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Chic and understated rural luxe style


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SITUATED high on Mt Bellarine, this outstanding property features a stunning contemporary residence with magnificent 270-degree views over the Bellarine Peninsula to Port Phillip Bay.

Known as the Contour House, Balla-Karringa II takes its form from the topography of the sur-rounding hills and appears to be floating in the landscape.

Situated on 31.64ha, this innova-tive contemporary house was de-signed by renowned architect Simon Knott of BKK Architects.

This acclaimed residence has been featured in many internation-al architectural and design maga-zines and books including Dream Homes Down Under, and Architec-tural Review as well as the TV series Great Australian Homes.

The approach to the home fea-tures a driveway lined with 200 bountiful olive trees.

A 6m-high folding concrete wall anchors the home and provides a secluded courtyard entry.

Once the front door is open the magnificent views from the house across the rolling hills towards the bay, You Yangs, Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula are re-vealed.

The vendors said they have en-joyed watching Melbourne's New Year's Eve fireworks.

Designed with an understated el-egance, the residence combines a luxurious yet relaxed ambience.

Light pours in from the floor to ceiling windows in the open-plan living space that encompasses the sitting, dining and kitchen areas.

Sliding glass doors allow access to the timber deck, which leads down to a courtyard and gardens with walls recessed into the land-scape to create an unseen vertical barrier while preserving the views.

Inside, polished reclaimed black-butt timber floors give a warmth that contrasts beautifully with the raw concrete walls.

The light-filled, contemporary kitchen features extensive storage and prep space, with Smeg and Meile appliances and a large island bench with more storage, a gas cooktop and quality rangehood above the practical concrete top.

The vendor said the house had been the centre of many happy cele-brations for family and friends.

"We have been very happy here," the vendor said.

"It's been a marvellous home for entertaining and it is ridiculously easy to maintain."

There are four bedrooms, all with reverse cycle airconditioning.

One wing of the house comprises the master bedroom with an open, walk-in robe, ensuite and study with floor to ceiling bookcases.

At the other end of the home and down a few stairs are three other bedrooms with built-in robes, which are serviced by a gleaming family bathroom complete with deep bath with bay views.

The vendor said the two solar power water systems ensure you never run out of hot water.

There's also a laundry/mud room with extra storage space.

A double carport and a secure ga-rage for farm equipment also have direct house access.

The garden, which was designed by Tom Leggatt, includes mature trees, and a variety of lovely yet hardy natives planted near the house, as well as .2ha of productive pinot noir vineyards.

The vendors said this was the sec-ond house built for them by David McDonald Builders while Design Action won the 2006 Association of Consulting Structural Engineers Victoria award for the foundations.

Agent Ken Drysdale said he rare-ly saw properties of this calibre come on to the market.

"Balla-Karringa is one of the fin-est unique homesteads ever to come on to the market in our Greater Geelong district," he said.

"Complemented with world-class panoramic bay views, this is simply an exceptional property."

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