This summer-ready, single-level home on Sydney’s Lower North Shore, has plenty of surprises behind its sweet Federation facade.
A home is a sanctuary when you close the front door and find yourself transported – without even leaving your postcode.
This charming Mosman bungalow on 525sqm at 49 Countess St, has oodles of street appeal thanks to its renovated period facade, but once inside it’s clear that the four-bedroom residence has been updated to suit the indoor/outdoor floorplan that has become a way of life in Sydney.
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Beyond the traditional veranda, the original part of the home has bedrooms to either side of the entry including the main bedroom to the left with built-ins plus an ensuite with skylight.
Across the hall another bedroom opens via classic French doors to the pretty tiled veranda and front lawn.
A third bedroom has a built-in wardrobe as well as a welcoming fireplace.
When it comes to everyday living, the single level property has a separate lounge room and to the rear of the layout, an open plan living and dining space spilling out to a timber deck.
The whole space can be either opened up during the warmer months for a seamless connection to the yard, or sectioned off for cosier evenings in front of a choice of fireplaces throughout the cooler months.
In the contemporary white kitchen, a freestanding island bench takes centre stage with an abundance of storage and pantry space, a grand skylight, Smeg appliances, stone surfaces and an adjoining laundry with convenient outdoor access.
Step outside and a stunning sandstone wall at the back of the garden makes a dramatic backdrop behind the family-friendly plunge pool and plenty of tropical foliage to set the scene.
There is also a poolside cabana, or fourth bedroom, with wraparound stacker doors, which would be an ideal guest room, a versatile studio space or even an office for times when the homeowner needs to work from home with privacy.
Above the additional room there is a double lock up garage. The Countess St property is close to Countess Park, Mosman Lawn Tennis Club, Bridgepoint Shopping Centre and Balmoral Beach.
Auction: October 23, 10am
Inspect: By private appointment
Price guide: $4.2m
Agent: Scott Thornton, of The Agency Lower North Shore
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Originally published as Mosman stunner is a private slice of paradise ready for summer