NEWTOWN 150B Skene Street

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The Lantern House


A surprisingly tranquil bijoux property that is truly an ‘inner-urban oasis’ located on approx. 324 precious square meters in Newtown, within easy walking distance to all desirable amenities.

Built in 1998 by the highly regarded O’Dowd Builders, this compact yet detached home has recently undergone an extensive renovation to the highest standards, providing stylish accommodation for young professionals or downsizing empty-nesters who appreciate distinctive architectural detailing.

The recently painted home is quietly situated behind high security gates some 40 metres off the street on a battle-axe block, nestled in a private, verdant garden with off street parking for up to two vehicles.

Albeit modestly proportioned, the cleverly designed floorplan with north facing aspect makes for a bright, modern, almost grand interior due in part to the striking raked ceilings and to the expansive ‘Western Red Cedar’ window walls with full height glazed external doors.

Well-lit and highly specified, the central yet unobtrusive kitchen with Euro laundry has loads of well-planned storage and overlooks the dining area and the living space focussed on a very cosy open fireplace. It boasts European fittings including Miele appliances from integrated refrigerator/freezer (with ice-maker), induction cook top with whisper quiet under bench extraction fan, to ‘top of the range’ washing machine and dryer. Gessi tap and Franke sinks set in a granite bench top on parchment Laminex and Beech veneer cabinetry.

An entirely ‘square set’ fit-out continues the high spec theme, extending to solid Vic Ash for internal floors finished in satin and interestingly, all internal doors are Japanese Shoji screens which really sets this property apart.

A cantilevered Vic Ash staircase provides easy access to a mezzanine level study with spectacular clerestory windows enjoying 360 degree views to the tree canopy in summer and beyond in winter.

Down stairs there are two bedrooms sharing a walk-in robe and well-appointed bathroom, all with raked ceilings. The white tile and mirrored bathroom also include Euro fittings from the double shower with Villeroy & Boch cascade shower head, frameless shower screen, cantilevered Villeroy & Boch toilet bowl with Hans Grohe cistern concealed in the wall cavity. Abundant storage is available behind mirrored Italian wall cupboards and a custom built vanity unit matching the detailing of the kitchen, with Villeroy & Boch basin on granite, Gessi tap and towel rails.

Winter warmth is either provided passively and a choice of the open fire place or gas ducted central heating, with cooling in summer via a split system which is reverse cycle.

The manicured grounds are a gardener’s delight sown with RTF Tall Fescue, featuring peripheral English box hedges abutting fencing and walls painted black to contrast the magnificent Silver Birch trees, Japanese Wisteria, Boston Ivy and decorative Star Jasmine.

Bluestone stepping stones protect the lawn’s high traffic zones, medium-sized crushed granite rocks provide ground cover and a curved exposed aggregate concrete driveway extends to a carport designed to match the homes exterior features including a storage shed under the roof line with roller door for easy access.

LOCATION: 150B Skene Street, Newtown

Price: $880,000 to $950,000

Heidi Trempel




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