• Jon Ruwolt

Kensington Gardens Bungalow sells for over $3m, with pool turned into rainwater tank!

Updated: Aug 12, 2019



First listed on August 23 2018, the 38 East Tce home attracted well over 60 groups to open inspections, about a third of whom elected to see it by private appointment.


38 East Tce, Kensington Gardens. sold a week short of the end of its three-week “best offers by”, campaign after the vendors received an offer too good to refuse, thought to be over $3 million.


A KENSINGTON GARDENS property has been given not one, but three stunning renovations to transform it into a fantastic family home catering for people of all ages.

Miranda Hodge and her partner David Harford bought their 38 East Terrace home 12 years ago, attracted by its location, its Federation Bungalow style and potential for a transformation.


Drawing on Miranda’s design background, the couple set about transforming the property into a spacious and grand family entertainer, treating it to three separate major renovations.


“The first one was turning a 1950s garage into a self-contained bachelor pad or studio, so our son James lived out there and we put in a whole new laundry and a new bathroom,” Miranda says.


“In the second renovation we went up, and added a whole new level and that became our daughter Lucy’s teenage retreat, and we also made general upgrades.


“The third renovation was installing the pool. We also bought extra land and created a secret garden, a cubby house, a vegetable garden and carparking for five or six cars.

The land we bought had a pool, so we turned it into 60,000L of underground water storage for both our rainwater and stormwater, to use on the garden.”


The Federation Bungalow already had Local Government Heritage status, for its:

"External form and fabric of 1915 bungalow.

Key features include the sandstone walls with red brick detailing,

timber joinery, steeply pitched corrugated iron roof with roof gablets and brick chimneys."


“When the application went in for the major renovation that went up, Burnside Council said it was the best application they’d ever had and it went through with no trouble at all,” Miranda says.

“My focus had always been on maintaining the original style of the home and enhancing it, and it became very much an extension of us and our family.”


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