Behind the modest facade of this Rose Bay home, a surprise family package awaits.
It’s the positioning of the five-bedroom, three-bathroom home on its 874 sqm block at 2 Beresford Rd that is the key to its success. It benefits from light from the east, north and the west.
Although there’s not much of a front yard, the back yard seems enormous.
And the lounge and formal dining rooms at the front of the house open through timber bifolds to a north-east-facing lawn at the side of the property, as does a small study and the kitchen.
You can see the harbour from the corner of the side yard and also the upstairs bedrooms.
“It really works for families,” its current owner says, having raised four children there over the past 26 years.
The children have lived the perfect existence, just a short ferry or bus ride away from the east’s best schools that they attended: Sydney Grammar, Ascham, Kincoppal and Cranbrook.
And then home to what must have been paradise — a large sunny level oasis, with pool.
An addition and reconfiguration of the 1920s-era home nine years ago created a huge open-plan living room. This, and the huge chef’s kitchen, can be opened up to the outdoors.
Large timber-framed kitchen windows that overlook the pool, yard and chooks, meant that the owners were able to keep a close eye on proceedings as the kids played happily.
Another addition was the cabana, which has its own ensuite. The lucky child who scored this as a bedroom did well. Just as in the other bedrooms, there are built-ins and a desk.
One of the big attractions is the garden — “everything should be edible,” was the intention. So there‘s an assortment of citrus and even an avocado tree.
There are solar panels on the roof. And two huge water tanks and a filtration system provide drinking water. The chooks lay a half a dozen eggs a day. All in all, the perfect family home.
As Michael Pallier, principal of Sydney Sotheby’s International Realty says: “There’s something very special about this house — it’s one of my all-time favourites and it’s a stone’s throw from the harbour’s edge.”
Up for auction on May 4, Mr Pallier has an $8m price guide.
The inspection times are 12.30-1.15pm on Thursdays and Saturdays.
Contact Mr Pallier on 0417 371 522.