It’s not your usual location for a display home: situated within a builder’s head office on one
of Adelaide’s busiest roads. So, when I’m given the brief to go out and have a look around Rossdale Homes’ Marden 2550, located within its Fullarton display gallery, I’m curious to say the least.
The swishing of the automatic doors as I enter the building lures me straight through to the display gallery, with its rows of boards showcasing fittings, doors, tapware, carpets, bricks, cupboards, tiles, benchtops and more. And there, towards the rear of the gallery, sits the Marden 2550.
It may be in an unusual setting but this full-size display home has the same standards of quality, style and finish you would find were it placed in a more traditional display village.
The first thing you notice about the 2550 is the sense of space.
Its compact, 149sqm size gives it the versatility to suit subdivided blocks but inside it feels anything but compact, with an open-plan design and spacious kitchen, dining and living area, complemented by column windows and full-length sliding glass doors that allow in plenty of sunlight. Modern floorboards that run from the entrance hall through to the living area add to the light and airy feel.
As a lover of the outdoors, I’m instantly drawn to the sparkling swimming pool and lush lawn at the rear of the home – until closer inspection reveals these to be clever pieces of artwork designed to look like the real thing. I might not be able to take a dip in the pool but my imagination can dip into the idea of floating around, cocktail in hand on a warm summer’s evening. Bliss.
What is real is the ready-made outdoor kitchen, complete with barbecue, sink, fridge and cleverly designed, handleless storage cupboards to keep utensils and snacks. I can see myself spending hours out here, both hanging out with friends or chilling with my dog, book in hand. Not to mention spending time with my parents, who love to soak up the sun on their annual summer trip from Scotland to South Australia.
Back indoors, I’m taken once again by the open feel of the 2250, which is helped by the large living/dining/kitchen space that spans the width of the house and enjoys a sense of privacy thanks to its rear-facing position. The design is based on Modern Hamptons, reflecting a bright, light, fresh, relaxed and sophisticated vibe.
The kitchen provides plenty of storage and benchspace, with contrasting light and dark cabinetry that gives balance to the space: the white of the wall units contrasting with the dark oak of the kitchen island, complemented by an oyster grey natural finish benchtop. The unique design of the splashback tiles is also eye-catching, a marble mosaic that I can’t help running my fingers over – and over.
Situated off the hallway and directly behind the kitchen is a large laundry with sliding glass doors that allow for easy outdoor access and a built-in storage cupboard. I like the fact that there’s also space to install an additional bench or wall cupboards if needed, which could be done at leisure if you’re on a bit of a budget.
With three bedrooms and two bathrooms, the 2550 makes a great family home as well as one for first-time buyers and empty nesters, with room for guests to stay over. Unusually, bedrooms two and three are the same size, which means no squabbling between the kids over who gets the largest room.
Alternatively, anyone lucky enough to be able to work from home could convert one of the bedrooms into a study, with ample space for a desk, chair, filing cabinets and other office essentials.
Or, if you’re like me, you can set it up as a home gym, complete with treadmill, weights and a variety of mats – and then never use the damn thing but walk past every day saying, “I’ll get started tomorrow …”.
Situated at the front of the home, the main bedroom features a walk-in wardrobe with high rails and storage drawers. The height of the rails makes it a bit of a stretch for a shortly like me but, on the plus side, makes them great for hanging dresses. The ensuite consists of a toilet, vanity and corner shower. I love the strong colour of the feature wall complemented by the lighter carpet and large windows framed by wooden shutters.
Bedrooms two and three are situated in the middle of the property, offering privacy from the main bedroom, which means parents can (hopefully) get some shut-eye while the kids get to play. Both bedrooms feature built-in wardrobes, which leaves ample space for furniture, toys and general messiness.
Located directly opposite the second bedroom and offering a powder room, separate toilet and separate shower, the three-way design of the main bathroom should put an end to the early morning stresses of everyone needing in at the same time. I really like the long vanity (I could fill those drawers with all my toiletries and sundries in a heartbeat) and large wall mirror that really reflects the light.
The front of the 2550 features a secure portico entrance and a two-toned contemporary facade that can be changed to suit individual buyers’ needs. Similarly, the house plan can also be altered to accommodate block size, making this a versatile, affordable home perfect for anyone starting out on the property ladder or downsizing after the kids have left the nest.
WRITTEN BY LYNN CAMERON