Hills views and no neigh­bour in sight

This home has an idyl­lic set­ting with no neigh­bours , writes Tom Bow­den.

The Advertiser - Real Estate - - Wilpena Tce, Kilkenny -

ACRAFERS home was the per­fect place for Gerry McQuade to down­size to when he moved from a larger Stir­ling property in 2008.

Now, six years later, he is mov­ing from his 1950s home and down­siz­ing again.

‘‘We had 45 acres in Stir­ling on rolling coun­try­side and a stone house and it was a lovely place, but this home is the best place I’ve ever lived in,’’ Mr McQuade says.

‘‘The style is rem­i­nis­cent of Frank Lloyd Wright — he had a very iconic style that a lot of people tried to copy.’’

‘‘It of­fers a won­der­ful out­look be­cause the win­dows are big and it looks down into the gar­den be­cause it’s quite el­e­vated off the road.

‘‘It’s well sit­u­ated be­cause it of­fers a view over the gar­den and long views over the Hills.

‘‘You can’t see any houses at all, and that to me is the thing that I like most about this place, that there are no near neigh­bours and you can’t see or hear any­body.’’

The home has five bed­rooms, the mas­ter suite with an at­tached en­suite fea­tur­ing a toi­let, van­ity unit and a shower al­cove.

It fea­tures Tas­ma­nian oak floor­ing through­out and the home’s open-plan kitchen has sleek mod­ern cup­boards, stain­less steel ap­pli­ances in­clud­ing an oven and dish­washer and over­head cup­boards.

Mr McQuade says the home is cool in sum­mer and that a com­bi­na­tion of slow com­bus­tion, gas heat­ing and orig­i­nal fire­places keep the home warm in win­ter.

The home has cov­ered park­ing for three cars and has an es­tab­lished low­main­te­nance gar­den fea­tur­ing camel­lias and rhodo­den­dron.

Mr McQuade says he will miss the property’s size and says it would be per­fect for a fam­ily.

‘‘It’s a fam­ily home and it would suit a CEO who has to do a lot of en­ter­tain­ing be­cause it’s per­fect for that with the ter­race area out­side, the big din­ing room and there’s plenty of kitchen area for prepa­ra­tion,’’ Mr McQuade says.

Mr McQuade says he will miss the home and he plans to stay in the Hills.

‘‘I don’t think you can beat the Hills,’’ Mr McQuade says.

‘‘Crafers is a nearby sub­urb to Ade­laide, and these days, ex­cept for work, who goes to the city?

‘‘Ev­ery­thing I need is in Stir­ling.’’

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