Young families can move into the comfort zone with this much-loved Essendon North residence.
Positioned to please in a popular pocket north of Keilor Road, the weatherboard California bungalow (circa 1920s) is around the corner from restaurants, tram, shops and Niddrie Central, and close to sporting facilities, parkland, CityLink and DFO.
Retained by one family for more than 50 years, the tidy dwelling has been lovingly maintained behind its brick-paved path, two silver birches, a driveway on either side, and its front carport.
The house has been restumped, rewired and replumbed in various extensions over the years, and its walls restudded and replastered.
Behind a neat front garden, verandah and security door is the entry hall, to the left of which is the main bedroom. Fitted with a ceiling fan and a wall of wardrobes, it also has an ensuite with Stegbar shower, toilet and small vanity.
Next along the hall is a skylit Regeneration-style bathroom, which has a shower over bath, highlight window for excellent natural light, Heller heat lamp and vanity with Dorf taps.
At the end of the hall is the family room featuring exposed beams, near-new carpet, an Osburn wood heater with Castlemaine slate fireplace surround, ceiling fan, mood lighting and a sliding door that opens to an atrium.
The hall takes a slight L-shaped deviation past the lounge room, which could be used as a library, and the second bedroom with built-in robes.
Adorned with a high, decorative ceiling reminiscent of the era, the lounge room also has an overhead fan, timber dado panel with complementary frieze, feature fireplace with slate hearth and Castlemaine slate surround. A desk and shelving feature on either side of the fireplace.
Bi-fold doors in the family room open to the rear updated kitchen and meals area with floating timber floors. The original walls in this space have been moved to create the L-shaped kitchen which has a breakfast bar, older-style St George Imperial wall oven, stainless-steel canopy rangehood, Chef four-burner cooktop, and excellent bench and cupboard space. It is next to a compact dining area, also with a ceiling fan and exposed beams.
Beyond is the laundry and a passage to the original external toilet and fourth bedroom. The latter has built-in robes, a toilet and shower.
A security door opens to a covered sitting area with wood storage box and bluestone paving.
Outside finds the double carport and a vast workshop or garage (with roof storage) that could easily be converted into a studio, billiards room or teen retreat.
Another highlight are the north-facing gardens, which are watered by a sprinkler system via two 2000-litre water tanks and a tap.
On a 611-square-metre block, the well-tended gardens consist of a water feature, majestic camphor laurel tree, tree ferns, Japanese lanterns, helleborus, posies, impatiens and a feature weeping silver birch.