Coun­try liv­ing on the city’s fringes

Open space abounds - both in­side and out, writes Tom Bow­den.

The Advertiser - Real Estate - - Mabel St, Stirling -

Asense of pri­vacy and open­ness abounds at a Red Creek home, says ven­dor Jennifer Nolan. Ms Nolan bought her 15.2ha block on a hill in 2001 and built the home in stages, start­ing with a stu­dio in 2003 and main house in 2004. ‘‘I liked that it was an easy com­mute to the city and has fab­u­lous views of great coun­try­side,’’ she says.

Ms Nolan says she was look­ing for open-plan liv­ing, so much so that the mas­ter bed­room doesn’t even have walls sep­a­rat­ing it from the home’s main liv­ing ar­eas.

‘‘I had pre­vi­ously con­verted a fac­tory in town so I was used to big open spa­ces and lots of glass, so that’s what I’ve done here, to re­ally max­imise the views,’’ she says.

‘‘It’s en­tirely open-plan, I made pro­vi­sions that the bed­rooms can be sep­a­rated by slid­ing doors to close it off, but when you’re there by yourself or even there as a cou­ple, who cares if the room is closed off.

‘‘You don’t worry about be­ing seen - when you’re out there with no vis­i­ble neigh­bours you don’t have to worry about cur­tains or blinds.’’

The home has three bed­rooms, two in the main home and one in the stu­dio. ‘‘You could eas­ily di­vide the big space in the stu­dio to make a fourth bed­room, and I lived in the stu­dio while I built the house so it’s plenty big enough and it would be a per­fect spot for a fam­ily to put the kids,’’ Ms Nolan says.

The kitchen has stain­less steel ap­pli­ances, an is­land bench with gran­ite top and a walk-in pantry which Ms Nolan says makes en­ter­tain­ing a breeze.

‘‘You can hide all your ap­pli­ances and pantry items out of sight in the pantry and the kitchen is so easy to clean up,’’ Ms Nolan says.

The home has two decks, one at the front that of­fers sun­set views and a fully pro­tected rear deck Ms Nolan says is great for en­ter­tain­ing.

‘‘We have heaps of friends up there and we all walk to each other’s homes for par­ties. It’s bril­liant, be­cause people can stay over as there are so many sleep­ing op­tions,’’ she says.

Ms Nolan says the home would suit a fam­ily or a cou­ple look­ing for space.

‘‘I love the views, the pri­vacy, the soli­tude and the birds - we see wed­getailed ea­gles all the time and I have al­pacas, sheep and chick­ens, so it’s a com­plete coun­try life­style just a short drive from the city,’’ Ms Nolan says.

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