A FAMILY’S HAVEN
This resort-style mansion is just waiting for a large family with friends to fill its inviting rooms, writes Ben Hyde.
TUCKED behind a high fence and electric gates in a jacaranda-lined Malvern street sits an imposing mansion. But far from being intimidating, peeling back the gates reveals a sweeping circular driveway and crystal leadlight front doors that carry you into a warm and inviting family home.
Vendor Ranjit Kaur, who has lived in the home for the past 11 years, says the property revels in the presence of children and large parties.
‘‘The house is built for lots of kids. It’s a home for a big family,’’ she says.
‘‘We used to have five or six kids in here a night. During the summertime we would always have lots of kids around in the pool.’’
Ms Kaur says the fact that less children are now gracing the home’s hallways is a reason to sell the home.
‘‘My children are all growing up really fast and I only have two staying here now,’’ she says.
‘‘My children would bring their friends around, but now it’s just too quiet.
‘‘The home is getting too lonely. It needs more noise in it.
‘‘We’ve enjoyed it. It’s time now to let another family enjoy it.’’
The 1920s mansion on a 1599sq m block features five bedrooms, large living areas, a home theatre and an entertainer’s-delight back yard complete with in-ground pool, all-weather entertaining deck and water feature.
But the grandeur of the property is no more evident than in the mighty columns on the front porch supporting the overhead balcony, or the vast entry hall that would not be out of place in a topflight hotel.
‘‘My home is like a resort-style home,’’ Ms Kaur says.
‘‘You don’t have to go away for your holidays, you can just stay home and relax.
‘‘Once you shut those gates, you close off the rest of the world and enjoy what you have.’’
In her 11 years at the property, Ms Kaur has made some improvements, chiefly in the front and back yards.
‘‘We’ve re-done the front section and added the garden to make it more homely. You come in through the circular driveway and it’s just a magical home,’’ she says.
‘‘We also paved the back yard and put the entertaining decking in.’’
Ms Kaur says the back yard has been home to many a party, hosting up to 200 people on some occasions.
The property’s location also is something that Ms Kaur has thoroughly enjoyed.
‘‘It’s a great location, there are schools and shopping centres around,’’ she says. ‘‘It’s not far from Unley Rd and there are lots of cafes and restaurants nearby.’’
Ms Kaur is adamant she will not regret the sale of the home.
‘‘I don’t think I’ll miss it too much and I’m sure that we will find something else,’’ she says. ‘‘ . . . I want to go out and find myself a one-level home.’’