Lighten up with space for a fam­ily

Floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows bring the out­side in when it’s too cold to ven­ture out­doors to en­ter­tain, writes Giuseppe Tauriello.

The Advertiser - Real Estate - - Classic -

WHEN Tanya Cole was look­ing to buy a house three years ago, she wanted low-main­te­nance liv­ing and room to move for her two young chil­dren. That’s what she found at her Craighill Rd, St Ge­orges, home.

‘‘I run my own busi­ness so it was easy for me to have a home that looked good and had ev­ery­thing I needed – a se­cu­rity sys­tem, be­ing close to my busi­ness and it was easy for the kids to get to Pembroke,’’ she says.

‘‘I would say that one of the most im­por­tant fea­tures for me was that as you walk into the home, there’s a lot of light. There are large win­dows in the open-plan kitchen, din­ing and liv­ing area – floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows that in­ter­act with the pa­tio.’’

Built in 2003, the home has three large bed­rooms. The mas­ter suite, which is lo­cated near the en­try to the home on the lower level, has walk-in robes and an en­suite.

Fur­ther along the en­try hall is a for­mal lounge room and, at the end, is an open­plan kitchen, din­ing and liv­ing area. This is where Ms Cole does most of her en­ter­tain­ing.

‘‘I ac­tu­ally do some work for my busi­ness at home as well and there’s a lovely big ta­ble in the open area that’s great for din­ner par­ties,’’ she says.

The large liv­ing room has a northerly as­pect which al­lows for lots of nat­u­ral light, beam­ing through french doors which pro­vide ac­cess to a pri­vate court­yard gar­den, Ms Cole says.

‘‘It’s very low main­te­nance: an over­grown gar­den that needs a lit­tle cut­ting back and some space for my herbs,’’ she says. High ceil­ings with cor­nice de­tail­ing and porce­lain tiling are fea­tured through­out the home.

The kitchen has ivory-toned cab­i­netry, Cae­sar­stone bench­tops and Smeg and Bosch ap­pli­ances.

Ms Cole says her chil­dren have the run of the sec­ond floor.

There are two large bed­rooms: one with a large walk-in robe and re­treat, and one with built-in robes.

‘‘They have a lounge room and quite a large bathroom as well and a lit­tle desk for their com­puter to do their work on,’’ Ms Cole says. A third guest bathroom with a sep­a­rate van­ity is also lo­cated on the lower level. Ad­di­tional fea­tures of the home in­clude an au­to­mated two-car garage with in­ter­nal ac­cess, un­der-stair stor­age, re­verse-cy­cle, ducted air­con­di­tion­ing, a se­cu­rity sys­tem and retic­u­lated wa­ter­ing sys­tem.

Lo­cated at the front of a group of five res­i­dences, the home is per­fectly set in a con­ve­nient lo­ca­tion, Ms Cole says.

‘‘It’s a lovely area. The birds up there are just beau­ti­ful,’’ she says.

‘‘I’ve lived in Glenunga so it was just up the hill a bit for me.

‘‘It’s a quiet street, close to ev­ery­thing you would need but far enough away from all the noise.’’

Hav­ing al­ways wanted a swim­ming pool, Ms Cole has de­cided to move to Erindale. But she says she will miss the low-main­te­nance life­style that her St Ge­orges home has of­fered her and her young fam­ily.

‘‘For me, if it’s a fam­ily and they’re look­ing for some­thing that’s low­main­te­nance, some­thing that’s easy to look af­ter, then the home would suit them,’’ she says.

‘‘Also, it’s a good walk­ing area so for peo­ple that want to keep fit it’s in a great spot. There’s good ter­rain for keep­ing the legs go­ing.’’

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.