Liv­ing like a king with sea views

A spacious fam­ily home boasts a beach house feel that brings tran­quil­ity, writes Ben Hyde.

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THE ‘‘real beach house feel’’ of a Kingston Park prop­erty has made the nine-year ten­ure of Julie and Rob Palmer feel like a con­stant hol­i­day. The Palmers say the end­less views first at­tracted them to the Seaview Ave house de­signed by ar­chi­tect Max Pritchard. ‘‘When you see the view from the house, you in­stantly fall in love with it,’’ Mrs Palmer says. ‘‘That’s what we fell in love with.’’ Mrs Palmer says the prop­erty has ben­e­fited greatly from the lo­cal knowl­edge of Mr Pritchard.

‘‘Max Pritchard lives in the area so he’s very aware of the cli­matic con­di­tions,’’ she says.

‘‘He’s de­signed the house with a lot of lou­vre win­dows so we don’t have to use our air­con­di­tion­ing much be­cause we get the sea breezes.’’

The prop­erty’s de­sign also max­imises its north-fac­ing and el­e­vated po­si­tion in a quiet cul-de-sac.

‘‘Kingston Park has a unique­ness about it in the fact it’s the only north-fac­ing beach in Ade­laide,’’ Mrs Palmer says.

‘‘Be­cause we are el­e­vated, we get views right down to Outer Har­bour and we feel like we are up in the trees.

‘‘The sun sets straight out over the sea and the sun­sets are al­ways chang­ing and pretty im­pres­sive.’’

The two-storey house fea­tures four bed­rooms, open-plan liv­ing ar­eas and an abun­dance of out­door en­ter­tain­ing space.

De­spite im­prove­ments made to the prop­erty dur­ing their reign, the Palmers say the house is un­like many of the ul­tra­mod­ern ones pop­ping up along the es­planade of Ade­laide’s beaches.

‘‘We’ve done quite a bit of work to up­grade it and change it,’’ Mrs Palmer says. ‘‘But it’s very dif­fer­ent to most houses on the beach . . . it still has a real beach house feel about it. The thing about this place is when you come home from work, no mat­ter what day you’ve had, you in­stantly feel re­laxed.’’

The top level of the house fea­tures the mas­ter bed­room with a walk-in robe and ensuite with spa, and the open-plan kitchen, din­ing and liv­ing area that opens to the north-fac­ing bal­cony.

‘‘We spend a huge amount of time and do most of our en­ter­tain­ing on the bal­cony,’’ Mrs Palmer says. ‘‘We can be out­side from Oc­to­ber to May, whereas with a lot of other places on the seafront you get the strong af­ter­noon sea breezes.’’

Dishes will no longer feel like a chore in the kitchen, where the sink is set be­neath a win­dow that of­fers a view over the sea.

‘‘When we bought the prop­erty, it didn’t have a dish­washer,’’ Mrs Palmer says.

‘‘The own­ers at the time said ‘why do you need the dish­washer when you can stand here’.’’

Down­stairs is fully self-con­tained and has two bed­rooms, a liv­ing area, kitchen and bath­room. The Palmers have con­verted it to a bed and break­fast but say it also is the per­fect place for older chil­dren to call their own. A large undercover out­door deck is also down­stairs, as is a self-con­tained fourth bed­room with an ensuite.

‘‘Down­stairs is great for chil­dren or as a B&B while up­stairs can be for the par­ents,’’ Mrs Palmer says.

Aside from the views, the Palmers say it is the peace­ful lo­ca­tion they will miss. ‘‘The thing about Kingston Park com­pared to the es­planade is it’s so quiet here,’’ she says.

‘‘We have a re­serve next to us and we can walk down to the beach.’’

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