WITH their elevated designs, breezy open living areas and fantastic entertaining spaces, it’s easy to see why Darwin’s Troppo homes always attract a lot of attention from buyers.
Since coming on to the market around three months ago, Cate Killiner from Cate Killiner Real Estate said this two-bedroom, one-bathroom Troppo home at 27 Ostermann Street in Coconut Grove has attracted countless inquiries from a wide range of buyers.
Boasting a swimming pool, lush tropical gardens wooden floorboards, a full-length veranda and banks of louvres to allow for prevailing breezes and cross ventilation, Ms Killiner said many buyers are attracted to Troppo homes for a lifestyle that reflects the tropical North.
“The romantic side of Troppo homes is always appealing to many buyers as it’s all about inside/outside living,” she said.
“Around 80 per cent of buyers like to walk through them but treat them like a museum – great to view but not to live in. The other 20 per cent understand the fundamentals of the design and prefer to ‘live’ in their home – not necessarily just inside the four walls.”
Cate Killiner from Cate Killiner Real Estate at the Coconut Grove home.
Current owner of 27 Ostermann Street Tony Howes bought the property in 2006 and has lived in the house for around 10 years.
Despite the home’s long list of great features, Mr Howes said it actually took him a little while to truly appreciate the design of a Troppo home.
“It took a couple of months to fall in love with it as we were living in a unit in Nightcliff beforehand,” he explained.
“That’s the catch with the house – it’s hard to appreciate it in a 20 minute walk-through.
“I’ve found you have to live here to really appreciate it.”
Selling up ahead of his move to Hungary, Mr Howes said he would miss the lifestyle that comes with a Troppo home.
“It’s so nice and quiet living here with the bush all around you – it certainly has a calming effect on you,” he said.
27 Ostermann Street in Coconut Grove is on the market for $570,000 and is open by appointment by calling Cate Killiner Real Estate.