BLINK and you could easily miss one of Grovedale’s best kept property secrets.
That’s probably just the way the owners of 54 Church St like it.
For decades they have raised a family at this private slice of paradise — a beautiful Federation home hidden away on a 3194sq m battle axe block.
It’s an unexpected delight is the middle of suburbia with only a manicured driveway and front gate linking it to the outside world.
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The long approach to the handsome weatherboard house makes its appearance even more surprising.
If you’re thinking the character home, with its classic verandas and leadlight windows, wouldn’t be out of place in Newtown you’re right.
In fact, the original Federation era house was relocated to Grovedale from the blue chip suburb in the early 1990s.
Since then it’s been renovated and extended into the sprawling family home you see to day.
Beautiful private gardens centred around a gas heated in-ground swimming pool and spa are the icing on the cake, creating a haven for entertaining.
Traditional is the best way to describe the feel of the house, which eschews modern finishes for a more sympathetic touch.
Think beautiful bay windows, open fireplaces, dado timber panelling and a rich tapestry of tasteful colours.
Despite the period feel, there’s nothing precious or stuffy about the interior, which has been designed for comfortable family living.
An open-plan living zone overlooking the pool deck and a separate children’s wing are two of the key features that help make this one such a practical design.
The large kitchen is the heart of the living area and pairs a black stone return bench with white cabinetry, modern appliances and walk-in pantry.
French doors lead out to the covered poolside deck that’s sure to become a favourite summertime hangout. An outdoor kitchen with wine fridge and automatic retractable awnings are added luxuries out here.
There’s another deck with garden views that can be accessed off both the formal dining room and the rumpus room in the children’s wing.
The rear kids zone is a great spot for older children with two large, private bedrooms.
Another two bedrooms are position at the front of the house, beside the formal loungeroom.
They feature polished timber floors, lovely bay windows, with an ensuite and walk-in wardrobe to the main.
Next doors is a study/home office with internal access to a triple garage with automatic doors.
Just outside is a separate garage/workshop with a recording studio. There’s no shortage of additional parking in the driveway.
Maxwell Collins, Geelong agent Eugene Carroll will take the property to auction on March 30 at 11am. Price hopes are $1 million to $1.05 million.