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\ 4 CULBIN AVENUE, BELMONT, 3216
he owners of this recently renovated brick house have gone all out to embrace its heritage. Their decision to mix subtle art-deco touches with others not so subtle – such as the kitchen – was a smart one. It creates a real sense of anticipation as you enter each room because you’re not quite sure what you’re going to get. But on inspecting 4 Culbin Street, set in Belmont’s blue-chip river precinct, it’s fair to say art deco has never looked so cool. The formal lounge, at the front of the house to the left of the entrance, is the first glimpse of some of the bold interior design choices used throughout. Patterned wallpaper on the feature wall brings the room to life and complements the panelled white mantel above the gas log fireplace. Double french doors open to the front yard and offer plenty of sunlight from the north-facing aspect. Two of the house’s four bedrooms are to the right of the entrance hall, both with built-in wardrobes. They’re currently being used as children’s rooms, and striking colour choices ensure they fit right in. The third bedroom is a little further along the hallway, behind the main bathroom. The bathroom has been modernised, but traces of days gone by remain. The fresh white vanity and bath are contrasted with the old-fashioned tiled shower. But it works. The kitchen and open-plan living area are the heart of this house. The kitchen’s red-gloss cabinetry, white-tiled splashback, pendant lights and black-and-white check tiles are vibrant and fun and make this the kind of place you can’t help but gravitate to. It’s got a real 1960s diner feel about it. There’s a 900mm stainless-steel oven, a pull-out pantry and plenty of cupboard space. Drawers in the island bench offer additional storage options. The kitchen looks directly onto the dining area, which has a built-in glass cabinet – another period feature that’s been retained – and polished floorboards.
final word “THIS IS THE PERFECT AMALGAM OF CLASSIC STYLING WITH MODERN COMFORTS IN A BLUE-CHIP POCKET OF BELMONT.”
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The polished floors continue into the family living area. The open-plan design flows easily through bifold doors outside to the in-ground swimming pool and expansive entertainment deck with an undercover barbecue area. Given the large size of the block – about 752 square metres – it’s a clever use of the backyard as a high front fence makes the front yard private and secure, offering a lawn play area for the kids. The main bedroom at the rear of the house also opens to the pool and deck. It is spacious and features built-in wardrobes and a stunning black freestanding bath in the en suite. Natural light streams into the bedroom through a highlight window. It has direct access to the nearby study, which has built-in cupboards and bookcase. The large laundry, set behind the kitchen and living area, has white round feature tiles. The separate toilet is next door and features a retro pink toilet; another decision that is subtle yet effective. The house’s exterior has been refreshed, but it hasn’t been modernised, and that’s what gives it charm. The mint green of the front doors is trendy in a vintage kind of way, while the rounded brick porch steps to the front door are true art-deco style. There’s a carport at the end of the cement driveway as well as a large shed at the back of the block, ideal for a workshop. While the design choices look great cosmetically, the owners have also been thorough in doing all the hard work too. The house has been rewired and replumbed and also features gas ducted heating and double-glazed windows at the rear, while the pool is solar heated. Perfectly positioned, just a short walk from the Barwon River, bustling High Street and primary schools, a short drive to Geelong’s CBD and close to public transport, this property truly is one of a kind. \ Sarah BieSke firstname.lastname@example.org
MATTHEW CONSTANTINE – AGENT
Ray White Highton \ 5241 1331
Price \ $740,000 – $780,000
Fast facts \ Four-bedroom renovated family house; rewired and replumbed; main bedroom with en suite; positioned in Belmont’s river precinct; art deco-inspired design throughout; stunning red-gloss cabinetry and black-and-white check floor tiles in kitchen; solar-heated in-ground swimming pool; expansive decked entertainment area; substantial landscaped front yard behind private, secure fence; two living areas; close to High Street and a short drive from Geelong’s CBD. Belmont \ 4 kms from the city