En­counter proves very en­ter­tain­ing

It’s close to the beach and de­signer-built for a crowd, writes Tom Bow­den.

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AN En­counter Bay property has been a much-loved home away from home for the Greven fam­ily. Tony and Jane Greven built the home in 2008 and say they were im­me­di­ately taken by the home’s lo­ca­tion less than 100m from the beach.

‘‘We had a young fam­ily back then and we thought it was per­fect and so we bought the block and even­tu­ally built the home that we al­ways wanted on it,’’ Mr Greven says. ‘‘From the mo­ment you walk in the door a calm comes over you, it’s just so re­lax­ing.’’

The home, which Mr Greven says the cou­ple spared no ex­pense build­ing, fea­tures four bed­rooms.

The mas­ter is on the up­per floor, which joins a main two-way bath­room.

‘‘We’ve got ex­tra mat­tresses that we keep un­der the beds, so the kids just sleep on the floor in the fam­ily room while the adults sleep in the bed­rooms - we would usu­ally com­fort­ably sleep about 14 people there,’’ Mr Greven says.

‘‘We got an ar­chi­tect to de­sign the home and it was all about en­ter­tain­ing, and even if you are cook­ing in the kitchen you’re not left out of con­ver­sa­tions, so it’s very easy to live in.

‘‘You could have a dozen people up­stairs and not feel crowded at all.’’

The home fea­tures an open-plan kitchen with is­land bench, high ceil­ings, a garage with room for a 16ft boat, sep­a­rate sur­round sound sys­tems in both the up­stairs and down­stairs liv­ing ar­eas, a 1.6kw so­lar sys­tem and a bal­cony. Mr Greven says, al­though built as a hol­i­day home, the fam­ily had not hired out the house as a hol­i­day rental.

‘‘We’re very proud of it and couldn’t bring our­selves to take the risk of let­ting oth­ers mis­treat it, so it’s as good as new and it was re­ally well built,’’ Mr Greven says.

Mr Greven says the home pro­vides an ideal cen­tral base for coastal escapes and golf­ing get­aways.

‘‘I some­times go up there with mates and we’ll play golf at Mt Com­pass on the way, stay the night and then play at McCracken in the morn­ing and and then play at Nor­manville on the way home,’’ Mr Greven says.

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