A CHALET-STYLE Stirling home set opposite a wildlife reserve offers an idyllic Hills lifestyle and a tranquil escape from city life, despite being just minutes from shops, cafes and restaurants.
Christopher and his family bought the home more than 20 years ago and he says its position has been perfect for his family.
“It’s a great location – there are walking and bicycle tracks nearby and a pond just across from the property where you can go canoeing and catch redfin in,” Christopher says.
“The location is difficult to beat in the Hills because it offers such a sense of seclusion. It’s like having a botanical garden in your front yard and it’s only 15 minutes from the city. We’ve got heaps of wildlife here, like echidnas, koalas which we see every day, ducks with little ducklings and lots of possums. It’s a great little escape but still so close to Stirling.”
Christopher says the home looks drastically different to when he bought it, having been renovated throughout to offer three bedrooms, open-plan living, an abundance of timber features, and plenty of large windows that fill the home with natural light.
“Every part of this home has been given a facelift,” he says. “From the roof to the slate, to gyprock, to floorboards, everything’s been changed. Only the bones are the same.”
Christopher says the home is ideally suited to families or a professional couple looking to escape the suburbs.
“It’s excellent to live here – you come home, look out the window and relax because you feel a million miles away from the city and you feel like you’re on a holiday,” he says. “You get to appreciate the different seasons of the year as you watch the colours of the leaves of the birches and maples change, through to rain and hail in winter – you really experience all four seasons here.”
Christopher says the property has been a great entertainer, regardless of the weather.
“People love it and it’s great for parties because in summer you can venture out on to the decking, and in winter gather around the fireplace,” he says.
“It will be hard to say goodbye, but one always has to look forward to the next adventure, and we have a few lined up.”
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