November 28, 2019

Premium SAHOMES: Eco-resort living at Brighton

With a price tag just shy of $3 million, this expansive Brighton home has everything you could wish for in a luxury resort.

The first owners of Brighton’s 36 King Street spent several years designing and building a home with all the amenities you might find in a luxury eco-friendly resort in Noosa or Port Douglas.

“It has the tranquillity and ambience of an oasis; it embraces you,” says Sonia Dominikovich, who has called the property home for the past 12 years.

The previous owners built the home in 2003. “It was the most incredible home, which we purchased a few years later,” Sonia says.

Sonia is reluctantly selling the expansive 1300sqm property, which has fostered precious family memories with her two sons and late husband.

“My husband passed away four years ago and my boys are grown up, so it’s an empty nest now. The home deserves a beautiful family with a few kids, enjoying the lifestyle that it offers,” she says.

The property has been listed for sale with a price guide of $2.7 to $2.9 million.

“To design and create a home like this would take years; it’s really quite unique.”

The home is located on Brighton’s iconic King Street, with the beach less than 100 metres away. The Esplanade Hotel is just around the corner and historic Townsend House is visible from the home’s first floor.

“Rather than spending money going to luxury resorts in Bali and Thailand – you’ve got it all here,” Sonia says.

“If you travel all the time because of business, and you don’t want to have to jump on a plane to get to the latest resort, how could that experience be created at home? That was the concept the home was built upon.”

Sonia hasn’t seen anything else like it in Adelaide, with its style inspired by glamorous hotels in Noosa. The home once featured in the publication Beach Houses Down Under.

The 25-metre mineral lap pool is cleaned and heated with the latest technology, using both solar and gas heating for year-round swimming in comfort.

“Unlike chlorinated pools, you can jump out and not feel like you need a shower. Before he passed away, my husband would do his 50 laps, get out of the pool, put his suit on and go straight to work,” Sonia says.

The eco-friendly design centres around rammed earth and bluestone walls, jarrah floorboards, timber finishes and corrugated iron roofing, which is adorned with a large array of solar panels. The Queensland-inspired modern roofline is integral to the home’s cooling and heating system.

Sonia says every fibre has been considered to reduce the artificial heating and cooling required.

With extensive underground rainwater tanks, all taps are filtered — even the showers, basins and laundry. The bathrooms and kitchen were recently updated at a cost of $176,000. “I wanted every room to be completely impeccable,” Sonia says.

The beautifully-designed kitchen and open living area are roomy enough to cater for entertaining large parties, while being cosy enough for intimate family dining, with doors that can be opened up to the sandstone-tiled pool deck.

Running a company with close to 500 staff members, the owners would sometimes host board members at the property, with a home office and space for meetings. “If you weren’t a business person, you could create a yoga room or teenagers’ games room — anything you wanted from it.”

There is a butler’s kitchen fitted with Miele appliances and commercial-style stainless steel benchtops and sinks. Another home office or studio is situated on the ground floor, giving a north-facing view over the sparkling pool.

The property contains a separate guests’ wing, which is connected by a gallery-style hall. Upstairs, there is also a teenagers’ bedroom or guest bedroom with an optional home theatre.

The master en suite is a particularly opulent feature of the home. It has a voluminous shower alcove, two-person spa bath, steam room, sauna, tiled gym area and kitchenette, opening out onto the pool.

“It’s somewhere you can just escape the world.”

The sale is being handled by Cynthia Sajkunovic of Ouwens Casserly Real Estate.

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