Grand home in favourite city lo­ca­tion

A sprawl­ing block with two houses of­fers it all, writes Sarah Daly.

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ASPECTACULAR main home and an ad­di­tional fully de­tached house of­fer flex­i­ble liv­ing op­tions and plenty of space for en­ter­tain­ing fam­ily and friends. The Queen Anne re­turn-ve­randa villa was built in 1898 and of­fers a 2126sq m al­lot­ment, decked out with a flood­lit ten­nis court, in-ground pool and cel­lar.

‘‘We have six chil­dren; they’re mostly grown up now but they and their child­hood friends still have fond mem­o­ries of the home,’’ the ven­dors say.

‘‘The two-storey teenagers’ re­treat has been great for the chil­dren.

‘‘It en­ables them to have a bit of space and in­de­pen­dence and all that comes with it.

‘‘It’s also great for fam­ily who come from over­seas be­cause the space is self-con­tained, so they can have their pri­vacy.’’

The teenagers’ re­treat has two large bed­rooms and a liv­ing space on the up­per level while on the ground floor there is a liv­ing area, kitchen and bath­room.

A fea­ture of the lower space is the eight-per­son spa, which over­looks the ten­nis court and opens out on to the pool area.

The large salt­wa­ter swim­ming pool is so­lar heated and the full-size syn­thetic ten­nis court is flood­lit so you can en­joy games of ten­nis through­out the year.

‘‘Our chil­dren have ab­so­lutely loved the re­treat and the pool, and the same group of friends have been com­ing here for ten­nis ev­ery Satur­day for the past 20 years,’’ the ven­dors say.

‘‘The re­treat was also great when friends from in­ter­state or over­seas came to stay be­cause they had their pri­vacy – and when it came to meals time, we’d gather in the liv­ing spaces.’’

The out­door spaces and main home are made for hold­ing events. The in­te­rior spaces avail­able for en­ter­tain­ing in­clude a sitting room at the front of the home, a for­mal din­ing space, a liv­ing room and a large fam­ily room.

The ven­dors say they have en­joyed many par­ties in the ex­pan­sive liv­ing space.

‘‘We have done a lot of en­ter­tain­ing over the years, ev­ery­thing from the kids’ par­ties to fundrais­ing func­tions and big din­ner par­ties,’’ they say.

‘‘I love the fam­ily room in par­tic­u­lar be­cause we have a large fam­ily; the lovely-sized room meant we could have gath­er­ings in there.’’

The lofty ceil­ings and large win­dows en­sure the prop­erty is kept bright and airy, and helps to give the al­ready large home an in­creased sense of space.

Four gen­er­ous bed­rooms in the main home are the per­fect place to re­lax, and the mas­ter suite in­cludes a pri­vate liv­ing area, ensuite and a walk-in wardrobe.

Adding to the op­u­lence of the home is a clas­sic dec­o­rat­ing scheme, which in­cludes tim­ber floor­ing, mar­ble fire­places and or­nate mould­ings.

‘‘The dec­o­rat­ing scheme is def­i­nitely old-world charm with some beau­ti­ful ar­chi­tec­tural fea­tures,’’ the ven­dors say.

Al­though the home boasts old-world style, its kitchen is mod­ern, of­fer­ing built-in Euro­pean ap­pli­ances in­clud­ing a steamer and cof­fee ma­chine.

‘‘We both love the tra­di­tional style of the home but when it comes to the kitchen I think it is re­ally im­por­tant to have mod­ern ap­pli­ances,’’ the ven­dors say. ‘‘That be­ing said, the over­all look is still clas­sic. All of the ren­o­va­tions and ad­di­tions we have done are in keep­ing with the clas­sic style of the home.’’

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