Theres a touch of the 1940 film Philadelphia Story about this elegant property writes Prue Miller
Fabulous Grant and Hepburn in The Philadelphia Story 1940
It would seem fitting to see Katherine Hepburn lounging by the pool colonnade, with Cary Grant sprinting across the perfectly level lawn. Without doubt this is a home for romantics.
Set near the end of the prestigious Castle Circuit the original developer kept this one block, the cherry on the cake, for himself. Found at the end of a long private driveway, lies a single level, low profile and private home that looks out to a remarkable view of waterways and bushland.
The house is long, with most rooms taking on the view through immaculately maintained original, wood framed, windows and doors. Visitors enter into a small foyer and walk into the large combined living area, the floor covered in a highly polished parquetry timber, with rarely seen inlaid patterns.
The ceilings are not high, and the undercover and expansive patio beside the lake sized pool is similarly low. The effect of this wide screen illusion is that when you step beyond the patio the view seems to explode before your eyes.
The most breathtaking room is perhaps the master bedroom; super sized and surrounded in glass and affording absolute privacy the room is positioned at just the right angle to have a view that reaches up the waterways and over headlands to Sydney Tower.
Owner and former finance industry CEO John Barnes speaks adoringly of the property. “We were very lucky to spend twenty years there,” he said from his new harbour side apartment in Birchgrove.
“Plus we had access to our own mooring, and our kids were always water skiing ,” he recalled. The Barnes family had their choice of homes, but while Mosman and Clontarf had attractions, they did not offer the privacy and peace the family desired. “There wasn’t anywhere that could quite do this.”
For the Barnes family this is their True Love, and my, she is yar.
Prue Miller is a journalist with News Local.