9 February 2024

Master builder's own home offers 'lifestyle beyond imagination'

| Dione David
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Kitchen and dining of 17 Lakelands Close in Shell Cove

Number 17 Lakelands Close, Shell Cove is an architectural masterpiece. Photos: Monique Field Property.

Some years ago, master builder Andy Galovic and his wife Wendy embarked on a quest for a plot of land with a perfect north-to-south orientation on which to realise a trailblazing vision: a low-carbon, cost-efficient architectural marvel, imbued with green energy principles. In Shell Cove, bordering Australia’s second-best beach, they found it.

Freshly completed on an astounding 962 sqm block in a quiet cul-de-sac, 17 Lakelands Close, Shell Cove pushes the boundaries of design and building execution to yield “a one-off you’ll probably never see again” according to selling agent Monique Field.

“This home invites you to step into a realm of unparalleled luxury and innovation, and offers a lifestyle beyond imagination,” she says.

Pool of 17 Lakelands Close in Shell Cove

The 25-metre Lautner “knife’s-edge” lap pool is an aquatic marvel.

Many of the design features could only be accomplished by a master builder on a mission, using out-of-the-box methods to achieve architectural wonder. This includes one beamless wall running from north to south made almost entirely of glass from floor to ceiling. The ceilings and roofs were constructed on the ground and later lifted to towering heights atop the structure to achieve a seamless finish.

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Natural light filtering through vast voids, courtyards and thoughtfully positioned windows creates a solar-passive, energy-efficient home with proportions and aesthetics befitting a luxury resort getaway.

“Before we even put it on the market, we had one buyer tell us they had spent a half-hour looking at the photos and video and said it was without a doubt a 10 out of 10. They had never seen its equal,” Monique says.

“Anyone who sees it for themselves will have to agree.”

The 25-metre Lautner “knife’s-edge” lap pool is quite possibly the only one of its kind in the country and comes complete with a Remco Swimroll automated pool cover, saltwater system, Apricus evacuated tube solar heating (the only pool solar heating that also heats in winter), a Viron 10 control system and in-floor cleaning.

Thanks to strategically placed windows this aquatic masterpiece can be seen from the four bedrooms, each of which contains its own ensuite. The master bedroom suite features a spacious walk-in robe, dressing area and a luxurious ensuite with a stone bath with overflow, a remote-controlled twin shower with temperature and flow control, handmade Spanish three-dimensional feature tiles and a heated towel rail.

The home incorporates state-of-the-art amenities throughout, including a multimedia room with bamboo batten ceilings to absorb sound, and a remote-controlled sound attenuating curtain, all coming together to transport you in cinematic experiences.

Outdoor entertainment area of 17 Lakelands Close in Shell Cove

The expansive outdoor entertainment space can accommodate any experience.

The kitchen that reigns supreme over the open-plan living and dining areas is a triumph.

Overlooking the sparkling pool, this masterpiece of design and functionality centres around expansive 80 mm stone benchtops and comes equipped with top-of-the-line Miele appliances including twin ovens, a 900 mm multi-zone induction cooktop and a dishwasher, as well as a Sirius retractable rangehood.

The spacious adjoining butler’s pantry comes complete with a wine cellar, including wine fridges.

With an integrated outdoor kitchen equipped with premium appliances, an Elite wood-fired pizza oven, an integrated twin-door stainless steel fridge, a Beef Eater Signature barbecue and cafe blinds, the outdoor entertainment area offers al fresco splendour.

“This space is a seamless extension of luxury living and offers an enchanting setting for memorable gatherings,” Monique says.

Loads of storage – from custom-built closets to discreet storage nooks, combine with masterly concealment of the logistic elements to offer a clutter-free lifestyle and ever-sleek aesthetic.

The home also features a spacious office, a dedicated gym, a six-car garage with internal drainage, and a Husqvarna Hiperfloor polished concrete floor with underfloor heating in the living areas, laundry, entry and ensuites.

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The additional sustainability and luxury features are too numerous to list, but notably include twin solar hot water systems and three-phase power, a 7.125 kW solar system, NBN fibre to the premises with twin routers, video intercom and electric door release, twin routers for complete Wi-Fi coverage and reduced latency, a custom TV lift in the living room, reverse cycle air-conditioning with Wi-Fi connectivity and remote controlled solar shades to the western windows.

Facade of 17 Lakelands Close in Shell Cove

This Shell Cove wonder is “a one-off you’ll probably never see again”.

Adjoining Killalea State Park and The Farm Beach and only a short walk or drive from The Marina, The Links Golf Course & Tavern, Shell Cove Public School, Shellharbour Village cafes and shops, Stockland’s Shopping Centre, Shellharbour Junction Train Station, Shellharbour Airport and Jamberoo Action Park, the home offers easy access to all the surrounding conveniences.

That is if you ever feel the need to leave the house, which Monique says cannot be captured by words or pictures.

“You can’t begin to understand the unprecedented luxury and innovation afforded by this home, until you see it in the flesh,” Monique says.

“It is superlative in both its vision and execution.”

For more information on 17 Lakelands Close or to arrange an inspection, call Monique Field of Monique Field Property on 0403 021 172.

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