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Roses, Japanese maples and a water lily pond make this Templestowe quarter-acre a juicy slice of Arcadian bliss.

When a lightning strike destroyed the property’s garden irrigation last summer, the owners saw the crisis as an opportunity. “Now we have this watering system we can control from the internet,” says the man of the house.

Fast facts

  • Set on 1057 square metres in a pretty court in the East Doncaster Secondary and Serpell Primary zone
  • Four living areas, including formal living/dining with cocktail bar and rumpus room with wet bar
  • First-floor main bedroom with study, plus three ground-floor bedrooms
  • Granite kitchen with meals area; main bathroom with spa;
  • Double garage; landscaped garden with deck and barbecue;
  • Solar panels; automated irrigation.
  • 16 kilometres from the city
  • Jellis Craig \ 8841 4888
  • Price \ $1.2 million – $1.3 million
  • Auction \ December 19 at 1pm
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The garden presently looks its luxuriant best. With a big deck covered by a UV-resistant polycarbonate roof, it’s effectively another living room at the property, which appears petite from the street but is surprisingly large. Four indoor communal areas, four bedrooms, a landing study and a double garage with workbench make this a stamping ground to take a family from tots to teens and beyond.

Oh, and no car-bound panic, either. Serpell Primary and St Charles Borromeo schools and East Doncaster Secondary College are a few minutes’ walk. “The walks down to Westerfolds Park are wonderful. You can walk for miles without being on the street,” says the female co-owner, who – after 16 years in this bucolic spot – knows all its secrets.

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Tucked in the bowl of its court, number eight is a good-looking, early ’80s building with a steep roofline that translates inside to cathedral and skillion ceilings with clerestory windows, exposed beams and full-length windows.

The present owners have renovated the kitchen, laundry and bathrooms, built the deck and replaced the carpet. The best bits of their late modern home are original.

One is the formal living/dining area’s cocktail bar, whose glazed Daniel Robertson tiles resemble NASA photographs of deep space. It’s not the only striking feature of this room, which also has a brick fireplace with a metal-mesh curtain, and a dining area that has (on several birthdays) accommodated 40 people.

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Living area two is the dine-in kitchen and lounge, tiled in caramel with brown-black granite benchtops, a Coonara wood fireplace and a built-in, four-seat granite table. The cream laminate kitchen has a Westinghouse wall oven, Bosch cooktop and Samsung dishwasher, plus a walk-in pantry.

Step through a cutaway to the third living area, serene in beige carpet beneath a cathedral ceiling, and with sliding doors to the deck, garden and brick barbecue. The rumpus room – a later extension – has a wet bar with wine fridge, ceiling fans and doors to the deck.

The four double bedrooms are zoned for privacy – one up, three down. At the front is a guest lodging known in Harry Potter terms as the “Room of Requirement”. Polished timber doors conceal a pull-down double bed, and there’s also a pull-out bedside table. Down the corridor are two further double bedrooms, both with mirrored built-in wardrobes. The main bathroom has a spa and glass shower.

The first floor is given to the main bedroom, preceded by a study on the landing overlooking the front living room. The turquoise-tinted bedroom has a walk-in wardrobe and a beige-tiled en suite with a glass shower.

The property has split-system air-conditioning, ducted heating and 2.8-kilowatt solar panels. “It’s nice to receive a bill that says ‘we owe you $100’,” the male owner says.

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