This could be the forever home you have been looking for.
And what’s not to like: a big solar passive, architect-designed home – really more of a resort – sitting on an estate of some 12 hectares, and all of this just 30 minutes from Canberra.
Set in the sought-after Sutton Park Estate, this tranquil property offers the ultimate retreat lifestyle without being isolated.
But don’t expect the archetypal country style of a corrugated iron roof and bull-nosed verandah. This is a striking, contemporary design reimagined into a bush setting where it can give full expression to volumes of space and light.
“The dwelling sits comfortably in its beautiful forested environment, responds to the natural features of the site and incorporates effective passive solar design principles making it a truly lovely home in which to live,” says owner Alastair MacCallum.
“It is an unassuming residence in terms of the arrival experience from the south but a surprisingly striking composition to the north with its three pavilion structures that are a celebration of light, outlook and functional architectural expression.”
The strong architectural lines are a pleasant surprise, but the design really works with the incorporation of warm timbers that provide a strong connection with the great outdoors.
MacCallum, who is also director at Canberra firm AMC Architecture, has lived in the home for almost three years and has designed a significant refurbishment of the residence and its surrounding structures.
“I have always enjoyed the challenge of giving houses with great bones a new lease on life and while we love our home, we are now ready for the next adventure as our eldest daughter moves on to tertiary studies,” he says.
“We sought to energise and modernise the interior experience of the residence with a complete gut and refurbishment, make sense of the low-key structures that surround the property to create a more consistent architectural expression and formalise the garden setting with new stone walls, paths, plantings, lighting and a new lynch gate structure to celebrate the arrival experience.”
Inside is characterised by polished concrete flooring, soaring ceilings and exposed timbers balanced by other natural media.
The centrally located kitchen features stone benchtops, quality appliances, an integrated fridge/freezer, and a walk-in pantry.
Five bedrooms and three bathrooms are spread over three levels, each enjoying an outlook over the landscaped gardens and bushland.
Walls of glass in the living areas also provide vistas over the expansive entertaining area highlighted by an inviting in-ground pool and pavilion. There’s also a detached garage and separate games room.
And keeping the estate perennially green is an ample supply of water from a bore, dam and tanks.
Price guide: $2.6 million-$2.8 million
5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 5 car spaces
Expressions of interest: Close 5pm, December 12
Agent: Belle Property Queanbeyan, Ryan Broadhurst 0417 513 896