Secluded spot offers nature study
A secluded haven located beside a reserve offers entertaining options - and plenty of wildlife, writes Giuseppe Tauriello.
FOUR resident koalas and an abundance of singing birds were music to the ears of Sue and John Herriot when they bought their Burnside home more than six years ago. The Sitter Memorial Drive house is located adjacent to a reserve, a hub of wildlife and native vegetation, Ms Herriot says.
She says the seclusion of the home remains a strong selling point.
‘‘I really liked the look of the home and the French provincial look about it,’’ she says.
‘‘I also liked the fact it has direct reserve frontage. We’re just at the beginning of the foothills but yet so close to the city, shopping centres and schools – but it has a kind of rural atmosphere.’’
The home was near-new when the Herriots moved in.
Downstairs features two double bedrooms with built-in robes and bathrooms with granite benchtops.
The master bedroom, which is located upstairs, has a wall of built-in robes, plantation shutters and a luxurious, tiled bathroom with marble flooring, vanity tops and spa bath. French doors provide access to a private balcony overlooking the leafy surrounds.
Ms Herriot says there is an option for a fourth bedroom or spacious study.
For formal gatherings, there is an elegant sitting room and for more relaxed occasions, there is an open-plan family and dining room with under-floor heating and views to the tree-studded reserve.
‘‘The family and dining rooms are where I spend most of my time because of the outlook,’’ Ms Herriot says.
Two sets of French doors open to an alfresco entertaining area, which has a vaulted timber ceiling. It is another of Ms Herriot’s favourite places in the home to spend time.
‘‘The home appealed to me because it’s got a great entertaining area, which looks out on to the reserve,’’ she says.
‘‘We have a lot of family functions there and we have a lot of barbecues, particularly in summer because we’ve got shade blinds that we can drop down, and in the winter we use the chiminea.’’
The entertaining area overlooks manicured gardens, which Ms Herriot says are maintained easily.
‘‘The home is very low maintenance but I like gardening and it still gives me some scope,’’ she says.
‘‘I don’t have to spend a lot of time on the gardens – I just have to trim the hedges. My husband has a vegetable patch at the back, too, which he loves.’’
The provincial-designed kitchen has classic ivory cabinetry and dark granite benchtops.
It provides extensive storage and work space, an electric induction cooktop, two ovens, including a steam oven, dishwasher and insinkerator.
Other features include reverse-cycle ducted air conditioning, C-bus system, security system and a watering system. The automated garage accommodates two cars and offers internal access.
The lavish guests’ powder room is also a talking point, Ms Herriot says.
After many years and memories at the home, Ms Herriot says it is time for the couple to downsize but is adamant she wants to remain in the nearby area.
She urges couples and families to consider her home to share the memories she has enjoyed over the years.
‘‘I think it would attract interest from all fields,’’ she says.