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Butterfly House - 197 Military Road, Dover Heights - Sydney Australia

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  • Iconic views – Opera House, Bridge, Harbour
  • Architectural excellence + individuality
  • 4/5 Bedrooms. 4 Bathrooms
  • Home office, guest/nanny accommodation
  • Kitchen, dining + family room on one level
  • Living room/catering kitchen on separate level
  • Professional Home Theatre
  • Rooftop entertaining terrace
  • Heated pool, Camera Security, Heat/Cooling
  • Showroom garage – min.6 cars + storage


A most prestigious location…

Sitting majestically atop the cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean, residents of the private enclave of Dover Heights in Sydney’s fashionable Eastern Suburbs enjoy a most privileged lifestyle. Recognised as one of Sydney’s three most affluent suburbs, this sought after residential locale is strategically positioned next to the world famous amenities provided by Rose Bay, Vaucluse and North Bondi.

This peerless icon is set on a 450 sqm, fully landscaped, commanding corner position. The desirable location provides this timeless masterpiece with spectacular uninterrupted views of Sydney Harbour and a setback to the East offering calming views of the Pacific Ocean.

An impressive Northern facade combines with unique styling from world-renowned architect Ed Lippmann, ensuring an ideal balance between Summer and Winter sun to maximize the warmth and beauty of this highly prized property.

…adorned with an architectural masterpiece

Completed in 2005, the internationally acclaimed “Butterfly House” is the epitome of the Chinese study of space and its relationship of buildings to nature. With no straight lines, the double curved forms of the wings of this creative abode are pivoted around a central entrance and stairwell. This unique design creates a flowing connection throughout the home with over 550sqm internally+155sqm of exterior terrace luxury.

The split-levels maximise the opportunity for light and views from each level relating to night time and day time activities. The East-facing wing provides two levels of bedrooms while the Harbour-facing wing accommodates separate levels of living, dining and world class personal, family or corporate entertaining.

Unmatched in quality of construction, the building is a hybrid of concrete and glass around a ‘necklace’ of steel columns. Flowing through seamless living areas, the curving glazed walls of floor to ceiling frameless glass, stacking glass doors and windows ensure inspirational city and harbour views throughout.

…providing a flexible comfortable lifestyle

The greatest architectural achievement was Lippmann’s ability to create the balance of a unique, multi-award winning design and practical inviting family home.

Separate “wings” create a natural zoning between bedrooms and living spaces. The East-facing wing provides two levels of bedrooms designed to allow families to enjoy the warm inviting morning sun. North facing flowing balconies and private gardens adorn the bedrooms and lead to stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, City and Harbour. The bedrooms sit across two levels providing both flexibility and privacy. This clever design makes the property ideal for the single-family unit, long stay overseas visitors or teenage retreat.

The Harbour-facing wing, overlooking a Reserve, offers stunning fully protected views of Sydney Harbour including a city skyline with the famous Opera House and Harbour Bridge and stunning silhouette of the Blue Mountains in the background. Set over four flowing levels, incredible sunsets and the stunning city skyline can be enjoyed over two living levels. Specially designed curved glass doors stack effortlessly on these levels leading to expansive entertaining areas. A heated salt-water pool flows from the first floor living area and its unique design provides for complete privacy yet still allows the owners to soak in stunning city and harbour views.

A truly unique and rare rooftop-entertaining terrace allows the most discerning owners to provide a world-class entertainment experience whether a small intimate affair or event with a 100 guests. A full European designed kitchen elegantly sits one level below this terrace and is strategically available for full catering and dinner parties.

A professional home theatre and fully secure underground showroom garage, with internal access and secure parking for at least 6 cars plus storage completes this tremendous property.
For the frequent traveller or international investors looking to secure a ‘lock and leave’ base in Sydney, a beautifully manicured low-maintenance garden and the state of the art 32 zone monitored alarm system provides piece of mind at all times.

…in an environmentally aware manner

From great vision comes great design. The Butterfly House integrates a wide range of forward thinking environmental elements in its design. Hydronic heating runs through the concrete floor plates from the basement plant room. A Venturi cooling system draws air through the bedrooms over the plant bed, up through the stairwell and out through glass louvres. A stormwater recycling plant in the basement also allows for grey water re-use to ensure that the low maintenance manicured gardens are managed with in an environmentally conscious manner.

A truly unique opportunity for the most discerning investor

Years in the design and construction have resulted in a world class residence where a remarkable balance of paradoxical contrasts exist:

• Internationally acclaimed architecture meets practical living
• Cosmopolitan Penthouse lifestyle meets residential family home
• Private East-wing bedrooms meet flowing City/Harbour-wing entertaining

Local, international and corporate investors can take advantage of a rare opportunity to secure one of the most prestigious internationally renowned properties close to the CBD, Universities and Airport in the world-class city of Sydney.

For Sale


Contact Mark Allan
02 9455 0322
0419 777500