PROPERTY: The Oak lovingly crafted


$1.72 million

Address: 21 Kensington Road.

House: Double brick, block and slate on 2791 square metres. 

Inspect: By appointment.

Agent: Rhonda Nyquist, PRD Hunter Valley, 0419341999.

Bed: 4

Bath: 2

Car: 4

The old adage "they don't build them like this any more" couldn't be more apt for this unique Pender-designed masterpiece, The Oak.

Everywhere you look this is an unbelievably beautiful building.

This is not because of the way it has been styled or dressed up, unlike other luxury houses.

The beauty here is in the flowing design that captures the natural light, the choice of superior materials and the sheer craftsmanship - a combination rarely found any more.

Ahead of its time, in outstanding condition and lovingly cared for by its current owners, the year of construction is uncertain as the plans are undated. Best guess is circa 1910.

Positioned in the centre of a corner block of land with well-tended gardens under a canopy of mature trees, the large Arts and Craft bungalow with multiple terraces sits comfortably in the landscape.

A sandstone love seat and an enormous old oak tree are positioned outside the front cedar gate - the first clue for the visitor wandering down the front path that they are about to experience something very special.

Breathtaking, tall stained-glass doors in the front entry lead into a living room with its own terrace.

There is a succession of large rooms on both sides of a wide central hallway

At its end the house opens out into a large open-plan extension which melds seamlessly with the original construction.

This area comprises a large kitchen and living area leading onto a terrace overlooking the swimming pool and beyond to a wide expanse of lawn just perfect for the kids to play on.

One bedroom has a domed ceiling; other rooms, too, feature intricate detailing above.

Tuscan columns repeat throughout internally.

There are beautifully restored pine floors, bungalow doors, intricately designed joinery and high skirting boards.

Both the main bathroom and the en suite bathroom are modern and elegant and complement the house's design integrity.

Externally, concrete, marble, sandstone, slate and liver-coloured bricks are used.

Outside there is an original bomb shelter, potting shed, storage areas and a four-car garage.

A path at the bottom of the road leads to the Hunter River, full of ducks and pelicans, with horses in surrounding paddocks.

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