If there’s one thing that could pull you out of the current Covid cloud, what would it be?
A new job, a new puppy … maybe winning a home could do the trick?
Well, luckily, the Hospital Research Foundation’s 32nd Home Lottery has a new custom-built home to win and this one is something special.
It’s weeks like this that I get a bit jealous of those who will win the lottery’s $2.5 million grand prize because who wouldn’t want to win a home and have no mortgage?
No mortgage means no money worries, right?
In this case you will be able to lap up a beachside lifestyle next to the swimming pool, or in winter, bask in the warm sunshine in the north-facing living zone which is what I did when I visited it a few weeks ago.
While you’re there, you can contemplate how to spend the $250,000 cash that comes with this Henley Beach stunner – or you may hope to win the lottery’s early bird prize of $1 million cash, which also sounds rather enticing.
Really, any lottery that has an 1 in 12 chance of winning one of 13,000+ prizes sounds pretty good to me.
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But it’s the custom-built home that always draws me in and not just because I get a private viewing (although I do love that, too).
It’s the location too and there’s something beachside suburbs such as Henley have over inner suburbia.
There’s a chilled out atmosphere along the coast, it always feels lighter and brighter, and it has Norfolk pines.
These towering trees make a delightful backdrop to gaze at and in this home you will be able to do just that as you sit outdoors in a warm breeze this summer, sipping on a glass of white wine and admiring their natural beauty.
But let’s go indoors and see what you’ll get if you win this designer home which sits on an 808sqm block.
You can tell straight away when a home has a distinct mood, as was the case when I opened the door to this East Tce home.
The mood is ultra contemporary, which I was expecting given the home’s frontage: a modern take on a bungalow.
But this kind of modern isn’t what you will see in every other home.
There’s architectural statements and shadow lines in multiple directions, as some of the front rooms aren’t fully enclosed to the ceiling, and the skyward roofline creates a feeling of openness via clerestory windows.
Its clean lines, arched details and monochrome palette with hints of tan and leather have a modern Mediterranean/Spanish flavour and it is utterly appealing.
The builder behind the design is Scott Salisbury Homes and interior architect Kiah Austin says the objective was to fuse the traditional proportions of the original bungalow-built form and extend into an ultra-modern home.
“The rear living pavilion with the geometry formed by the windows, roofline and raked ceilings with metal louvres fuse the contemporary profile,” she says.
The 398.6sqm design is a unique one, going in two directions toward the rear.
Inside there’s four bedrooms, three full bathrooms, plus a powder room, and three living zones, one which is shown as a games room with a full wall of glass showcasing an arid-style garden.
Slide open the heavy, wide sliding stacker doors in the rear living pavilion and it completely integrates with the backyard: the lawn, alfresco, deck and swimming pool.
The sleek black and white kitchen is a highlight, and its walk-in pantry and laundry connection is also totally practical.
While my favourite space would be the sun-drenched rear living zone, the games room and adjacent cosy front lounge with its fireplace will be a hub for entertaining – or your kids will take it over since the three minor bedrooms (each with an ensuite) are located in this part of the home.
Homeowners/parents will retreat to the back, far away from the kids’ noise, where the master suite has a tranquil outlook over the pool and comes with its own lavish inclusions, such as a freestanding bath in the ensuite.
Kiah says she wanted to create a transitional interior style that amplified the natural light and sense of balance, using a mix of interior stone walling, wallpaper, timber laminate and stone bench finishes.
“The space is calming and relaxing while maintaining its warmth and luxurious feel,” she says.
“The furniture lines remain simple yet sophisticated.
“The clerestory windows flood the home with natural light, creating an interior environment that is open and bright while adding extra height.
“The rear living pavilion has been positioned to capture the Norfolk pines that line the streets and are iconic to the area.”
As the Hospital Research Foundation’s chief executive Paul Flynn says the builder has done an amazing job in creating a traditional bungalow with a modern twist.
He hopes, despite the Covid pandemic, that South Australians will support their medical research by buying a ticket.
“If there is anything the events of 2020 have taught us, it’s the importance of medical research and innovative patient care and community health programs to bring hope and keep our communities safe,” he says.
“By purchasing a ticket in the Home Lottery, you will be supporting our doctors, nurses and researchers on the frontline in their delivery of care in our hospitals, as well as to people in their homes.
“As we progress through 2020, we will continue to fund more than 50 areas of healthcare in our community and hope to expand this support to more areas to impact more lives.”