Family home, fine pedigree
An affordable home is perfect for a growing family, writes Amy Noonan.
ONE of the first houses in Evanston has seen plenty of families raised within its walls. Vendor Rachel Fleming says the Railway Crescent house, built around 1870, has a lot of history.
‘‘It’s about 140 years old but it has extensions on it. I know it was the first house in this area and it was surrounded by paddocks – it’s the oldest house in the street,’’ Miss Fleming says.
She bought the house 18 months ago as a family home and to run a home business.
‘‘There are three bedrooms and I use the fourth as a hair salon,’’ she says. ‘‘I love the character and the size of it; it’s massive.’’
The main bedroom has built-in wardrobes and access to the outdoors.
High ceilings and wrought-iron fireplaces are a nod to the past.
The old building is energy efficient, staying cool in summer and warm in winter.
The character house has a formal living room as well as a family room and games room at the rear of the home.
It has been updated inside with white walls and chocolate-brown feature walls as well as cream carpet.
The children’s rooms have bright, fun walls featuring clouds and trees as decoration.
The formal living room has a slowcombustion stove while the family and games rooms at the rear are close to the modern galley kitchen (which has plenty of cupboard space). The rooms lead out to the spacious backyard.
‘‘Your kids can play right by you. In the big family area, there are sliding doors to the backyard where there’s a grassed area, a paved undercover entertaining area and a back garden shed. In the backyard is a little garden bed with an established tree and in the front it’s all white pebbles and plants – it’s very lowmaintenance,’’ Miss Fleming says.
She says the house would suit a family and that Evanston is great for children as well as being budgetfriendly.
‘‘There are a few new developments around and lots of young families. Schools, the train, buses and shops are all nearby,’’ she says.
‘‘This house would be good for a young family that can’t afford to spend $450,000 – it’s value for money.’’