North Adelaide Style Meets Mount Barker Convenience
Have you every walked down the streets in North Adelaide and admired the leafy old character cottages that allow you sneek peeks into their stunning modernised interiors? Well now is your opportunity to buy a property with that sort of character right in the heart of the old part of Mount Barker. The pretty garden beautifully frames and screens this character cottage with enormous charm and in part belies the sophistication of the dwelling behind. The very polished, functional and tasteful renovations and upgrades that have been incorporated in this property have created a very appealing package.
The home is located in one of the most character filled precincts of Mount Barker adjacent 100 year old stone fronted cottages with bullnose verandahs and ornate lacework. Built on the high side of the road the property has a slightly elevated view to the established trees in neighbouring gardens. The garden is a mass of greens with a mix of soft leafy Europeans and spiked shrubs combining with a layer of green covering almost the entire frontage just allowing the windows to peek through. Brick and slate paved paths wind through the low maintenance mulched garden beds to the original glass front door set under a small portico. A low stone walled garden bed defines the front and is planted formally with hedge plants and grasses. A newly brick paved double width driveway provides easy direct access to the property and leads to a new double width timber carport built against the home. The property is screened form the neighbours by established trees and hedges.
The rear garden has been somewhat formally structured with a retained area at the rear of the house raising the lawn height to create an expansive almost level area of green perfect for children to play. The space is framed by new fluid brick paths on one side and a brick border and garden bed with established natives on the other side. In the mix of natives is a brick wood fired pizza oven set in a bed of pink river pebbles. The back yard is also home to a metal double garage, a garden shed and an old brick tank converted into a storage shed. Valuable additional access is provided via a right of way off Dunn Road which would be ideal for anyone wanting to store a boat or a caravan on site in the back yard.
The pizza oven overlooks a large brick paved entertaining space under a new reverse sloping timber and metal verandah. The all weather al fresco dining and entertaining area is framed on two sides by a decorative timber wall constructed from recycled timber with feature lighting to built in alcoves and a galvanised clad dining room at the other end. The style of the verandah provides a wonderful sense of open spaciousness . The textures and colours of the bricks, the timber wall, and the metallic galvanised building contrast with the fresh green of the lawn creating a visually vibrant, but relaxing ambience.
The natural entrance to the home is now the double glass French doors at the top of the driveway which introduce the visitor straight into a stunning contemporary kitchen / family / meals area. Here again the textures and colours of the sleek contemporary furnishing forms rush the senses and immediately appeal. The high gloss cabinetry of the galley style kitchen along one side contrast beautifully with the exposed pink and brown brickwork in the wall. The contrast is further developed in the new light timber floorboards. A centrepiece of a cast grey monolithic concrete island bench/breakfast bar almost 4 metres long dominates the centre of the room and houses the kitchen sink and dishwasher. The appliances are all high quality with a dual fuel gas and electric cooktop and oven. The kitchen has built in feature alcoves which add to the interest of the room. Industrial style lights hang low over the island bench.
The kitchen flows through to the meals area which is a continuation of the same style. It has a huge picture window which overlooks the rear yard and floods the space with light. Sliding glass doors allow access directly onto the outdoor alfresco area and then to the back yard.
The large central living room is accessed off the kitchen and is completely refurbished with new carpets, and repainted throughout. To the front of the home is a very large main bedroom which occupies the entire width of the building frontage and has a bank of windows at each end with a central open fire place. There are two other bedrooms accessed off the living space and one has a fireplace and one has built in mirrored robes.
The new bathroom is stunning; all completely and beautifully renovated with a separate vanity, a separate toilet and a separate bath and shower. The area is accessed via its own passage and a play on rectangular forms is carried through the design concept. This is contrasted with the free standing sleigh bathtub which is a feature. Tiles almost to the ceiling complete a very clean look and a continuing theme of feature alcoves is used to great effect again. An interesting feature is the narrow vertical rectangular slit windows to the toilet which allow light but provide complete privacy.
This is a beautifully designed home which has retained the character of the original dwelling but introduced some brilliant design elements to make you believe you are in a home built yesterday. The location is brilliant, only metres to fantastic shopping, easy transport and one of the best schools. The neighbourhood is loaded with old character and the area is leafy and green.... you will love living here!