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EAGLE BAY HOME
For a holiday home in the South
West, it was an unusual request:
'can' the water views -- there are
enough of those at home. For this
Hong Kong-based family, an Australian
dream home didn't involve an outlook to
those restless, sandy white beaches favoured
by tanned girls in yellow bikinis (and the
tourism commission that seems to follow
them around). Instead, the priority was the
tranquillity of deep, green bushland.
e client has a hectic lifestyle as the
owner and CEO of a property management
company that focuses on boutique apartment
blocks throughout China and Hong Kong.
With plans to expand into India, plus the
need to keep her parents happy with trips
with the family back to the UK (where she
originally hails from), she needed sanctuary
and escape. However, given glorious Europe
as a possibility (the family has had digs in
France before), as well as the countless other
places they've been, why Eagle Bay?
Put simply, they knew their way around.
e couple have both lived in Australia
previously, and felt the climate of the
South West was a perfect contrast to humid
Honkers. e landscape, meanwhile,
provided the leafy bush oasis that they had
been craving, all without being too far to fly
and within the same time zone.
Yallingup was 'nixed' for its rough
beaches -- too dangerous for their youngest
-- and the property developer instincts
kicked in when faced with Eagle Bay, a
premier destination for West Australian
holidaymakers (and builders) everywhere.
After a bit of research, Dane Richardson,
of Dane Design Australia, was enlisted. His
penchant for contemporary homes, executed
with elegance, was a perfect match for the
owners' inspiration: Frank Lloyd Wright's
famous Fallingwater home (a modernist
structure suspended over a waterfall in rural
Aside from a want to soak up the views
and make the most of their sizeable acreage,
the clients' needs weren't too stringent.
Given their experience, they knew it was
best to let the building designer do his
ABOVE The fire pit is the focal point of the entertaining area and
was a must-have design request from the owners. It adds another
outdoor lounging zone to the property and can be used during any
season. Exterior paint by Dulux in White Duck. ABOVE RIGHT
The entry gate doors were sourced by the owners from an ancient
Indian temple and set in a limestone frame.
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