A typical Aussie backyard was once admired for its concrete path, patch of grass and Hills hoist. And a single door would often be the only access from the house.
But backyards have come a long way and the garden in this Cremorne property says it all. There is a completely light and open feel between indoors and out, creating a private haven of open-plan living, broad level lawn, landscaped garden and heated pool.
A double bank of bi-fold doors open from the kitchen and living area to the dining terrace and garden, which has a prized north aspect.
There is even a bi-fold window to one side which provides arm’s length access from the kitchen benchtop to the built-in barbecue.
It’s all picture perfect — worthy of any magazine spread — but there’s also substance to the style.
The current owners, who have three children, say the home is perfect for everything from dinner at home, to parties and playdates.
“This area is the hero of the house,” they said. “It’s just heaven for family life and entertaining, we can be cooking in the kitchen and see everything happening in the pool and garden.”
There are also two complementary personalities in this house — contemporary luxury and elegant Federation heritage.
The charming facade is among the original features, which have been cherished and renewed, including a stained glass front door.
In the bedrooms, you could lie in bed for hours and admire the ornate, high ceilings.
The main bedroom, with its ensuite and custom built walk-in robe, is another reason to feel spoiled.
A contemporary addition upstairs comprises two bedrooms, additional living space, a big family bathroom and lined roof storage.
The location is a few minutes from Middle Harbour Public School, an easy walk to Cremorne shops and as the owners point out “a no-brainer to the city”.
However, essential to a backyard of any era, is a good shed and there are two garden sheds — discreetly placed and custom built.
“Beronga is the epitome of family living, with a flexible floorplan, superb entertaining areas and superior finishes throughout.”
– Geoff Smith, Ray White Lower North Shore
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