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Manningtree Road, Hawthorn

This pretty Victorian family home in 'garden villa' style was probably built by 1889 - Manningtree Road had 60 houses by this time.

Opposite the house, there was a waterhole that was filled in and football played there before the land was subdivided and subsequently bought for a new government school, Manningtree Road State School (now Glenferrie Primary) built in 1877.

The rooms at the front of the home flow from a central hallway and include the formal lounge and dining rooms with marble fireplace, four bedrooms, and a recently refurbished bathroom. Connecting the entire house is a floating 'fastwood' timber floor that is a practical, less noisy option than floorboards.

The rear of the home comprises a modern family room, with a large box seat window, fifth bedroom and kitchen renovated about one year ago. The kitchen with black granite bench tops and white cupboards features a glass seraphic splashback that can be written on to help the busy family keep track of each other. Trish Dohrmann of TD Interiors assisted the owner with fabric choices for soft furnishings and some of the larger items of furniture throughout the house.

The rear garden provides plenty of options for entertaining with sandstone pavers leading to a pool and 'Adelaide' rotunda that houses a barbecue and wet bar facilities. The front garden has formal plantings of roses and features decorative brick paving.

P.S. Jeannie Gunn, Author of We of the Never Never lived in this well-known Hawthorn Street from 1903-61.