Janelle Mulder knew as soon as she saw their 1896 New Farm home that it would make the perfect house for her, husband Paul and their four sons.
Known as Doon, 44 Moreton St, New Farm, appealed to Mrs Mulder because it reminded her of the solid brick homes she was used to from Perth.
“I just loved its style, the Victoria style and I loved the solidness of it,” she said.
While the style was appealing there was work to be done as there wasn’t a single wardrobe and the bathrooms needed renovating.
The family lived out of boxes for a while but eventually renovations turned in to their perfect family home — including wardrobes.
The house was repainted, new light switches installed, and both bathrooms were redone with the inclusion of a laundry chute.
“I absolutely love that house, but we are selling to make a sea change,’’ Mrs Mulder said.
“Once we moved in it exceeded my expectation of how nice it would be to live in, through every beautiful big window you can left fresh air come through the house and you also have a view of the big beautiful tree out near the garage.’’
Mrs Mulder said the house was quiet and her favourite room was her bedroom.
“My bedroom is so peaceful it is divine to sleep in, it is so peaceful and just being able to look out the windows at the street, the trees with pink blossoms and different colours, it is just stunning.
“Also, I love the library downstairs, it is so cozy and peaceful there, it is very, very nice.’’
Not long after they moved in the family installed a swimming pool after clearing a large tree which took up most of the backyard.
“I tried to make it (the yard space) as large as possible so it is good for a family,’’ Mrs Mulder said.
The pool has glass fencing around it and there is a hot and cold shower in the backyard as well.
Mrs Mulder said she loved that the house was close to shops and that they could just walk to local restaurants.
“Whoever gets it is lucky,’’ she said, “It is one of the most beautiful houses in New Farm.’’
The home which is on 723sq m of land, has a large front veranda with intricate wrought-iron fretwork.
Inside the home are high ceilings, archways, polished timber floors and elaborate architraves. The living spaces are at the rear of the home and the bedrooms at the front.
It is on the market for offers over $3.35 million and is listed with Brandon Wortley of ray White New Farm.