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Ad­dress: 12 Durif Drive, Moama Auc­tion: 11am Satur­day, May 27

JOHN LEN­NON once said life was what hap­pened to you while you were busy mak­ing other plans. And it is so of­ten so true. Just ask the own­ers at 12 Durif Drive in Moama, who went to enor­mous lengths to build their dream home just 18 months ago. The home where they planned to spend a long time, mak­ing the most of the dream they had turned into bricks-and-mor­tar re­al­ity. Un­til fate in­ter­vened in the form of a job of­fer too good to refuse. It might still be a job in NSW where they live, but short of fly in, fly out, it de­mands they move. So to­mor­row, with enor­mous re­luc­tance, the home they de­signed and had built goes un­der the ham­mer – and some lucky fam­ily is about to ac­quire their own lit­tle piece of heaven. You get the feel­ing you might be about to see some­thing dif­fer­ent be­fore you even step off the foot­path – num­ber 12 makes a strik­ing street state­ment that sim­ply in­sists you come closer. Here is a four-bed­room and two-bath­room home. That might sound pretty much par for the course in this highly sought-af­ter cor­ner of Moama ex­cept it isn’t. You get that feel­ing when you step into each of the four bed­rooms, you know some­thing is dif­fer­ent but you’re not quite sure what. Try whip­ping out your tape mea­sure and you’ll have the an­swer soon enough – these are big bed­rooms. Not just the mas­ter, all of them. No squeez­ing in a dou­ble bed and try­ing to con­vince your­self it fits – as you clam­ber over it to reach the other side. You could go for roy­alty here with room to set up queen- or even king-size beds. The bed­rooms all in­clude ceil­ing fans, floor-to-ceil­ing robes and dou­ble blinds to com­plete the pic­ture – and the mas­ter wouldn’t be a suite with­out the walk-in robe and en­suite that come with it. In this case that means a re­sort-stan­dard set­ting with his and hers van­ity and more of that mar­vel­lous mar­ble look car­ry­ing on the theme set by that kitchen. The main bath­room, which is sur­rounded by the three mi­nor bed­rooms, has a sparkling white stand­alone bath and the whole thing smacks of ex­clu­sive re­sort. And there won’t be any­where in the house you might feel like duck­ing when you walk through, the ceil­ings are all above stan­dard height, adding to the sense of space. Or what about the hypo-al­ler­genic car­pet­ing – if you have any­thing from an asth­matic to some­one with even the mildest case of dust al­lergy in the fam­ily it should not be a prob­lem here. But it’s the cen­tre­piece of this home – the kitchen – that is some­thing you won’t be able to stop talk­ing about long af­ter you have seen it. It is a gen­uine jaw drop­per, stop­ping vis­i­tors in their tracks as soon as it un­folds be­fore their eyes. From its blonde wood floor to its daz­zling cup­boards and stun­ning faux mar­ble bench top, fea­tur­ing wa­ter­fall ends to en­sure the vis­ual im­pact is main­tained. It in­cludes – as you would ex­pect – qual­ity ap­pli­ances, butler’s pantry and touches such as the strip of LED light­ing above the splash­back com­bine to make this a show­case. And it all over­looks a sweep­ing open-plan fam­ily area for din­ing, or re­lax­ing in front of the TV or just hav­ing a happy chat. Too of­ten to­day liv­ing space has been sac­ri­ficed in home de­sign – but not here. Of course. At num­ber 12 you get two de­fined liv­ing ar­eas – the sec­ond, car­peted one also en­joys a wall of glass to make it a dou­ble ex­pe­ri­ence by day look­ing out over the man­i­cured grounds and swim­ming pool. Which it is time we vis­ited, so let’s step out through the al­fresco area, un­der the main roof with its ceil­ing fan and plenty of room for fur­ni­ture, and sur­vey the land­scaped grounds and lush lawns all (with au­to­matic sprin­kler sys­tem). With the azure pool an eye-catch­ing fo­cus – but clev­erly set off to one side mean­ing there is plenty of room for kids, pets, the lawn­mower or just am­bling around keep­ing an eye on any weed that dares show its face. It’s all set on a hand­some 1056m2 and fi­nal touches – from the dou­ble garage (and more space to ac­com­mo­date the boat or car­a­van via dou­ble-gate ac­cess) to the year-round ducted cli­mate con­trol – help re­ally set this ad­dress apart. It is sur­rounded by the qual­ity homes for which the neigh­bour­hood is en­vied, is so close to Moama’s town cen­tre and the Mur­ray, Echuca’s central re­tail and busi­ness is just across the bridge (soon to be bridges) and take your pick of schools and sport­ing fa­cil­i­ties. This is a hard-to-match blend of con­tem­po­rary so­phis­ti­ca­tion which has clearly been a work of love and to­mor­row’s auc­tion is your chance to feel that love.

Prop­erty: 12 Durif Drive, Moama.

Agent: Cen­tury 21 Rich River Real Es­tate, phone 5482 3433

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