The view is quite nice.
YOU think I’m going to start off talking about the view, right? Wrong. Because I am having a love affair with (among other things) the light fittings.
I know, small detail but, oh my gosh! The wall sconces, the overheads, even the bathroom lights are just perfection.
Now back to the main game; Milson Rd is a classic peninsula street; often split level, punctuated with statuesque history, and glittering harbour views.
No. 59 offers two storeys of superbly renovated and updated architecture.
From the pristine cedar shingles, to the marble stairs and great, golden chunks of sandstone, it is period-exact.
Inside, and the tempo changes, but the opulent mood stays the same.
The side entrance opens to a welcoming vestibule and a first glimpse of the house-wide paint palette that is both romantic and chic.
It’s also a preview of the wonderful Arts and Crafts era woodwork which is found throughout the property.
Wake up here.
Fabulous. In fact, don’t forget to look down in every room, (tempting as it is to keep looking out the windows!), because the timber floors have been uniformly treated with respect.
The kitchen cupboards in the downstairs kitchen (yep, there are two) are brilliant, and, I suspect, unique.
Backlit by natural light, they actually gleam. Then marble counter tops in milk chocolate marble, with delicious vanilla swirls.
The thing is, there are two complete homes here. One per floor, ideal for overflows of guests, but also to be practical (which I do try to avoid) it offers the chance to convert the house into two, equally divine, homes.
Except maybe the view from the upstairs balcony gives it the upper hand. If ever there was a spot for gin and tonics, this is it. Basking in the harbour view, watching people ride down to the ferry wharf — and when the breeze is just right you can smell the sea salt of the harbour. Amazing. I love, love, loved it.