8 Weelara Road, City Beach
Price: From $5.7 million
Agent: Vangelis Katsaitis, Excellence real estate specialist
Features: feng shui design principles; seaside location
The wish list wasn’t easy: finding a City Beach neighborhood conducive to feng shui design elements, right down to a street number that also combines great ocean views with a parkside location.
It took the Chinese owners years to find their ideal block at 8 Weelara Way – a number that symbolizes wealth and business success – and Brian Burke Homes set to work to build a residence that exceeded their expectations.
Uninterrupted ocean views are enjoyed from all levels of the home, including the infinity pool on the first-floor balcony, which proved to be an expensive but rewarding feat of engineering.
Based on a design originally inspired by a yacht, the sprawling mansion includes a theater room, basement, gym, elevator and eight-car garage.
The owners are ready to downsize their three-storey, 1,100 square meter home now that their children are out of school and the whole family is spending time between Australia and overseas.
7 Cavendish Street, Highgate
Price: Average $1 million
Agent: Daniel Gegea, Zsa Zsa Property
Features: Extension according to the architect’s project; rich history
Don’t be fooled by the unassuming cottage facade of this Highgate home, as behind its distinctive front door hides a bold statement of contemporary architecture.
The quaint circa 1900 cottage was extended in the 1980s by Professor Simon Anderson, then Head of UWA’s School of Design and Architecture, for the previous owner and renowned playwright, the late George Blazewicz.
Now there is a lane nearby that bears the name of a famous writer; Blazhevych, head
Using a combination of steel, glass, brick and wood allowed Blazewicz to write, entertain and immerse himself in his creative pursuits.
A house with a rich history offers several relaxation areas to comfortably live and work at home.
Connecting the old with the new, the central bridge serves as the main artery between the buildings and floods the house with natural light. The studio’s exposed jarrah ceilings and brick floors are complemented by a newly renovated teal bathroom.
37 King Road, Kalamunda
Price: High $700,000
Agent: Suzanne Broid, agency
Features: Residential area; views of the valley
Slavery in the kitchen isn’t so bad if you have a serene and luxurious outlook.
The owners have enjoyed the benefits of square living in the Perth Hills, often pausing to appreciate the views while cooking up a storm in the kitchen, or taking in the valley views while enjoying meals on the outdoor deck.
Best of all, however, was enjoying the country lifestyle while being within walking distance of the shops and having the heritage trail across the road.
The home includes an open plan kitchen and dining room with access to the patio, a family room with a wood heater and reverse cycle air conditioning, polished Jarrah floors and a shed with power.
It is a convenient 30 minute drive from the Perth CBD and 15 minutes from the airport. Kalamunda town center is a short walk away.