Some beach side homes merely observe the sand and water, whereas this Clontarf home blends in with the action as Prue Miller reports.

Harbourside homes, such as 1a Monash Crescent have an urban sophistication not always found in exclusive houses further up the peninsula. Clontarf Beach demands cool, elegant design.

Owner Steve Day and renowned architect Jon King from King Design have worked together to create this remarkable home, tucked away into the Clontarf hill. “It protects the home from southerly’s,” Steve said, “but we still keep the sunlight all day.”

The home is an uncomplicated concrete and masonry layout with oversized openings that blurr the line between inside with all that is happening outside, creating a connection that separates this home from the rest.

Italian limestone is used throughout the home, but rather than being monotonous, the stone has different finishes designed to interest the visitor, and further hints at beachside relaxation. The strong timber statements , reminiscent of the ever-present beachside Norfolk pines add to the chilled out atmosphere.

Terraces and decks can be found across the three levels, but perhaps the most striking is the dining sundeck, perched over the sand, meters from the water.

All the fixtures are top of the range, and the four bedrooms and five mosaic tiled bathrooms are as spacious as you would expect. It is the smaller detail, from the keyless entry to the pool sized spa beachside and a well-concealed boathouse (with wet bar and entertainment zone) that has direct access to the water. What is most surprising is that here is a more than substantial sized beach home that far from detracting from the beauty of the landscape, actually contributes to it.

Prue Miller is a property writer for the News Local

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