Ascot home’s humble start ends as an entertainer’s oasis

first_imgAlthough the couple have owned the house for two years they had to wait a year before they could move in while they carried out extensive renovations.And while that was a substantial job, Mrs McLennan said they were prepared to do it as she had recognised from the start just what the house could become. The house at 19 Upper Lancaster Rd, Ascot has multiple rooms suitable for use as offices.The suburb had also been a big drawcard for the family because it had a strong sense of community and was very close to the city.“It is such a great community, there are a lot of local clubs close by, you’ve got Ascot State School, Eagle Junction State School is also very good and not far away, there is a swim club at Ascot and it is close to beautiful Oriel Park.’’ The home sits on a 834sq m block of land and has a large void at the entrance which includes banks of glass. What was once a fairly basic brick and tile home is now an executive-style home in Ascot.What started out as a fairly basic brick house when they bought it two years ago has been transformed into a modern Ascot executive-style home by owners Rachelle and Ross McLennan. RELATED: The outdoor entertaining zone and pool.“I love being in the kitchen actually, the kitchen flows on to the dining and family room, it just all opens out visually straight out on to the pool area and we have got lovely landscaping surrounding the backyard. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours ago“It is just very private, it is like a private oasis. “You don’t see any of the neighbours, it is so quiet where we are and we get beautiful northerly breezes because we are quite high up on the hill. “I also really enjoy the parents’ retreat which is in the front part of the house just next to the void as you come up the stairs. It is just a nice place to read or play games with the kids.’’The house also multiple rooms suitable for use as offices, two upstairs and one on the lower level toward the entrance of the house.‘‘I also practice kinesiology so I have a treatment room at the front of the house so clients don’t have to come into the house, it is sort of right off the entrance, which is really convenient but anyone else buying the house could also use that as an office or to run a business.’’Mrs McLennan said. Iconic house gets a modern makeover The parents’ retreat with its stone fireplace is one of her favourite parts of the home along with the kitchen.“That is where we do a lot of our living,’’ Mrs McLennan said. The kitchen has Calacatta stone benchtops, dual Ilve ovens, Ilve gas cooktop, Bosch integrated dishwasher and bar fridges. There is also a butler’s pantry with an additional fridge, dishwasher, sink and storage. From the pool looking back at the house,On the upstairs level is the parents’ retreat which has a wall of glass as well as a balcony which allows views over the suburb.The open-plan living and dining area connect to the outdoors through bi-fold doors. The outdoor area includes a patio, outdoor kitchen with a built-in barbecue and the pool and pool house. Styling smashes street record In the main bedroom are his and her walk-in robes, balcony access and an ensuite with dual vanities, deep bath and double-headed shower with rainwater head.On the upper level is another bedroom, a main bathroom with resort-style steam room. Three bedrooms are on the ground level. Old meets new in grand reno The kitchen has Calcutta stone benchtops, dual Ilve ovens and Ilve gas cooktop and Bosch integrated dishwasher and bar fridges.“Basically as soon as it went on the market, I saw it and just knew it was a really good renovator, it was an early eighties’ brick home, it was built in 1983, and we basically just gutted it,’’ she said.The home now has five bedrooms, they re-did the swimming pool and changed the entrance of the house.“We also added a whole western wing onto the side of the house and it has a separate games room out the back in the pool pavilion,’’ Mrs McLennan said. 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