Sanctuary in suburban bustle
A resort feel greets visitors, writes Tessa Akerman.
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.’’