Well Houston, we have a problem. This house is so outstanding there is a good chance I shall gush adjectives like a nervous schoolgirl.
It’s big. From the street, it’s just enormous, and curvy and anchored to the location that offers a view that … hang on.
Before that, you go through a well-trodden gate threshold, and are welcomed by lawn the quality of broadloom surrounded by leaf perfect landscaping.
The path takes its time reaching the staircase up to the front door and then, there it is; THAT view.
It’s a showstopper. The breadth of the view, the interest within it, deserves easy and ample viewing opportunities, indoors and out, and this gracious home delivers on all fronts.
Even the spacious veranda tessellation is flawless.
The entry foyer? It sure feels like a ‘12ft ceiling’ height, lined in a rich and intricate cornice, up lit from the stained glass front door. Picture rails, archway corbel … this is how you did a hallway when making an impression was more than having a busy Instagram account.
As is the norm in this vintage, formal spaces are given room to breathe, with a seriously large lounge (even the current piano seems small here) leading to the front veranda, and a nearby formal dining room with a dark marble mantle.
Kitchen? 10/10, with a massive servery to another, Jacaranda shaded, terrace.
It would seem the expression “parent’s retreat” is often misused. Because this, dear readers, is what a retreat should be; 20 sqm or more chic bedroom, accessorised by an ensuite and wardrobe, but also with shuttered French doors that open to more broadloom lawn and the mosaic tiled pool and tiered garden — with a glamorous staircase up to the four-car garage.
Down the carpeted staircase and voila, a two-bedroom entirely separate apartment with an exposed stone bedroom that is just, oh my gosh, divine. It’s inspired and inspiring. Go see!
The mosaic tiled swimming pool sits among tiered gardens.
The separate two-bedroom apartment features exposed stone.
Rarely do you get such grandeur with this degree of functionality and connection between views and living spaces and land.
Geoff Smith, Ray White Lower North Shore