Tap dancing is my way of checking if a timber floor is the real deal, or one of those modern varieties that are a thin veneer.
Wearing winter boots my steps were more beer-hall stamping than Ginger Rogers floating, but the floors of this Ardross home stood up to the test, the solid boards ringing out with all the musical depth this lovely native hardwood offers.
Sashaying from the entry into the vast open-plan living/dining/kitchen, it was tempting to ring out a different beat on the masses of glass and aluminium doors and windows, opening onto the garden, patio and pool—if only I’d brought drumsticks.
You could hold a ball in this vast space, the lovely, smooth honey-coloured floors ensuring twinkle-toed dancers could do the gay Gordon or Lindy Hop with ease.
Foxtrotting over to the spacious kitchen, any urge to dance on the acres of white, caesarstone breakfast bar was suppressed, mostly because I didn’t want to fall into the sink.
There was no chance of beating out a rhythm using the plentitude of drawers, because they’re soft-closing, but you could manage a little Irish jig in the walk-in pantry.
The lovely, white-painted timber shutters of the main bedroom offered a rich resonating sound: Open them, and the glass doors they conceal, and you could moonwalk your way onto a cute front patio, and quick-step over the swathe of grass and out to the street.
Having worked up a sweat hang your dancing shoes in the walk-in robe, and head for the ensuite.
The rest of the bedrooms are at the rear, as is a play area—or dance studio—for the kids.
Sitting on 875sqm the garden has room for a pool (think synchronised swimming), swathes of grass and a high-rise cubbyhouse and sand pit.
Barridale Road is a stone’s throw from Booragoon shopping centre, and there’s plenty of cafes, shops, restaurants and a groovy small bar a short drive away.
Put on your dancing shoes and trip the light fantastic to check this one out.
by JENNY D’ANGER
27 Barrisdale Road, Ardross
Toby Bellegarde | 0411 166 983
Acton Applecross | 9316 8088