Es­cape to tran­quil­ity

Southern Real Estate Guide - - PROPERTY GUIDE -

Tucked in be­hind the im­pres­sive walled en­trance to Maghera Drive, be­hind a sec­ond solid wall, is one of Dan­nemora’s most stun­ning sur­prises. For here at No. 1 Maghera Drive, just a short stroll from bustling Botany Town Cen­tre and the new sec­ondary col­lege, is an amaz­ing oa­sis of calm, charm and char­ac­ter - with gor­geous trop­i­cal gar­dens and ter­ra­cotta court­yards re­flect­ing the colours of the sun. This lux­u­ri­ously mod­ern four-bed­room home has such a free flow and lan­guid lux­ury about it, you al­most need to pinch your­self! High ceil­ings, great flag­stone tiles, french doors and bi-folds all pro­vide a great sen­sa­tion of space and flow from one en­ter­tain­ing area to an­other. It’s also a home of great ver­sa­til­ity. Three dou­ble bed­rooms (in­clud­ing a fab­u­lous mas­ter suite) are lo­cated at one end of the house; while a com­pletely self­con­tained guest suite or granny flat is lo­cated at the other. This suite has its own park­ing, en­trance, lounge, din­ing area, kitchen and a dou­ble bed­room with a walk-in wardrobe, so it’s re­ally like a sep­a­rate pad. On the other hand, one of the other three bed­rooms is nat­u­rally de­signed for a home of­fice if re­quired. It also has its own en­trance, the room it­self has a very high ceil­ing, and there is a toi­let and hand­basin just in the hall­way. This is a won­der­ful home in which to en­ter­tain or sim­ply come home and re­lax. The kitchen man­ages to com­bine the prac­ti­cal­i­ties of a mod­ern chef’s kitchen with the char­ac­ter of a farm­house. It’s a mix­ture of gleam­ing stain­less steel and solid tim­ber, with all mod cons, great stor­age spa­ces for large kitchen uten­sils, and a spa­cious walk-in pantry. The kitchen is large enough to ac­com­mo­date a de­cent-sized din­ing ta­ble, and opens out to a north-fac­ing court­yard, a sub­trop­i­cal par­adise if ever there was one! Pros­per­ing palms, ground cover plants and rushes thrive in ir­ri­gated gar­dens. With their river­stone beds and flag­stone tiles there’s noth­ing to do here but en­joy! The lounge ac­cesses both this court­yard and an­other more private pa­tio. This one is cov­ered for all-weather use, and cur­rently houses a spa pool. Su­perb light­ing cre­ates a mag­i­cal at­mos­phere in both court­yards at night. There’s also a third “se­cret gar­den” in an­other part of the prop­erty, a charm­ing cor­ner just off the sep­a­rate laun­dry.

With a large log-ef­fect gas fire in the im­pres­sive cen­tral lounge, and more gas heat­ing in the wide halls, the home is kept cosy and warm. It’s well aired and nat­u­rally lit as well, with plenty of high win­dows and lou­vres in strate­gic places to max­imise the air­flow. The sound in­su­la­tion is also out­stand­ing, as once inside you scarcely hear a peep from out­side. With three bath­rooms and a fourth toi­let, bath­room queues will be a thing of the past. The mas­ter en suite is lux­u­ri­ously large, as is the walk-in wardrobe with its solid or­gan­is­ers - and the bed­room it­self, which is big enough for ex­tra furniture. If you want to view this stun­ningly orig­i­nal home (and you must!) time is of the essence. It goes to auc­tion on Thurs­day Oc­to­ber 29, on­site at 7.30pm. The last open view­ings are: Thurs­day Oc­to­ber 22, 6-7pm; Sun­day Oc­to­ber 25 2.30-3.30pm; auc­tion night from 6.30pm. For in­for­ma­tion con­tact Veena Pa­tel at Har­veys Pa­p­a­toe­toe, ph 278 1000 or 021 211 8417. View on­line www.har­ # PAP2921 or # 166450. www.har­

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