18 August 2023

Every day is a holiday with this stunning resort-style Spence home

| Morgan Kenyon
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exterior of house and pool

There’s no need to travel for the resort lifestyle when you come home to one every day. Photo: Timothy Road.

9 Somerville Street, Spence sits comfortably in a cul-de-sac corner. While the street may be quiet and relatively unassuming, the property itself is anything but.

Loved and lived in by a qualified landscaper with a vested interest in thoughtful design, 9 Somerville Street displays a clever mix of modest and grandiose to lure visitors in right away. Highlighted gently from behind, a lush front garden sets a resort-style tone for the entire property.

Timothy Road founders Tim and Annabelle McInnes say the four-bedroom, two-bathroom home is filled with meticulous detail.

“You don’t often see entries as striking as this one,” Tim says about the statement front door.

“Number nine is definitely an opulent home, but it’s not pretentious. You can see the livability in every room.

“I personally was drawn to the award-winning kitchen right away, which is sleek and functional, but not so much so that it lacks warmth. The little inclusions are what make it so special. Everything has a personal touch, like the custom handles and hidden wine storage.”

Tucked into the front of the building, the master bedroom and ensuite are set for space. Double-glazed windows provide a view of the street, but the front garden’s design keeps things nice and private.

Dining at home will be an experience in itself with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the ornate back yard. The ‘resort’ theme follows through to both living areas, which Tim says offer a chance to customise the home further.

“There’s some potential to refresh the design if you wanted to,” he says.

“You could easily convert the rumpus to a guest bedroom or the outdoor gazebo into a destination studio or home office.

“These days we tend to want our home to fit into our lifestyle, not the other way around, so this is a nice touch.”

Outdoor spaces are where the current owner shows off their craft, from the quality of decking and tiling through to luxury inclusions like solar and gas heating for both pool and spa.

“Going outside really is like stepping into a tropical retreat. You can tell the design is someone’s pride and joy,” Annabelle says.

“Obviously the pool and spa are standout features, and anyone living in or visiting the property will probably spend a lot of time enjoying them.

“But the entertainment areas speak to me also. I can see myself curling up for some quiet time under the gazebo or proposing a toast up on the deck, surrounded by my friends and family.

For anyone who loves a good pie, Somerville Street is a short walk away from one of Canberra’s most popular bakeries.

Spence Family Bakery has amassed a bit of a cult following in recent years, with loyal customers going out of their way to enjoy its ‘next level’ pies, rolls, cakes and slices.

Whether it’s the size, sophistication or location that grabs your attention, 9 Somerville St, Spence is certainly a space to experience first-hand.

It’s open for inspection on Saturday 19 August at 12:30 pm before going to auction on 9 September at 10 am. For more information, contact Timothy Road on 0401 097 568, and check out the latest listings on Zango.


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