ONE of Australia’s most celebrated furniture designers is on the move from his long-term Clareville beach house, as he prepares for his next big project.
Mark Tuckey, born-and-bred northern beaches local, who founded his internationally successful brand on an old truck and a couple of hundred dollars almost 30 years ago, has listed the beachfront property for sale after nine years.
The quintessential beach house, at 28 Delecta Ave, holds a prime level waterfront setting where you can literally walk out the back gate and be one the sandy shores of Pittwater.
It’s been a perfect place to raise his two children, and the simplicity and character of the home has fostered a quiet life away from the hustle and bustle of Mr Tuckey’s busy work life.
He said the house and the area provided a welcome haven away from the Sydney and Melbourne CBDs, where he has showrooms, and spends a lot of his time.
He and his family have loved the laid back lifestyle, where a typical summer afternoon consists of a swim and then dinner outside around the fire pit, or inside around their signature Mark Tuckey timber table.
“It’s quite untouched here, it still feels like an authentic beach house,” Mr Tuckey said.
“I grew up in Newport Beach and went to Newport Public School, and spent a lot of time on Pittwater when I was younger.
“I always dreamt of having a house where I could see Lion Island — and I found that here in this house.”
And he has been able to continue his love affair with the water.
A small dinghy on the lawn can be rolled easily into the water where he can motor out to the family boat, a classic 1973 timber cruiser, which is moored further out on Pittwater.
He also has a smaller speedboat on a mooring closer to the shore, which the family can swim out to.
“It really is an idyllic life, and it’s hard to believe you can have all of this so close to the city,” Mr Tuckey said. “It’s not something I have ever taken for granted.”
His home is one many people will recognise, in fact it is known locally as the Home and Away house.
With 902.7sqm of level, prime beach frontage and a due north aspect with views across Pittwater to Lion Island, the cottage offers a stunning combination of pure coastal style with a beautifully modern aesthetic you would expect from someone with Mr Tuckey’s design talents.
The open-plan living spaces inside are framed by floor-to-ceiling glass, designed to connect effortlessly with the outdoor decks, grassy lawns and heated pool.
A dual-sided fireplace keeps the house cosy throughout in winter, while the extensive doors and windows allow the cooling breezes to come off the water and straight inside during the warmer months.
The modern gas kitchen has timber benchtops and a breakfast nook perfect for families, and there is enough space for everyone to spread out.
Mr Tuckey said his favourite room was the main bedroom, which occupies a separate level and has stunning water views.
“The master bedroom is amazing, it looks out over Pittwater and the sunsets are great,” he said.
Other features include timber floorboards, a double garage/boat house, and lots of storage space. The estimated peak holiday rental for this sought-after location is about $10,000 — $12,000 per week.
It’s a bittersweet sale for Mr Tuckey, but with his children growing up, he is ready for a new project which he can really sink his design teeth into. And it will probably be local.
“It would be hard to top the northern beaches,” he said.
As for the one question most buyers will have when they see this wonderful piece of Pittwater paradise that showcases Mr Tuckey’s design style of raw simplicity, beauty and strength — does the furniture come with the house?
“It will be an option that is up for negotiation,” he said.
Mr Tuckey’s Delecta Ave home is being marketed by Mark Griffin, of Belle Property Avalon, by private treaty, with a price guide of $4,500,000.