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Chrystobel Crescent

Chrystobel Crescent is typically Victorian, in contrast to the late-Edwardian homes either side. It was built by J C Cook (along with 59 and 61 Linda Crescent behind). Note the diamond pattern on the slate roof which appears at the front and also the eastern side.

This home has recently undergone a complete renovation and extension and the result stunning both inside and out. The Victorian charm of the house has not been compromised as illustrated by the recreation of a front garden consistent with the original design

The gradual slope of the long block away from the street has been used to allow a rear extension over two levels, not visible from the street. The owners briefed architect Sally Draper to design a home with the high ceilings and solid feel of the Victorian home but which let in natural light and catered to the needs of the family. A separate dining room, dedicated children's area, with space for a variety of activities, and an abundance of storage were just some of the owners' requirements.

The stained glass around the front door is original, as is the baltic pine flooring and marble fireplaces in the front of the house. Note the decoration of the hallway arch. New windows have been installed in the front formal room and adjoining dining room (previously a bedroom and bathroom). On the right of the hallway a bedroom has given way to a walk-in wardrobe and spacious bathroom for the master bedroom.

The ergonomically designed laundry with its Edwardian dryer opens to the west side where previously unused space houses a clothesline and water tank. An inviting side terrace is on the east of the hall from where steps lead up to the new part of the house. From here the flooring is recycled iron-bark. On this level is a light-filled dining area, large open kitchen with adjoining study and an elegant living area. Large glass sliding doors open to two spacious entertaining decks.

Downstairs are two new bedrooms, a large walk-in storage room, and a further living and games area with teenagers in mind opening on to a paved entertainment area with pool and spa. Low maintenance landscaping designed by landscape architect, John Patrick, employs paving and mass planting to provide function and privacy.

These notes have been prepared with the kind assistance of the owners