RENOWNED Australian fashion designer Liz Davenport did not buy this unique home because it was designed by Iwan Iwanoff or was on top of the highest hill in City Beach, she was looking for a home to suit her family.
“We did not choose this house, no one really ‘chooses’ a property like this as they so rarely come up,” she said.
“We were a growing family of five with athletic kids and this more than suited our needs.
“Frankly I could not, and still do not, believe how lucky we have been to own this house for thirty years.”
The home has an interesting history, being built for the Tomich family, who Mrs Davenport believes did not live in it.
“Upon completion Iwanoff is rumoured to have spent a few months living here before it was sold,” she said.
“It was even the residence of a Perthonality or two and would have many stories to tell – a highlight would be an intimate, private concert by Rod Stewart in the early 1980s.”
Mrs Davenport said the home was built in 1971, with extensions in 1987 doubling its size.
“The facade is truly stunning,” she said.
“Standing outside you reflect on the beautiful architecture and take in the curve of the front wall that emulates nature’s proportions and the procession of space as you ascend the travertine steps to the front door.”
The interior is equally amazing, with curved walls and staircases and mirrored spaces throughout.
The ground floor includes a formal living/entertaining area with an incredible chandelier, an open-plan living/dining/kitchen area, study, bedroom and bathroom.
There is another living area on the first floor with built in bar – Mrs Davenport refers to this space as the sunset room – along with four bedrooms and four bathrooms.
The opulent master suite, with built-in robes, spa ensuite and balcony occupies the second floor.
It is one of Mrs Davenport’s favourite places where “I can relax in bed as the sky transforms from blues to pinks or oranges in the morning or evening”.
The home’s crowing glory is the rooftop deck.
Mrs Davenport said it was the highest point between Hillarys and Fremantle and had 360-degree views.
“We can see everything, from the buildings of the CBD to sand dunes and the horizon in every direction,” she said.
“Truly, you have the best views in Perth at any time of day and I do have a soft spot for the bright lights of Fremantle on summer nights.”
The home is on a 1184sq m block and Mrs Davenport said the backyard was more like a Beverley Hills fitness club complete with barbecue cabana, sauna, spa, amenities and a tennis court.
“It is simply amazing for the family or entertaining,” she said.
Mrs Davenport said it was unlikely a home like this could be built today.
“It is fortunate that someone else had the vision and inspiration to build a dream on our behalf,” she said.
“It was built before height restrictions and the deck and staircase turret is visible for miles around.
“We have even heard of boats using the iconic house for navigation.
“Inside, the family area is directly connected with multiple entertainment and chill-out areas.
“This type of space can never be emulated again in this fashion, if one were to re-build with this sense of wellbeing it would be not be easily achieved.”
With their children grown and living on the east coast, Mrs Davenport and her husband are moving to be closer to their grandchildren.
“While it will be heartbreaking, it is time for someone else to enjoy 30 years in one of Perth’s most stunning homes, with its most stunning views,” she said.
Offers are being sought in the high $2 millions.
7 Dorking Road
Expressions of interest
Agency: Bellcourt Property Group
Contact: Pauline Michael on 0420 414 104 or Kirk Bellerby on 0400 511 007