Never underestimate the advantages of automation: this property is absolutely riddled with it. Discreet technology waters the garden, controls the blinds and keeps everyone safe – even the garage has an app. Like a concierge in a five-star hotel, this house anticipates its residents’ every need, even delivering warm towels on the timer-controlled, heated rails.
Completed 15 months ago by Brighton firm ArdenSiena, the two-storey house is a spectacular addition to the precinct between Hampton Street and Brighton Public Golf Course. The concrete facade towers above a pond crossed by slab-like stepping stones. Around the side, a courtyard offers a rainforest view from the double-glazed stairwell, which shelters an indoor clivea garden.
Brighton East: 43 Plantation Avenue
- Agent: Hocking Stuart Brighton, 9596 7055
- Price: $4.25 million – $4.675 million
- Auction: April 28 at 12.30pm
The interior – cool in oak, porcelain, Caesarstone and cedar – is the ideal environment for family members who like to chill and party in equal measure. The living and dining area opens north to the garden and pool, and is deliciously warm all year round. There’s also a home theatre, an office, a first-floor retreat and an outdoor rumpus room. The office, at the front, has bookshelves and a double desk.
Along the oak hall, sliding doors lead to the greycarpeted theatre. This room is a cosy counterpoint to the main living and dining area, which is huge and sunny in oak with a gas fireplace and turquoise cabinetry.
In the kitchen, twin Miele ovens and cooktop are served by white stone benchtops and a three-metre island. Around the corner are the butler’s pantry, laundry, powder room, mud room and entry to the double garage. The first floor’s bedrooms are separated by a central retreat. The main suite has a balcony, dressing room and fully-tiled en suite with shower and freestanding tub. Bedroom two, with an LED-lit desk and en suite, will lull teenagers into deep study. Two further bedrooms have desks and share the family bathroom.
Sunseekers will bask in the secluded back yard, where the glass-fenced pool has gas and solar heating. The rumpus room opens on two sides to the pool and to the bluestone outdoor kitchen, which has a six-burner gas barbecue and a pizza oven. The property has climate control, solar hot water, ceiling speakers and security.
“Opposite the plantation linear park, this avant-garde masterpiece has sumptuous living areas and an indoor-outdoor garden oasis.” – Peter Kennett, agent