This is a home of elegant contradictions. It is over 100 years old and is completely modern, has been meticulously restored yet boasts sleek designer fittings and is a warm family home that delivers as a fabulously enviable entertainer.
The home is “old grandeur meets modern design”, celebrating the best of traditional architecture and modern innovation. This is entirely thanks to the current owners (both architects), whose vision and dedication has seen much of the original fine grandeur retained – no small task considering much had been lost when it was modified into four flats during the 1950s.
However perseverance and an exacting eye for detail have paid off, with the residence boasting soaring 13ft ceilings, original convict fireplace, timber floors and sprawling decks. The contemporary touches have been restricted to fittings and fixtures so that the integrity of the original structure remains uncompromised. So while designer lighting features throughout, the bathrooms boast Carrara marble benches, Roger Seller fittings and freestanding tub in the bathroom. The outdoor entertainment spaces also embody smooth modernism with floating timber decks, built in bench seating and feature planting.
Back inside, everyday living centers around the sleek kitchen with stainless steel appliances, bench tops and travertine stone splash back. With a built-in study area, bar, dining balcony and breakfast nook, this is a great area for relaxed living. The adjacent formal living and dining room certainly provides an impressive area when entertaining, but can be used as a second living zone for the family when needed.
Overall there are 4 bedrooms; the master suite with ensuite and retreat/nursery, two children’s rooms with playroom/study, a fourth room with private balcony access and the possibility of a fifth room downstairs.
Construction of the lower level was completed in 2004 and now adds a completely new and versatile area to the home. With a bathroom and large room opening out on two sides to a deck area, it would be an ideal bedroom, children’s play room, secondary entertainment zone or teenage retreat.
With its long history, this grand property on 624m2 block and 22m frontage to Dornoch Terrace, has finally come full circle; from stately homestead, to worn-out flats, to an elegant, gracious residence once again. Now it is ready to begin a new chapter – its timeless style and triumphant design is well equipped for whatever the future has in store.