FINDING the right home to see your family through childhood, the teen years to adulthood can be hard.
It will need plenty of space, a location to suit everyone’s needs and some extra features to keep various family members happy.
The owner of this home has four children and thought the stunning two-storey residence built by Greg Kelleher Homes on an 888sq m block ticked so many boxes.
“It was close to the school my kids attended, with a bus to school only a block away, and close to so many facilities that we use all the time – Perry Lakes, City Beach, restaurants close in all directions, pools, Kirwan St Cafe, Lawler Park, my girls played netball at Matthews netball courts – and it was an easy route to work in the city,” he said.
The home also offered the space a large family needed.
“It is a wonderful family home, particularly for those with kids that have grown beyond the toddler stage,” the owner said. “The rooms are all generously proportioned, giving everyone the space they need whilst also providing central areas where we all congregate as a family.
“The pool is a key feature and has been the centre of many fun days and nights for my kids and their friends.”
A family with older children will also appreciate the parking options; there is a secure double garage and off-street parking for five more cars.
The home’s living spaces include a formal lounge room that can be used as part of the main living area or closed off as a separate room.
The large open-plan living/dining/kitchen area is light-filled, with north-facing windows overlooking the entertaining area and saltwater pool.
“I love the main living area on a sunny winter’s morning. I find if I put some music on and sit doing nothing, enjoying the sunshine, the family gradually drift in and conversations and tea both flow freely,” the owner said.
The living area opens to an alfresco area with built-in speakers and stairs leading down to the pool with lounging area.
A separate pool house provides more opportunities for entertaining and has a barbecue recess with rangehood, sink, cupboards and clear cafe blinds.
There is more still; an elevated timber deck is an ideal place to spend winter nights around the fire pit.
The children’s bedrooms are on the ground floor and form two wings separated by the formal lounge room.
Each wing includes two bedrooms and a bathroom.
Parents have their own special space upstairs with a light and airy study/retreat area with built-in desk and shelves, bedroom with city glimpses and ensuite with double vanity unit, double shower and large bath.
The owner said the home had been well designed.
“Every aspect of the house works; there is no part that has not been thought through,” he said.
Situated near to the top of the hill, the property gets sea breezes in summer and remains warm in winter.
“The design considers the changing of the seasons to great effect: the north-facing backyard captures the winter sun beautifully and the structure provides shelter from prevailing southwesterly winds.
“And the back area and pool are very private.”
Style and function have also been considered; the home has a limestone exterior with corrugated stainless-steel features, polished jarrah flooring, reverse-cycle Daikin airconditioning, ducted vacuum system, Aiphone colour video entry intercom and an outdoor shower.
60 Kirwan Street
Offers from $1.995 million
Agency: The Property Exchange
Contact: Niki Peinke on 0411 428 117 or Jillian Jeffery on 0409 301 654