In a quiet little pocket on the southern end of Forresters Beach, you will find some beach houses that back onto 139 hectares of beautiful, natural reserve.
Just a few minutes from a walking track to Spoon Bay, the location is somewhat of a ‘secret spot’ on the coast.
Col Bernasconi, a real estate agent with McGrath and local surfer, has lived at 8 Lavinia St on the southern most point for five years.
“From our deck, there is no other house in sight,” he said.
“The view is so unique over Wamberal Lagoon. At sunset, the colours reflect over the water in the most magic way. We have the best backyard ever – it’s like having an acreage that you don’t have to look after. We’ve even spotted rock wallabies from the deck.”
When the Bernasconi’s purchased the four-bedroom house in 2014, it was an original mission brown brick home with pink interiors.
Now they have added new doors and 1.2 metre glass windows, a chic kitchen and sunroom combined with new appliances, tropical landscaping, new Highcraft wool carpet and more.
The 70s style facade has undertaken a dramatic transformation, the outside now featuring hand cut limestone with grey hardwood panelling.
Downstairs there is a surf hangout with television, ideal for a man cave or rumpus room conversion.
A self-contained studio, which is currently being rented out, could be good future investment or potential in-law accommodation.
Including ocean glimpses from the main bathroom, the rare and special location is in a relatively undiscovered pocket that locals have been keeping a secret for years.
“I run home through the bush after a surf like it’s the 1960s and there is a hot outdoor shower waiting for me,” Mr Bernsasconi said.
“Spoon Bay is like a little secret oasis – we’ve had locals come to visit who didn’t even know where it was. At times it can feel like your own private beach.
No. 8 Lavinia St is up for auction with agent declaring interest. The auction will take place on Saturday, November 16 at 12.45pm and has a bidding guide of $1.4 million.