Canvas waiting for your mark

THIS petite and charming two-bedroom home is already nestled in the enviable Golden Triangle around Hyde Park, but while snooping about courtesy of Google Maps’ satellite imagery, I noticed it had a big advantage over most of its neighbours.

The ubiquitous extension has pushed the building envelope of many of the triangle’s character homes right to the back fence line, but 19 Cavendish Street has arguably the biggest chunk of backyard left in the whole area.

That gives you a couple of great options.

You could earn sustainability bragging rights by cleverly using its modest spaces as they are and creating a little green oasis out the back. The children’s children’s children of the planet will remember you fondly for it, and if it wasn’t for Hyde Park being just a couple of streets away I’d suggest charging the neighbours a few bucks to escape their heat islands and sit in your cool, oxygen-friendly yard.

The other option is to stamp your own mark on the property and put up an extension that’s tailored exactly to your needs (though please keep those sustainability principles in mind).

To make that even more attractive, there’s also rear access courtesy of the quaintly named Martyr Lane.

Behind the early 20th century facade with its white picket fence, verandah and leadlight verandah is the classic layout of a wide central hall with two well-proportioned bedrooms at the front and a combined lounge and dining beyond.

There’s three original fireplaces to give the place that old-world cosiness, while the decorative plasterwork and gleaming timber floors give it elegance as well.

The compact kitchen, bathroom and laundry have been cleverly conceived at the rear of the house and have some very smart storage ideas.

Another great aspect to this house is its proximity to a whole heap of stuff I’d be thrilled to have within walking distance of my place.

Highgate Primary School’s at the end of the street, St Alban’s Anglican Church is just up the next street and links you to the best part of Beaufort Street where you can get your coffee and pastry fix from Mary Street Bakery or any of the other awesome cafes, a pint and chunky wedges from the Beaufort Street Hotel, or get yourself waxed, coiffed or exfoliated at one a variety of beaty salons.

19 Cavendish St, Highgate
EOI over $899,000
Donna Buckovska 0419 928 467
Wayne Heldt 0433 118 353
Bellcourt Property Group 6141 7848
Home open today (Saturday April 17) from 11-11.30am and tomorrow (Sunday April 18) from 11-11.30am

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