LOUISE Foley knew she wanted to own this Bardon house when she was child.
Fast forward to 2006 and she would be pocketing the keys to the Bardon property.
“My parents … lived within blocks of that house,” she said.
“As a child I’d seen it from up on the hill and it had a pool, which was very unusual for those days, and even though it was tiny at the time, I thought it was a mansion.”
Living in the house with her husband Graham Findlay and two children has been a dream come true for the past 13 years, during which time the couple undertook renovations.
“We moved walls around put in lots of insulation and a new roof, but we primarily focused on wood features inside and out,” Ms Foley said.
“I also fell in love with some crazy pavers for outside.
“I had to have them, they’re beautiful and I look at them all the time.”
Ms Foley has two favourite areas in the home, one upstairs and one downstairs.
“The deck off the master bedroom is semi-built in with cut outs, so you can lie in bed and see the trees,” she said.
“My husband and I have coffee out there in the mornings and often wine at night while we watch the sun go down.
“My other favourite spot is a massive sliding window downstairs which has a bench inside and out.
“The kids will sit on the bench outside in their togs and eat iceblocks and we relax on the other side.”
She said she would look back on her time in the home fondly.
“I have photos of the kids sitting on the lawn with their towels draped over seats and it looks like the happiest of summer scenes, which really is what this house has been about.”