Create a lifetime of great family memories in this classic entertainer at 19 Clifton St, Malvern
Jane McPherson is quick to admit saying goodbye to the family’s Malvern home of the past 19 years won’t be easy.
The four-bedroom Clifton St residence has been an integral part of their life since she, husband Steve and their three children moved in back in 2000.
“It’s been a fabulous home for us,” Mrs McPherson says of the carefully-kept 1915-built Queen Anne villa. “So it’s a little bit sad to be saying goodbye to it.”
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Now empty-nesters, she and her husband are planning to build a new home in Clapham.
“My kids are really sad to see it go because they’ve just got such great memories,” Mrs McPherson says. “Even my granddaughter says she’s going to miss it … she’s had her friends over to use the pool. It’s a lovely entertaining home but it’s just too big for us now.”
Mrs McPherson says the open-plan nature of the house and its large family room makes it ideal for entertaining family and friends.
“I’ve had a wedding here, baby showers, a christening, big birthday – my daughter’s 30th birthday was the last one,” she says.
“I’ve had 56 people in the family room for Christmas and 100 people for my daughter’s birthday and New Year’s Eve. It’s a fantastic party home.”
The couple have carried out extensive renovations over the past 19 years, including putting in a new kitchen – complete with Caeserstone benchtops, Miele oven and a dishwasher – polished floorboards and leadlight windows.
Each of the four queen-sized bedrooms features plantation shutters and fireplaces, while the master suite includes a luxury bathroom with a double shower. A separate mezzanine living space overlooks the rear lounge area.
A cellar will prove perfect for wine lovers, while the sparkling swimming pool is sure to be a summer focal point.
Ducted airconditioning provides year-round comfort, while video intercom, a security alarm system and automated gates offers additional peace of mind. The home is also wired for CCTV.
Set on approximately 1174sqm of manicured and low-maintenance grounds – complete with a wide variety of fruit trees – the property also offers a versatile detached home studio/office and undercover carport.
Mrs McPherson says the property’s location on the corner of Duthy St is another standout feature, with a host of local businesses nearby and the city within easy reach.
“It’s a great street, especially around Christmas when everyone puts the bows out and they get into the Christmas spirit,” she says.
“Windsor Meats is just walking distance, Pat-A-Cake Bakery is across the road and the good coffee shops – they’re all in walking distance. If I need milk, bread, a nice cake or meat – they’re all pretty much right at the doorstep.”
Mrs McPherson believes the property will be ideal for families with older children and multiple vehicles as there is room for 12 cars off-street – including a garage which has space for six vehicles.
“I’m hoping that a family will buy it … it could be fine for those with younger children, but I think it will suit teenagers more,” she says. “You’ve got plenty of good schools close by and there’s a bus stop just across the road. There’s lot of family space. Above the family room is the mezzanine and that’s where my granddaughter likes to go and sit up there with her friends. It’s a big beautiful home but while it’s sad to go, it’s time to move on now.”
19 Clifton St, Malvern
Contact agent for price
Agent: Harcourts Williams, Stephanie Williams 0413 874 888, John Williams 0411 747 555.
Land size: 1174sqm. Offers: Close at 2pm on Wednesday, September 25. Open: 1.45pm to 2.15pm today, noon to 12.30pm tomorrow, and 3pm to 3.30pm Wednesday.