A Hidden Gem
A hidden Gem in Goolwa, only visible from a private driveway or a walking track. This elevated single storey home has a beautiful presence in its riverside setting. It was inspired by both the historic chart house which is close by and the paddle steamer boats, which in times gone by used to frequent the area.
At first, you are struck by the imposing height of this home, which was clearly considered by the Owner’s to make sure they obtained the beautiful views of the river.
A stunning Quartzite Cottage Stone chimney is a beautiful feature complimenting the historic chart house across the way (where the paddle steamer Captains stored their river maps for the long journeys up and down the Murray). The large 190 x 190 laminated Merbau posts and matching decking add another nice ode to the paddle steamers of past.
Through the large entryway you will be struck by a custom made timber door. The area is lit beautifully with a large feature pendent. Rammed earth to the left and a raked ceiling in the passage give you a glimpse of what the rest of the house has to offer.
Throughout the home is a polished concrete floor which was poured as an elevated bondeck slab on a concrete block subfloor structure. This created the raised look, as well as offering under home storage and a zone to house the rainwater tanks. The entryway floor includes glass bottles the Owner’s had been collecting throughout the years, which they scattered through it to give an extra sense of home and history.
The raked ceiling runs down through the entire passage with highlight windows facing towards the north-west.
Three bedrooms service the home, the master with stunning views and easy access to the front deck. The second bedroom has an inbuilt window seat which protrudes out into the view to make you feel like you are almost sitting on the river itself. Bedroom 3 acts as a studio for the talented Owner to paint her art (which is beautifully displayed throughout the home).
The home is fitted with the Ezy Jamb system to eliminate the need for door frames, so as not to take away from the stunning rammed earth walls that divide the different areas of the home.
Heading into the main living zone you may just need to stop for a moment and take it all in.
A split-level, whitewashed, raked ceiling with front windows that follow the roofline, also wrap closely around the central fireplace gives a great sense of scale and volume.
The rammed earth walls compliment the Quartzite feature stone beautifully.
Specially sourced hardwood lintels offer a real warmth and softness to the rammed earth as well. A large central oak beam with black plates and bolts is another subtle nod to the nautical history of the area.
A well-equipped kitchen and hidden pantry with a feature glass splashback of the Murray River make this both a functional and enjoyable space to spend time.
Two bathrooms, a double garage, large laundry and western courtyard finish off the remainder of this beautiful home.
Built for Owner’s who enjoy and embrace the past, this home will last a lifetime while immediately settling seamlessly into a historic area.