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FEATURE PROPERTY: Contemporary luxury at Walkerville

Gianni and Linda Cavuoto’s contemporary family home boasts a $50,000 Japanese oak staircase, Italian marble surfaces, a swimming pool and striking exterior, all which could be yours for upwards of $2 million.

Gianni and Linda Cavuoto are selling their luxury two-storey home at 34 Devonshire Street, Walkerville, with a price tag of $2.35 to $2.45 million.

Gianni project-managed the construction as owner-builder, with the dream family home completed just two years ago.

There has apparently been plenty of interest in the sale, but serious buyers will have to wait a few more days before they can get a look inside; the family recently returned from Brisbane and are isolating for 14 days, forcing them to cancel open inspections that were planned this week.

The silver lining is that the family – who all returned negative COVID tests – have gained extra time to appreciate their luxurious four-bedroom home.

“It has made us appreciate how amazing this house is,” says Gianni.

Gianni’s parents established The European Café at Norwood in 1979. Gianni, who trades luxury vehicles and has also project managed the construction of about a dozen homes, says he and Linda are selling to build a new home in the area.

“To be honest, the only reason that we are selling this home is because it has a double garage. I can only fit four cars off-street and I need to fit at least six. Other than that, we’ve been very happy here,” says Gianni.

“The home ticks all the boxes – it has everything a family needs.”

Gianni praises the design of the home, created by Damien Jenke of Oxford Architects with 3.5-metre ceilings throughout the ground floor and 3m ceilings upstairs.

Having enlisted mostly the same tradespeople for each home he has built, Gianni is particularly impressed with the finishes at 34 Devonshire Street.

The bathrooms, kitchen and generously-sized laundry are appointed with Italian marble.

“We kept the design clean,” says Gianni.

A custom-built steel staircase of Japanese black oak steps was constructed at a cost of about $50,000.

Although it’s a structural feature of the home, the staircase design was a last-minute alteration during the build and has allowed Gianni space to showcase his beloved MV Agusta motorcycle.

“You can never have enough storage and the idea was to have storage under the stairs, but … my bike is a collector’s model museum piece and I thought what better place to put it?”

The spacious garage has a showroom feel with tiling and built-in mirrored cupboards.

“The built-ins are where we keep our shoes. We don’t wear shoes in the house, that’s a rule. It keeps the floors clean and, as far as durability goes, it keeps everything new,” says Gianni.

The master bedroom features an open en suite, which was inspired by hotels the couple had stayed in on their travels, appointed with Italian marble tiling chosen by Linda. “It’s very warm,” Gianni says.

The property is one of two and, although located next to one another, they are standalone properties.

“For the size of the block, what we managed to get on here is really good,” he says.

“The pool is not a squeeze either, it’s still eight-and-a-half metres by three metres, so it’s a decent size.

“The design is very contemporary, which is unique in terms of council approval because the council is steering more towards heritage construction.

“They want to preserve the heritage of the area and rightly so.”

One of Gianni’s favourite areas is his office or prayer room, which also doubles as a space that Linda uses to host clients.

Tasmanian Oak eaves surround the entire home, softening the look of the exposed steel beams and floor-to-ceiling windows.

“Most of all, I’ll miss the contemporary look of the home,” says Gianni.

The sale is being handled by Bevan Bruse and Theon Bruse of Bruse Real Estate.