Country life - yet city within reach
Four paddocks, shedding and your very own dam, writes Tom Bowden.
TURNING an Onkaparinga house into a grand home has been a labour of love, says vendor Lance Joyce. Mr Joyce and his wife bought the home five years ago and he says the home’s size and panoramic outlook enticed them.
‘‘You’re living on a hill in the country and it offers fantastic views across the gulf to Stansbury, but you’re within walking distance of shops and next door to 62ha of national park, it’s everything you could want,’’ Mr Joyce said.
‘‘It’s a magnificent entertainer’s home and we’ve kept on doing loads of improvements to it over the years.’’
The home has four bedrooms, the master suite with an attached walk-in robe and an ensuite with a shower and spa bath; and french doors that open to a private courtyard.
The jarrah kitchen has stone benchtops, stainless steel appliances including an oven and dishwasher; a built-in fridge and microwave and a breakfast bar.
The kitchen joins the family and meals area which has a wet bar with leadlight cupboards and separate wine storage, and there is also a separate formal lounge with an open fireplace.
‘‘The home is magic for entertaining, it has a grandiose feel about it and the dining room is absolutely exquisite, and when you sit in both those rooms, you view over the gulf, and you can see the Kangaroo Island ferry go past,’’ Mr Joyce says.
‘‘The indoor areas spill out to the outdoor entertaining area, so it’s the perfect party house.’’
The pergola features a water feature that Mr Joyce says is a hit with the local bird life.
‘‘Everything from yellow-tailed cockatoos, to white corellas, Adelaide rosellas, the works, you sit there quietly and they all fly in under the pergola,’’ Mr Joyce says.
Outside, the home has landscaped gardens, a 10 kW solar system, two large paddocks, two small paddocks, shedding and a dam.
Mr Joyce says the home would appeal to horse enthusiasts or anyone looking for a country lifestyle close to the city. ‘‘That sense of peace and tranquillity, you have to experience it to believe you can get it so close to the city,’’ Mr Joyce says.