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FEATURE LISTING: Hills home in a “country village”

With a modern Pauline Hurren extension, this sprawling lifestyle property is located in Crafers which feels like “a country village” according to its current owners who will miss the home’s 1960s charm and green surrounds.

Stewart and Alex bought their Crafers home about eight years ago in an off-market sale after looking around for some time in the Adelaide Hills.

“We were finding we were spending weekends up at the Stirling pub … and we thought, well if we’re meeting friends up there, why don’t we live up there and have a little bit more space,” says Stewart.

“The beauty about the house is we’re 15 minutes from the CBD.

“We felt very lucky to buy the property when we did, and it was the perfect house for us.”

Spread over two floors, 19 The Crescent, Crafers is a seven-bedroom house that sits on 6000 square metres.

Downstairs, you will find two bedrooms, including the master suite with a walk-in robe and ensuite.

On this level, there is also the laundry, the formal lounge and dining area, the open-plan kitchen and family area and a living room, which is one of Stewart’s favourite areas of the home.

Upstairs are the five other bedrooms and an additional bathroom, while below ground there is a rumpus/wine room.

Although the house was built in the 1960s, the renovations by Pauline Hurren and Hurren Architects have brought it into the 21st century. This includes the “big, beautiful” lounge room with its fireplace to keep occupants warm in the winter.

Step outside onto the patio and you will see the breathtaking views of the lush outdoor area that changes with the seasons.

“It’s got a beautiful garden, but the garden doesn’t require a whole heap of maintenance. It’s one of those gardens that looks after itself, which is fantastic,” says Stewart.

“Being in the Hills, you get the seasons; so, when you have a warm summer – jump in the pool.

“Autumn is coming, which is my favourite time in the Hills. You get all the colours in the garden.”

Stewart says that their Crafers home is also a fantastic place to host parties.

“We had a dining room in [the house] and we had people dancing on the table with the music, having a pretty fun time. We aren’t party animals, of course, but people loved coming there.”

Stewart says on another occasion: “We’ve had a marquee on the back lawn for the [AFL] Grand Final where we probably had a hundred people watching the footy,”

Stewart says another great feature of the house is its flexible floor plan.

“While you’re in a family home, you’re not on top of each other,” says Stewart

“The kids can have a room to have their friends over and watch a movie and the adults can be at another end of the house, and you come together in the middle, of course.”

Steward says that although they are not desperate to sell, now that the kids have grown up, it seems like the right time.

“It’s a big house with really only three of us in there, and we’re looking for a little bit of acreage, maybe slightly further out.”

Stewart will miss the quietness and the sense of community in Crafers, while his wife Alex will miss taking her long walks.

“We know all our neighbours and they’re really nice guys, despite the fact we’re not living on top of each other,” he says.

“It’s a fabulous street and, you know, people argue that it’s the nicest street in Crafers.”

The sale of 19 The Crescent, Crafers is being handled by Arabella Hooper and Taryn Varcoe from Harris Real Estate.