Home a little bit nautical
This home was a captain’s choice, writes Tom Bowden.
Amuch-loved home in a popular suburb offers a peaceful escape from city life, says Dorothy Kristoris.
Ms Kristoris bought the home in 2006 and says she was attracted by the size and grandeur of the character home.
‘‘We loved the impressive design of the property and it has some very beautiful lacework,’’ Ms Kristoris says. ‘‘It’s near King William Rd and there are tram lines and bus stops nearby.’’
Ms Kristoris says the home was built by an English sea captain in 1908 and boasts character features including pressed metal ceilings, leadlight windows, polished floorboards, open fireplaces and tessellated tiles.
‘‘The actual tin in the ceilings and some of the other parts of the home are made with materials recycled from the ship,’’ Ms Kristoris says.
‘‘Two of the stained glass windows featuring images of women - one playing a harp and another playing a trumpet - came from an old Church of England church in England.’’ The home has four bedrooms, three on the main level and one on the lower floor.
The open-plan kitchen joins the family room and features granite benchtops, timber cabinetry and stainless steel appliances. ‘‘It’s great for entertaining because the house is so roomy and the dining room can comfortably seat 10 for a meal,’’ Ms Kristoris says.
Outside, there is an established landscaped garden, a lawned area and it also features a fenced in-ground swimming pool.
‘‘There’s plenty of room to park out the back and the grandchildren play cricket and run around with the dog and there’s a gate at the bottom of the garden that opens directly on to a beautiful park with a playground,’’ Ms Kristoris says. Ms Kristoris says she has loved the home and that it would be perfect for a family.