A Tusmore home bordering one of the state’s most popular public parks offers a fantastic lifestyle in the heart of the leafy eastern suburbs.
Andrew and Jodie Brown bought the 27 Stirling St property 19 years ago, attracted by its prime location next to Tusmore Park.
“We used to live in North Adelaide when our kids were young and we used to come over to the park – we thought it was the best park we’d come across,” Mr Brown says.
“Eventually we had to move from North Adelaide because the backyard became too small as the kids got bigger and then found this place and thought it was just a fantastic opportunity. Originally we were looking for a place with a court and a pool, and we weren’t sure about investing in a court, so started looking for a place with a pool and a court nearby and then this place came on the market.
“We’re a bit of a tennis family, so having five courts just over the fence has been really great, and to be able to go across and kick a footy is handy. I still play tennis with my brother on the courts quite a bit, and we used to use the wading pool a lot when the kids were younger.”
Mr Brown says the home flows well and works perfectly for a family, especially since they renovated and extended it to give them even more living space.
“I’m a bit of a function person, so the practical floorplan was one of the main attractions for me,” Mr Brown says.
“It’s just a really good floorplan, with the bedrooms at the eastern end and then all the living areas front the park and are in one area, so you’ve basically got a park view from every indoor and outdoor living area. We added the upstairs level in 2006 when we needed more space, and we’ve substantiated the outdoor entertainment space. Previously that was just a pergola opening to the outhouse and the back area, so when we did the renovation we included that under the main roof and built above that.
“We’ve worked at it over time and included features that we wanted for ourselves and added some things that we thought would be attractive to others when it came time for us to sell down the track. It’s come up really well and we’re really happy with it.”
The home has six bedrooms, including one set in its own self-contained studio, complete with a kitchenette and ensuite.
The home features luxury fixtures and fittings throughout, and several indoor and outdoor entertainment areas, including a heated alfresco space overlooking an inground pool.
Mr Brown says one of his favourite features of the property is the wine room in the studio, and the pool. “I use the pool a lot and when you stand out there in it you can’t see any other houses – you could be in the country,” he says.
“That kitchen and living area is incredible too. Standing in the kitchen looking out over the park – there wouldn’t be too many kitchens that offer views like that, it’s quite amazing.”
Mr Brown says the home is a great entertainer and can handle a crowd with ease.
“We’re not huge entertainers but we have had a few big parties and it can deal with big crowds easily, and works really well with smaller casual gatherings as well,” he says. “Having the pool and lots of different living areas meant the kids could bring their friends over to our house, so that was great for us.
“It would be great for a family or a multi-generational family. We’ve had a number of family members stay in the studio over the years and it’s worked really well as an independent living setup because they don’t need to come into the main house at all.”
Mr Brown says with their children having moved out, it is time to downsize, but he says the couple hope to stay in the area.
“We’ll find it hard to move too far away,” he says. “We walk around the park all the time, Burnside Village is really close, and it’s also close to the Adelaide Hills – we also like to do a bit of walking in the trails, and they’re just five minutes up the road.
“It will be hard to say goodbye, but it’s just too big for two people now.”
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