Country living on the city’s fringes
Open space abounds - both inside and out, writes Tom Bowden.
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.