Family retreat

THERE’S so much to this four-bedroom home in Hamilton Hill it’s hard to know where to begin.

The Glenister Road location perhaps? From the semi-enclosed front deck you gaze across at a fairy-tale of paper barks and grass-land on the edge of Manning Park lake.

Then there’s the deck itself, a huge alfresco area completely weatherproof thanks to industrial-strength cafe blinds, and warmed by a pot belly heater.

“When there’s a storm you just watch it come in,” the owner says.

A big old paper bark tree dominates this “room”.

“The whole deck was built around it,” the owner says, earning browny points for his green credentials.

He may have lost a few of those points for removing an old Cypress pine tree from the back garden, but he used the timber to make kitchen benchtops, the seating in a bay window, and a massive dining and coffee table. All of which are staying.

Solid bamboo floors lend a lovely golden glow throughout the living area, while the bedrooms floors are cork.

The main is spacious and opens onto an atrium-style garden.

A wall of glass in the generous ensuite has the same soothing green outlook.

The honey tones of the open-plan floor are echoed in the sweep of pine bench tops in the spacious kitchen, including a breakfast bar.

Extra preparation area is created by the clever use of a solid metal sewing machine frame, topped by Cypress pine to create a mobile chopping board.

Like Dr Who’s Tardis, this home seems to go on forever and there’s a massive games room at the rear, which opens onto a huge timber deck, protected by a soaring corrugated iron roof.

Apparently it’s the spot to be on a summer afternoon, when the kids can play cricket on the expansive lawn.

An abundance of fruit can be picked from the many trees in the limestone terraced gardens of this 739sqm property.

As if that’s not enough, there’s a separate studio with its own entry and bathroom.

by JENNY D’ANGER

48 Glenister Road, Hamilton Hill
from $799,000
home open Sat/Sun (Sept 2//3)
2–2.45pm
Frank Sander
0411 123 477
Smartchoice Realty
9430 9438 

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