A home reflects your style. It enhances your environment. Makes you comfortable, entertains your guests and creates a setting for your family to enjoy life to the utmost.
That said, it may be wise to take a deep breath before entering this exceptional riverfront property - it will almost certainly take your breath away. This home pays homage to Frank Lloyd Wright's Falling Waters which like all classic design stands the test of time.
Filled with light, space and air and designed to maximise views while retaining privacy, this home is a joy. Unerring decisions and timely renovations have kept pace with the latest technology and, today, the entire property is close to - if not completely - perfect.
Situated only a 10 minute drive from the CBD it is perfectly positioned for access to schools, the University of Western Australia, shopping in Claremont and the beach.
The grounds are wonderful and form a private oasis. You enter down a long tree-lined driveway that discreetly protects the house from the outside world, passing an intimate garden filled with flowers and herbs.
Then on to an enticing leafy courtyard shaded by white Frangipanis, followed by bridge over a rain forest microcosm where boulders, tree ferns, a series of waterfalls with rushing water and scented shrubs tantalise the senses. Finally you arrive at a towering glass wall and a front door full of promise.
The most spectacular elevation of the building can be seen from the river. Strong, straight lines and powerful angles make an exciting visual statement, balanced to perfection by great expanses of glass, while balconies and terraces seem to cascade toward the riverbank. Throughout each day the panoramic views over the river change from pale silver light in the morning to spectacular evening sunsets.
The interior is cool, clear white with no major structural features to initially distract the eye from the view. But, look closer and the underlying intelligence and minute attention to detail is crystal clear to the discerning eye. The walls are filled with art that does not distract from the view but elevates the elegance of the spaces.
The grandly proportioned main living space is subtly configured to create a comfortable, welcoming environment with a TV lounge, informal meals setting and formal living and dining areas - all opening to a terrace above the river. For a large family with friends always coming and going, this has provided a much-loved home to grow, learn and enjoy life. Ideally, for a family with teenagers, there are many separate areas to get away and spend time with friends.
The superbly equipped kitchen is located at the epicentre of everything and is absolutely up to the task. For those who love the European tradition of having meals outdoors, there is a choice of ideal locations, all perfectly placed to enjoy food or drinks at the best time of day whatever the season. The family often host functions of up to 100 people with ease and comfort.
A formal dining room and bar, a small corner dining table with spectacular views that is perfect for smaller more intimate meals as well as a family dining area and three terrace dining areas gives plenty of options for all the seasons and different occasions.
Direct access from the high terrace leads down to the white beach and river. The river terrace is perfect for breakfast on the weekend, a book and a glass of wine in the evening, barbecues with friends or summer parties.
For those seeking an active lifestyle there is the tennis court; a gym looking out onto the water; canoes, kayaks, dinghies and paddle boards in the boat shed as well a jet ski with wake boards and water-skis. No more towing or hauling to boat ramps - one can be out on the water in less than five minutes.
A short bike ride links into the network of cycle paths around the Swan River, including a 50km complete circuit. More gentle options include a walk on the white sandy beach, or a spot of fishing for bream and flat head from the shore. Or perhaps meditation or yoga on the pool deck looking out over the river as the sun rises or sets. This is a home that brings nature to its doorstep.
With some of their children now living overseas, the current owners have cheerfully expanded the Master Suite to a bedroom, two bathrooms, two dressing rooms and a study! Why? Because they can, and also to demonstrate the versatility of the original sleeping accommodation, which can be reconfigured to suit any requirements.
Here is a major residential property that would be admired anywhere in the world and has all the warmth and charm of a home built to be filled with happiness and laughter
Another chapter is now to be written. A new owner will be fortunate indeed to take this story forward into the future.