THERE’S a touch of the country manor to this Maylands home, with its long driveway, wrought iron gates and a grassed “parkland” with ornamental fruit trees.
Sitting on 1164sqm, there’s room for the kids to race their tricycles in a mini Tour de France, or smack a ball for six on the MCG-sized lawn.
A nice portico frames the front door, which opens onto a spacious entry where rich jarrah floors stretch into the open-plan living/dining/kitchen.
Huge windows wrap themselves around this light-filled space and french doors lead to a covered alfresco area.
“You always get a breeze through the windows,” the owner says.
The generous kitchen includes a walk-in-pantry and has beautiful golden sheoak drawers and cupboards.
There’s room in the dining area for an eight-seater table for elegant entertaining, or head out to the alfresco and spark up the built-in-barbecue.
A hedge of lillypilly trees ensure the garden is private and green, and the garden “shed” is a mini-replica of the house, down to the terracotta-clay roof tiles.
A second sitting (or reading) room is at the front of the home, along with the main bedroom, which has his-and-hers built-in-robes.
Decked out in Federation style, the ensuite has a clawfoot bath and double vanities.
Jarrah and wrought-iron stairs lead to the second level, where three bedrooms are grouped around a massive living area.
It’s a great spot for kids to play on wet days, or chill with their mates when they hit the spotty years.
The subdivided block doesn’t have river views, but wander down the drive and you’ll find the Tranby Reserve foreshore across the road.
With the house almost sitting on the tip of Maylands peninsula, there’s masses of river parkland to explore, and the Eight Avenue cafe strip is just a few minutes drive away.
by JENNY D’ANGER
13A Hardey Road, Maylands
0417 174 489
home open Sat Sept 16, 2–2.45pm