It has been renovated, but this art deco Hawthorne bungalow still has soul
One of Karen Lane’s fondest memories of their Hawthorne home was watching her three daughters swinging from the giant poinciana tree and creating there own secret hideaways in the garden.
“That would be my favourite memory, the girls playing their imaginary games,” she said.
But with those girls now adults, it is time to move on after 17 years, a prospect that Mrs Lane and her husband are doing with a heavy heart.
The couple bought the sprawling property in 2002, with the 1930s California bungalow-style house undergoing two renovations.
“When we first saw it, it needed work,” she said. “We renovated it over two stages, but what I have always loved about this house is that it is full of surprises.
“You can’t really tell just how big the property is until you walk through the front gate and the house still has a lot of its character and soul.”
The first stage of the renovations involved adding an extension which included a parents’ retreat and a large open living area.
The kitchen was also redone and a terrace with polished concrete floors was added.
During stage two of the renovations the original bathroom and sleepout were transformed into a pavilion-style bathroom.
Mrs Lane said the terrace, which has its own pizza oven, was her favourite spot in the house, and had hosted many family events over the years.
Of the renovations, Mrs Lane described them as “timeless”, with their focus on retaining as much of the old world charm as possible while updating the home with modern inclusions.
The bungalow sits on a leafy 1335sq m corner block, with gardens by Steve Clegg Designs,
Character features of the home include a rendered exterior with gabled, terracotta tiled roofing, leadlight glass panes, high ceilings, ornate cornices and polished timber.
In the home’s centre is a spacious lounge room that adjoins a music room and formal dining room.
Marking the transition from the original build into the modern extension is a split-level staircase that leads from the central corridor down to the kitchen, which has timber cabinetry, stone benchtops, stainless-steel appliances, an island benchtop and a breakfast bar.
The oversized outdoor terrace can be accessed via sliding doors, and includes a built-in barbecue, bar fridge and the woodfired pizza oven with flume that doubles as an external fireplace. This area overlooks the saltwater swimming pool and lawn, and benefits from breezes all year round.
Also at the back of the house is the parents’ retreat, which includes a sitting room with a gas fireplace, a sound system, a built-in bookcase and a bay window overlooking the rear of the property. There is also a master bedroom with an in-built corner lounge, wraparound walk-in robe and an ensuite with a double basin vanity and double shower.
Three other bedrooms can be found toward the front of the home, while a fifth room can be
used as a fifth bedroom or study.
Other features include a third fireplace in the formal lounge room, an alarm system, a 7000L water tank, irrigation system, city glimpses, and ducted airconditioning.
Mrs Lane said the home was close to good schools, amenities, Hawthorne Park and the ferry terminal.
“Leaving this suburb, this space, it is the unknown for us,” she said. “We are not sure how we will go downsizing and not having that space, privacy and greenery that we are used to.
“But it would suit a family with young children, or even an older couple downsizing from a bigger block, say from Brookfield, who want a garden.
“It will be tough to leave.”