A gorgeous barn-style abode with French provincial flavour is piquing interest at Glenside.
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A unique barn-style home tucked away in Glenside is proving popular with buyers, with 60 groups through the first open inspection this week.
The home at L’Estrange Street sits at the rear of a hammer-head block, creating a quiet, private retreat.
Vendor Elsa Davis says most people think it is actually an old building that has been converted into a barn, but the home was designed by renowned architect Pauline Hurren and built in 2008.
Features include raked, 6.5 metre ceilings, polished concrete floors, rustic interiors and French doors.
“It was built to look how it does right now; a French provincial take on a barn,” Elsa says.
She and husband Nick bought the property in 2014 after falling in love with it at first sight.
However, Elsa says the kitchen had corrugated iron cupboards and needed updating, as did the two bathrooms, which were not practical for a family.
The couple renovated the kitchen in 2016, adding an island bench and Caesarstone benchtops. They also updated the bathrooms, while externally they added a huge deck and lots of landscaping to the rear of the property.
“We love to entertain so we added the deck and we are out there all summer,” Elsa says.
There are also three ornamental pear trees to the north of the home, and Elsa says one of her favourite things is sitting out there to enjoy her morning coffee.
“I love that northern sun on the alfresco paved area under those trees, it’s so private that you’d never know you were in the suburbs,” she says. “It’s like a little sanctuary.”
The unique abode has three bedrooms, the two downstairs with built-in robes and their own French doors, while the master suite is on a mezzanine level with its own en suite bathroom.
“We just love the open living of this house. The gas log heater warms up the whole place and it’s so cosy in winter,” Elsa says.
“It’s just easy living here. It’s not a huge house but it feels big because of the high ceilings and the mezzanine level. The open plan makes you feel like you’re on holiday.”
The location is another plus, says Elsa, being close to the Glenunga hub, including Frewville Foodland and Glenunga International High School, as well as Burnside Village.
The couple has an eight-month-old baby girl, Millie, and are keen to live in the Adelaide Hills on a bigger block.
“Nick is from the country and he has always wanted to live in the Hills,” Elsa says. “The plan is to move to Aldgate, but we have loved it here, we’d love to keep it, but it’s time for us to move on.”
The home is being handled by Harris Real Estate agent Kris Casey who says it’s hard to articulate the appeal of this unique property.
“Perhaps it’s that it’s a little alternative and that you’d never expect to find a barn-style loft with soaring ceilings in the heart of the Eastern suburbs,” she says. “There is a romance about this property that you instantly feel.”
The house is expected to fetch between $780,000 and $830,000.
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