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Warm, inviting and thoughtful

Newcastle Herald

Saturday March 26, 2011

Frances Thompson

Attention to detail is a drawcard, writes Frances Thompson. STANLEIGH, a stately 1929 house in Hamilton South, is a reminder of the warmth and comforts of family life.Its glittering leadlight windows at the front are protected by a deep verandah that the owners use for family gatherings because it catches a cooling north-easterly breeze and overlooks a front garden big enough for children's cricket.Stanleigh, built by the Krempin plant nursery family, sits in a picturesque garden on an exceptionally large block for Hamilton South.But it is the interior that truly impresses.Most rooms retain the beautiful features of the era, including decorative ceilings, curved and carved timber fretwork and large built-in cupboards with polished brass handles.The entrance hall, framed with a classic arch, leads to a central passage that connects with the four bedrooms, a bathroom and other living areas.The master bedroom and its en suite bathroom are at the front of the house.The bedroom is light and airy with diamond-shaped leadlight windows that overlook the garden.The lounge room opens onto the front verandah and flows into a dining room.From the dining area, the central hallway leads to a new kitchen.Here there are spacious, white CaesarStone benches, black marble splashbacks, a Bosch dishwasher and a large, walk-in pantry.A modern rear living room provides plenty of space to relax.Windows fitted with plantation shutters overlook a neat garden. A fireplace, with a period timber surround, occupies one wall.Outdoor dining is possible on a deck with an aluminium roof that can be opened and closed.Access to the deck can also be gained from the guest bedroom.The smaller bedrooms have Stanleigh's signature decorative ceilings and built-in cupboards and wardrobes.There are polished floors throughout the house.Stanleigh's strengths are its unbroken links to the past that have been celebrated and respected by previous owners, and the house's updated features.The kitchen and rear living room are elegant, practical and in tune with modern living.Other features are the clean white internal colour scheme and a side portico.The portico balances the lateral axis of the house and provides an alternative access to the front living area.The house has a three-car garage, a broad gravel driveway and three toilets.The clothes line and bin service area near the garage at the rear of the house is shielded from view, a thoughtful detail like many others the house enjoys.HAMILTON SOUTHOffers from $1.8 millionAddress: 19 Alexander Street.House: Brick and tile on 1170 square metres.Inspect: Today, 2pm to 2.45pm.Agent: George Rafty, PRD Nationwide, 4926 0600.4 2 3

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