Sur­rounded by char­ac­ter

Orig­i­nal fea­tures have been re­tained in a cen­tury-old villa, writes Lach­lan Pryor.

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ACENTURY-OLD villa in a quiet spot near main streets and schools re­tains many of its orig­i­nal char­ac­ter fea­tures. The Un­ley home has orig­i­nal baltic pine floor­boards and open fire­places from when it was built at the turn of the 20th cen­tury.

Ven­dor Andrew Prosser says there have been a few upgrades but the cot­tage charm has been re­tained.

‘‘We were drawn to the sand­stonecot­tage ap­pear­ance at first,’’ he says.

‘‘We’ve ba­si­cally re-car­peted, put in a picket fence and a nice new se­cu­rity door.

‘‘It has the char­ac­ter fire­places, the Baltic tim­ber floors, which are orig­i­nal floor­boards.’’

The three-bed­room home has a liv­ing room plus an open- plan kitchen and din­ing area. Mr Prosser says the lo­ca­tion is one of the home’s main fea­tures.

‘‘You can’t re­ally class the street as a dead end but it goes into a lane at the end of the street so it’s not a thor­ough­fare and is quiet,’’ he says.

‘‘We like the close­ness to the shops, King Wil­liam Rd and the city.

‘‘The home is also close to Park­side pri­mary (school) and the col­leges. You’re not far from any­thing.’’

The home has a small but pri­vate back­yard, with a lock-up garage at the rear of the prop­erty.

Mr Prosser be­lieves the home would suit a range of dif­fer­ent buy­ers. ‘‘It’s very family friendly,’’ he says. ‘‘It’s got pos­si­bil­i­ties for a family or young pro­fes­sional cou­ple and it would suit re­tirees as well.’’

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