This dream house makes the dream of home ownership in Castlemaine possible. It is the embodiment of everything that is considered convenient, comfortable, healthy, sound, desirable to other people. It satisfies pride and reason.
Cowling is a classic Californian bungalow in Castlemaine Victoria, which was originally built in the early part of the twentieth century and historically owned by the Cowling family. In 2005 it was lovingly renovated with an emphasis on updating the space for modern family life without losing the original character and period features of this charming home.
The house presents a huge flexibility in how the owner uses the space. The front portion of the home consists of a hardwood floor veranda, grand entrance hallway, large master bedroom, two extra bedrooms, bathroom, a formal sitting room and formal dining room which are connected by original wood folding doors and feature original fireplaces. The current owners have used the formal sitting/dining rooms as workspace, but they could very easily be used as bedrooms, reception rooms or a combination of both. Through the second hallway the modern north-facing addition adds a large open plan space with a lovely sun filled kitchen, dining room and living area with French doors out onto the patio and garden. A family bathroom and laundry with ample storage and pantry space lead out through the side door to the carport. New air-conditioning and heating units have been installed throughout the home, 11ft high ceilings, carefully chosen wall colours and beautiful timber floors add to the feeling of space and warmth.
The garden has been designed with family entertaining and easy care in mind and has been carefully landscaped to offer sun, shade and a very sheltered outlook which is perfect in the variable Victorian weather. The front garden features two beautiful Canary Island Palms, easy care flower beds and hardy ground cover which survives very well in the heat of summer. Down the garden path you come to a slate patio with an established grapevine over the pergola, fish pond water feature, well-kept work-room which could be used as a tool-shed, man-cave, artist studio etc. There is a kikuyu lawn, raised flower or veggie beds, a mature callistemon hedge, period features from the original home and a practical clothesline beside the large double garage.