Waking up to uninterrupted sea views is something you usually only get when you are on a tropical holiday. Or, perhaps, if you have splashed out for a fabulous five-star hotel in a posh beachfront location.
And it is ever so relaxing as you sit back in bed, with a cup of coffee or tea, and soak up the spectacular sea views as waves crash along the beach.
So what if you could wake up to sea views and look out to Brighton jetty every day? Wouldn’t it be great on New Year’s Eve … or any other day of the year, really.
Well, don’t lose hope yet.
You just need the winning ticket in the latest Hospital Research Home Lottery and this million-dollar view from your Esplanade home, and all that comes with it, could have you living the dream in the next few months.
Single lottery tickets cost $100 and are available online (scroll down for more details) — there are also several packages available.
If you missed out on winning the Brighton home lottery house in August, this magnificent home is right next to it, and I will admit straight off, this one is way better than that!
Even The Hospital Research Foundation’s Paul Flynn thinks this is the best one yet.
“We always try to up the prize package so that the winner gets something special,” he says.
“This time, I think we have outdone ourselves.
“This location is very sought after and many people would have walked past it before. When we inspected this site, we realised how stunning the prize could be.”
I walked through this three-storey 337.4sqm home, built by Scott Salisbury Homes, just before Christmas, on a day of unseasonably bad weather. But even the bleak, windy day couldn’t detract from this contemporary three-bedroom home, called the Douglas (after explorer Sir Douglas Mawson who use to live in Alfreda St).
And, in fact, the sound of the choppy waves outside was soothing as we marvelled over the beautifully appointed interior.
This home’s position, at the corner of The Esplanade and Alfreda St, is fabulous with uninterrupted 180-degree views — from Brighton jetty and up towards Somerton beach.
The golden free-form sandstone on the exterior is a stunning focal point and huge floor-to ceiling windows have been designed to maximise the view.
Despite all the glazing, the Douglas is surprisingly private when you’re indoors and as you gather in front of the fireplace, surrounded sheer curtains and the beautiful Bodega sandstone walling.
So what will you get for your $100 ticket if you win the grand prize in the 28th home lottery?
The home is spread over three levels, so you’ll need a lift, check.
There’s three bedrooms on the top floor as well as two bathrooms, plus a powder room, two living zones — one with a balcony, a chef’s kitchen and an alfresco on the Esplanade.
The two living levels have soaring 3m-high ceilings and below, there’s a huge undercroft garage with space for two cars, bikes, plus storage.
There are entrances on two levels from Alfreda St and off-street parking so your guests won’t need to hunt for a park when they come to visit. And, of course, there’s the absolute beachfront view — and a cool $1 million cash to put into your bank account.
Elegantly styled with a mix of dark and light neutral tones, the main living zone is on the ground level and its entire 14.53m width faces The Esplanade creating an abundance of space for the kitchen, dining and family lounge.
I’m a fan of the details, and the long door handles and black glass splashback in the sleek, gourmet kitchen (look for the hidden pantry/coffee station and integrated fridge), are a standout. Also, the fact that the kitchen and the dining area open directly to the alfresco is a stroke of genius, as it means there will be a smooth integration between food prep and entertaining when friends come over.
Scott Salisbury Homes’ interior architect Kiah Austin says this is one of the most stunning lottery homes yet.
“Breathtaking views from all beautifully appointed living spaces and bedrooms, makes this home perfect for year round entertaining,” she says.
“Patterns and materials have been carefully selected to offer a layered depth to this truly sophisticated seaside home.”
The comfortable lounge zone is across the other side of the room, with a wall of built-in cabinetry and the golden earthy tones of the sandstone to gaze at — when you’re not people walking or admiring the Norfolk pines sway in the breeze.
The chaise longue tucked alongside the front window would be another of my favourite spots, perfect to settle back with a good book or to scan TripAdvisor for hotel recommendations.
Amenities such as the laundry, powder room, the entrance, stairs and the lift are cleverly positioned at the back, and these are all polished areas.
Upstairs the second lounge is more intimate, but not small in the least, and a study nook has been cleverly created near the stairs.
The balcony opens to both the lounge and the master bedroom, which feels very hotel-inspired with its open ensuite and freestanding bath, framed only by frosted glass to hide your modesty. Go further in, and the walk-in wardrobe is another delight with hanging space and shelves on two sides — it just calls for a shopping spree, and with $1 million in the bank, you’ll be able to afford those Prada heels or a Gucci bag.
One of the real treats in this home, though, is that all bedrooms, including the two minor rooms, have those spectacular sea views. Children or guests certainly won’t feel like they have missed out in this home!
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And even if you don’t win the grand prize, there’s 21,100 prizes in total, giving you an one in 10 chance of winning something.
For more information and to order tickets in the Hospital Research Home Lottery visit homelottery.com.au or phone 1300 852 177.