Fam­ily home, fine pedi­gree

An af­ford­able home is per­fect for a grow­ing fam­ily, writes Amy Noo­nan.

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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.’’

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