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Eco-friendly retreat in Sydney offers tranquil riverside living

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This stunning sandstone mansion was built in 1877, exquisitely re-designed in 2007 by Alwill Design in collaboration with Lesiuk Architects, located in the affluent suburb of Hunters Hill, Sydney, Australia. Once the home of Cate Blanchett, this riverside estate is nestled on a 3,642 square meters of beautiful property that encompasses a pool pavilion, championship tennis court, trampoline platform, guesthouse and a boatshed along the river. With so many outdoor living areas, this property sets the scene for relaxed living and entertaining in style. The residence is considered to be one of Sydney’s finest heritage homes, so the renovation was painstakingly considered. The design team linked the old with the new to create a breathtaking historic manor home. Both interior and exterior living spaces have a seamless flow, where inhabitants can enjoy sweeping views of the Australian landscape. A dramatic centerpiece to the home is its sculptural staircase, which connects all three levels of the interior living spaces.

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The home enjoys a fabulous chef’s kitchen with concrete flooring, a home office/library with soaring ceilings, and an upper level family room that opens out to a light-filled veranda. The upper level also includes five bedrooms, three of which opens out to a veranda offering sweeping views over the river and garden, while a separate suite for overnight guests completes this spacious home. The finished result is a family retreat offering eco-friendly features that is in perfect harmony with its natural surroundings. In case you were wondering, this home ended up selling for $14 million just a few months ago!

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What We Love: The interiors are quite simply beautiful, but the exterior living spaces are heavenly! With an idyllic location on a river, lush landscaping and swimming pool, this home is a tranquil oasis…peaceful, relaxing, when can we come for a visit? What do you think of this home? Let us know in the comments section below!

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The master bedroom suite occupies its own private wing, showcasing a skylit dressing room and en-suite bathroom outfitted with Boffi furnishings and fittings. A freestanding tub is situated next to a window to soak in the heavenly water and landscape views.

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The swimming pool is surrounded by expansive decking, which features a covered spa, dining pergola and a hidden studio retreat.

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Photos: Real Estate AU

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