Paddington: Sold on the views


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40 Garfield Dr, Paddington

It was the views that really clinched the deal for Peter Marles when he first looked at this beautiful Paddington property in 2005.

The hilltop home, which was built between 1939 and 1941 in the English revival style, has panoramic city and suburban views, which can be enjoyed from many areas of the house, including the master bedroom.

40 Garfield Dr, Paddington

Designed by renowned architect of the time, Eric P. Trewern, the three-level home still retains many of the art deco features he included.

“I remember I walked up the front steps and I just went ‘wow’, the views blew me away. I remember it quite vividly,” Mr Marles said.

After living in the home for a couple of years Mr Marles renovated it to suit a more modern lifestyle.

“We have done a significant amount of work since then to make it much more contemporary,” he said.

“There was minimal garage space, we improved that. The house was really a series of smaller rooms, so we took all the walls out and suspended the roof, so it is all open plan now.

“We added a family room on the back and two decks and a new swimming pool. We retained all the chandeliers and all the art deco ceilings and things.”

Mr Marles said one of his favourite parts of the house was the back deck, which had 270-degree views as far as Moreton Bay.

“That is how high up the house is and there is always a beautiful breeze up there,” he said.

After enjoying the home and its location for 14 years, Mr Marles is downsizing.

He said the house was one of the few to be built during World War II and it had really stood the test of time.

It had polished timber floors, high ceilings, a fireplace and original chandeliers.

The kitchen was renovated with Wyer and Craw cabinetry, stone benchtops, Miele dishwasher, Ilve oven, six-plate gas cooktop and a butler’s pantry.

There are bi-fold doors which open onto the entertainment area which overlook the swimming pool.

The main bedroom has high ceilings, plantation shutters, and city views. It has an ensuite with a traditional clawfoot bathtub and a rainwater shower.

Each of the bedrooms on the upper level of the home has built-in storage. One of the bedrooms has a bay window and another has a juliette balcony.

Downstairs is a separate airconditioned apartment and living area which has a kitchenette and bathroom.

The home has a three-car garage and lock up storage area.


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