Ideal for ac­tive fam­ily

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A TOORAK Gar­dens villa was the per­fect place to raise a young fam­ily, ven­dor Amanda White says. With two young daugh­ters, Ms White bought the Wat­son Ave home, which boasts enough space to rear ac­tive girls, al­most 20 years ago.

‘‘We were only the third own­ers of the home. There was the orig­i­nal owner and then an el­derly cou­ple and then it was us so it doesn’t shift very much,’’ Ms White says.

Com­pris­ing four dou­ble bed­rooms, the mas­ter suite is lo­cated in an ex­tended up­per level, of­fer­ing tree-top views over the pri­vate rear grounds, an en­suite, wardrobe and walk-in dress­ing room.

The ex­tended up­per level was part of a ma­jor ren­o­va­tion project, which in­cluded an up­graded fam­ily room, up­dated bath­rooms, a new out­door en­ter­tain­ing area and pool, un­der­taken by Ms White.

‘‘We didn’t want to touch any of the orig­i­nals. We left them in­tact. We made sure that ev­ery­thing we did was ab­so­lute top qual­ity,’’ Ms White says.

‘‘I al­ways said I wouldn’t have a swim­ming pool if it didn’t have a cover over it.

‘‘That way the girls could go in it all year round and we didn’t have to worry about burns.’’

There is enough room for a ten­nis court out­side but that was never on Ms White’s radar.

‘‘My girls are vol­ley­ballers so we put in a net for them,’’ she says.

A for­mal din­ing room is lo­cated at the cen­tre of the home and is a fo­cal point, Ms White says. It has a lead­light fea­tured vestibule and dec­o­ra­tive plas­ter­work.

The cater­ers’ kitchen has stain­less-steel ap­pli­ances, in­te­grated fridge and freezer, two ovens and a gran­ite is­land bench. A spa­cious fam­ily room with par­quet floor­ing over­looks the rear grounds, which Ms White de­scribes as large but man­age­able and in an ex­cel­lent lo­ca­tion for young fam­i­lies.

‘‘I’m from the area. I haven’t moved far from where I grew up. I’m a Loreto girl and it’s a great neigh­bour­hood,’’ she says.

‘‘It’s a lovely tree-lined street and we’ve got beau­ti­ful elm trees that we light up at night. It’s a real at­trac­tion.’’

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