Mod­ernised and up­graded, this home in Gil­ber­ton has a great feel, writes Tom Dougherty.

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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.’’

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