The Black Rock house that’s the ultimate people-pleaser



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22 Cheltenham Road, Black Rock 22 Cheltenham Road, Black Rock
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Someone set a tall order when they named this property Jabulani. It’s Zulu for “bring happiness to everyone”. Live up to that if you can! However, the graceful Californian bungalow, with its garden swing and mosaic pool, is the ultimate people-pleaser.

Swanky 1920s living and dining rooms, a library, a modern lounge, renovated bathrooms and four double bedrooms with a view through blossoming trees could easily make a family fall in love at first sight. Nestled between the golf courses and Half Moon Bay, Jabulani is in the catchment area for the new Beaumaris Secondary College and for Mentone Girls’. Younger kids might want to do the “Usain Bolt”, a 130-metre sprint to Black Rock Primary .???.???. at 8.59am.

If the Californian bungalow is the George Clooney of houses – handsome even when scruffy – this is Clooney at the Oscars. The white two-storey weatherboard has been lovingly updated by the vendors, who also landscaped the garden.

A brick path wends through the high-hedged garden to the porch and double-door entry. The wide, typically ’20s hall opens left into the north-facing living room, which has pine floorboards, diamond-paned sash windows and a tiled open fireplace with a mirrored mantelpiece. Glass-paned doors link it to the dining room, which opens in turn to the kitchen. The library, at the house’s front, has bookcases.

Jabulani’s modern rear portion is a large, cream-tiled open plan area, ideal for entertaining. The family area has full-length windows and french doors to the covered patio. The white timber kitchen has Bosch appliances and new stone benchtops. In the laundry, a sliding door leads to a bathroom with a shower, with poolside access.

The carpeted first floor, via a scrolled staircase, begins with three double bedrooms and a tiled main bathroom with shower and bath. The capacious main bedroom has a walk-in wardrobe and a porcelain en suite with shower.

???Jabulani seals its claim to its name in the garden, where the glass-fenced pool offers two spas in a chic sandstone frame. The idyllic surroundings include a barbecue kitchen, a cabana, a fountain flanked by orange trees, and a concealed shed. Come and get happy.

22 Cheltenham Road, Black Rock

$1.85 million – $2 million

Auction: October 21 at 11.30am

Agent: Buxton, Peter Hickey 0412 569 480