LAURA Kiely and Andrew Milner had an extensive wishlist when they built this stunning two-storey home.
“We wanted to achieve a sense of luxury and a feeling of being on permanent holiday,” Ms Kiely said.
“We wanted a house that was elegant, minimalist, inviting and relaxing, that could also meet our needs for work and leisure.
“It was also important that the home maximise the views on offer.”
Mr Milner and Ms Kiely bought the 840sq m block in 2009 and lived in the existing home for several years so they could live and breathe the landscape and carefully design their new residence.
Giorgi brought their dream to life in 2014.
“The home has been custom-designed to make the best of the views and outlooks from all areas of the house; the Swan River panorama including interesting vistas to the Claremont yacht club which are ever-changing,” Ms Kiely said.
“And to the front there are views over the private, established gardens and spa and into lush borrowed treescape.”
The main living areas are on the first floor, where the views can be enjoyed in all their glory.
There is a theatre room that Ms Kiely said provided an ideal escape from the world; a games room with built-in bar/kitchenette, balcony access and views over the gardens; and a study.
These rooms are truly lovely, but the highlight is the open-plan living/dining/kitchen area.
Features include Jura Blue Grey stone floors, a gas pebble fireplace in the living area and Essastone benchtops, Miele appliances and butler’s pantry in the kitchen.
The views are breathtaking and can be appreciated even more by opening the bi-fold doors and stepping out to the balcony with cedar batten ceiling and built-in barbecue kitchen.
Ms Kiely said it was a wonderful place to enjoy drinks while looking at the beautiful, ever-changing sky lines, whether it be rain and dramatic storms, beautiful, calm sunny days, sunsets or the river with twilight sailing and dolphin spotting.
The ground floor includes four bedrooms.
All have walk-in robes and two have ensuites.
The master bedroom looks out over the gardens to the river and its luxurious ensuite with Apaiser Haven bath and double vanity unit was named HIA WA 2015 bathroom of the year.
The home was designed to be a private sanctuary and the gardens support this goal.
Ms Kiely said they were surprisingly low maintenance and have been refined over time to include plants that thrive with little attention from “lazy gardeners who love greenery and appreciate beautiful gardens”.
“What makes the gardens unique and beautiful is that we preserved as much of the natural landscape as possible when designing the house,” she said.
“This includes a massive, “granddaddy” peppermint tree (which became a centrepiece of the garden design), a giant old fruiting fig, huge jacaranda tree and several established frangipanis of the most unusual colour when in flower.”
A delightful outdoor feature is the heated spa and Ms Kiely said it was a lovely place to sit in the evening, looking up at the stars through the willowy foliage of the peppermint tree.
On summer days the tree provided a protective canopy.
Areas of the gardens can be developed further.
“There’s a chance for a keen gardener to make the most of the carefully planned areas which make the best of the light and shade,” Ms Kiely said.
“There’s an area ideal for a veggie patch which is yet to be explored.”
The home has been ideal for the family.
“We like spending a lot of time at home and have found ourselves to be on a permanent staycation in a luxury resort here, but the house is also very secure and with the low-maintenance gardens it has also suited our desire to travel or go away for work,” Ms Kiely said.
“As our family expanded we also appreciated that there are multiple play areas – treehouses, lawn, swimming, bitumen for bikes, and interesting and multiple garden areas for exploring.”
96 Victoria Avenue
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Agency: Acton Dalkeith
Contact: Jane Duffield on 0407 775 000 or Bev Heymans on 0419 099 243