WHEN they built this stunning solar passive home the owners wanted to create the closest thing to country living within 10 minutes of the city.
“This home is not the norm for Dalkeith, it is stylish, modern and environmentally friendly and comes with your own piece of Kings Park in your backyard,” they said.
“The focus of the house is the vista of the massive native garden with the double-storey rear window giving views of the garden from every part of the house.
“This window is the key passive solar feature letting masses of sunlight through in winter to warm the house whilst clever louvres totally block the direct sunlight in summer.”
The home on an 1176sq m block was built in 2014 by Frank Davidoff of multi award-winning Time Builders.
The two-storey urban retreat replaced a 1950s single-storey bungalow.
Everything was removed except for a lucky horseshoe from the original house, which is now above the door of the garden shed.
A grass tree and cycad that the owners believe was on the land before the first home was built have also been retained.
From the oversized timber front door you walk into a wide entry way with hardwood flooring and a unique “Escher” style solid steel cored helical staircase.
Continue through to the expansive double-height living area with stylish gas fireplace, separate dining space connecting to the alfresco area and central kitchen with top-end European appliances, scullery, dark stone benchtops, glass splashbacks and designer lights over the breakfast bar.
Also on the lower level are a home theatre, study or fifth bedroom, and bathroom.
Upstairs a gallery landing overlooks the downstairs living area and connects to a sitting room and balcony.
The master suite has its own private north-facing balcony, walk-through wardrobe and luxury charcoal and white ensuite with a free-standing bath and double vanity unit.
There are three additional bedrooms, two with built-in robes, and a family bathroom.
The backyard is a peaceful sanctuary with a deck, heated swimming pool with its own powder room, pond, firepit and winding pathways and seating amongst the native flora.
The house is not just a divine haven for people.
“The cats love the house too with a special enclosure down the side that lets them outside any time of the day and night but keeps them safe,” the owners said.