Rooms with a view

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A STEEP, el­e­vated site at Glen Os­mond pro­vided an in­trigu­ing chal­lenge for a com­mer­cial builder to con­struct a dream home.

The ven­dors bought the site about 20 years ago and set about de­sign­ing the home.

‘‘The site, be­ing so steep and high, made it a bit of chal­lenge,’’ the ven­dors say.

‘‘It was cer­tainly worth­while be­cause of the views.’’

Com­mer­cial build­ing prin­ci­ples were adopted to build the con­crete-frame home.

‘‘We wanted a con­tem­po­rary, modern feel to the home so we de­signed it around that,’’ the ven­dors say.

‘‘We also wanted it el­e­vated so the drive­way was close to road level, so they were the pa­ram­e­ters within which we built.’’

The re­sult is the three-level modern con­crete and glass home tucked into the side of the hill and boast­ing ex­ten­sive views.

‘‘On some clear days, you can see over the Gulf,’’ the ven­dors say.

‘‘It’s lovely be­cause look­ing to the south, it feels like you are in the hills as you are look­ing at the foothills and it’s all green.

‘‘Look­ing around to the north, you can see the city and Glenelg very clearly.’’

The site dic­tated an ‘‘up­side­down’’ de­sign, where you en­ter on the top level and go down. The en­try level fea­tures an ex­pan­sive, open-plan kitchen, meals and fam­ily area that opens to a cov­ered out­door en­ter­tain­ing bal­cony.

The mid­dle level com­prises three bed­rooms, in­clud­ing the mas­ter with a walk-in robe and en­suite. All bed­rooms have panoramic views and ac­cess to a cov­ered bal­cony. Also on this level are two liv­ing ar­eas and an of­fice with a built-in desk.

The lower level is ded­i­cated to a cov­ered out­door en­ter­tain­ing area, com­plete with a tiled so­larheated in­fin­ity edge pool.

‘‘It’s a lovely area down there and the views, even at that level, are still su­perb,’’ the ven­dors say.

Aside from the views, the ven­dors say they also will miss the de­cep­tive lo­ca­tion.

‘‘It’s very close to the city yet you al­most feel like you are in the hills,’’ they say.

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