PREPARE to ooh and ah over the amazing features and delightful surprises in this luxury home.
The first surprise is that while it appears to be a two-storey home, there actually are four levels of living.
The owners built it in 2011 wanting to make the most of the views and location.
“We owned the property for eight years before deciding to build on it,” they said.
“During that time, as we walked along the Cottesloe foreshore, we noticed that few people used their western-facing balconies.
“This led us to the idea to build a luxury beach house that would be a home for all seasons.
“We have a balcony that can be open or fully enclosed at the touch of a button and that we can use in winter, spring, summer and autumn, and from it, enjoy watching the daily changes to the ocean, the sky and the beach front.”
The home has no shortage of living space and places to entertain.
The ground floor includes an open-plan activity and sitting room.
On the first floor, a gallery opens to a terrace with fireplace and leads to the light-filled open-plan dining/living/kitchen area with timber flooring, which in-turn flows out to the balcony with built-in barbecue kitchen.
The balcony has an exceptional ocean view to Rottnest Island and is the place to enjoy magnificent sunsets.
“We love getting home from work, sitting on the balcony and looking at the view, the people walking by and feeling like we are on a holiday every day,” the owners said.
The curved zinc roof hides another surprise.
“We wanted an entertaining area on the roof and the clever roof design includes a spa and terrace with breath-taking views while also providing privacy and allowing light into our home through clerestory windows,” the owners said.
“The spa has the best views, from the lights of Fremantle Port to Scarborough and we have many memories of sitting there watching the moon rise in the east and set in the west.”
The home has three bedrooms, all with their own ensuite, on the ground floor.
The master is on the first floor, off the gallery, and has built-in robes a huge ensuite with freestanding bath, shower and double vanity unit.
The ensuite is not your usual bathroom, with louvres and a retractable ceiling to let in air and light – it has a lovely coastal, luxury resort feel.
The home still has more surprises.
The patch of turf at the front of the property conceals the lift to the six-car basement garage.
The owners were determined to have plenty of parking for family and friends and there is also parking for another four cars in front of the home.
The basement also includes a theatre room, cellar, store room and lift and stairs to the floors above.
The home is not only luxurious it was also designed to be environmentally friendly.
“We were determined to build a home with environmentally friendly features that made the most of the location,” the owners said.
“We have north-facing rooms where sunshine reaches into the home in winter and many clever design features that allow filtered light and solar protection on the hottest days.
“There is also double glazing along with multiple versions of roof and wall louvres, retractable blinds, 3M films and reflective blinds.
“We love our unusual window design, used in high-rise buildings overseas, that allows the cooling breezes of summer while maintaining our security.”
The home was also built with robust materials such as glass, stone, 316 stainless steel and zinc for the roof to stand the test of time in an ocean-front environment.
The owners describe the cul-de-sac location as a hidden gem.
“It is between North Cottesloe Beach and Swanbourne Beach so we go to both of these beaches, but mostly the dog beach directly opposite our home,” they said.
“We rarely use our car on the weekends as there are cafes, restaurants, parks and shops just a short walk away.
“We love the Cottesloe lifestyle and can be part of the busy area or secluded and watching the activity from our home.”
The owners’ love of the home and the building and design process is evident.
This is the first home they built and they have discovered they enjoyed building a challenging and creative design.
They are selling to do it all over again.
172 Little Marine Parade
Offers from $6.75 million
Agency: Acton Cottesloe
Contact: Deborah Brady on 0405 570 903