When I first met Ann she was a property manager working for a franchised group. I was extremely impressed with her ability to relate to people of all levels and backgrounds. I was also impressed with her level of knowledge and understanding of the real estate industry but more importantly her knowledge and understanding of property management. Over the years she has guided me with my investments and seen that those investments gave me good... Linda Ferguson
WITH its natural look of aged wood and earthy tones surrounded by plenty of trees, this home is unlike others in its near-city neighbourhood.
Situated at 60 Northview Outlook in Moorooka, the unique look was a long-term goal of Ray and Corinne Sparks when they bought the home.
“It is a seriously peaceful house, it is a nature lover’s retreat,” Mr Sparks said.
When they bought the home back in 1995, they even needed to clean out groceries and household goods that had been left behind.
“We had to get a big skip bin just to clean it out,” he said.
But with a 1466sq m block and city views it had the potential to be what they wanted. The backyard was the perfect place for a pool, and after it was installed they brought in large rocks from the countryside to fit with the natural theme.
“We laid them (the rocks) there so it was like a billabong,” Mr Sparks said.
An expansive deck was built on the top floor with enough timber flooring to create plenty of room for entertaining and relaxing outside as well as indoors.
“It is a real outdoor house — when you have animals and kids it is fantastic having big outside areas like that for them to wander,” he said.
Inside, furniture and accessories were carefully chosen to fit with the natural theme, from the combustion wood fireplace to the earthy-toned tiles, and timber and cane ceilings fans.
“I guess we have been doing things to this house forever and we never stopped,” Mr Sparks said.
He hoped the next owners liked the theme, but said it was a home with a lot of options and space for experimentation.
“It is pretty much a naked house, we left it raw,” he said.
The home will be auctioned tomorrow on-site by Damon Warat from Ray White — Ascot at 1pm.
Originally published as Wooden home is something else