Makeover re­turns villa to glory

A Dul­wich prop­erty has been re­fit­ted to high­light the rich stan­dards of the area’s turn-of-the-cen­tury el­e­gance, writes Giuseppe Tauriello.

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AF­TER buy­ing his Dul­wich home more than two years ago, Merv Davies em­barked on a se­ries of ma­jor ren­o­va­tions, restor­ing the villa to its for­mer glory. The circa 1900 re­turn ve­randa sand­stone home has been ex­ten­sively ren­o­vated by Mr Davies, who moved into the Al­bert St home with his two chil­dren.

‘‘When I first bought the house, I kicked all the ceil­ings in and in­stalled new ceil­ings,’’ he says.

‘‘Ob­vi­ously be­ing an elec­tri­cian, I to­tally rewired the place.

‘‘I put in the ar­chi­tec­tural cor­nices, the roses and re­painted the whole place.

‘‘It’s a brand new home ba­si­cally. I’ve spent a lot of money on it.’’

On en­try to the home, a grand hall­way greets guests. It is an area up­dated by Mr Davies, who has given it an in­ter­na­tional flavour.

‘‘The moulded pieces are from Eng­land and I also got the friezes be­low the cor­nices – they came from Italy,’’ Mr Davies says.

Pol­ished floor­boards are used through­out the home, in­clud­ing in the mas­ter be­d­room lo­cated at the front of the house that fea­tures an en­suite and built-in robes. The re­main­ing four bed­rooms also have built-in robes. Fur­ther along the hall­way is the for­mal sit­ting and en­ter­tain­ment area.

‘‘The en­ter­tain­ing area fea­tures a pool ta­ble and I’ve put in a new mar­ble fire­place and gas log fire,’’ Mr Davies says.

‘‘For a fam­ily the home would be great, with four bed­rooms and the large en­ter­tain­ing area. It would make a great fam­ily home or even a great place for an ex­ec­u­tive cou­ple.’’

A ca­sual liv­ing area is sit­u­ated to­ward the rear of the prop­erty along with an of­fice which can be used as a fifth be­d­room.

The main bathroom lo­cated next to the of­fice fea­tures a spa.

A large coun­try-style kitchen, which has a gas hot plate and Bosch dish­washer, ad­joins a spa­cious din­ing room, un­der which a large cel­lar is lo­cated.

The din­ing room opens to an out­door en­ter­tain­ing area, lo­cated un­der a per­gola and home to one of the many plasma screens found through­out the home.

Hav­ing ear­lier lived on a 3000sq m prop­erty in Springfield, Mr Davies was look­ing for some­thing smaller but with room to move when he set­tled into the Dul­wich prop­erty. He in­tro­duced new land­scap­ing across the home’s grounds.

‘‘Through the gar­dens, there is ex­ten­sive land­scap­ing, all con­trolled by an au­to­matic sprin­kler sys­tem,’’ he says.

‘‘It’s a big back­yard and across the road there’s a re­serve with a pri­vate play­ground. It’s a nothrough road so there’s hardly any noise and at the end of the street is Vic­to­ria Park so we’re close to the Clip­sal as well.’’

It’s this con­ve­nient lo­ca­tion that Mr Davies loves about the prop­erty.

‘‘It’s a great area. Ev­ery­one loves Dul­wich – it’s got great ap­peal with the bak­ery and a cof­fee shop precinct – it’s a real cos­mopoli­tan hub,’’ he says.

‘‘Orig­i­nally it was just me and the two kids – but now with my part­ner, we’re look­ing for a life­style change and we’ve bought a place on the river be­tween Mt Barker and Man­num. ‘‘I’m go­ing to miss all the fea­tures.’’ Set on a 1150sq m block, the home also of­fers a dou­ble car­port, and is se­cured by a fenc­ing and in­ter­com sys­tem with built-in video card and elec­tronic lock.

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