Sanc­tu­ary in sub­ur­ban bus­tle

A re­sort feel greets vis­i­tors, writes Tessa Akerman.

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AHOUSE with 100 palm trees, a tennis court and nearly 0.4ha of land within 15 min­utes’ drive of the city is hard to find, ven­dor Kon Jankovski says. ‘‘It was the char­ac­ter and then the size of the land that at­tracted us to the place,’’ he says. ‘‘It was a builder who lived with his sis­ter, and nei­ther of them mar­ried.

‘‘The whole house is blue­stone and sand­stone. They built it for them­selves.’’

The house and back­yard have changed since Mr Jankovski first bought the prop­erty.

‘‘I planted about 110 palm trees af­ter I went to Sanc­tu­ary Cove in Queens­land and saw the whole road had palm trees,’’ he says.

‘‘Ev­ery­one com­ments on it. Ev­ery­one knows the home with those palm trees.’’

As well as palm trees, the gar­den has aga­pan­thus and fruit trees, in­clud­ing le­mon, orange, grape­fruit and man­darin.

‘‘Ev­ery­one com­ments on the man­darins,’’ he says. ‘‘The tree is fairly old but the fruit is so juicy. All our friends and neigh­bours take some and the tree is left with none when ev­ery­one has been.’’

A re­cent change is the gazebo, which is on the site of the former swim­ming pool that had been turned into a fish pond. Ad­dress: 89 An­gas Rd. Type: Ken­tish gabled bun­ga­low. Agent: El­ders Mitcham/un­ley, Richard Neville 0429 920 381. Open: By ap­point­ment. Price: $4.5 mil­lion to $4.7 mil­lion.

‘‘We put sand in the bot­tom, filled it up with water and bought hundreds of gold­fish,’’ says Mr Jankovski.

When the fam­ily de­cided to build the tennis court, they de­cided to fill in the pond at the same time.

‘‘We gave the gold­fish to ev­ery­one who wanted gold­fish,’’ Mr Jankovski says.

He says the house would suit a fam­ily with chil­dren who would en­joy play­ing in the back­yard.

‘‘When my son was grow­ing up, he would be play­ing cricket with all the kids at the back and we wouldn’t see them,’’ he says.

‘‘The kids have the room to run and play and you don’t have to worry that they would be on the road.’’

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