Park life

Stun­ning views on the wa­ter­front

Great Southern Herald - - Southern Living -

833 FRENCH­MAN BAY ROAD, Price $2.695 mil­lion Agent Mer­ri­field Real Es­tate Con­tact Kevin Mar­shall, 0408 936 380

This ex­cep­tional wa­ter­front prop­erty is 12km from the city of Al­bany, en­joys breath­tak­ing ocean views and of­fers a truly en­vi­able lifestyle to de­light the most dis­cern­ing of fam­i­lies.

It is an ex­ten­sive es­tate, which in­cludes a four to six-bed­room home and nu­mer­ous out­build­ings set on a beau­ti­ful park­land block of 1.049ha, right on the wa­ter’s edge. The home is just 50m from the bound­ary of the prop­erty fronting Princess Royal Har­bour.

Just as im­pres­sive as its prox­im­ity to the ocean is the panoramic vista, which spans the Porongu­rups and Mt Many­peaks, across the har­bour to the city, around to King Ge­orge Sound, Break­sea and Michael­mas is­lands, and Bald Head. At the end of the drive­way, the two-storey home is re­vealed — as is the re­mark­able view to the ocean.

De­signed to max­imise the mag­nif­i­cent out­look from most rooms, the home has big win­dows along the front wall, and a pa­tio at the back.

It is set among neat lawns and shel­tered by tall palm trees, conifers and pep­per­mints, and bor­dered by na­tive veg­e­ta­tion.

The hub of the home is a big, open liv­ing area of lounge, din­ing and kitchen — with dish­washer and walk-in pantry.

This warm, light and airy space has high ceil­ings and a wood fire, and is com­ple­mented by the ad­join­ing din­ing room.

Steps from the lounge lead to a sec­ond fam­ily area, a ver­sa­tile room with an ad­join­ing bath­room, cur­rently used as a gym but which could eas­ily be­come a size­able fifth bed­room.

Two of the four bed­rooms, both dou­bles with walk-in robes, are along a hall­way on the

ground floor, near the fam­ily bath­room and an ac­tiv­ity area. Also off the hall is an of­fice — or sixth bed­room.

Up­stairs is a dou­ble-in­su­lated theatre room and big third bed­room with built-in robes.

The star of the show at the top of the house, though, is the lux­u­ri­ous main suite.

A long room with a wall of win­dows, plush car­pet and full-length cur­tains, it has a walk-in robe and en­suite bath­room, and an ad­join­ing sit­ting room (5m x 6m).

Ad­ja­cent to the house are two dou­ble garages with re­mote-con­trolled doors, and an­other with di­rect ac­cess to the home un­der the main roof.

Away from the main res­i­dence is a sec­ond three-bed­room home, which would make an ideal granny flat, guest quar­ters or ex­clu­sive hol­i­day let.

Ad­ja­cent to this is an im­pres­sive 400sqm gable-roofed shed and trade work­shop, with space for big ve­hi­cles, a ve­hi­cle hoist, nat­u­ral light and three-phase power.

An­other open shed with high clear­ance and a lean-to, a wood shed, a gar­den shed, a shade­house and a dou­ble car­port on the sec­ond home are other no­table out­build­ings.

A bore pro­vides retic­u­lated wa­ter for the gar­dens as well as a fully net­ted or­chard of fruit trees and a veg­etable patch.

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