The Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal’s Charity Home Auction

Exemplifying life as it’s meant to be, the double-storey Palace 38 is ready to be enjoyed by one lucky family. Styled and finished to the highest level and with many decor elements included, the 41-square Henley residence proudly sits on a 599sq m block in Villawood Properties’ premium Waters precinct of Armstrong Estate. As a no-reserve auction, the property is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a family to secure their dream home. Great for those who work from home, it has five living spaces in which family members can mingle or relax. 

A wide entry hall displays the timber-look flooring in all its glory, with the study immediately to the right. It is next to the open theatre room, which could serve as a formal lounge room or kids’ play space. Next along the hall are the staircase, understairs powder room and galley-style laundry with good storage. Beyond that is the L-shaped informal living domain integrating the chic kitchen, dining area and family room, the latter two of which open to the north-facing grand al fresco. The kitchen has Smeg stainless-steel appliances (900mm underbench oven, five-burner gas cooktop and microwave), an island bench/breakfast bar with 40mm Caesarstone benchtops, concealed rangehood, double sink, glass splashback and space for a (plumbed) double fridge. The premium butler’s pantry, which incorporates a sink, underbench and overhead shelves, has direct access from the garage to ease the burden of carrying shopping into the home. The resort-style al fresco area makes entertaining easy, and is accessed via timber stackable doors. Finished with a ceiling fan and deck, it complements the roomy backyard enhanced in size by its fan shape and professional landscaping.

Back inside, the carpeted staircase ascends to the central kids’ retreat with large linen press. Almost one half of the upstairs level is dedicated to the main bedroom suite. It includes mirrored robes, a fitted walk-in robe, and en suite with separate toilet and large shower with waterfall shower rose. Each of the well-appointed bathrooms has a large shower with semi-frameless glass screen, floating vanity (en suite has double-basin vanity) and European-inspired basins, tapware and accessories. The remaining three bedrooms each have a walk-in robe. Other features include ducted heating and air-conditioning, high ceilings (2.72m to ground floor, and 2.57m to first floor) with square-set cornices in living areas, security system with alarm sensors and voice control, flyscreens and locks to all openable windows, and soft furnishings for bedroom and bathroom windows. Premium carpet with underlay and polished porcelain tiles are other highlights. The package also includes the completed driveway, fencing, letterbox, clothesline and professionally landscaped gardens. There is also a double garage with remote-controlled door.

The home will open for inspection this weekend (1pm-2pm) and Wednesday (5.30pm-6.30pm). Construction of the house has taken five months, with more than 400 trades and suppliers involved. The April 13 auction is Henley’s 24th year of building and donating houses to the Good Friday Appeal and is the eighth year the house has been built on land donated by Villawood Properties.

Words: Ross McGravie

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