HEADLESS chooks would have taken more notice of the views from Melville Senior High School and its oval than I recall myself and fellow students doing.
We had more important stuff on our minds at the time: the length of our hideously green school uniform, boys, what we were going to do on the weekend, boys. And whines of, “do we really have to play sport, miss”?
But the vista must have made an impact subliminally as—strolling into the vast living/dining/kitchen of this Renton Street home—a thousand memories flooded back into my ageing brain .
A gargantuan window encompasses the spectacular view across the leafy suburb and the river to the city skyline and the hills.
This four-bedroom home—like my classmates and I—has changed a lot over the years and a facelift has turned the solid single storey home into a funky modern two-storey abode, complete with a great skillion roofline.
Downstairs is great for the teenagers (no point wasting a view on the rabble), with a couple of spacious bedrooms, a study and more importantly, access to the pool.
A lush canopy of mock orange (pittosporum) shading the deck is currently wafting waves of sweet smells as far as the front door.
Upstairs is the massive living/dining/kitchen area, where even the kitchen sink has views.
The kitchen is a sweeping and pristine space in white, with soft-golden timber benchtops, a huge double pantry and bamboo floors reflecting the same gentle tones.
The views get even better when you step onto the spacious balcony.
Protected on two sides by walls and with a corrugated tin roof this is a delightful alfresco space for any time of the year.
Come the Australia Day fireworks you’ll be in hot demand with all your friends.
The spacious main bedroom has its own balcony overlooking the street. Not to mention a walk-in robe and ensuite.
Family is writ large over this home.
Melville high and primary schools are within walking distance and there’s a couple of great cafes on Marmion Street, almost as close—or head up Leach Highway where there’s a swag of shops, big and small, to meet every homeowners’ need.
by JENNY D’ANGER
14 Renton Street, Melville
from $1.350 million
Gary Hicks | 0413 119 902
Jenny Bradshaw | 0424 977 396
Ross & Galloway Property | 9333 5999