It’s rare to find a home that perfectly blends function with design, and rarer still to find one centrally located but positioned so it feels like a hidden oasis. Fortunately, 8a Arnold Street in Sydney’s Queens Park makes it look easy.
The four-bedroom, four-floor apartment is built into a former sandstone quarry, and architect Steven Gerendas has ensured that’s part of the 446sqm site’s charm. It took Steven nine years to design the property, and now the steel and glass offering will be auctioned off tomorrow with an $8 million price guide.
The Agency lead Ben Collier says the property, which is centred around a 150-year-old Port Jackson fig tree, is attracting attention from all corners of the market.
“It’s struck a nerve on both ends, we have young families and downsizers interested,” he explains. “We’ve had a high volume of people come to look and that’s down to its architectural merit and the quality of the design and build.”
“Typically you only see this attention to detail and quality finishes at a higher price point.”
From the main road only the rooftop garden can be seen, and this integration with nature is present throughout the property. The second floor wraps around the historic fig tree – with room for a spa on the side, the first floor enjoys a private, leafy balcony, and the ground floor main entry showcases a stunning cave-like entry.
Even the ground-floor garage displays the same stylish sensibilities as the rest of the home. The minimalist design, which comes with a turntable to more easily position your vehicles, leads back to the private leatherbound lift, with a steel and timber staircase nearby.
“It’s probably one of the more forward-thinking houses I’ve seen,” Ben says. “Normally multi-level houses aren’t for downsizers, but that’s been attended to by the lift.”
“It’s a pretty special house.”
Three of the four bedrooms are on the first floor, each with its own en suite. For the master, that en suite comes with a full free-standing bathtub, and a private terrace perfect for nighttime star-gazing.
Day-to-day life takes place on the top floor in the shared living, dining and kitchen space. Floor to ceiling glass lets the light flood in, with more sunshine pouring in through the pitched skylights. Leathered granite benchtops, European appliances and a walk-in pantry complete the kitchen, with a spacious courtyard off to the side.
“It’s not just about the design and the quality of the architecture, it’s the location as well,” Ben says. “It’s a block from Queens Park, with close proximity to shopping amenities at Bondi Junction to the north and Centennial Park to the east. It’s quite unusual.”
Saturday, May 29 at 2.45 pm
2/8a Arnold Street, Queens Park, NSW 2022
Ben Collier – 0414 646 476
Edward Reid – 0405 155 751