Views to thrill and ample space
Room for a family and city views are part of a Glen Osmond home’s allure, writes Amy Noonan.
THEY stepped on the balcony, saw the 180-degree views of the Adelaide suburbs leading out to the sea and fell in love. Barbara and Michael Woodhouse bought their Glen Osmond property in 1993, raised a family and entertained on the balcony.
‘‘He’s the one that fell in love – the views are very good,’’ Mrs Woodhouse says of her husband.
‘‘It’s all out to the coast and the city – you can see Glenelg and all the way to Port Adelaide.
‘‘All the rooms get a view. All open on to a balcony, which goes the whole length of the house.’’
The generous balcony on the Snow St house has two large tables.
‘‘So there’s plenty of room for your own space,’’ Mrs Woodhouse says.
Inside, the house is set up with a parents’ wing at one end and a children’s area at the other.
The three children’s bedrooms have built-in robes and a room that could be used as a living room or a study.
The master bedroom has an ensuite and walk-in robe. It’s next to the openplan family and meals area.
The dining table sits on black and white tiles and there is a slow combustion stove.
‘‘On the other side is a bar and a formal entertaining area so you’ve more or less got a whole adults’ side of the house,’’ Mrs Woodhouse says.
The house was built four years before the Woodhouses bought it and they have updated it over the years.
‘‘We’ve modernised it, landscaped a lot of the garden . . . it used to have a spa outside but now that’s all been paved,’’ Mrs Woodhouse says. The house is decorated in neutral tones throughout and the Woodhouses have retained some of the limewood panelled walls, which were an original feature.
‘‘It has a Scandinavian-type feel,’’ she says.
Behind the property is a water tower so the land is filled with lush plants.
‘‘There are all trees where koalas, kookaburras and cockatoos come,’’ Mrs Woodhouse says.
To get closer to nature, it’s just minutes through an old tin mine to reach walking tracks into the Adelaide Hills.
‘‘You can just walk up the hill and get on to the walking tracks that go up to Mt Lofty and Waterfall Gully. You walk through the old Will Watkins mine and you can access all these tracks that go up into the hills,’’ she says.
Glen Osmond is in a great position, Mrs Woodhouse says.
‘‘It’s handy to the city, close to Burnside Village, close to good schools – Seymour College is probably five minutes’ walk away,’’ she says.
‘‘It’s quite close to the end of the freeway, it only takes about 15 minutes to get up to Stirling and probably less than half an hour to get into the city.’’
However, the Snow St cul-de-sac is a quiet sanctuary, she says.
Mr and Mrs Woodhouse are selling so they can downsize as their children have grown up.
Mrs Woodhouse says the house would be perfect for a family with older children.
‘‘It’s not good for young children. It hasn’t got a good garden for young children to play in,’’ she says.
‘‘It’s a lovely view during the daytime, very peaceful. It’s nice to sit out there and night-time is also pretty good.’’