Se­cluded spot of­fers na­ture study

A se­cluded haven lo­cated be­side a re­serve of­fers en­ter­tain­ing op­tions - and plenty of wildlife, writes Giuseppe Tauriello.

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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.

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