Like many a city dweller I have a soft little dream of a country lifestyle, kicking back on bush acreage, listening to a cacophony of bird calls with nary a care in the world.
The lack of life’s little essentials such as cafes, boutiques and employment opportunities usually intrude.
But my rural dream is back after seeing this two-hectare (fives acres) property in Banjup.
Just minutes from Cockburn Central and the freeway, and close to Murdoch University and the new Fiona Stanley Hospital, it’s the perfect city/country-life blend.
The four-bedroom/two-bathroom, red-brick and iron home is a classic Aussie abode, with a low-roofed verandah wrapping right around the house.
Along with the slate floors the verandah keeps things cool inside while offering a variety of places to take in the tranquil scene—right now that means enjoying the burgeoning spring wildflowers.
This sprawling home is perfect for a family, with swags of room inside and out, from formal lounge and dining rooms to a huge open/family/games and informal dining room and spacious country kitchen.
For these cold days there’s a pot-belly in the living area and an open fire in the lounge.
Snuggle up and watch the rain through the huge windows, happy in the knowledge it’s filling the water tank ensuring a plentiful supply year round.
The tank supplies water for drinking and cooking, while a bore provides everything else, including watering the garden and filling the pool.
Acres of granite bench-tops, and a massive walk-in pantry in the kitchen make whipping up a family feast a breeze—and you can watch the bush, or the kids in the pool, at the same time.
The main bedroom is a commodious space, with sliding doors to the verandah and a huge walk-in-robe–and from the ensuite spa you can take in the bush scenery.
There’s a formal garden, and lawn, around the pool, plus a cabana for barbecuing—or just relaxing after a dip.
Licensed for two horses, the property has a couple of horse paddocks, a dressage circle and stables.
A massive brick shed/tack room was the family “home” during construction of the main house and could easily become a guest suite.
by JENNY D’ANGER
6 Wilga Court, Banjup
from $1.25 million
Brian Taaffe | 0431 015 910
Pulse Realty | 9310 1600