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designer house on sydney beach tipped to take suburb record

Written by The ReReport

The Point House is a family home with dramatic design.

ONLY a handful of properties sell in double-digits north of the Spit Brdge every year.
Mostly they are in Manly or Palm Beach and are bought as trophy homes or weekenders.
Few are family homes in suburban areas.
But The Point House in Collaroy Basin on the northern beaches is expected to smash the suburb record by a country mile.
It’s a permanent family home and is being marketed to locals, as well as overseas buyers. Plus its architect has just won a swag of national awards.

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Louvres, high ceilings, walls of glass and a knockout ocean view.

Brendan Pomponio, of Belle Property Dee Why, said the bold and private architect-designed house at 51 Beach Rd, Collaroy is one of the most extraordinary properties to come to market on the northern beaches.
“My favourite feature is the guillotine glass doors with stainless steel counterweights that rise into the ceiling and create an open outdoor living aera with coean views,” he said.
The house is at the most northerly point of Collaroy Basin, above the beach and with 270 degree ocean views.
Russell Staley is a UK born engineer who has made his money in gas and oil and who has fallen in love with the coveted Basin at Collaroy on the northern beaches.
He bought a property the Beach Rd 12 years ago with his wife Jennifer and commissioned acclaimed architect Peter Stutchbury to create The Point House for their young family.

The wave-shaped roof is over the entertaining deck above the outdoor kitchen.

The indoor kitchen.

Peter Stutchbury is an award-winning architect and only this week won three honours in national architect awards. The Australian Institute of Architects announced the honours on Friday, November 2.
Mr Stutchbury’s firm won the national award for public architecture, the Joynton Ave creative centre and precinct in Sydney, in association with Architects for City of Sydney.
It also won the national award for new residential architecture for the Cabbage Tree house and he won the people’s choice award for the Cabbage Tree house.

Architect Peter Stutchbury with his latest design challenges the urban norms in Balmain, Sydney.Architect Peter Stutchbury who designed The Point House.

The Point House is a family home with innovative features and a swimming pool with underwater viewing window. The property is only seven years old but Mr Staley and his young family have now bought a double block, also in Beach Rd, and are keen to create another architectural wonder this time on 1500 sqm.
Numbers 41-43 Beach Rd sold in September for $15.5 million which is the bench line for the Point House.
Number 41 Beach Rd sold for $7.25 million and number 43 Beach Rd sold for $8.25 million. According to CoreLogic the two sales hold the record for the suburb.
Mr Staley said Collaroy Basin has a real sense of community with families looking out for each other and children playing cricket in the street.
“The whole neighbourhood gets invited to parties and you can’t walk through the streets without stopping about five times for a chat. There is nowhere else in Sydney we would want to live,” he said.

Drama and comfort combined.

The family were involved with the design of this beach house and love its orientation.
“You get the sun from morning to late afternoon in winter and in summer the sun is shielded by the fixed louvres and the sea-breeze flows through and cools the house. Again in winter the house is protected from the bad weather from the south and west. Also the beach and ocean views are stunning,” he said.
Different members of the family use different spaces but the atrium is the hub for them all. Here there are great views, a wood-burning fireplace and underfloor hydronic heating for night time.


The Point House is bold in its design with dramatic wave-shaped rooflines, walls of glass that open right up, flyaway ceilings and oversized rooms. There are 270 degree ocean views and the house has direct access to the sand.
An outdoor kitchen beside the pool complete with wave-covered roof terrace is a beautiful place to entertain. The gardens have been designed by Pope Landscape Architecture and the builders are the Staley’s long term builders, Bellevarde Constructions.
This home has an unrivalled private position. Plus you will know your neighbours.

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