All pride, no prejudice

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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
from $1.099m
Brendan Habak 0423 200 400
Real Estate 08 9200 6168
http://www.re88.com.au

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