This is the home that dreams are made of — and it’s almost impossible to imagine that it is located less than 40km away from the Sydney CBD.
Yet here it is, tucked away in an exclusive pocket of Avalon Beach, a heritage conservation area that ensures the street’s huge blocks will never be subdivided.
Ruskin Rowe is home to some of the northern beaches’ most substantial homes, many of them used as holiday homes and weekenders.
This one at 7 Ruskin Rowe has been a permanent home for Reece and Sian Wooldridge, founders and owners of the northern beaches-based PILA Group, a leading manufacturer and supplier of goalposts and flag poles.
The couple, who have three children, have completely transformed the home, creating a beach house with a definitely northern beaches flavour and a strong Hamptons influence.
“It was a labour of love,” Ms Wooldridge said.
“We have had some great times there, some lavish parties and created some wonderful family memories.”
When it comes to features, it’s more a case of what this house doesn’t have. The couple have thought of everything.
Manicured lawns and gardens surround the home that is a perfect blend of inside and outdoor spaces. The kitchen, with its marble island benchtop, has been a favourite gathering place for family and friends, Ms Woodridge said.
Cooking has also been less than a chore thanks to their custom-made Lacanche oven, imported from France.
“We really tried to think about all the details and everything came together perfectly,” she said. “And having lived here, it works just as well, we are so happy with it.”
Other features include American oak floors, hand-laid wainscoting on walls and ceilings, and oversized ceiling fans. The family room has vaulted ceiling and exposed beams, an imported French chandelier, and an ambient open woodburning fireplace featuring a mantelpiece rescued from an old Adelaide hotel
The heated pool has a cabana and deck, plus spa in a sheltered location, and outdoor shower. There is a fully self-contained apartment, which has a lounge room, bathroom and kitchen with laundry on the ground floor, plus bedroom and ensuite above.
Ms Wooldridge said this apartment had been ideal for the family’s live-in nanny.
It is little surprise that the home has been used for countless magazine fashion and homewares photograph shoots.
Ms Wooldridge said she and her husband had made the difficult decision to sell, as they wanted to have a lock-up-and-leave property, so they could take their young family travelling.
“We would like to be able to do this while the children are still young,” she said. “It will be hard to leave though.”
The property is being marketed by Peter Robinson, of LJ Hooker Palm Beach, and is due to go to auction on April 10, at 5pm, with a price guide of $4.9 million.
Mr Robinson said the property had been beautifully renovated. In the first week of marketing, the property had been viewed more than 3300 times in the realestate.com.au site. He is anticipating strong interest from buyers all over Sydney.
“I have been bowled over by the initial interest,” he said.