It’s been a decade since Fiona Blakely and her family first stepped through the front door of the home known simply as Lakeside 41.
But she remembers it like it was yesterday.
“We walked up the stairs and there it was, this amazing view, and it was just, wow,” she said.
“It’s just not what you expect when you look at it from the street.”
The front of this spectacular five-bedroom home at 41 Mactier St, Narrabeen gives absolutely nothing away — a real bonus if you love peace and privacy.
Over the years, Mrs Blakely has seen the same reaction from her friends and extended family members when they have visited for the first time.
“Every time someone walks in to the house they stop and look out and just go, wow,” she said.
“It’s just this wonderful sense of openness and privacy and space, it’s very special.”
Add to that an absolute waterfront spot with a north-facing aspect that takes in an uninterrupted view across Narrabeen Lagoon; and a cutting edge, architecturally designed modern masterpiece that makes the most of every angle.
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This is rare real estate — there are only two properties in Mactier St with absolute waterfrontages.
It has already caught the attention of real estate buyers all over Australia. Its listing on the realestate.com.au site had been viewed more than 2000 times within its first week.
Mrs Blakely said it had been the perfect place to raise their family.
They have made great use of the water and also the 9km of bike and walking trails that go past their front door and run right around the water. Kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding and fishing have also been popular pastimes.
“It is an amazing home, an amazing space for kids,” she said.
For her, the abundance of birdlife, particularly the graceful black swans, have been a particular delight, along with the ever-changing hues of the water.
The family loves nothing more than finishing a day with a cheese plate and drinks on the back deck.
A splash in the heated pool is optional, but for Mrs Blakely it is all about watching the sun set.
“It’s that quiet time, when the mother ducks are heading home with her babies and the sun is going down, that’s the part of the day I really love,” she said.
The property is due to go to auction on March 2, at noon, with a price guide of $3,950,000. For more details contact Cherie Humel or Garry Greco, at Clarke & Humel Property.
Ms Humel said the property was a rare opportunity.
“This waterfront masterpiece offers an unforgettable lifestyle,” she said.
“With high-end fixtures and fittings, it is ahead of its class. The home has an unrepeatable lakeside panorama where you can enjoy water sports and a kaleidoscope of colours at sunset.”