All for the view
Waking up to a sea vista is just one of the highlights of a beachside home, writes Sarah Daly.
WITH views that stretch for miles and a lifestyle offering everything from surfing to lazy days in the sun, Encounter Bay has many attributes. For long-time residents Sue and Don Barnett, their beachside property has provided a perfect escape from the city.
‘‘It really is all about the view and there are big windows around the property to bring the view in,’’ Ms Barnett says.
‘‘The outlook from the master bedroom is particularly spectacular and on a clear day it is almost as though you can see on forever.’’
The kitchen also boasts a view overlooking the garden. There is a glass splashback which also helps keep the space light and bright.
‘‘If you like your kitchen to always look clean and neat, this one is fantastic because you can put everything away behind the cupboards,’’ Ms Barnett says.
‘‘It also has the latest Miele appliances and a long Essastone bench so you don’t feel isolated when you’re cooking.
‘‘There’s plenty of room for a friend to bring up a chair to the bench to help with the cooking or to sit and chat.’’
The kitchen forms part of the expansive openplan living space on the first level, which includes a large balcony offering plenty of room for entertaining.
The upper floor is dominated by bedrooms, with a 6.7m by 3.1m master bedroom decked out with a large ensuite and walk-in wardrobe, making it a parents’ retreat. Ms Barnett says that because the house was built by Chasecrown in 2009, there is practically no maintenance.
‘‘The house is so new so there’s nothing that a vacuum can’t handle,’’ she says.
‘‘The low-maintenance aspect really suits the area because the thing I love the most about Encounter Bay is that it’s a bit of a slower pace than in Adelaide and although almost everything you need is here, it’s only just over an hour away from the city.’’