TO take inspiration from a classic Crocodile Dundee quote; that’s not a view, this is a view.
Perched high on the side of Mt Melville, Albany this house has incredible views of the water, mountains, sky, city and city lights.
“The night-time views are like being in the cockpit of a plane, as you come in to land and see the city lit up in front of you,” owner Shelley Macdonald said.
“There are only two bedrooms that don’t have water views; they face onto the rock and natural bush.
“From the rest of the house, you can see over 180 degrees; The Porongrups, the hinterland, Oyster Harbour, Emu Point and King George Sound right out to Rock Dundas and Bald Head, the city, Mount Clarence and part of Princess Royal Harbour and the port.
“It is breathtaking every single day.”
The home projects from the side of Mt Melville, with no immediate neighbours and no one overlooking it.
It is on a 1079sq m block with access to bushland and walking tracks, and while it offers privacy and seclusion, it is not far from town; the Albany CBD is just over 1km away.
Ms McDonald said she had not given any thought to living in the area initially as the streets were steep, but the house was a wonderful surprise at the top of the hill.
“I loved that it appears very simple and humble as you drive up, but walk in the front door and wow,” she.
“I still love coming home and walking in that door.”
The solar-passive home was built with steel, Colorbond, timber and glass and was designed to follow Feng Shui principles.
Timber and glass louvres allow for air circulation and a central light well lets in plenty of natural light.
From the entry, the layout leads past the master bedroom, with walk-in robe, ensuite and its own deck.
Ms Macdonald said this was one of her three favourite places in the house.
“To wake up and see the sun come up and the water and sky always starts the day perfectly,” she said.
Three more bedrooms, two with built-in robes and desks, the family bathroom and a sitting area have their own wing, on the other side of the open-plan living/dining/kitchen area with bi-fold doors opening to a large veranda suspended over the hillside.
These are Ms Macdonald’s other favourite places.
“Everywhere you look from the dining table there are amazing views day or night,” she said.
“Bathed in sun in the mornings and watching the light change as the sun moves or the rain or mist moving around, it is always different, always beautiful all day.
“Then there’s the front deck, particularly at night.
“The peacefulness that night brings, just sitting in the dark for a few minutes looking at the lights finishes the day well for me.”
The home’s features include Wandoo flooring in the bedrooms, terracotta tiles in the main living areas, airconditioning in the main living zone, underfloor heating in the kitchen/dining area and second bathroom, plenty of storage, alarm system and security screens on ground level doors and windows, rainwater to the kitchen sink and a solar hot-water system.
This house has been Ms Macdonalds home for 12 years and was her dream home.
Now that her children have grown and she no longer needs a large home, she is selling.
“I will be very sorry to leave,” she said.
“I’ve loved every single day here, it’s been like permanently being on holidays.
“I am looking forwards to creating smaller home with the similar vibe.”
60 Robinson Street
Auction: February 10 at 3pm
Agency: William Porteous Properties International and Mason Realty
Contact: Peter Robertson on 0427 958 929 or Rob Mason on 0411 615 806