Tuesday, 09 August 2022

Colonial-style family home enjoyed by generations

by Jacky Hayler

Tokers was built by the current owner’s grandfather in the Twenties to emulate the colonial-style property he left behind in India. Now it has come to the market for the first time since it was built.

Owner Julia Balague is moving on as her children fly the nest - but having lived there since 1991 and with it having always been in her family, it has real sentimental value.

Julia, a water colourist for the Fine Art Company, used all her creative skill when moving in to completely redesign the house. “It has been a lovely place to live and a fantastic area to bring up a family. It is very quiet and safe with nice neighbours and good schools.”

Julia admitted her grandfather brought up 10 children living in the property after leaving India. “It really comes into its own in the summer.

“The veranda is my favourite part of the house -doors from every room open out on to the veranda making it feel very colonial. I have never come across anyone who didn’t come in and instantly like it - but it needs a new family to breathe new life into it and enjoy it as we have.”

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