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Gardiner Road

Gardiner Road is named for squatter John Gardiner whose run and homestead here in the 1850's was known as Callantina. With its rolling terrain down to the river it was no doubt chosen by Gardiner as a prime spot for grazing. More recently, this position was chosen by the owners of 3 Gardiner Road as the perfect place to build their new home. Today those river plains are home to many gracious homes and provide open parkland and sporting fields rather than grazing land. This position is still however convenient to transport routes, perhaps not the ferries that once worked the Yarra, but the train, tram and freeway which now run close by.

This recently completed home finished in a chocolate render and ironbark cladding has been built on a previously cleared block which rises up from the street, giving architect Ken Charles a blank canvas on which to work. The owners required a solid, light filled, relatively low-maintenance home that would be practical for a family and with its focus at the north facing rear.

On entering the house a subtle Asian influence is apparent, the result of time spent in that region by the owners. A bag area to the left of the entrance, leads down to the garage and studio/home office with separate street access. From the entrance, wide ironbark stairs lead up to a large internal pond with a lounge area and adjoining study to one side.

At the rear of the house is a family living and kitchen area, with office area behind. A further living area, designed with children and teenagers in mind, is to one side.

Upstairs are three zones on slightly different levels. First, the laundry with its own deck for drying. Next, the master bedroom with walk-in wardrobes and large ensuite with freestanding bath and views to outside. Three further bedrooms and two bathrooms comprise the children's wing.

Outside, the rear of the block is in three large terraces. The first has lawn and paving and the second has a large pool and spa. A large mod grass surface at the top with hitting wall provides not only a fantastic play area for a variety of activities but also the perfect entertaining space with great views of the pool and house below and the parkland beyond.

These notes have been prepared with the kind assistance of the owner.