Open-plan space saver

De­sign and lo­ca­tion are a win­ning com­bi­na­tion, writes Tom Bow­den.

The Advertiser - Real Estate - - Manchester Circuit, Craigmore -

AS­cott Sal­is­bury home with large rooms at­tracted Michael John and Mandy Miller to a Grange home when they moved here from Eng­land six years ago. ‘‘We were quite im­pressed by it when we saw it from the out­side and when we went in­side we were even more im­pressed,’’ Mr John says.

‘‘We were look­ing for de­cent-sized rooms and good stor­age in a nice sub­urb, and we re­ally liked this area be­cause it’s a nice quiet street and it’s close to the sea.

‘‘It’s about a 10-minute walk to the beach, we’ve got a Food­land just up the road and there’s ev­ery­thing you could want nearby.’’

The home fea­tures three dou­ble bed­rooms, all on the top floor, and the mas­ter has an at­tached walk-in robe and en­suite.

The bot­tom floor fea­tures a lounge­room, study, a bath­room, a Far­quhar kitchen and an open-plan liv­ing and din­ing area.

‘‘We were amazed at how well-de­signed it was and we love the big open-plan area be­cause it’s got a sep­a­rate lounge at the front if you want to be a bit more cosy,’’ Mr John says. ‘‘The open-plan liv­ing suits us well be­cause you can be in the kitchen cook­ing and hav­ing a chat with guests or watch­ing TV while you pre­pare meals; it just works re­ally well.’’

Out­side there is a paved, cov­ered en­ter­tain­ing area and a low-main­te­nance, land­scaped gar­den.

‘‘It’s great for en­ter­tain­ing and we’ve had plenty of gath­er­ings here and we’ll be very sad to leave here,’’ Mr John says. ‘‘We’re just look­ing for a place with a big­ger back­yard be­cause I’m a builder and we’ve got quite a few hob­bies.’’

The home has a lockup dou­ble garage with in­ter­nal ac­cess, re­verse-cy­cle air­con­di­tion­ing, a rain­wa­ter tank, an alarm sys­tem and so­lar pan­els.

Mr John says the home’s lo­ca­tion and lay­out would suit a range of buy­ers. ‘‘It would suit a pro­fes­sional cou­ple or it would also be great for fam­i­lies be­cause it is close to the beach and there are plenty of good schools around,’’ Mr John says.

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