This one-bedder is selling for $1.55m

This one-bedder is selling for $1.55m

This pint-sized home might only have one bedroom and one bathroom, but it packs a punch when it comes to presence. Not to mention the fact that it shares a neighbourhood with some of Palm Beach’s most exclusive and expensive homes. House III, as it is known, is located at 25 Cynthea Rd, and is made up of an open living and dining space on the ground floor and a small upper floor bedroom. The whole home is a modest 85sq m. An additional 81sq m of external deck and terrace areas provide extra space and add to the indoor-outdoor theme. The edgy design, by Gordon + Valich Architects and Belinda Koopman, is owned by photographer Greg Barrett, who bought the 696sq m site in 1990. His brief to the architects was simple. “I said two words — surprise me,” he said. “I don’t see the sense in having an architect and telling them what to do.” The home was finished in 1998, and was used by Mr Barrett and his family as a holiday home and, more recently it has been used for a permanent home. In fact the last tenant was a single mum who lived there quite happily with her two children, he said. “It’s not a huge house, but it’s got this big space feel about it,” Mr Barrett said. The house has picked up plenty of fans along the way, as well as the Australian Institute of Architects Merit Award for Housing in 1999. Mr Barrett has reluctantly decided to sell the property he has owned for more than 25 years, as he and his family are currently living in Melbourne for work. He hopes one day to return to the Palm Beach area. “It’s only for a while, we’ll be back,” he said. There is one thing about this home that isn’t pocket-sized — the price tag of $1.55 million. The home is for sale through Modern House Estate Agents, with inspection by private appointment. Phone 1300 814 768 for more details.   By: Amanda Sheppeard Published: August 12,...

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Paddington’s high-tech home can be controlled with your smartphone

Paddington’s high-tech home can be controlled with your smartphone

With the touch of a button on your smartphone, this entire home comes to life. Fitted with C-Bus, Control4 home automation, everything from the locks to the lights can be controlled through a smart device. The sleek and stylish interiors of the three-storey home go hand-in-hand with its contemporary automation system. On the ground floor are the open-plan living and dining room, the eat-in kitchen and a separate casual lounge room. The kitchen has stone benchtops and Smeg appliances which take the form of twin ovens and twin fridges and freezers. There is even an integrated wine fridge, a butler’s pantry and an island bench. A gas fireplace lends warmth to the living area and dining space which delicate light fixtures hang from the ceiling. The zone opens on to a terrace with space to enjoy a glass of wine or a quick meal. There is also an outdoor area off the separate lounge room. At the centre of this level is a glass-framed staircase that leads to both the upper and lower levels. There is also an internal lift that runs between all three floors. On the upper level are four of the bedrooms. The main bedroom features a balcony, a walk-in wardrobe and an ensuite with double-sink, double-shower and a bathtub. The second room on this level also has an ensuite with shower while the remaining two rooms share a main bathroom with a freestanding rub and separate shower. On the lower-ground there is a home theatre complete with dark interiors and downlights and a separate study. Another living room has a kitchenette, making it ideal for a guest residence. There is also a four-car garage down here while outside a landscaped lawns and gardens provide an ideal space for children to play. Other features of the home include a fifth bedroom on the ground floor, multiple balconies throughout the home, ducted air-conditioning and integrated sound.   Details ADDRESS: 106 Glenmore Rd, Paddington FOR SALE: Expressions of interest SIZE: 376.7sq m INSPECT: Thursday and Saturday, 12-12.45pm PRICE GUIDE: $6.5 million CONTACT: Ballard Property, Mark Lowe, 0403 136...

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This is what north shore living is all about

This is what north shore living is all about

Showcasing an alluring quality that’s to be expected of a residence found nestled along one of Pymble’s most prestigious stretches, this welcoming family home known as ‘Amelia’ offers versatile living in nothing short of a prime setting. Set back from the street on a generous 1271sq m block, the ultimate level of privacy is ensured thanks to a wall that hides an expanse of manicured gardens and willowy trees, which perfectly frame the home’s charming facade. Passing down a sandstone path that dissects the lawn and stepping foot inside the entrance foyer, you are greeted by a long hallway with polished Kauri timber floors. It is framed by high archways that entice you through to the heart of the home. Doors that run along the left side of the hall open into three bedrooms, the first being the main bedroom that includes a beautiful bay window overlooking the gardens and an ensuite bathroom. To the right, you’ll find a formal living room, also with a bay window as well as a fireplace, which flows seamlessly into a formal dining area. Both rooms display fine examples of the property’s heritage, including detailed ceilings and cornices plus original timber floors. French doors line the back of the dining room, swinging open to a large sandstone courtyard, which offers the ideal setting for entertaining guests or eating under the stars. The back of the home comprises two bathrooms and various casual living areas including a meals room, which is adjoined by a granite kitchen, and a large family room that overlooks the back gardens and in-ground swimming pool. Those with a green thumb will also enjoy the vegetable garden, shed and workshop, as well as the numerous citrus trees around the property. For families seeking lifestyle convenience, the home is ideally located just a short walk to the station and buses, Pymble Public School and Pymble Ladies College. Additional highlights include a 5000-litre rainwater tank, laundry and a double carport.   DETAILS ADDRESS: 10 Telegraph Rd, Pymble AUCTION: Saturday, August 20, 1pm INSPECT: Saturday and Wednesday noon-12.30pm PRICE GUIDE: Contact agent CONTACT:...

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