Want for nothing in a family stunner on the city’s fringe
A grand Hyde Park villa has been given a breathtaking transformation, and offers a luxurious family lifestyle within easy walking distance of shops, restaurants, and the city.
Peter and Dee Byrnes bought the 1910-built home 10 years ago, attracted by its location, style and scope for renovation.
“We both fell in love with the structure of the beautiful Queen Anne villa, and the sandstone and the turret and the sense of space in each room,” Mrs Byrnes says.
“The rooms are all so big and each of the rooms have their original ceilings, and they’ve each got their own unique pattern. It’s a gorgeous house with great structure and we could see what we could do with it. When we bought it our daughter was going to Walford and she could walk to school, which was wonderful.
“It’s a grand villa and was beautifully built all those years ago – it’s not your stock standard villa. We were blown away with it when we bought it and we still are.”
Mrs Byrnes says the couple have given the home – which now has four bedrooms and three bathrooms – a beautiful transformation, sparing no expense in bringing it into the modern era while remaining sympathetic to its heritage and character.
“We put in a walk-in robe and an ensuite, and a main bathroom and laundry downstairs, retaining the original sandstone of the exterior wall and making it an internal feature,” she says. “I went up into the roofspace one day and discovered how large it was, so we went up and not out.
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“We didn’t want to change the structure of the original 1910 house and didn’t want to take the back off and ruin it, so we went up and put in a bedroom, living area, a study, a store room and a bathroom. Every fitting is of the highest quality. One of the kitchen taps I had imported from Italy because it isn’t available in Australia. I took a year off and dedicated it to this house.”
Mrs Byrnes says, with a kitchen that flows out to a rear decked alfresco area overlooking a pool, the home is a great entertainer.
“We’ve had so much fun in this house, and a lot of that has revolved around the kitchen,” Mrs Byrnes says. “The huge island bench really is the focal point of the house.”
“My daughter does her homework there and all her friends walk in the back door and prop themselves up at the bench. We’ve just had so many fun and impromptu moments in that kitchen.
“The backyard’s great and we’ve put marquees up and had 16ths, 18ths, 50ths, wedding anniversaries, surprise parties – we’ve just done so many things here, it’s been fantastic.
“There’s a bench out at the front of the house which is lovely, so on a Saturday night I can sit out there with a gin and tonic with my husband, while my daughter and her girlfriends are out on the back deck, so we each get our own space. There’s a nook for everyone.”
Mrs Byrnes says one of the home’s strongest selling points is the garden.
“That’s my special place,” she says.
“It’s so beautiful and tranquil and peaceful to walk through. It’s a beautiful winter garden as well as in summer, it’s just so well planned.”
Mrs Byrnes says the home is ideally located for a family – close to schools, shops and restaurants. With the family looking to travel more, the time has come to downsize to a lock-up-and leave home, but Mrs Byrnes says the family will miss this home incredibly.
“I hope somebody will love it as much as we have, and care for it like we have,” she says.
37 Westall St, Hyde Park
Contact agent for price
Agent: Harcourts Williams, Stephanie Williams 0413 874 888 and John Williams 0411 747 555. Land size: 972sqm. Expressions of interest: Close Wednesday, April 10 at 2pm.