Trop­i­cal charms win big

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RAY Mur­phy from RE/MAX Real Es­tate Ser­vices Cairns sold 24/87 Macil­wraith St, Manoora, for $245,000. The com­fort­able and pri­vate three-bed­room villa is in the Hill Side Vil­lage gated com­plex, which fea­tures a trop­i­cal in­ground pool sur­rounded by man­i­cured gar­dens. The villa has spa­cious bed­rooms, good-size kitchen, air­con­di­tioned liv­ing ar­eas and a pri­vate rear court­yard. CAIRNS is known for its laid­back life­style and of­ten la­belled a “great place to raise the kids”, so it is no sur­prise the re­gion also boasts some of the best fam­ily homes.

Cairns agent Deb­bie North said sprawl­ing homes on large blocks, most with a pool and some prop­er­ties with sep­a­rate liv­ing quar­ters all con­trib­uted to the ul­ti­mate in fam­ily liv­ing.

“Most fam­i­lies want sep­a­rate liv­ing ar­eas, es­pe­cially as kids get older,” Ms North said. “Fam­i­lies want to be in a good neigh­bour­hood with good ac­cess to good schools and room for vis­i­tors.”

Ms North re­cently listed a fivebed­room Queens­lan­der on Be­han St in Strat­ford, which was built with the mod­ern fam­ily in mind.

“This is a great fam­ily home be- cause it has five bed­rooms which would ob­vi­ously ac­com­mo­date three or four chil­dren with space for vis­i­tors,” she said.

“It also has a beau­ti­ful fam­ily lounge and din­ing area open­ing to the deck plus a sep­a­rate area up­stairs where chil­dren can have their own sep­a­rate space.

“The lay­out with the fourth bed­room and an­other bath­room down­stairs makes it ideal for vis­it­ing older rel­a­tives or could be a par­ents’ re­treat.

“Also, Strat­ford, it­self, is a won­der­ful fam­ily vil­lage-style neigh­bour­hood to bring kids up with close ac­cess to ex­cel­lent schools, parks, li­brary and other great fa­cil­i­ties.”

For those in the mar­ket look­ing for their “for­ever home”, Ms North said buy­ers should re­flect on their po­ten­tial needs in decades to come.

“Peo­ple should con­sider if they are go­ing to have more chil­dren and what a fam­ily needs as chil­dren get older.

“For ex­am­ple, a sep­a­rate liv­ing area so they can have their friends over, bed­rooms large enough so they can have a desk to study, suit­able guest ac­com­mo­da­tion as granny gets older, an area where the fam­ily and friends can be to­gether to eat or en­ter­tain.”

Real es­tate agent Ni­cole Bragg is also sell­ing a home on Ed­monds Close in Bent­ley Park, which she said brings her back to her child­hood.

“My favourite child­hood mem­o­ries were days of play­ing back­yard cricket, run­ning through the sprin­klers, play­ing with my dog in the yard,” Ms Bragg said.

“This prop­erty al­lows your chil­dren to have their very own child­hood mem­o­ries of play­ing in their back­yard.

“The lo­ca­tion of this al­lot­ment is truly unique and al­lows your kids to have space to play out­doors.”

Se­cure fenc­ing, prox­im­ity to a pub­lic park, a large al­fresco area and space to plant a veg­etable gar­den are also de­sir­able fea­tures for a fam­ily home, the agent said.

“It is im­por­tant to have enough rooms but also flex­i­bil­ity to con­vert these spa­ces into a games room or study po­ten­tially.

“Know what your pri­or­i­ties are and stick to them,” Ms Bragg said.

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