BUSH­LAND SANC­TU­ARY

In the foothills of Mt Coot-tha, this ex­pan­sive home boasts a peace­ful leafy set­ting in the sought-af­ter sub­urb of Ken­more Hills.

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JULIE and An­drew Lo­ton’s ton’s sanc­tu­ary at 60 Ti­nar­raa Cres Cres, Ken­more, is for sale at the foothills of Mt Coot-tha.

Their ex­pan­sive fam­ily home sits on just over one hectare of leafy grounds in the highly re­garded sub­urb of Ken­more Hills.

The fam­ily, well-known for own­ing the Ox­ford St Bak­ery at Bulimba un­til they sold it three years ago, have lived at their Ken­more ad­dress for 15 years.

The grand­par­ents who have four daugh­ters rang­ing in age from 30 to 21 years old, don’t con­sider them­selves “empty nesters” as such but know it’s time to move.

“We just feel a lovely sense of free­dom now and the time is right for us to move on. We have been look­ing at mov­ing to north­ern NSW or we may just put all our fur­ni­ture in stor­age and go trav­el­ling,” Ms Lo­ton said. “I don’t see us ever down­siz­ing­down­siz as such be­cause we ha have four daugh­ters and two of them are mar­riedma with two chil­drench each so we’ll al­waysa need a big­ger house as we are very fam­ily ori­ented.

“I’ll al­ways want spa­ces for them to comeco home and stay over.ove

“We“love it here, we have l loved our time here but we ju just know it’s time for a change.”

The one thing that struck me about this prop­er­typ is how quiet it is, it’s very peace­ful.

“Ev­ery­one no­tices how quiet it is here. It’s so still. My dad, when he’s up from Mel­bourne, can sit right here all day on the out­door lounge area in the shade and be con­nected to the house and also the bush,” Mr Lo­ton said. “There is no traf­fic noise. “It re­ally feels like our sanc­tu­ary.”

Mr Lo­ton said all of the walk­ing tracks could be found just at the end of Bielby Rd.

“You can walk all the way to Jones Rd and to Gap Creek Rd.

“It’s a very pretty place to walk to as there’s a lot of nat­u­ral wa­ter­ways and creek cross­ings, and na­tive wild­flow­ers at cer­tain times of the year. It’s not just bush bash­ing, we like to walk there.”

The pair have made ex­ten­sive ren­o­va­tions to their home over the years.

It is po­si­tioned in a pres­ti­gious neigh­bour­hood.

The home is part of a peace­ful and pri­vate en­vi­ron­ment where wildlife, kan­ga­roos and birdlife thrive, all within 10km of Bris­bane city.

Co-list­ing agent Rachael Spinks of Spinks & Co Residential Con­sul­tancy said the prop­erty ex­udes the seren­ity of a coun­try re­treat with­out hav­ing to com­pro­mise on prox­im­ity to the city, shop­ping and ameni­ties.

“It’s a mod­ern in­ter­pre­ta­tion of a colo­nial homestead. The sprawl­ing home is low set and char­ac­terised by a wrap­around bull­nose ve­randa,” she said.

Be­spoke hand-forged iron screen doors swing open to re­veal a wide for­mal en­trance show­cas­ing or­nate plas­ter ceil­ings.

Once in­side, an ex­tremely flex­i­ble and live­able floor­plan is of­fered across a sin­gle level with an ex­ten­sive choice of liv­ing and en­ter­tain­ing ar­eas and am­ple ac­com­mo­da­tion for friends and fam­ily.

Co-list­ing agent Vern Gil­bert of Pro­fes­sion­als Toowong said the cen­tral­ly­lo­cated kitchen was enor­mous and clas­si­cal in de­sign.

“This house is in­tended to cater for the se­ri­ous chef and en­ter­tainer. Julie is al­ways bak­ing up some­thing de­li­cious in her amaz­ing kitchen,” Mr Gil­bert said.

There’s two sep­a­rate is­land benches which pro­vide am­ple space for food prepa­ra­tion and ca­sual din­ing op­tions.

There’s am­ple stor­age, in­clud­ing a walk-in pantry, and stain­less-steel ap­pli­ances, in­clud­ing a free­stand­ing Ilve oven with gas cook top and tep­pa­nyaki plate.

Ad­join­ing the kitchen is the spa­cious liv­ing area. It com­prises a com­bined din­ing and lounge area, fea­tur­ing a free­stand­ing wood-burn­ing heater, and a com­puter nook clev­erly po­si­tioned for the su­per­vi­sion of home­work.

There is also a media room.

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