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A Bloody Ripper Of A Two-Story Penthouse In Sydney Harbor

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Updated May 27, 2024, 06:38am EDT

There’s a new front-row seat to one of the greatest shows on Earth, the New Year’s Eve fireworks over Sydney Harbor. A two-story waterfront penthouse with 270-degree views overlooking the whole fluorescent show.

It's the just-built four-bedroom, five-bathroom home just listed by Ken Jacobs of Sydney’s Private Property Global for AU $42 million (US $27.5 million).

A sleek aesthetic with Art Deco-influenced curving windowed walls. Sweeping lawns. Terraces. A blue-tiled infinity pool. “It feels effortless,” says project architect Tamara Kerr at SJB in Sydney.

Three six-story buildings share a leafy central courtyard on a promontory overlooking Sydney Harbor. The two-story Kurraba Penthouse is the largest of all, at 429 sqm (4,617 sq ft).

A private elevator ascends from the penthouse’s own exclusive garage to the first floor and lobby. Double doors open to reveal harbor views that are—truly—extraordinary.

“You're immediately drawn onto this immense private terrace,” Kerr says. “The views are unencumbered. The Opera House, the Harbor Bridge, the Royal Botanic Garden, and the intimate beaches around the peninsulas––all of it.”

If that spells maximalist fireworks, inside the property the look is restrained. A palette warmed by limestone from Iran, linen curtains and hand-knotted silk rugs from Nepal, artworks by Australian artists. Furniture by French luxury interiors brand Liaigre takes its cue from European 20th-century masters like Giacometti and Br?ncu?i.

The first-floor layout is circular. Four sets of double doors open the dining room to the kitchen, or close to separate when you prefer. When open, the doors stand as elegant sentinels to views of the Harbor Bridge from the kitchen.

“Doors create vistas, like the enfilade device of European architecture,” says Phillip Mathieson, founder and design director of Mathieson Architects, who created the home’s interiors.

Past the dining room, the living room, study, wine cellar and media room with a fireplace. Dark-stained American oak tones the cabinetry and doors. All wire-brushed, exposing the natural grain. Large patinated aluminum panels mark out the kitchen doors and drawer fronts.

The 4m-long (13-foot) kitchen island is Italian Grigio Argento marble. Warm gray and blue. This monolithic structure anchors the room and complements the dark wood. Fluted marble on the breakfast bar side of the island adds texture. Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances stand ready. Beyond, a butler’s kitchen, powder room, laundry and an elevator to the second level.

Along the second-floor hallway, skylights deftly frame the sky’s ever-shifting shadows, as you pass three en suite bedrooms with dressing rooms. At the end of the passage, double doors open to the primary suite fronted by a curved wall of windows to the harbor view.

Here, both the bathtub and circular vanity in veined stone resemble museum pieces. An adjacent steam room and gym sit off the primary suite.

“You can look out at Sydney Harbor from your bathtub, which is pretty phenomenal,” architect Tamara Kerr says. “As is the balcony off the primary bathroom.”

The interior materials specified by the designers—wood, bronze, leather, silk—transmit calmness and simplicity. “The whole atmosphere of this special penthouse is one of self-assurance,” say the architects. “We imagine the future owner is someone not easily impressed.”

The expansive curved windows reflect Art Deco style, manufactured to 21st-century quality standards. The whole Kurraba project also riffs on the surrounding 1920s buildings by cladding the three structures with a traditional terracotta-hued brick by Sydney supplier Nubrik. “We loved this brick for its intricacy and patination, a beautiful fleck,” Kerr says. “It looks like a velvet jacket, a beauty that’ll stay incredible for a hundred years.”

The leafy central courtyard and landscape design by Sydney-based Dangar Barin Smith will connect the new owner into the proximity of nature. And besides the harbor views, the Kurraba Reserve and Hodgsons Lookout Park on either side make this wondrous penthouse feel like it’s immersed amongst the treetops.


Private Property Global is a member of Forbes Global Properties, a consortium of top-tier brokerages worldwide and the exclusive real estate partner of Forbes.


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