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.
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.’’