfred. You’re so close to the centre of the city but it feels like you’re living in the country because out the front we’ve got the big trees on the avenue and at the back there’s the garden and the glass wall brings that all inside,’’ the vendor says.
‘‘Certainly people who do a lot of entertaining would be attracted by the interior features of the house.’’
One of those features is a full bar in the rear entertaining area. The home’s master bedroom has access to a built-on, walk-in robe and a large ensuite with spa.
The rear extension includes attic storage space and an upstairs TV room.
Other features include a cellar, ducted airconditioning throughout and automatic security gates.