PERTH has many grand homes, but only a few have the sweeping grandeur of this striking residence.
The owners bought the 1005sq m block in West Leederville’s Hill of Tara precinct in 1995.
“We were attracted by the proximity to, and views of, Lake Monger and the opportunity to build on an elevated block with a 40m frontage in a quiet cul-de-sac only 4km from the city centre,” they said.
“We also liked the proximity to schools, medical facilities, sporting grounds and other amenities, we thought it was a remarkable combination of attributes.”
The home, named Carmichery, was completed in 1998.
The owners’ vision was to create a beautifully appointed and generously sized family home, taking inspiration from their travels to the French Riviera.
“The house had to have space and volume – showing a generosity of spirit – while retaining a warm family feel,” they said.
“With multiple living areas inside and out, it provides a very comfortable family home, which also lends itself to easy entertaining.
“The upstairs front rooms all have panoramic views of the lake and surrounding suburbs, across to the Darling Ranges.
“The back rooms can see the beautiful Chapel of St Michael The Archangel, as well as the pool and all rear garden features.”
The home’s imposing facade has wrought-iron and sandstone features.
The entry has large double doors with decorative metalwork, a domed ceiling with antique French chandelier, oval feature window and curved staircase that leads to the wonders on the upper levels.
The ground floor has two wings.
One includes the spacious open-plan living/dining area with well-equipped kitchen.
This zone has stunning views and two opportunities to dine alfresco; at the front of the home it opens to a terrace with a wisteria-covered iron pergola looking towards the lake.
The owners have enjoyed sitting there over the years, sharing long lunches with good food, good wine and good friends.
It also opens to a veranda that runs along the back of the home.
Here you can sit and look over the magnificent classically designed gardens with mature fruit trees, hedges, central arbour with a copper dome, salt-water pool, two pieces of artisan mosaic artworks representing the home’s outdoor areas, and a marble-clad water feature.
The outdoor facilities also include a hot and cold shower, powder room, drying courtyard and storage.
The other ground-floor wing includes a drawing room with arched windows and sitting room that opens to the rear veranda.
Upstairs there are five bedrooms.
The master with his-and-hers walk-in robes, luxurious ensuite with a double vanity unit with a Persian red travertine marble benchtop, and its own balcony is at one end of the home, with the fifth bedroom/home office.
“The master suite is probably our favourite room because when you go to bed at night, the twinkling lights reflecting off the water at the lake, and the lights in the distance make you think you’re in a boutique hotel overlooking some beautiful piece of water in Europe,” the owners said.
There are three more bedrooms, all with walk-in robes and two with balconies, and the main bathroom at the other end of this floor.
The home also has a large undercroft garage with access to a temperature-controlled, underground cellar with jarrah and iron racks and built-in cabinetry.
The residence is almost a work of art in its own right with features such as high quality, artisan-applied stucco and marmorino wall finishes throughout; Italian terracotta tiling inside and out; ornate ceilings with ceiling roses; and Italian light fittings.
It also offers all the modern conveniences including ample storage; zoned ducted Daikin reverse-cycle airconditioning; security alarm system with control panels on both levels; infrared video security system connected to the IT hub; IT hub with CAT 5 wiring to most rooms including kitchen, living, sitting room and all bedrooms; telephone wiring to most rooms; double-glazed windows to limit heat where required and window tinting throughout; solar power system; ducted vacuum system to cover the whole home with a vacuum hose on both floors; water softener to eliminate hard water to the majority of the house; and three-phase power.
The owners raised their three children in the home.
“It’s a very convenient location with a lovely local community vibe and with a great neighbourhood feel,” they said.
“Being in a double-ended cul-de-sac means that we all know each other and kids can safely play in the street, and street parties at Christmas are a good time to all get together.”
They said the Hill of Tara has a single residential restrictive covenant that helps preserve the quiet lifestyle.
“Homes in the area rarely come up for sale because people love living here,” they said.
While they love the home and area, now their children have moved on they have decided it is time to do so too.
9 Gibney Vista
Offers in the $3 millions
Agency: The Property Exchange
Contact: Niki Peinke on 0411 428 117 or Clare Nation on 0400 586 281