JUDGING a book by its cover won’t lead to disappointment in the case of a Geelong West house with a cute period facade that instantly draws you in.
The renovated three-bedroom residence at 34 Waratah St proudly shows off its Victorian heritage, at least outwardly.
But behind the picket fence, leafy garden and traditional weatherboard front is a modern floorplan that responds to our desire for indoor-outdoor living.
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An ability to comfortably entertain friends and family shapes the rear extension which delivers an open-plan living area with french doors onto a large covered deck.
A central pitched roof over the outdoor entertainment area is a generous gesture, as is the glass spa bath.
It’s not hard to imagine yourself lingering on the built-in bench seating out here — enjoying privacy thanks to established perimeter hedges.
You get your first glimpse of the leafy backyard and open-plan living area as soon you step inside the entrance hall.
Polished timber floorboards flow from the front door through to the large wall of windows that frame the garden views across the back of the house.
On a sunny morning there’s a lovely natural light inside, thanks to a north-facing aspect and a crisp white colour palette.
Square cornices adorn the high ceilings throughout the house in a contemporary touch.
There’s a similarly modern feel to the kitchen which has an island bench with a stone waterfall top, stainless steel appliances including a dishwasher and gas cooktop, and a glass splashback.
The three bedrooms and the wet areas all sit off the central hallway, which can be closed from the rest of the house.
Both the front bedrooms have windows framing the established front garden, which also provides privacy from the street.
The main is the larger of the two and has the luxury of walk-in wardrobe and ensuite.
The two minor bedrooms both have built-in wardrobes and share a bathroom with a bath, shower and vanity and a separate toilet.
The laundry is large and offers ample storage across the hall.
Other modern comforts include ducted gas heating, reverse cycle airconditioning, a security system and intercom.
A single garage and side driveway provide off-street parking for several vehicles but the great advantage of this Geelong West address is the ability to walk to nearby cafes and shops on Pakington St and the Woolworths shopping centre.
The house is an attractive section of Waratah St — one of the few wide streets in the suburb — that’s lined with beautiful trees.
Hodges, Geelong West agent Marcus Falconer will auction the property on March 16 at noon with an expected price range of $950,000 to $1.05 million.