A RED front door is considered lucky and is a welcoming energy in feng shui.
There might be something in the Chinese philosophy, because when you open the cherry-red door of this Bayswater home there’s a sense of a peaceful welcome and I can feel the positive chi wash over me.
It could also be down to the white exterior of this two-storey Goldmead Street house, because that colour represents spirituality, relaxation, innocence and hope.
Philosophy aside, the door is protected from the weather by a portico, which is convenient on these miserable wet days.
There is a bamboo-floored entry to this five-bedroom/three-bathroom home, which has generous living spaces and a plentitude of light, courtesy of several large windows.
Pale honey-gold bamboo floors and white walls add to the sense of lightness and relaxation in the open-plan.
White is the colour of choice in the kitchen, with a sweep of white caesar-stone tops, including a breakfast bar and white cupboards and drawers, and walk-in-pantry.
This contrasts beautifully with the black splash back behind the 900mm Blanco cooker.
A high timber fence ensures the covered alfresco area is a private retreat for leisurely breakfasts, or when family and friends drop around for a barbecue.
One of the ground floor bedrooms has glass doors, opening onto an oriental-themed courtyard, complete with water feature, banana palms and bamboo fences.
The second-storey main bedroom is a generous parents’ retreat, with its own sitting room.
Take a relaxing spa in the ensuite, and enjoy not fighting over the vanity, with his and hers sinks.
Sitting on 420sqm, this lovely family home is close to the Maylands and Mt Lawley cafe strips, and the kids will love the nearby park and riverside walks and bike trails.
There’s schools and public transport nearby, and the airport is a 10 minute drive away.
by JENNY D’ANGER
11A Goldmead Street, Bayswater
0414 914 926
Professionals Michael Johnson & Co