February 18th 2015
Set in the iconic Fisherman’s Flats location amongst Queenscliff’s maritime hub, this high-end home boasts views to Swan Bay and sits meters from the Swan Island causeway, Queenscliff Golf Course, Yacht Club and cosmopolitan marina. Graced by fresh bay breezes and with the call of gulls in earshot, the home has direct access to the Boat Ramp Reserve at rear and is a short stroll to the Pier, Front Beach and Queenscliff’s retail and entertaining hub.
This home displays exquisite design and innovation with no expense spared. Renovation, addition and the genius use of space have resulted in a 3 bedroom home, protected inner courtyard and self-contained 3 bedroom guest accommodation. The stunning interior is the result of a thoughtful restoration of the original form, with functionality rather than nostalgia serving as the guiding principle.
On approach, the vintage appeal of the cottage facade pulls on the heart strings. Once indoors, the meticulously executed renovation of the original portion is outstanding, yet the eye is drawn to the stunning, light-filled contemporary living zone.
The original cottage houses 3 queen sized bedrooms with spacious built-in robes and an elegant wet area, all budding off a grand central hallway adorned with period detail. Beautifully restored open fire places, polished floor boards, cornices and architraves embody authenticity.
In the bathroom, tradition is enhanced by contemporary design. The egg-shaped freestanding bath and huge marble topped vanity denote luxury, whilst the European-style laundry and hidden toilet with wall hung basin denote functionality.
Polished concrete, bi-fold doors, highlight glazing and raked ceilings are modern highlights in the newer living wing. Here, outdoor living is catered for as thoughtfully as indoor, and the connection between the two encourages relaxation and an increased footprint when entertaining.
The sophisticated living space resembles a striking light-filled hall, with feature fireplace, and 6 pane bi-fold providing instant connection to a private internal deck. This protected north facing alfresco zone is equipped with gas heaters enabling year round indoor-outdoor entertaining.
A lavish Travertine bench and 900mm St George cooker are impressive in the kitchen. Hosts will enjoy the ease the kitchen design brings to catering, particularly the step-in appliance store, pull-out pantry and servery windows to the deck.
The TV nook, tucked at the end of the living zone, also access the deck. This space augurs well as a relaxation zone for children or perhaps a home office.
A luxurious marble-tiled shower room with toilet completes this contemporary wing.
A hero of this design is the tranquil and sunny inner courtyard, which links the 2 accommodations and provides a protected space for children, pets and outdoor activities. Aesthetic pleasure comes with the mix of decking, synthetic turf and exposed aggregate. Low maintenance plantings soften and privatise.
The semi self-contained 2-storey garage/guest accommodation at rear is in-keeping with the modern wing of the primary residence, and offers immense versatility. Currently used as a 3 bedroom home, it provides excellent comfort with a fully featured bathroom, kitchenette and loft with impressive views of Swan Bay. The living zone features a retractable projection screen for enjoyable nights in.
In the main residence, climate is controlled with hydronic heating and 2 split system ACs. Ducted heating and cooling assists comfort in the guest accommodation.
This novel Queenscliff home offers sought-after location, design excellence, historic authenticity and lucrative holiday rental potential. View to truly appreciate.
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