Bilgola bower has Bali feel

Relaxing in a pacific Buddha courtyard, surrounded by bird’s nest ferns, orchids and soaring cabbage-tree palms, it’s easy to suppose that one has been magically ecstatic to Bali. And that’s accurately a ambience that this home’s builder, David Livingstone, envisaged when he designed a bower for himself, fixing it Cahaya Puri or Shining Palace.


Tucked into a easeful slot stable from southerlies next a Bilgola bends, a home’s U-shaped blueprint was an early adopter of a trend for inside-outside living. Three connected pavilions disremember a sensuous pleasant garden, with a glass-ceilinged family room during a heart. “In Bali, this room would be open to a sky; a potion emulates that feel while charity continue protection,” owners Anne and Colin Spencer say.

A laid-back room, it flows out to a labyrinth garden where H2O kindly tinkles in koi-filled ponds and glow-worms nest on a 300-year-old palms.

Lifestyle: Bilgola bower has Bali feel

  • Where to buy: The garden is filled with tall, audacious Cabbage Tree Palms, 300mm pot, $69.95, and smashing under-canopy, glossy-leafed Bird???s Nest Ferns, 200mm pot, $27.50 or 300mm pot $79.95 from Palmland.com.au, 0424 147.647.
  • Where to Buy: Find similar, forged and hand-painted church doors from $1150 to $1450 or opt for a plainer teak opening doorway 2.9 x 1.4 with an exuberant tip centrepiece, $1300 (currently 20% off stock), underneath Hidden Orient during imperialgardens.com.au
  • Furnishings in a home dont hang to one theme: a mid-century Louis Poulsen Charlottenborg pendant, designed by Poul Henningsen , fits in beautifully, $1700 from bobutik.com.au
  • Koi yield flashes of vital colour. In colours from white, by red with gold, to pristine black, 5cm, $5, trimming to 30cm, $118, from a aquariumsbr /at Warriewood Flower Power Garden Centre, 9997 8244.
  • Above a Jetmaster grate hangs an acrylic on board work by Dane Lovett from Sullivan + Strumpf.
  • Pride of place in a family room is an iconic photograph, Sonia II, by a famed, late , Robyn Beeche from Black Eye Gallery. Holes were cut in a hardwood decking so as not to disquiet a palms.
  • The kitchen, with vast island dais in Caesarstone Osprey, includes all Miele appliances.

Timber is a distinguished underline of a sandstock section home with bold, unprotected roof beams and trusses as good as stacking doors whose panes are distant by joist glazing bars. “Craftsmen from Bali spent 3 months here adzing a timberwork,” Anne says.

Intricately-carved Balinese church doors lead into twin bedrooms. “Apparently they were lifted to keep a bad spirits out of a bedrooms.”

It’s usually 200 metres to Bilgola beach that has always been my beach of choice as it’s off a categorical road, quiet, and a surf’s great!Peter Robinson, LJ Hooker Palm Beach

While others might have been tempted to paint a joist white for a beach-house feel, a Spencers felt “that would have compromised a building’s firmness “.  Instead, they opted to implement a complicated kitchen and bathrooms and contemporise a interiors by seat and artworks, many by Anne, whose paintings are desirous by a garden.

The garden facilities several ponds surrounded by tree ferns, bird's nest ferns and 25 high cabbage-tree palms that are autochthonous to a area. The representative says a home, with twin travel access, is in a firmly hold area where houses on normal are defended for 17 years.The garden facilities several ponds surrounded by tree ferns, bird’s nest ferns and 25 high cabbage-tree palms that are autochthonous to a area. The representative says a home, with twin travel access, is in a firmly hold area where houses on normal are defended for 17 years. Photo: domain.com.au

The integrate are downsizing and representative Peter Robinson is quite eager by a skill as he grew adult in a suburb. “I would adore to live in this house,” he exclaims. “It’s usually 200 metres to Bilgola beach that has always been my beach of choice as it’s off a categorical road, quiet, and a surf’s great!”

5 Bilgola Ave, Bilgola
Guide $3.7 million – $3.85 million
5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 2+ garage
Built 1980s, renovated 2000s
Land 710 square metres
Inspect By appointment
Auction Apr 7
Agent LJ Hooker Palm Beach, 0401 21 90 77

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