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the private sydney beach house with direct access to the sand

Written by The ReReport

Walls that disappear and direct access to a quiet and private beach.

Acclaimed architect Timothy Moon was engaged to design this house on a vacant block of land above Bungan Beach on the northern beaches.
Owners John and Dawn Michel liked the architect’s knack of bringing the outside inside and loved the way he was able to hide whole walls of glass away in a box.
“We found Timothy Moon who had translated the design of shops in shopping centres into houses,” said Mrs Michel.
“A series of glass sliding doors could simply disappear,” she said.

Glass windows cleverly get stacked away, out of sight.

The Bungan Beach property is at 15 Karloo Pde, Newport, goes to auction on Saturday December 1 and has a price guide of $5.8 million.
The architect was also imaginative with the roofline, creating a ceiling that grew higher from the back to the wide coastal vista, making the view all the more dramatic.
In addition he could also reuse material in clever ways. Large fitted benches beside fireplaces on both levels of this house have been made from railway sleepers from the Sydney Harbour Bridge. And the floors are recycled wide hardwood from Queensland.
Timothy Moon Architects has won numerous awards including the HIA custom-built house of 2015. The firm has built equestrian centres, industrial buildings, churches and schools as well as bespoke houses.

The sound of the sea lulls you to sleep.

An open pavilion, lovely for entertaining.

The Michels rented in the street before buying this 862sqm block with its close views of the beach than cannot be built out.
The house has been orientated so that the living areas and all three bedrooms face due east and have full frontal sea views.
“You can hear the ocean from every room in the house,”
“It lulls you to sleep. And it doesn’t matter where the prevailing breeze is coming from the house is protected, ” Mrs Michel said.
A gate at the bottom of the block leads directly onto the sands of Bungan Beach which is a locals favourite as it doesn’t have parking for visitors so is private and quiet.
A lot of young families have moved into the area, Mrs Michel said, and the children have set up their own surfing comp.

Views can never be built out.

Mrs Michel is a keen photographer and the house has its own darkroom, cellar and generous storage. The dining room opens to a private north-facing deck and there are two more large decks facing the sea.


Agent Lachlan Elder, of LJ Hooker Mona Vale, said Bungan Beach is special as it is one of Sydney’s most pristine and private beaches.
“It is also one of the most tranquil. the incredible, front-row beachfront position of this home is world-class,” he said.
There is parking for three cars plus a turning circle at the street side of the property plus an inclinator as well as stairs to the house. Meanwhile the balustrades are marine standard.

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