Small fam­ily, big f ind

A ren­o­vated prop­erty sits in a friendly neigh­bour­hood, writes Lach­lan Pryor.

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AHOME in a fam­ily-friendly neigh­bour­hood has been thor­oughly ren­o­vated by the ven­dor. David Ben­netts moved to the Clapham home from Syd­ney about three years ago be­cause of an at­trac­tion to the area and the size of the block.

‘‘I grew up in Ade­laide and had a pretty good idea of what Clapham had to of­fer,’’ he says.

‘‘We’ve done a lot of work on the house. We put in a new kitchen and bath­room, we took down a wall to make it open-plan and worked on the floor­boards, which are mostly orig­i­nal.’’

Mr Ben­netts says they also re­painted and worked ex­ten­sively on the gar­den.

The home has three dou­ble bed­rooms, a new sec­ond toi­let, high ceil­ings and new car­pets.

The open-plan liv­ing meals area con­tin­ues to the out­door en­ter­tain­ing area and low-main­te­nance pri­vate land­scaped gar­dens. Mr Ben­netts says the home would suit a small fam­ily.

‘‘A cou­ple with a baby on the way or a cou­ple with one child would be per­fect,’’ he says. ‘‘Ide­ally it would be some­one who en­joys sit­ting out­side with a good out­door cook­ing area.

‘‘We quite like Mitcham Shop­ping Cen­tre, which is only five min­utes away, with the cinema.

‘‘We have a dog and there is Mort­lock Park nearby where we can walk her down each evening – some­thing a lot of other peo­ple seem to en­joy.’’

Mr Ben­netts says the area of Clapham is chang­ing to suit fam­i­lies.

‘‘Most peo­ple who live here are el­derly and have been here a long time but you can see young fam­i­lies com­ing in as the older fam­i­lies move out.’’

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