AU Real Estate: Bali-style yard in Reynella for sale
Property Here - Tuesday, June 11, 2013
WENDY and Alan Tomkinson's Bali-inspired backyard has been a work in progress ever since the couple started their yearly visits to the popular holiday destination in 1997.
"We fell in love with it (Bali),'' Mrs Tomkinson.
"Our dream was to be living there in retirement."
"Gradually we've thought `we could do this, we could do that' and it's been added to over 15 years.''
Over the past 15 years they have added a number several Bali-inspired touches to their home at 80 Moore Avenue, Reynella.
The couple, who has lived in the house since 1993, saw the potential in their "blank canvas" backyard, which Mrs Tomkinson says is "large by today's standards".
They added an in-ground pool, statues from Indonesia, a water feature, a Bali hut overlooking the pool, tropical plants, a rumpus room with fans, and a large entertaining area with bar, spa and outdoor kitchen.
"We wanted to have our own resort. While we can't be there, we can dream about it here.''
The statues and water feature are included in the sale.
Mrs Tomkinson describes the backyard as "very peaceful''.
"It's (the Bali hut) a beautiful spot for coffee in the morning and in the evening for a wine,'' she says.
"We wanted somewhere we could sit out here. It's our way of thinking we're there (Bali) when were not.''
The couple also extended the three-bedroom house about 13 years ago, adding a large open-plan family/dining room that opens to the backyard to create an extra family area.
"We had three kids living here at the time,'' Mrs Tomkinson explains.
There is also a lounge at the front of the house, an updated, modern kitchen and meals area with servery into the family/dining room.
After years of dreaming about it and creating a man-made Bali, the Tomkinsons are finally moving there, hence their need to sell. "We're moving to Bali for our retirement, which all along has been our dream,'' Mrs Tomkinson says.
The price is $349,000 to $369,000.
Agent: Scott Nowak, of Phil McMahon Real Estate, on 0412 567 212.
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