Situated on a cliff top overlooking the ocean, this expansive home might seem rough hewn from the outside, but like an oyster, the inside reveals something beautiful and gleaming.
The castle-like home of former Macquarie Bank executive director Laurie Macri has been architecturally designed with sandstone battlements, walls of glass, and jaw-dropping ocean views. Located at 14 Bunya Parade, South Coogee, the residence is being marketed with a $15.5-$17 million price guide.
Ballard Property Group agent Clint Ballard says it’s been a much loved family home for the Macris.
“They’ve raised three children there, it’s been a really positive family home,” he explains. “It’s an architectural masterpiece, but it’s still easy to live in and enjoy.”
“When people inspect they’re seriously impressed not just by the architecture, but also the design and layout. It was designed more than 20 years ago but the design and principal of the home are still holding up today, it was well before its time.”
The five-bedroom home comes with a high-end kitchen, two wet bars, a jacuzzi, a rooftop terrace, and all the privacy you need to enjoy them. The building is literally built into the cliffs, which creates a very discrete street frontage, while also providing panoramic views of the endlessly changing ocean.
The lower ground floor is full of all the little luxuries that make life better, like a home cinema larger than some apartments, a professional wine cellar, and spa room. The next level up contains much of the family living space, plus a four-car garage, massive infinity pool and a high-end kitchen.
The five bedrooms, including a truly impressive master suite, can be found on the first floor, but there’s one surprise left on top – a gorgeous rooftop terrace with 180-degree ocean views.
“This house will last forever, the materials have been chosen to weather the elements, that sun, sand and salt. It’s all concrete, glass, and wide, open space, and that look never goes out of style,” Clint says.
“It’s attracted people from all cross-sections of the market – the local contingency, people from the greater Sydney area looking for a holiday pad or combined family living, as well as buyers agents representing ex-pats looking to come back to Australia.
“In this market, good properties are selling quickly because people understand they have fundamentals you can’t beat. We’re looking to get the best possible price for the owners and we’re already well past the lower end of our price guide.”
14 Bunya Parade, South Coogee, NSW 2034
Clint Ballard – 0411 426 600
James Ball – 0410 740 349
Ballard Property Group Double Bay