Spa­cious, se­cure and street-smart

Haven from the world.

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Reviews - By NATALIE HORDOV

THIS apart­ment is num­ber eight – a lucky num­ber for many, in­clud­ing owner Gayna Barnett who bought it while her hus­band was away on busi­ness.

“He didn't know what to ex­pect when he first saw it,” she said.

“Luck­ily for me he was thrilled to bits.” Mrs Barnett said when she first saw the home, there were so many things she found at­trac­tive, es­pe­cially the size and lay­out.

“It was huge, more like a house than an apart­ment,” she said.

“As we both work from home, hav­ing two sep­a­rate of­fice ar­eas was just what we needed.

“And be­ing an end apart­ment also means we're not sur­rounded by com­mon walls.”

Mr and Mrs Barnett have added to the home's ap­peal, giv­ing it an ex­ten­sive ren­o­va­tion.

As well as in­stalling new car­pets, win­dow treat­ments and wall cov­er­ings, they trans­formed the tur­ret from an empty space into an in­ti­mate home theatre, ren­o­vated the bath­rooms and re­built the mas­sive in­door/out­door court­yard.the al­fresco area is now a pro­tected out­door room with bar­be­cue, pond, hand-built stack­stone wall, soar­ing cedar roof and Mill­board com­pos­ite deck­ing.

While the home is in a con­ve­nient, ur­ban lo­ca­tion, it is in a se­cure com­plex of 12 and of­fers a peace­ful haven from a busy world.

Mrs Barnett said she loved the lounge in sum­mer, look­ing out over the court­yard into the lush green canopy of street trees.

“It's like be­ing in a tree­house,” she said. “When the leaves fall off in the win­ter, it changes to a very cosy space with the gas fire go­ing.”

For an­other out­look, the tur­ret of­fers 360 de­gree views over Su­bi­aco.

Built over three lev­els, the home has been fin­ished to a high stan­dard and has open-plan liv­ing and din­ing ar­eas, a wellap­pointed kitchen, theatre room, study, wine cel­lar, and un­der-stair work­shop.

There are three spa­cious bed­rooms; the mas­ter has walk-in and built-in robes and a spa en­suite. ■

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