STEVE Tobin was planning to eventually retire to the South-West region with his family when he bought this property in 2006.
Now he and his wife Hayley have decided to sell and build a new home at Aravina Estate, their family-owned vineyard near Yallingup.
“We purchased the property because we loved the 6.7ha of secluded land, which is close to Yallingup and all the northern beaches but also at the highest point of the exclusive Mt Duckworth estate,” he said.
“The location also offered 360-degree panoramic views of the Indian Ocean to the west; national park to the north; Dunsborough, Busselton and Geographe Bay to the east and Mt Duckworth itself to the south.”
Mr Tobin undertook a major renovation in 2008 with the aim of creating a luxurious, resort-style home with swimming pool, outdoor dining, and separate recreation and sleeping areas to allow multiple families to enjoy holidays together.
“Our vision was to create an 800sq m home with family and guest wings and a rooftop terrace to capitalise on the unique Indian Ocean and Geographe Bay views,” he said.
“This is now one of the very few places in Australia where you can watch the sun both rise and set over ocean vistas from the comfort of your own 164sq m rooftop terrace and we have enjoyed some memorable sunset drinks, parties and dinners under the stars over the years.”
Mr Tobin said the renovation created a stunning home that was fabulous all year round.
“On summer nights, we’ve enjoyed cooking in the outdoor kitchen on the elevated timber deck while watching the kids splashing in the 6m x 12m metre pool,” he said.
“And in winter, it’s lovely to watch the storms roll in over the Indian Ocean while snuggled up in front of the large gas fireplaces with granite surrounds in the separate family and guest wings.”
The renovation took two years to complete and doubled the size of the residence, creating a magnificent five-bedroom, three-bathroom home.
It was designed by Perth architect David Hartree, with construction by Dunsborough builder Nick Goode Construction.
It includes $500,000 of local feature granite around fireplaces, courtyard pillars and pergolas, in the four-car garage and the statement walls in the entry.
The floodlit courtyards were designed by Melbourne-based landscape designer Paul Bangay and include lush, mature trees, manicured gardens and aggregate pathways.
Helena Sinclair-Thompson of Yallingup designed the classical French-inspired interiors which feature chandeliers, luxurious imported wallpapers and easy-care travertine tiles and jarrah floors throughout.
As well as a truly impressive home, the property also includes a 12 year old shiraz vineyard on one acre and a mature, 200-tree olive grove.