WHETHER it’s the location, the versatility or the luxurious lifestyle it offers, there’s a lot to love about this Toorak Gardens home.
Dr Bernadette Eckermann and her husband Mark bought the 100 Alexandra Ave home five years ago, attracted by its leafy eastern suburbs location and detached studio.
“We had younger kids at the time and loved the location – we both work in the city and it’s within walking distance of that, and it’s also very central to The Parade, Burnside and the beautiful Dulwich shops,” Dr Eckermann says.
“But what really sold us was the fact that we could just simply move in and enjoy it – everything was done. It had a big self-contained studio in which we could practise our dancing. My husband and I do Latin American ballroom – we’ve competed a couple of times at the Australian DanceSport Championships, just as amateurs, and we had mirrors put up in the granny flat and when we weren’t at the studio we were out there practising.
“It could be ideal for dancers, but it’s also a versatile space and could be used as a studio, a granny flat, a teenager’s retreat or just another entertaining space.”
The home is set over two levels – the upper for sleeping and the lower for living and entertaining. A formal lounge sits at the front of the home, leading via french doors to a dining room. An open-plan kitchen is set in the heart of the floorplan and flows to both a central courtyard and a meals and living area at the rear.
“We often entertain in the formal areas and have dinner parties, but at the same time there’s the casual area at the back where you can sit around the kitchen on bar stools and kids can be outside or out in the studio,” Dr Eckermann says.
“We’ve had a lot of overseas visitors come here and be part of this period of our lives – from Korea, China and South Africa – this place has been loved by a lot of people. Whether you’ve got a family with young kids, or teenagers, or you’re a professional couple, it can really work with your lifestyle – it offers so many options.”
The main home has three bedrooms, all set on the upper level. The master suite has a walk-in robe and an ensuite, while the other two bedrooms both have built-in robes. They are serviced by a family bathroom with a separate bath and shower, a toilet and a vanity unit.
The home also has a mud room, laundry and bathroom at the rear.
A pergola opens off the rear veranda for outdoor entertainment, separating a detached studio – complete with a kitchenette, an ensuite and a cellar – from the main home.
The reproduction federation home has high ceilings, leadlight features, polished jarrah floorboards, bay windows, ceiling roses and cove cornicing throughout.
“It was built by a builder for himself to live in, so they had considered every little detail,” Dr Eckermann says. “It’s the little things that make a house nice and homely and well thought out.”
With the kids growing up, it’s time to move to something a little larger, Dr Eckermann says.
“The kids are a little bit sad to see it go, but they’re up for a new adventure,” she says.
“We’re leaving with a lot of beautiful memories of our time in the house. It’s been a superb part of our lives and it’s with some sadness that we say goodbye to it.”
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