Old style in a mod­ern mar­riage

A spa­cious sand­stone home, built in 1910, has un­der­gone a ma­jor ren­o­va­tion and pro­vides ev­ery­thing for the fam­ily, writes Giuseppe Tauriello.

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ARENOVATED home in the leafy sub­urb of Malvern of­fers the best of both worlds, ven­dor John Mor­timer says. Mr Mor­timer bought the sand­stone villa at Aus­tral Ter­race in 2010, mov­ing in with teenage chil­dren Ben and Paige.

Built in 1910, the home had re­cently un­der­gone a ma­jor ren­o­va­tion, a key at­trac­tion for Mr Mor­timer and his young fam­ily.

‘‘It’s a re­ally beau­ti­ful villa. It had been ren­o­vated and what at­tracted me ini­tially was the ex­ten­sion at the back,’’ Mr Mor­timer says.

‘‘In 2009, the home was to­tally ren­o­vated in­side and out­side. The peo­ple that I bought it from had lived there for around 20 years and they did a re­ally great job.’’

Her­itage fea­tures re­main at the front of the home, with tim­ber floor­ing and and three bed­rooms.

‘‘The main be­d­room has a walk-in robe and en­suite,’’ Mr Mor­timer says.

‘‘The bath­rooms are re­ally su­perb and fully tiled.’’

The sec­ond be­d­room fea­tures built-in robes and there is an op­tion for a fourth be­d­room or for­mal sit­ting room.

But it is the north-fac­ing rear ex­ten­sion that sparkles, pro­vid­ing a mod­ern open­plan liv­ing space, Mr Mor­timer says.

It fea­tures din­ing and fam­ily rooms and a mod­ern gourmet kitchen, which in­cludes Cae­sar-stone bench­tops, stain­less-steel ap­pli­ances and a gas cook­top.

Ducted re­verse-cy­cle air-con­di­tion­ing is of­fered through­out the home as well as an ex­ten­sive se­cu­rity sys­tem and un­der­cover park­ing for two ve­hi­cles.

From the liv­ing area, slid­ing doors open to an en­ter­tain­ing area out­side, which of­fers a gen­er­ous rear gar­den with a so­lar-heated in-ground pool.

‘‘That’s where you live – you end up us­ing that whole area,’’ Mr Mor­timer says.

‘‘We had my daugh­ter’s pre-for­mal party there last year for about 150 peo­ple.

‘‘We set up a mar­quee next to the pool and man­aged to squeeze ev­ery­one into that area.’’ Mr Mor­timer ap­pre­ci­ates the light that shines through­out the home, mag­ni­fied by the open­ness and clever ar­chi­tec­tural de­sign.

‘‘It’s very, very bright,’’ Mr Mor­timer says.

‘‘At the front there’s a water fea­ture that lines up right through the pas­sage­way to the back­yard area and the pool.

‘‘From the front door, you can see right through to the en­ter­tain­ing area at the back of the home.’’

Lo­ca­tion in the city’s in­ner-south, close to the city and other fash­ion­able shop­ping and din­ing precincts, is an­other key fea­ture of the prop­erty for Mr Mor­timer.

‘‘There’s re­ally good schools around here as well,’’ Mr Mor­timer says.

‘‘It’s so close to Un­ley Rd, King Wil­liam Rd and so close to town.’’ Mr Mor­timer ex­pects the prop­erty’s lo­ca­tion and ver­sa­til­ity to at­tract a wide range of buy­ers, who he says will be im­pressed with the home’s mix of old and new.

‘‘The house is per­fect for any­body re­ally. My kids are teenagers but it would work equally well for younger kids, too,’’ he says. ‘‘It’s got that space and two-liv­ing zones. Any­one who likes to en­ter­tain would love it, too. It’s the best of both worlds re­ally – a her­itage villa at the front but a very mod­ern ex­ten­sion at the back.’’

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