When David Brown first saw 'The Priory' (56 Bynya Road, Palm Beach) in 2009, he fell in love with it. David had made a name of himself with a company dealing in electrical componentry and this four-bedroom, five-bathroom home with six car-spots was to be his "retirement plan". But a new interest in car racing means he's going to stay on acreage in Dural to accommodate all his revhead needs.
That's good news for a buyer looking for a unique property. This sandstone home has the feel of a historic mansion with a swag of modern requirements. Overlooking Pittwater, it also has a 14-metre pool next to its own outside kitchen, a cinema room and massive picture perfect windows and doors that open up to the views and ultra private surroundings. "It's not like any place you've ever experienced," says David. "It's total tranquillity and indulgence at the same time. It was a solid sandstone mansion that was built as a grand mansion 85 years ago and is still an amazing property today."
It last traded for $3.9 million but, since then, David has renovated the property with a new traditional-style slate roof and gutters that are an accurate reflection of the 1930s, when it was first built. "I also did a lot of work on the sandstone and driveway. Basically, I gave it the attention that a property like this deserves."
The 1460sqm double block boasts resort style living, with a huge terrace, rumpus room, cabana and multiple areas for both formal and casual living. "My favourite room is the sunroom which is quite an amazing corner. It overlooks the water and McKay Reserve which the property backs on to," he says. "And because we're quite high up, it's a spectacular view. I sit there, look at the view and daydream while drinking wine."
Price guide: $8 million
Expressions of interest close March 3
Contact agent: Laura Mears
Belle Property Avalon 0424 918 829
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