JANE AUSTEN would have felt at home in this two-storey Georgian-styled abode in Maylands.
And should there be a single gentleman residing nearby, in possession of a handsome fortune and in want of a wife, there’s even a ballroom to help romance blossom.
Rough red bricks give a pleasing weathered appearance to the exterior, while double sets of windows on both levels are framed in the classic, decorative architrave of the period in a contrasting cream.
With a lovely, peaked portico over the front door the ladies won’t have to fret about getting wet as they wait for their maids to open the door.
I wasn’t surprised to hear the vendor’s strong UK accent, even though she’s been here well over 10 years (the age of the home).
A classic design was chosen over modern to ensure the home would age well: This four-bedroom/two-bathroom abode (on 481sqm) has certainly done that.
The front section harks back to a bygone era, with a formal lounge—complete with ceiling rose, lovely rose gum floors and a warming fireplace (gas).
The spacious bedroom, which overlooks a manicured, but lush front garden, also has a ceiling rose, and could be a main bedroom with its generous ensuite and walk-in-robe.
But then again you may prefer the upstairs one, where the ensuite has a spa and there’s a sitting room, with a cute balcony overlooking the street.
Step through the glass door of the entry hall into the expansive living/kitchen/dining and it’s Lost in Austen in reverse as you discover the delights of 21st century living.
The space-age kitchen gleams in black and white, with masses of cupboards, a fantastic walk-in-pantry and acres of black granite work space.
The ballroom, or maybe billiard room, is off the dining area, which has banks of doors and windows leading to a delightful, timber cathedral-ceilinged patio.
With its tinkling floral water feature and lush garden this is a fantastic space for alfresco entertainment, whether young men in want of a wife, old friends gossiping over port or the whole family over for Christmas dinner.
And should a stroll be in order the picturesque Lake Bungana, Lake Brearly and Tranby House are just around the corner.
by JENNY D’ANGER
26 Wirraway Loop, Maylands
Brendan Habak 0423 200 400
Real Estate 08 9200 6168