Bayview meets Beverley Hills by way of Bandol. This opulent estate on the southern end of Pittwater must be seen to be believed.
Set high above the tranquil, sparkling inlet and its forested surrounds, Minkara Estate seems transported from another place and time. Entering via a circular driveway (with access to a six-car garage) and grand portico, visitors will immediately be struck by the soaring ceilings, gracefully curved stone staircases and the abundance of natural light.
The upper floor plays host to three bedrooms, all with king beds, luxurious timber and granite en-suites ,and walk-in robes. The capacious master bedroom is even larger than the rest, a offers direct access to a large terrace with sweeping views of Pittwater and the surrounding bushland. There’s also a stunning office/library, which can function equally well as a retreat for children or parents.
But the heart of the home is the level below, with its multiple indoor and outdoor living areas, including an enormous living area with a baby grand piano, gas fireplace and leather lounges. The polished floor practically sparkles with the sunlight let in through the French doors, with the magnificent outlook ever present, framed by the arches and columns of the sandstone terrace and outdoor dining area.
The main floor also plays host to a formal dining area and a breathtaking granite kitchen perfect for entertaining, with dual ovens, acres of bench space and a butler’s pantry. Along with the other living spaces, it gives onto the sunny terrace, the perfect place for basking with a morning coffee, enjoying a family meal or a bottle of wine.
That’s only the start of it, though. Below is a stunning pool and lounge area and attached sauna. Below that is a full-size tennis court set into the bushland, accessible via stairs or an inclinator. The full catalogue of opulent extras included with this property is almost too long to list, but suffice to say that there’s a wine cellar, billiard table, climate control, surround sound, games room, gym, spa, outdoor kitchen and even changerooms by the pool.
All in all, Minkara counts on six bedrooms, three with en-suites and five other bathrooms, and can accommodate up to 12 guests. Do not miss the opportunity to stay here with friends or family.
** What the owner loves **
The word ‘estate’ gets thrown around a lot, but at Minkara you truly feel like the lord of your own domain. Set in high in Bayview, above Church Point and surrounded by bushland, it feels utterly private yet open to nature – and it’s less than an hour from the CBD. The size of the property and its multiple levels and living spaces mean visitors never feel like they’re tripping over one another.
** What we love **
We love the unapologetic luxury of this property. No expense was spared during the construction or interior design. From the lavish chandeliers to the sumptuous furniture, Minkara is a home that is unafraid to offer the best. The surfaces in every room – whether they are granite, marble or timber – add to the sense grandeur, yet the creature comforts are innumerable. A truly splendid home.
** What the social traveller loves **
Minkara is ideal for families and groups whose idea of a good time is enjoying the sun (or moonlight) with a drink in hand and gourmet food close by. The well-appointed kitchen with its double dishwashers and ovens makes catering for groups and visitors a breeze, while the poolside kitchen and bar makes outdoor entertaining easy – you don’t even have to leave the deck. Tennis, billiards and the pool will keep more active types occupied, but the view, a cold drink and good conversation will always be the main attraction.
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