One-of-a-kind home Douglas home hits the market
A children’s paradise is how the owners of this stunning Douglas property describe their one-of-a-kind home.
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Owners Rohan and Rachael Lucas have transformed the enormous front yard into a soccer pitch and half basketball court to keep their fours kids entertained.
“In the back yard we’ve included a cubbyhouse, trampoline, sandpit with slide and an in-ground swimming pool,” Mrs Lucas said.
“Sometimes, I don’t even know where the kids are, whether they be outside or inside the house.
“We always have kids from the neighbourhood at our house, but we don’t really notice because of the vibe of the place.
“When we have visitors come to stay, people say ‘Oh my God, this place is amazing for kids.’ But this magnificent home is a paradise for parents, too.”
In fact you’ll often find them upstairs on the deck, where there is ample space.
“There’s a lovely lounge, one of three in the home, where we can have nibbles and a drink, while the kids are running around or in the pool,” Mrs Lucas said.
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Set on more than 1500sq m, the property has river access and “priceless” views.
“It’s a very large, elegant block and a very spacious, modern, contemporary house,” she said.
“There are lovely vistas to Mount Stuart, so that’s really pretty while you’re out on the deck. You can see the river as well.
There’s also amazing bird life, kookaburras, beautiful butterflies. We always have that connection to nature as well.”
The resort-style home is large enough for this family of six to live comfortably, with five bedrooms and three bathrooms.
“The home accommodates everybody; you never feel like you’re cramped or have cabin fever,” Mrs Lucas said.
“Even when we have guests come and stay, there’s plenty of room.
“There’s a downstairs bedroom that has its own ensuite, so they have their own space as well.”
The 443sq m family home offers a state-of-the-art granny flat.
“We have a student living in there at the moment, but it would accommodate extended family or other family members,” Mrs Lucas said.
She said louvres throughout the home, along with the ability to open the entire downstairs area, created a cool and welcoming atmosphere.
“It results in a lovely breeze coming from the river, and you’re really connected with the outdoors,” she said.
Inside the home, one of her favourite features is the huge laundry.
“There’s a chute that goes from the top bathroom to the laundry, which is really handy.”
The home was designed for easy cleaning and low maintenance.
“It’s tiled and carpeted downstairs with wooden floorboards upstairs, so it’s really easy to maintain and keep clean, fresh and vibrant,” she said.
“We’ve just had the kitchen redone so it has new Smeg appliances throughout, lovely and fresh.”
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It’s also been designed to be cost effective.
“Despite its size, the hot water pump and solar system mean the costs are relatively cheap to maintain,” she said.
Mrs Lucas explained the home also included a shed, complete security system, wine cellar and plenty of storage.
It’s also flood and drought proof, which is a plus for any property within the region.