Se­cure haven boasts privacy

Live se­curely and in style in a gated com­mu­nity, writes Amy Noonan.

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IT’S a serene and se­cure lo­ca­tion in Kens­ing­ton but it’s just min­utes from the hus­tle and bus­tle of The Pa­rade and Burn­side Vil­lage.

Ven­dor Carol Ellin loves her Bridge St court­yard home so much she’d love to trans­port it to her new lo­ca­tion in­ter­state.

‘‘I ab­so­lutely love it. I wish I could pick it up and take it with me, it’s per­fect,’’ Ms Ellin says.

She bought the home in a se­cure, gated com­mu­nity four years ago.

‘‘I was down­siz­ing and I liked the lo­ca­tion and the se­cu­rity as­pects of it,’’ she says.

‘‘It’s small and it’s easy to main­tain but there’s lots of nat­u­ral light.’’

The home is dec­o­rated in neu­tral colours with easy-care tiled floors.

There is an open-plan liv­ing room and din­ing area that opens to a court­yard. The main be­d­room also has slid­ing doors to the court­yard.

‘‘I built the court­yard my­self. I took out a few tonnes of dirt,’’ Ms Ellin says. ‘‘The court­yard is nice and se­cluded and pri­vate. It’s a nice spot to have a cof­fee or a meal or en­ter­tain friends.’’

The Kens­ing­ton lo­ca­tion is un­beat­able, Ms Ellin says. ‘‘It’s just re­ally con­ve­nient to ev­ery­thing – close to the city and shops at Burn­side and Nor­wood and there’s a bus down the end of the street,’’ she says.

She says the prop­erty would suit an­other down­sizer or a first home buyer.

‘‘It’s a nice gated com­mu­nity. We meet for drinks at Christ­mas. We wel­come new peo­ple and farewell oth­ers,’’ she says.

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