This Research abode is a little bit country and a little bit chic

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‘How’s the serenity?’ is an Aussie catchphrase that could have been coined – sincerely – for this gorgeous home among the gum trees.

A sprawling, single-storey abode, its piece de resistance is the wide rear lounge that has floor-to-ceiling windows on three sides – all the better for surveying the wraparound timber entertaining deck and sky-blue swimming pool.

RESEARCH: 21 RESEARCH-WARRANDYTE ROAD

  • AGENT: Jellis Craig Eltham, 9431 1222
  • PRICE: $1.6 million – $1.7 million
  • PRIVATE SALE

This portion of the house is a recent extension. Its high ceilings, exposed cedar beams and timber joinery make for a charm that’s a little bit country and a little bit chic. The abundance of glass allows for lots of light but there’s no compromise on privacy, thanks to the thicket of trees and gardens that frame the property. And while the pool will make some family members long for hot summer days, the room’s curved, corrugated-iron roof means rainy days will sound just as appealing.

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The master suite is also part of this new add-on, tucked directly behind the lounge. The main bedroom has a walk-through wardrobe that leads to an en suite with two basins, a freestanding bathtub and a double rainfall shower. There’s a private deck with a spa too, directly accessible from the bedroom.

A short hallway off the lounge leads to a second bedroom (also with walk-in wardrobe and en suite). A smaller living area sits opposite, and gives way to a central kitchen with tiled floors and granite benchtops, and an adjoining meals zone. Bifold doors open to a paved entertaining area further down from the pool allowing this middle segment to become an indoor-outdoor dining space in fine weather.

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At the front of the house, three further bedrooms (with built-in wardrobes) share a bathroom, a study and a rumpus space, defining it as the kids’ domain.

Set away from the residence, a four-car garage has a workshop next door, perfect for an art studio, a spot of tinkering, or for when the kids go through their rock-band phase.

Other features include heating and cooling systems, solar electricity, double-glazed windows and a storage shed. The property is also close to Research Primary School and ELTHAM College.

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Final word

“Experience the sheer pleasure of living in this illustrious home, incorporating family flexibility and space into an excellent design.” Tom Kurtschenko – agent

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