IF you’ve got a small brood (or are planning one) and haven’t lived across the road from a park, this Maylands three-bedroom should go top of your list.
A bit further south I’m blessed to be in a cul de sac opposite a park and already my five-year-old is allowed to head across unaccompanied – as long as his mates are there.
Now, I’m not advocating neglecting your kids and nine times out of ten I’ll be down there kicking around a footy or playing some chasey, but there’s few feelings that compare when the chores seem overwhelming, everyone’s under each other’s feet and a little voice pips up: “Daddy, my friends are down at the park, can I go?”
Nirvana, particularly when you know you can just poke your nose out the window every now and then to check on how things are going.
When you’re as close to a park as this one is to De Lacey, you become intimate with the community and share every family’s ups and downs. At our park one gorgeous mum struggles with how to tell her young kids she’s got motor neurone disease and save the miracle she’s praying for, only has a couple more years with them.
Maybe that sounds tricky to deal with, but sharing these moments with people who were not so long ago complete strangers takes your life to a new level.
With this home you’ll also be the most popular parents at the park, as the front yard is taken up with a cute kidney-shaped swimming pool.
Inside the federation-style home the downstairs is taken up with two bedrooms (each with built-in robes), two bathrooms, a separate study which could be a third bedroom and an open-plan dining and lounge area. The main bedroom also has its own ensuite.
The kitchen is spacious and comes with stainless steel appliances and plenty of cupboard space so there’s room to store the picnic basket you’ll want to bring across the road to the park on sunny days.
Upstairs is a loft area that could be either a bedroom or a second living area that offers city views from a private balcony.
The other standout feature of this home is its general location. The Maylands Peninsula is a top precinct – quiet, cute and the river is only a short walk away.
by STEVE GRANT
31 Hillside Cres, Maylands
EOI from $649,000
0411 601 420
Acton Mount Lawley