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A delightful blend of old and new in a tranquil leafy locale

Get back to nature in the finest of style in this stunning and versatile Bridgewate­r property

- Tom Bowden

A Bridgewate­r home offers a versatile floorplan in a breathtaki­ng natural environmen­t that will appeal to a wide range of buyers.

Aldo and Matt bought the home in 2017, attracted by its uniqueness, location and potential for a transforma­tion.

“We moved up here for the Hills lifestyle and to spend days out in the country visiting the wineries and cafes, it’s been great,” Aldo says. “It’s unique in that it has two zones and Matt and I really loved that blend of the old and the new working together – it was an aesthetic we liked and we saw potential in what it could be. We also like the fact that our side of the street is Bridgewate­r and the opposite side is Aldgate, so we’ve got the best of both worlds.”

The couple have spent a lot of time and money renovating the home, which is set across two separate wings and features three bedrooms – the master with a private ensuite. Both sections of the home are connected by a fully enclosable decked veranda, and both flow out to a sunken paved alfresco entertainm­ent area.

“The house looks amazing now but to get it to this point was a lot of work,” Aldo says. “You can go out of the cottage, through the sunken courtyard, through the big jarrah doors and into the two storey home and back out onto the decking, and we’ve had parties up here where we use all of those spaces. It’s a great entertaine­r.

“Our favourite thing is to lay in bed on the weekend and have the blinds up – whether it’s a rainy winter’s day or a sunny summer morning, there’s always something beautiful to look at. The wildlife that visits this property really does make it very special as well. We often have koalas in the trees or strolling along the ground as they pass through the property, and the birdlife up here is amazing. We get kookaburra­s, rosellas, and also possums. There’s always something interestin­g to see.”

The couple are now looking to move back down to the plains to be closer to family and work, and say they’ll miss the property.

“It’s been a real labour of love and would be perfect for someone who wants to run part of it as an Airbnb, or an older couple with kids or who have lots of interstate visitors,” Aldo says. “We’re really proud of what we’ve created here.”

55 Anderson Rd, Bridgewate­r $780,000 to $840,000 Agent:

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