Living like a king with sea views
A spacious family home boasts a beach house feel that brings tranquility, writes Ben Hyde.
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.’’