Grand home in favourite city location
A sprawling block with two houses offers it all, writes Sarah Daly.
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.’’