The Boulevard traverses the hilly terrain of North Warrandyte with sealed and unsealed sections; this house stands on a slope above an unmade portion of the road.
With bushes and trees meeting the roadside without the intervention of kerbs or nature strips, the place feels more like bush than suburbia.
Fast facts: 123 The Boulevard, North Warrandyte, 3113
- North Warrandyte: 25 kilometres from the city
- Fletchers: 9430 1111
- Price: $720,000 – $790,000
- Expressions of interest: Close April 27 at 5pm
- Two-storey house on 1316 square metres; jarrah floorboards; wrap-around bullnose verandah
- Open-plan kitchen and living/meals area; family room with gas log fire; study alcove
- Main bedroom with en suite and walk-in wardrobe; fitted laundry; two further bedrooms, main bathroom
- Two workshop/storage rooms; double carport; decking; shed with three-phase power
- Two 18,000-litre water tanks; bushfire sprinkler system; reverse-cycle air-conditioners
Find out more about this property and more in North Warrandyte here.
The driveway leading up to the house is sealed. From the street, the house, a white weatherboard with muted green corrugated roof, looks like it’s on stilts, but it is not.
The “stilts” raise the house to its ground floor, which is snugly set into the hillside; they also raise the profile of the elevated verandah that stretches across the front of the house and wraps around to the side, where the main entrance is located.
The bullnose verandah – with exposed, hockey-stick rafters, simple fretwork and railings – is a feature that gives the house a striking presence.
A flight of stairs with balusters echoing the style of the verandah’s rails leads up to the front door, which opens into the house’s central hub – a large room with light walls and a richly coloured jarrah floor.
The kitchen, with white cabinetry, jarrah benchtops and tiled splashback, is incorporated into this zone. In addition to space for a regular fridge, there is a specially built enclosure for a bar fridge and freezer.
Built-in appliances include a Westinghouse electric stove with four hobs, two integrated dishwasher drawers and a wall-mounted St George oven and grill.
The island bench, with a jarrah worktop, under-bench drawers and shelving, can comfortably seat three to four people.
The central hub connects the different levels of the site, as it opens to both the elevated verandah on the side of the house and a deck in the back garden.
From the deck, you can either step up to the treetop level of the verandah or step down to plant your feet on terra firma – a stretch of lawn in the backyard.
With this sort of floor plan, the house touches base with nature – an essential part of the Warrandyte lifestyle.
The main bedroom, with doors to the front verandah, takes in views of the surrounding bush and trees. A walk-in wardrobe and an en suite with tiles in different shades of green, twin basins and frameless shower complement this bedroom.
Next to the bedroom is a family room warmed by a gas log fire. This room, with a door to the central hub of the house, also opens to the front verandah. Wall shelving and workstation space add a study nook here.
A staircase leads upstairs to two bedrooms, a family bathroom and a rumpus room-cum-study. Two dormer windows in the sloped ceiling of the rumpus area add height and light to a cosy space.
The house also has two storage rooms beside the twin carport on the lower-ground level, and a large shed with three-phase power in the back garden. Two 18,000-litre rainwater tanks are set up to feed the bushfire sprinkler system on the roof and the verandahs.
Schools and shops are not too far away and the Eltham-Warrandyte bus stops down the road, where The Boulevard meets Research-Warrandyte Road.