Just made for fam­i­lies

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THREE years ago, Franca Pa­palia and fam­ily cus­tom-built their Glen­gowrie home to cater for every­thing three en­er­getic chil­dren could ever wish for.

‘‘We built three years ago and I’ve got three kids so it was all based around them,’’ Ms Pa­palia says.

‘‘They love swim­ming, which is the rea­son for the pool, but I still wanted a bit of a back­yard. There is a lovely grassed area to the side. My kids have loved liv­ing here – it’s the per­fect fam­ily home.’’

The ground floor of the two­s­torey, four-bed­room house is de­signed as a prime liv­ing space, with fam­ily in mind.

‘‘The lux­u­ri­ous kitchen and liv­ing ar­eas all over­look the pool be­cause I wanted to be able to see out the back­yard and what the kids were do­ing for safety,’’ Ms Pa­palia says.

The open-plan kitchen with meals area has an is­land bar and stone benches, glass splash­back and stain­less-steel Smeg ap­pli­ances.

Slid­ing glass doors lead to an out­door liv­ing space with pol­ished porce­lain tiles and fully equipped kitchen, over­look­ing the heated pool and spa.

‘‘The out­side has plenty of room for a din­ing ta­ble and a couch and when we’ve en­ter­tained we have had 50 peo­ple in there,’’ Ms Pa­palia says.

‘‘The way the pool is po­si­tioned with the di­rec­tion of the sun has it pro­tected from sun­light most of the time, and there is a big beau­ti­ful shade cloth over the top.’’

There is also a sauna, which can be ac­cessed from the pool deck.

Three bed­rooms are on the first floor, with the large mas­ter bed­room boast­ing walk-in robes and an en­suite with a spa and dou­ble van­i­ties. The two other bed­rooms are near a sep­a­rate bath­room.

‘‘One of the bed­rooms is mas­sive and could be used as a liv­ing room. I had two queen­size beds in there at one stage,’’ Ms Pa­palia says.

‘‘I think a fam­ily would be per­fect for this house, one which likes the sun­light, pool and liv­ing near the beach.

‘‘It’s a quiet old street that’s slowly be­com­ing re­ju­ve­nated.’’

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