Stu­dio feel in a party house

A sea­side prop­erty is a great en­ter­tainer and of­fers plenty of privacy, writes Tom Bow­den.

The Advertiser - Real Estate - - Hills And Country -

FOR the past 24 years, ven­dors Jaki and Alex Jef­fers have poured their heart and souls into an Aldinga Beach prop­erty. Ms Jef­fers says the home is a great en­ter­tainer, hav­ing hosted ev­ery ma­jor cel­e­bra­tion their fam­ily has had.

‘‘We’ve held two of our chil­dren’s 40ths, my hus­band’s 50th, 60th and 70th birth­days a few years ago, two wed­dings and an en­gage­ment,’’ Ms Jef­fers says. ‘‘Ev­ery time there’s the Tour Down Un­der, we have a party.

‘‘That’s a big thing to do and our friends al­ways ring up and want to at­tend but they’ll be a bit dis­ap­pointed this year, I guess.

‘‘We’ve got 13 grand­chil­dren so there’s al­ways some­thing hap­pen­ing and I just love to en­ter­tain.’’

The Jef­fers owned a shack at Aldinga Beach and used to camp on the beach un­der the home at 227 Lower Es­planade.

When it came on the mar­ket, they bought it.

They ren­o­vated the home, giv­ing it a bal­cony and knocked walls out to give it a stu­dio feel and cre­ate a par­ents’ re­treat.

The kitchen fea­tures a but­ler’s pantry, which max­imises stor­age space, and the bathroom has a claw-footed bath, a large win­dow and frameless shower screen.

The house has solid tim­ber floor­ing up­stairs, float­ing floors down­stairs and there is car­pet in one of the three bed­rooms.

The home is set on 2000sq m of low­main­te­nance gar­den.

‘‘I re­ally en­joy the privacy of it and I love that when you walk up the stairs you could be on a cruise ship be­cause you can see the sea; it’s very calm­ing,’’ Ms Jef­fers says.

‘‘I think it would suit any­body – a fam­ily, a younger per­son want­ing to run a B&B.

‘‘There are lots of things you can do with that house if you’re younger.’’

She says the view is sec­ond to none and the home’s strong­est fea­ture.

‘‘We’ve had peo­ple stay from Syd­ney and they’ve raved about it,’’ Ms Jef­fers says.

‘‘Peo­ple stayed with us who have a beach house in the Ca­nary Is­lands and they raved about it.

‘‘It’s just the safest, most beau­ti­ful beach around and we never went on hol­i­day much.’’

Ms Jef­fers says the cou­ple is look­ing to move closer to the city and buy a larger block.

‘‘I’ll miss look­ing at the sea and it’s been a huge part of our fam­ily’s lives,’’ she says. ‘‘We’ll miss it very much.’’ Agent: Cliff Hawkins Pty Ltd Kingscote, ph 8553 2346, Con­nie Foyle 8553 2346. Fea­tures: Three large bed­rooms, large 1188 sq m al­lot­ment, built-ins, ceil­ing fans, open-plan kitchen/din­ing/liv­ing area, gas cook­ing, ramp ac­cess front and rear, close to beach and boat ramp.

$739,000 to $799,000

3a Red Rd, Blackwood Agent: Re­fined Real Es­tate Plymp­ton, ph 8357 9001, Em­manouel Ga­ga­nis 0418 841 230. Open: 1pm to 1.45pm to­day. Fea­tures: Four bed­rooms, three bath­rooms, 2415 sq m block, open-plan JAG kitchen, tim­ber floors, built-in robes, land­scaped gar­dens, paved drive­way and large gum trees.

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