Es­cape from busy city life­style

Kids feed horses and foals at the rear of this home, writes Tom Bow­den.

The Advertiser - Real Estate - - Morialta Rd, Rostrevor -

PEACE, quiet and a neigh­bour with horses are just some of the charms of a Mount Barker home, say ven­dors Caron and Mark Brown.

The Browns built their Home­stead home nine years ago and Mrs Brown says it was de­signed to be an en­er­gy­ef­fi­cient es­cape from city life.

‘‘We wanted a home­stead feel with a ve­randa around the out­side and a nice coun­try home to come home to,’’ Mrs Brown says.

‘‘We don’t have air­con­di­tion­ing be­cause we have dou­ble-glazed win­dows and the ceil­ing and win­dows are well-in­su­lated, so it’s cool in the sum­mer.

‘‘It’s en­ergy ef­fi­cient so we don’t have to spend any money cool­ing it, and our hot wa­ter sys­tem runs through our fire­place so that heats up our wa­ter when that’s go­ing, so our elec­tric­ity us­age is low in win­ter.

‘‘We have un­der­floor heat­ing in the bath­room but we haven’t had to put that on in ages be­cause the fire­place keeps the whole house warm in win­ter.’’

The sin­gle-storey brick home is set on a large 3008sq m block.

The home has five bed­rooms, the mas­ter at the front with a walk-in robe and an at­tached en­suite with a shower.

The rear of the home fea­tures three more bed­rooms — ser­viced by a main bath­room with bath and sep­a­rate shower — and all have built-in robes.

Just off the front en­try hall is a fifth bed­room/study, and op­po­site it is a liv­ing room with a win­dow over­look­ing the front yard.

The heart of the home, Mrs Brown says, is an open-plan kitchen, meals and fam­ily room with tim­ber floors and a slow-com­bus­tion heater.

The kitchen has an is­land bench, a pantry, tim­ber cup­boards, and a break­fast bar.

‘‘We’ve had heaps of par­ties here and the kids have had great gath­er­ings here,’’ Mrs Brown says.

‘‘My girl­friend and I have cook-offs and there’s plenty of room for that and we never bump into each other.’’

Ms Brown says the home’s lo­ca­tion is ideal.

‘‘It’s at the end of a cul-de-sac and we don’t get a lot of traf­fic, and the lady be­hind us has a horse rid­ing school so we have horses and foals come right up to the back fence, and the kids go up there ev­ery day and feed them.’’

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