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+48 eastern in partnership with properties agents index AMORE 37 BARRY PLANT 46-55 BILL SCHLINk 45 CHRISTOPHER RUSSELL FLETCHERS 55 58-61 HOCkINg STUART 56-57 JELLIS CRAIg 38-44 kAY & BURTON 65 LANDFIELD 63 LANDMARk 65 MARSHALL WHITE 64 PARkES 37 PHILIP WEBB 36 PREMIER BUILDERS 65 RAINE & HORNE 62 We love it \ 28 EDITORIAL SUBMISSIONS PROPERTY EDITOR \ MARIA HARRIS M: 0409 009 766 @mariaharristwr EMMA HOUgHTON M: 0450 407 665 ADVERTISINg INQUIRIES REAL ESTATE SALES DIRECTOR \ JOHN IOANNOU M: 0418 323 009 TAKE THE OFFICE OUTDOORS \ 19 Oakland drive, WarrandYTe, 3113 T his house is like a homestead. Wide and handsome, with bullnose verandahs shading all sides, its design is rooted in the Australian farmhouse tradition. More crucial than its looks is its spaciousness and functionality; it’s a place to bring the office home. You can also, in this house, take the office outdoors. Bring the workplace home? Yes, the home office is spacious enough for three workstations. Take the workplace outdoors? Yes. The verandahs, viewing decks and the roofed patio would provide ample shaded outdoor work areas for the iPad and laptop set. Interestingly, design researcher Jonathan Olivares, who has done the maths, says: “If every white-collar worker in the United States spent two hours per year working outdoors – and turned off the lighting and HVAC (heating, ventilation and air-conditioning) inside during that time – we would save enough electricity to power the Empire State Building for an entire year.” Olivares does not have figures for Australians working from home, but taking the office work outdoors is a compelling idea and a growing one, especially for householders in this part of Warrandyte, which is so close to one of Melbourne’s 12 designated green wedges. As with many acreage properties, this house has a full dossier of “lifestyle” components – saltwater, solar-heated pool, tennis court, billiards room and gym. Five full-length multi-pane windows punctuate the front wall of the house. Each section of wall is framed by light-coloured brick quoins that define the edges where the window meets the wall. This decorative theme carries through in a wing built at right angles to the main façade. Bullnose verandahs (with turned posts) across the whole frontage add a distinctive touch to this pleasantly unpretentious exterior. Inside, the approach is also unpretentious. Four bedrooms, two bathrooms (including the en suite to the main bedroom), a room-sized laundry and walk-in linen cupboard are located FInAl wORD “a GreaT liFeSTYle PrOPerTY, OFFerinG PeaCe and TranQUiliTY and enTerTainMenT OPTiOnS WiTH everY COnvenienCe aT YOUr dOOrSTeP.” CHriS SavvideS – aGenT The real estate cover story (right), We Love It property reviews on the following pages have been visited by TWR journalists. Agent’s Choice and Out of Town are real estate promotions provided by the agents unless tagged as written by a TWR journalist. Free! DownloaD our app! search for properties to buy, rent & share. available from itunes 30 The weekly review \ DECEMBER 12, 2012 in one wing. The other, larger, wing has formal and informal living areas, a billiards room with built-in bar and a spacious home office with built-in workbench. Polished timber floors have been laid throughout the house, save for the bedrooms, which are carpeted. Lined drapes and soft pelmets dress the many windows, complementing a neutral overall colour scheme that accentuates the warm tones of the timber floors. The kitchen, with CaesarStone benches, glass splashback and breakfast bar, has ample wall and under-bench storage. A 900mm Blanco hob and an equally wide under-bench oven are the chief working components here. The family room, which is in open plan with the kitchen, leads outside to a tiled patio and pool. The roofed patio, with a built-in barbecue and sink, makes an effective outdoor kitchen. Beside this patio is a putting green and, beyond it, a mod grass tennis court. A billiards room, with full-length windows on three sides, extends the entertainment areas of this house. This room, with a wrap-around bullnose verandah, has great views to the garden and the wooded landscapes of the neighbourhood. Below this room is a lower-ground-floor area comprising workshop, gym and store. There is space in the garage for four cars parked in tandem, plus room for more vehicles in a circular, concreted area at the top end of the pine-lined driveway. Schools within three kilometres of this house include Warrandyte High School, Warrandyte Primary, Andersons Creek Primary and the Donvale campus of Carey Grammar. The Pines shopping centre is about 2.5 kilometres away. In addition to the usual amenities found in this suburb, there is “history in them thar hills”, too: a gold-discovery cairn (that marks the spot where gold was first found in Victoria in June, 1851) is about 2.5 kilometres away, in the Warrandyte State Forest. \ SIEW-CHING GOH 4 2 4 Jellis Craig \ 9851 3888 Price \ $1.35 million – $1.45 million EoI \ Closing December 18 at 5pm Fast facts \ Acreage property with four bedrooms; two bathrooms; home office; bullnose verandahs; polished timber floors; several living areas; walk-in linen cupboard; open-plan kitchen with CaesarStone benchtops and glass splashback; L-shaped breakfast bar; billiards room; workshop, storage and gym; saltwater, solar-heated pool; roofed patio with built-in barbecue; ducted heating; evaporative cooling; ducted vacuum; putting green with synthetic surface; north-south mod grass tennis court. Warrandyte \ 24kms from the city


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