This recently renovated Bellevue Hill residence is a perfect family oasis, with every luxury under the sun including a swimming pool and even a basketball half court in the front yard. Sotheby’s International managing director Michael Pallier says the basketball practice area has been popular with buyers.
“The owners have a couple of teenage boys, so it’s the perfect place to disperse excess energy,” he said.
“And buyers love it — it’s something a bit different.”
Pallier has a $9m price guide ahead of a November 21 auction for the five-bedroom, four-bathroom home with double garage on an 836 sqm block at 29 Kambala Road.
The house is owned by Natalie Moss, the director of the FSHD Global Research Foundation. Moss’s father, Bill Moss, the former Macquarie banker, established FSHD in 2007, which stands for facioscapulohumeral dystrophy, a form of the muscle-wasting disease muscular dystrophy.
The Kambala Road property, originally built in 1930, has been home to Natalie, husband Jeremy and their family since 2008 when they paid $6m.
But it was significantly upgraded last year with a new kitchen and luxurious new bathrooms.
Everyone was asked to take their shoes off at Saturday’s busy open home, perhaps to ensure potential buyers appreciated the heated floors in the new kitchen.
It has so much ‘wow’ factor, that people were literally saying ‘wow’, as they stepped in. It has a massive island bench as its centrepiece, walls of cupboards and Miele appliances. And the kitchen sink overlooks a tropical garden.
Just beyond the kitchen, another large built-in bench serves as a study. And there’s second study upstairs off the master suite, which overlooks the pool and front driveway.
As Pallier points out, there’s a lot of space in this house, plenty of light thanks to the northwestern aspect, and three-metre high ceilings.
“The pool gets full sun all day,” Pallier said.
While the outdoor entertainment areas are lavish, inside there’s a formal lounge and dining room, casual living space as well as a room at the back of the house, where a chess board is set up, that would make a great teenage retreat.
All five bedrooms are upstairs. Three of these have beautiful ensuites while the other two have a large family bathroom close by.
The master suite’s ensuite is gobsmacking, with a freestanding bath and large shower with dual rain-head shower.
Other attractions are the ducted airconditioning and a working fireplace.
Apart from the garage, there’s plenty of room for other cars in the long driveway.
All this luxury combines with the original charm of the old home. The parquetry timber floors, high decorative ceilings and other period detail make this a rare treat indeed.