Prestigiously positioned high above an expansive frontage, this unique three-bedroom, two-bathroom home at 82 Dashwood Road, Beaumont, boasts a mid-century modern architectural design by John Chapel.
With sweeping views from the city to the bay, and with rolling hills behind, Alistair and Janie Macdonald were captivated by the home’s breathtaking location.
The couple, who are originally from Adelaide, purchased the property after living in Melbourne and Sydney for a while before deciding to come home to raise their children.
“When we purchased the home, we flattened the back yard, which was on a slope,” Alistair says.
“We redid the entire yard because we have three young boys and wanted to give them space to play, adding an elevated pool and lawn space.”
“We doubled the size of the deck out the front as, most evenings – especially in spring and summer – we eat as a family out there because of the views,” says Alistair.
“We extended the deck and put a steel beam in the frame so we could take out some poles and fit a big table there to make it a big entertaining area.”
This space has been perfect for Janie and Alistair to host family and friends for barbeques and long lunches on the deck, surrounded by sweeping views.
The home’s well-thought-out design allows the views to splendour year-round, as the sunken lounge has floor-to-ceiling windows and a wood fire that provides a cosy spot from which to take in the scenery.
“Having a fire going in winter along with the views of all the shimmering lights is pretty spectacular,” says Alistair.
Alistair and Janie did little to the home’s interior, embracing the original style of cedar panelling, timber floors and brickwork that provide a nod to yesteryear.
“We didn’t touch the inside except for putting new carpet in,” Alistair says. “We bought some mid-century furniture to match the house, so it has a real 70s vibe.”
The home already boasted all the modern luxuries required by the family, with a harmonious amalgamation of old and new. The airy kitchen boasts double ovens and a ceramic cooktop, while the updated laundry is seamlessly blended with matching cabinetry.
Although only 15 minutes from the CBD, Alistair says the home’s location is serene, surrounded by walking trails and native wildlife.
“Being so close to the Women’s Pioneer Trail has been amazing,” Alistair says. “We have had a kangaroo hop down our street, a koala tap on our window at two in the morning and an echidna stroll through our back yard.”
After six years of enjoying the property, Alistair and Janie are finally ready for a change of scenery.
“It was with a heavy heart that we made the decision to sell and move but we thought that we have had quite a few experiences along our journey and maybe our next experience will be a bit of acreage up in the hills,” Alistair says.
“The pool has provided some great memories for the kids, and we have a dog and enjoy waking and running, so the trails heading all the way up to Mount Lofty have been fantastic.”
The sale is being handled by Bronte Manuel and Jessica Crane of TOOP+TOOP.