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.

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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.’’

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