OLD MEETS NEW
Modernised and upgraded, this home in Gilberton has a great feel, writes Tom Dougherty.
ASINGLE-STOREY home bought in the 1980s was upgraded and modernised throughout by vendor Jude Carling-Sacharais in 2006 to create ‘‘an awesome place to live’’. ‘‘I liked the position and the feel to the house,’’ she says.
‘‘It was halfway between Wilderness and Princess (schools).
‘‘It’s a great place to live, I used to work in Melbourne St and I used to walk down there, I could walk to the shops and walk along Linear Park.’’
The home has three bedrooms, all located in the original part of the property.
The master is at the front, and it has a fireplace, an ensuite with a shower and a walk-in robe. The other two bedrooms have built-in robes. At the back of the property is an open-plan kitchen, dining and family room, which has a tiled floor, a built-in cupboard, a fireplace, and windows along two walls that look out to the backyard. ‘‘It has a good feel about it,’’ she says. ‘‘The extension was there in 1988... I did a makeover in 2006 and I pulled up the slate and put in the tiles and new lights, and a new kitchen and new carpet, then I put shutters in a couple of years ago.’’
The kitchen features white gloss cupboards, a breakfast bar, stainless steel appliances and a dishwasher.
‘‘It is a great kitchen because when you are standing in it you look out and it has great windows, so you have this great feel of being with the outside,’’ Ms Carling-Sacharais says.
‘‘The oven is fabulous, and I find that the kitchen is a happy place.’’
French doors in the living room open out to a covered veranda at the back of the property.
‘‘It spills over to the outside, I find it a very easy entertaining place, it has seen some great parties,’’ she says.
‘‘It’s a good place for barbecues, and it is easy maintenance.
‘‘There is no lawn and no little flowers, it is all just green.’’
Also in the backyard is a double carport, which has an automatic roller door and side-street access.
In the original part of the house is a sitting room, which has a fireplace.
There is a bathroom with a spa bath and a shower, and there is also a laundry near the kitchen that has a built-in cupboard.
Decorated in black and white with contrasting colour features, the home also has feature stained glass windows.
Located on Gilbert St, Ms Carling-Sacharais says the home would suit a range of people.
‘‘I think that it could really suit a young executive, or someone that wants to downsize,’’ she says. ‘‘It offers an apartment-style lifestyle because its low maintenance, someone that wants a wonderful lifestyle without the hassle of looking after a garden.’’