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- 4/5 bedrooms
- 3 ensuite
- OFP living/dining
3 vehicle garaging
- entertaining courtyard
pool & terraces
- north to rear aspect (app.
- district views/water glimpses
The embodiment of a halcyon
"Not merely an absence of noise, real
silence begins when a reasonable being withdraws from the noise in
order to find peace and order in his inner sanctuary."
Peter Minard, author.
To say 64a Ponsonby Parade, Seaforth is merely a beautiful home wouldn't be
doing it justice. It is the embodiment of a halcyon lifestyle.
Designed by young, innovative architect, Matt Elkin in conjunction with the
owner, an interior designer, this amazing 5-bedroom (490sqm) home fits the
original brief perfectly - it is a joy to walk into every room.
Completed in 2000, the home has a key focal point - a gracious fig tree which
thrives at the end of the swimming pool and can be seen from all over the home.
From the front garden, the home stands like an elegant sentinel at the end
of a private driveway - a sleek, contemporary structure with wave-like roof
and magnificent sandstone façade set behind the native gum trees.
Set over three levels, the home enjoys extensive district views and water glimpses.
Close the doors of the enormous three-car garage and this home is the ultimate
in privacy. Set on around 1200sqm, the property has a North-to-rear aspect,
and the pool with Riverstone paved deck is tucked into the north-west corner,
capturing the sun for much of the day. Overall, the house was designed to allow
maximum sun in winter - and that has certainly been achieved.
This is a contemporary and practical home with Australian feel and International
appeal. The open plan living and dining areas have an almost maritime character,
with a clever fusion of glass, timber, stainless steel and muted colours -
all of which exude light, openness and warmth. Blackbutt timber has been used
for the flooring and stairs, while pale ash timber has been utilised for the
ample cupboards throughout the home.
Use of large windows and highlights in all rooms ensures ample light and spaciousness,
and the timber / stainless steel theme is integrated throughout the rooms -
even the laundry leading off the kitchen and the two upstairs bathrooms feature
pale ash cupboards and drawers with stainless steel handles. And the natural
light is enhanced by subtly positioned halogen lights.
Integral to the design is the way the outside melds with the inside of the
home. Two and a half storeys of glass in the main living area truly bring the
outside in and add to the sanctuary-like feel. The living areas flow onto the
landscaped tropical garden and are almost 'nestled' among the trees, and glimpses
of greenery can be seen from every room. Thought has even been given to the
window cleaning, with an attractive slatted timber walkway, which is in a similar
style to the eaves, surrounding the house.
The garden itself is home to an abundance of possums and native birds - even
a pair of tawny frogmouth owls is sometimes in residence. Wake up to the chirruping
of the rosellas and fall asleep to the gentle sounds of the fountain and frogs.
And the charm is enhanced by a dry-stacked stone wall built 100 years ago by
a Scotsman who carved the rock from a cliff at the back of the property.
For those who enjoy entertaining, this home features a plethora of different
areas - both inside and out. The back garden lends itself to long, relaxed
lunches and parties, the side deck is ideal for pool parties, or sit on the
front balcony and just drink in the district views. And the central location
of the meticulously designed timber and stainless steel kitchen ensures you
won't miss out on the fun.Away from the open plan living / entertaining areas,
a number of separate 'zones' mean you can have your own personal space - from
the four generous bedrooms, study/retreat, decks or garden areas.
On the lower level is the ultimate retreat - a generous separate studio bedroom,
complete with built in wardrobe and large modern bathroom. This very private
area has its own entrance, leading up to the pool, and would be an ideal teenage
retreat or separate accommodation for guests.
The positioning of the house has been designed to capture the sunlight, in
addition to the gentle sea breezes. And throughout the house, louvre windows
have been used to maximise these breezes and keep the home cool. While there
is also reverse-cycle air conditioning, the current owners say they have never
needed to use it in summer.
The spacious master bedroom with parents' retreat / study is a visual delight,
with timber-slatted bifolding door and highlights. Lie in bed and look out
at the tropical plants and you could almost believe you were in Bali. A large
walk-in dressing room is almost an escape in itself and also features a louvred
window, allowing the breezes to lull you into a restful sleep.
The adjoining ensuite also features the designer's quality touch - from the
twin basins, granite vanity, large glass-screened shower, pale ash cupboards,
down to the bidet - nothing has been left to chance.
Located in a highly sought-after area, the home is just a couple of minutes
from Seaforth 'village', with its cosmopolitan cafes and restaurants. A safe
walk to the bus stop, it is just 10 minutes to Mosman and less than five minutes
to Manly, gateway to the Northern Beaches lifestyle. There is a range of private
and public schools within a 10km radius.