Stafford Heights home has garden surprise

first_imgThis house at 40 Karloff Drive, Stafford Heights will go to auction on February 8.LINDA Love wakes up every morning and thinks of something to be thankful for. More often than not, it’s her garden.“What’s that Chinese proverb? If you want to be happy for a lifetime, plant a garden,” she said. The outside courtyard.So in selling 40 Karloff Drive at Stafford Heights, she is leaving a house full of happiness that was built by her late husband 31 years ago.“A true garden is shared,” she said.“A lot of my friends are in the garden. Memories of my mother and mother-in-law. It’s more than just a garden.” Brisbane auction market fires up FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK The suburbs about to go boomcenter_img The elevated 1345sq m property on a circular drive backs on to the bushland around Downfall Creek which was an adventure playground for Ms Love’s four boys when they were growing up. The property is set back from the road.Late last year, Brisbane City Council moved to further secure the green corridor around Stafford Heights by buying six hectares of bushland close to Karloff Drive. The area is an important koala habitat.“I thought we may have had koalas out the back of our place too, but the marks on the trees are from possums,” she said.Karla Lynch of Ray White New Farm is selling the Alex Enborisoff- designed house which was extensively renovated six years ago to enhance its art deco and Mediterranean influences.“We opened it all the way up,” Ms Love said. The renovated kitchen on the ground level.“It’s always been a lovely home but when the renovations were done, I (now) feel it’s the way it should have always been.”The house has living areas downstairs with a home office by the entrance and a separate powder room.The renovated kitchen looks over a large dining area and down to the family room. The open-plan dining area.“I’d have to say that’s my favourite room. It leads on to a billiard room as well,’’ she said. “That’s where we’ve done most of our entertaining (we can have anything up to 40 people for Christmas lunch) and because it’s so open you can talk to people in all of those rooms.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours agoWalking out of the dining area to the courtyard, there are stairs leading up to the swimming pool which has its own outdoor change room with a shower and toilet. The salt water inground pool with cave feature and waterfall.A formal lounge and dining room are on the other side of the house.“Because of the layout, it’s very functional, you can be together but there was always enough room for each of us to pursue what we wanted to do as individuals and not get in each other’s hair.”All five bedrooms are on the upper level with the main bathroom. The master bedroom.The master bedroom and ensuite have been most recently renovated ahead of the property’s listing.What appears to be the smallest bedroom is also the most interesting with a spiral staircase leading to a loft area that almost doubles its floorspace.“There’s sadness in going but the realisation is that I’m one person rattling around in a huge house,” Ms Love said.“It’s always been full of laughter and kids and I’d like to think that someone is going to have as much fun and happiness here as we have had.”The house will go to auction on February 8 at 11am. MORE REAL ESTATE STORIESlast_img

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