Award-winning architect Richard Cole is based at the top end of the northern beaches, knows well this pocket and has a loyal fanbase.
One of his designs, in Newport, was only finished in 2015 and has Cole’s distinctive grand space style plus his generous use of Australian hardwood.
Owners Nick and Lisa Brown love Newport and have renovated here before but with their home at 86 Bungan Head Rd they wanted to renovate a brick bungalow taking full advantage of the headland site with its views.
Mr Cole designed the house to cascade down the 759sqm block but have the main living level open fully back and front for seamless integration with the outdoors.
The four-year-old home has five bedrooms, five bathrooms and garaging for three cars.
At the front the ground floor level spills out to an entertaining deck and the view over Newport Reef. At the back the dining area flows out to a alfresco deck, level lawn and a mosaic-tiled swimming pool. The home can be opened up in a number of ways but also shelter people from any prevailing winds.
There is also a sophisticated home theatre with wet bar and, above the oversized double garage, a self-contained studio that can command $350 a night on Airbnb.
Materials include timber, copper, concrete and sandstone designed to weather over time.
Mrs Brown said the woodwork was made by a furniture make and the attention to detail is superb.
The property relies heavily on natural ventilation and solar passive design enhanced by a solar powered heating system and solar panels making the building energy efficient and sustainable.
The kitchen has bespoke timber cabinetry, integrated appliances and a long island bench made of concrete and poured in situ.
Upstairs are four bedrooms with the main suite getting the best of the ocean views over Newport Reef from both the bedroom and the ensuite and the full-width terrace.
The home is smart wired, has heated blue stone floors, two gas fireplaces and surround sound.
Mr Brown loves his gardens and there are hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of landscaping front and back.
Every corner of this block has been considered with the demands of a young family in mind and there is space for everyone.
Agent David Eden, of McGrath Avalon, said the home has the preferred northeast aspect and views over Bungan Beach. It goes to auction on Saturday November 23 and has a price guide of $5.8 million.